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Cloud Hands

by Peter Kater

Spacious, haunting, expansive sounds for mediation, martial arts, self exploration.
Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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CLOUD HANDS
Music for Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Walking and ALL Spiritual/Physical Disciplinary Arts

Physical disciplines are at their finest when integrated with the mind and spirit. This recording is a moving meditation in sound. A musical soundscape for your discipline and practice. Gongs, chimes and layered percussion textures patiently intiate and interplay with Multi-Grammy Award nominee, Peter Kater's, transcendent piano and synthesizers. Bamboo flutes. acoustic guitar and gentle rhythms dissolve the illusion of time. Let CLOUD HANDS guide you through the Doorway of the SIx Harmonies into Perfect Emptiness, Presence and Harmony.


Peter Kater Piano and Synthesizers
Richard Hardy Bamboo Flutes
Mike Hamilton Acoustic Guitar
Pete Korpela Percussion
Michael Moses Tirsch Percussion


PRODUCED BY PETER KATER


1. Cloud Hands
2. Bowls
3. Flutterby
4. Shift in Time
5. Heart Mudra
6. Gentle Breeze
7. Bamboo Dance


All Songs Composed, Arranged and Mixed by Peter Kater at Point Of Light Studios in CA.
All Songs Published by Kater Musc/BMI.
Mastered by Dave Glasser at Airshow Mastering in Boulder Colorado.
Art Design by Jeff Lancaster for LCG.

Peter Kater plays Young Chang Pianos

Special Thanks to Sue Sherman

Peter Kater has received many Grammy Award Nominations for his incredible body of work and sold millions of CD's. he has composed for film, television and Broadway but always returns to his love of creating "Healing" music for the mind, body and spirit. He was honored with the prestigious United Nations Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of his love, commitment and devotion to the natural beauty and preservation of the Earth, our Home.


We are the eyes, ears and hearts of the Universe. We exist within the Universe just as the Universe exists within us. The One Consciousness guides and communicates with us in a multitude of ways; through our intuition, nature, overheard conversations, our thoughts and through friends and loved ones. My life feels the most full, rich and alive when I'm in the awareness of the sacredness of all life and all life's experiences. The art of accessing the deeper places and awareness of one's own being has been practiced in may forms for thousands of years. Today, we reconnect with our deeper selves in many ways. By having quality alone time, being present with our friends and loved ones, seeking out appropriate healing therapies and spending time in nature. We can stop, take an inventory and ask if we're addressing our deeper needs and feelings. We can allow the layers of stress and protection to fall away as we remove ourselves from the numbing pace of our society and the over-stimiluating sensationalism of the media. With time, we gain access to our most intimate center and have experiences of unqualified self-love and acceptance. We can travel great inner expanses one step at a time and experience our Selves as part of the great natural divinity of all the Earth and the Heavens. This is our birthright . . . and our healing. - Peter

It all began in 1983 when Peter released his first solo piano album, SPIRIT, on his own Source Records, becoming one of only a small handful of instrumental artists spear-heading an entirely new genre of music which we've now come to know as New Age Music. In 1990 Peter literally introduced Native American music to the masses with his groundbreaking collaboration with R. Carlos Nakai called NATIVES, followed by the Award Winning, MIGRATION, recording and Peter's soundtrack to the 13 hour Discovery Channel mini-series, HOW THE WEST WAS LOST. Peter's early contemporary instrumental recordings; his visionary soundtracks for television and film; and his collaborations with Native American and Tibetan artists helped create the foundation for the existence of an entirely new genre of music and some very successful and resourceful new record labels. Millions of sales units later the New Age and Native American Music markets have outsold and performed most other niche genres. In 1997, Peter saw a need for music more appropriate to Healing Arts and Healing therapies and released his ESSENCE and COMPASSION CD's as the first two records of his new Healing Series. Just recently he's added 3 new albums to this series, his AMBROSIA, WALK IN BEAUTY and CLOUD HANDS recordings. Peter's music for the Healing Arts has become a staple for many practitioners of many Healing modalities and Spa's across the world.

This year, Peter received a Grammy Award nomination for his FACES OF THE SUN recording on SilverWave Records for BEST NEW AGE ALBUM. Last year his ELEMENT SERIES: FIRE CD on the Real Music label received a Grammy Award Nomination. His PIANO album was nominated in 2005 and his RED MOON recording received a Grammy nod in 2004. Peter has written the music for over 100 television and film programs and 11 On and Off-Broadway Dramatic plays. His broad creative stroke has touched millions of hearts all around the world and his commitment to the well-being of the environment has earned him the prestigious ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP AWARD from the UNITED NATIONS. Peter has also been nominated seven times for the Indie "Best New Age Album" award, winning the award in 1992 for his critically acclaimed album, MIGRATION, with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. He also contributed two songs to the wildly successful SACRED SPIRIT recording which sold over 5 million CDs. The majority of his albums have appeared in the Top 10 of National Airplay charts and in the Top 20 of Billboard’s New Age and Contemporary Jazz charts. Peter's most recent two awards are the 2008 Toastmaster's Communication and Leadership Award and the 2008 Native Spirit Award from the Indian Summer Music Awards.

