Randy Granger | A Place Called Peace

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A Place Called Peace

by Randy Granger

Original Native American Flute music. Winner 2009 CD Indian Summer Music Awards "Best Flute Album." Peaceful, serene and healing music from New Mexico on Native Flutes, Indian Drums and the Hang drum.
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1. Za Zee Za Zu Zing
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2. The Dog Star
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3. Chaco Moon Meditation
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4. Ghost Dancers
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5. Rio Grande Lullaby
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6. Apache Tears
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7. Double-Barrel Train Wreck
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eight original peaceful, haunting, joyful songs evoking the rich and ancient spirit of the Desert Southwest. Relaxing, meditataive flute music that paints a vivid soundscape from this native New Mexico musician and songwriter who's music is heard on Hearts of Space, NativeRadio, Audiosyncracy and many public, community and internet radio stations and podcasts.

A Place Called peace is nominated for a 2009 NAR Lifestyle Award for "Best Native American Album" nominated and voted on by broadcasters and programmers worldwide and reported by NewAgeReporter.com. The CD has charted #12 on the New Age Charts.

Solo instrumental flute numbers like "The Dog Star" and the plaintive "Rio Grande Lullaby" are expressive meditations of pure, clean flute music reminiscent of R. Carlos Nakai or Douglas Spotted Eagle. "Ghost Dancers" and "Ancestor’s Ocean Voyage" feature the Drone Native American flute also called a Double Barrel flute. One flute barrel plays the octave drone like a Bagpipe while the other barrel plays like a regular flute. The sound is rich, haunting and textural. Granger adds percussion instruments like the djembe and ocean drum as well as higher octave flutes for sound is flushed, moving and orchestrated. On "Double-Barrel Train Wreck" he turns the double barrel flute into a percussive, beat-box instrument that imitates a Locomotive. The end is a surprising bluesy riff that sounds like an electric guitar solo ala Jimmy Hendrix. The YouTube video of this song is one of his most popular. Other tracks like "Apache Tears" blend rattles, Indian Buffalo drums and flutes resulting in music that is almost visual. The Hang drum from Switzerland is again combined with Native flutes on A Place Called Peace. "Chaco Moon Meditation" features the ethereal Hang with the Anasazi Native American flute for what is surely and innovative combination and perfect for yoga or meditating.

The opening track "Za Zee Za Zu Zing" is a delightful World-Pop sing-a-long song with a nonsensical chorus that is already a favorite on Granger’s MySpace page. A Place Called Peace is an exploration of both the peaceful qualities of the Native American flute and the state of peace it inspires. While drums and flute may seem a well-worked and almost cliché approach, every song on this album is fresh and inspired. Granger, a native of New Mexico, is also of Native American and Mestizo ancestry. The very soil and water of the southwest is as much a part of the musician as it is the music.


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Natural Awakenings Magazine

Launch 2009 with "A Place Called Peace"
Randy Granger’s newest CD “A Place Called Peace” features eight tranquil songs of Southwest Ameicana is a peaceful and nurturing way to ring in 2009.
Natural Awakening Magazine Jan.. 2009

Ann Hanson

Tranquility for a song
Imagine a day at the spa. Can you picture it? If you can than you may begin to touch on the soothing and restorative power of Randy Grangers' album A Place Called Peace. For a more than great deal you can feel as though you have been transported to another world. One where you can feel yourself breath in and out while listening to the beat of your own heart. Where every inch of your soul is soothed and your cares seem to melt away. Do yourself a favor and better the whole experience by listening while in a hot tub, while walking through nature, or while watching him perform live. invest in yourself by Reducing stress and finding tranquility and it is available for a song (literally and figuratively).

The Light Connection

A Soulful mix. Each track expressing a different meaning of Peace.
What does “peace” mean to you? Calm relaxation? Stillness and serenity? The title of this album of eight original songs, played on a variety of native flutes and drums, was taken from lyrics describing peace as “a great party, where the people are happy to be alive.” And the initial cut, a playful creation featuring the hong drum and named after its nonsense-syllable chorus “Za Zee Za Zu Zing,” welcomes us straight on into the party.