Film scoring has recently become Peter's most exciting adventure. He has just finished the score to the new animated feature film, The Legend Of Secret Pass. This is Peter's first big movie score with a 70 piece orchestra, 50 voice choir and guest musicians from all over the world. It's coming to theaters everywhere in early 2009. Last year Peter finished the score to the film "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama". The film has won over almost a dozen critical awards at Film Festivals around the world - www.10questionsforthedalailama.com - and has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of movie goers. In addition to scoring for film and television, Peter's music was heard in the NBC broadcast of the 2000 & 2004 Summer Olympics; he collaborated with Kenny Loggins on his December CD and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Peter has also written the music for various award winning Broadway and Off-Broadway dramatic plays. He has collaborated with legendary director Marshall Mason; Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lanford Wilson; and actors including John Malkovich, Jon Voight, Ethan Hawke, Tyne Daly, Tony Randall, Joan Allen, Christopher Reeve, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Judd Hirsch, Laura Linney and Christine Lahti to name a few. Also, through repeated invitations to perform at various exclusive events at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and John Denver’s Choices for the Future and countless environmental and humanitarian symposiums around the world, Kater has had the honor of performing for celebrities and dignitaries such as Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush, Thich Nhat Hanh, Gerald Ford, Ted Turner, Shirley Maclaine, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Sidney Pollack, Alan Alda, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dennis Weaver, Griffin Dunne, Raul Julia, Karl Malden, Laura Dern, James L. Brooks and many others.

Of German birth and descent, Peter moved to New Jersey from Munich, Germany at the age of four and began studying the piano, at his mother’s demand, when he was seven. Even at this young age Peter was compelled to play the classical music he was learning "his way". And this was seen as a serious problem by his first 3 teachers in the first year of his training. He wasn't applauded for his own sense of melody, time and structure, but rather discouraged from being unique and improvising around well-known classical themes. After seven years of classical training Peter was encouraged to find his own voice in playing Rock & Roll and Top 40 bands around New Jersey and New York while studying contemporary improvisation. Moving to Boulder, Colorado at the age of eighteen, he began a six-year period of playing only improvisationally in clubs throughout the Rocky Mountain region. "I didn’t want to play anything the same way twice, being in the moment and spontaneous was and still is very important to me, both musically and personally," said Kater. When he was twenty years old he accepted a scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles but quit after two months, preferring his life as a professional musician.

When Kater realized that his next step was composing and recording his music, he moved back to Colorado "to a less external, more inspiring natural environment" and released his first album of piano solos, SPIRIT, in 1983. To his surprise his albums started receiving national attention and charting in the Top 10 of National Airplay charts. Other opportunities started coming his way in the form of phone calls from various television and theatre directors and producers and Kater started to branch out and explore many avenues of creative expression and composition. Since then he's recorded and performed nationally and internationally with some of the worlds most talented and accomplished musicians, actors, directors and authors.


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Kathy Parsons

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“Cloud Hands” is the fifth installment in Peter Kater’s “Healing Series,” and this time the CD cover states that the music is for “Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Walking, and All Spiritual/Physical Disciplinary Arts.” Over his long and prolific career, Peter Kater has produced an astonishing amount of music, but he always seems to return to creating healing music for the mind, body, and spirit. The first two volumes in the Healing Series were originally released in 1997 and 1998, and then the third, fourth, and fifth volumes were released on the fall of 2008. “Cloud Hands” features Peter Kater on piano, synth, and sequencing; Richard Hardy on bamboo flutes; Mike Hamilton on acoustic guitars; and Pete Korpela and Michael Moses Tirsch on percussion. Gentle rhythms give this musical meditation a heartbeat while the flute, piano, and guitars weave their peaceful magic.

The title track begins with gongs along with exotic flute and percussion. Native American flutes and drums create a sense of vast open space and stillness. As the piano enters, the piece takes on a cinematic sweep that suggests images of the American Plains. I love this piece! “Bowls” includes singing bowls and a strong Middle Eastern influence. Most of the instrumentation is flute, guitar, and quiet percussion with synth washes in the background - ambient and calming. “Flutterby” is a peaceful spring morning set to music - pastel flowers and butterflies gracefully floating on a breeze. Wordless vocals are added to the mix, bringing a new dimension to the sound. “Shift In Time” is hypnotic with a repeated piano note pattern, gentle rhythm, and synth washes that give it a shimmer. “Heart Mudra” floats on an elegant cloud of soothing flute, guitar, and piano accompanied by exotic percussion instruments - this one could melt rocks! “Gentle Breeze” creates the feeling of a perfect day - fresh, serene, and lovely. “Bamboo Dance” begins with exotic sounds from flute, chimes, piano, and quiet percussion. The first 2 1/2 minutes are an interesting ambient interplay between these instruments, and then the piece becomes more of a “dance” for flute and piano with gentle rhythms in the background. Beautiful!

As always, Peter Kater and crew have outdone themselves. Recommended!