From there on, this soulful mix of music takes its inspiration from Randy's Southwestern lifestyle and his Native American heritage. Each track expresses a different look at the meaning of peace. One, a haunting melody called “The Dog Star”—flawlessly executed on native flute—was written after performing at the Gila Cliff Dwellings, where Randy says he looked up into the night sky to see the constellation Sirius (the dog star) just as it was depicted on a wall of the ancient ruin.—“Rio Grande Lullaby” is his tribute to that great Southwestern river and to his Apache and Comanche ancestors.
In “Apache Tears” the flute and drums reflect the sadness of the Apache people, who, driven from their homes, fled to the hills of Mexico and survived on what they could find—which sometimes meant hard cactus and the leather of their own moccasins. “Ghost Dancers” and “Double-Barrel Train Wreck” bring us the haunting sound of the double-barrel flute, on which the notes played on one side are back grounded by a drone sound coming out the other. In “Chaco Moon Meditation,” Randy celebrates the peace of the ancients who lived there with a poignant tune played on a reproduction of an ancient Anasazi flute.
If you enjoy native flute, I believe you will find this album varied, interesting and musically delightful. As I listen to it I can almost see the gleam in Randy's eye as he experiments with his instruments and the emotions he stretches to evoke.
—Chiwah
The Light Connection, March 2009

Randy Granger

For Native American flute music lovers-with something more.
20 August 2008 – A Place Called Peace from New Mexico Randy Granger, a musician and composer awarded in diverse occasions within the style of American Native music and the New Age, a man who in addition has collaborated in diverse sound tracks of films and series of television. “A Place Called Peace" is his fourth disc of Native American flute, work where music recreates his South-west American, where it shows to the plains and the deserts to us that in other times crossed the Indians, with his myths and legend, with his songs and traditions, but this disc contributes something more, because Randy adds to its music a style that also crosses the Rio Grande to ingratiate its music still more. This it is a surprising work, from his first subject " Za Zee Za Zu Zing" sung by Randy through “Ancestor’s Ocean Voyage" the subject that closes the disc. Here we experience the Indian traditions but with that ingredient of the Mestizo with traditions of the Indians of the South of Rio Grande. This is a rich work in content for the lovers of American native music, but also for those who appreciate something more in which they are listening. -posted by Ultima Fronteira Radio

New Mexico Magazine

Haunting, meditative, contemplative music that isuplifting and peaceful.
Randy Granger, A Place Called Peace

Genre:Native Flute

Story by Emily Drabanski
New Mexico Magazine (nmmagazine.com)


Randy Granger’s latest CD is a diverse collection of meditative flute songs. Richly layered with the sounds of a variety of flutes and percussion instruments, A Place Called Peace offers more depth than some flute solo recordings you might find. Here Granger also plays the hang drum, a metal lap instrument developed in Switzerland, as well as an Australian didjeridoo and an African djembe (drum). Recognized for his ability on both flutes and drums, he was a featured speaker at this summer’s International Native American Flute Association convention, in Wisconsin. The Hobbs native, who has lived in the Las Cruces area for more than seven years, calls himself “Mix” Granger for his diverse ethnic ancestry, including Mayan, Apache, and Dogrib.

While all of these songs are skillfully played, several stand out. The CD opens with the catchy “Za Zee Za Zu Zing,” Granger’s sweet tenor voice giving the song a hypnotic, soothing quality. This is the only track on which he sings; I would love to hear more. Amazingly, in “Double-Barrel Train Wreck,” Granger captures the sound of a train with his double-barreled drone flute. He gets the drone chugging by making the most of the one-octave difference between the flute’s two chambers. “The Dog Star” has a haunting melody, while “Río Grande Lullaby” is uplifting and peaceful.

But my favorite is “Chaco Moon Meditation”: Granger’s light, chime-like tapping on hang drum reminds me of a gentle rain falling in Chaco Canyon, the sound of a flute in the distance. If you enjoy meditative, contemplative music, A Place Called Peace fits the bill.

Notes and Chords

Randy Granger Plays Many Native Wooden Flutes
Randy Granger Plays Many Native Wooden Flutes

RANDY GRANGER
A PLACE CALLED PEACE
DOGSENSE MUSIC

This is what you hear in the music of Native American Randy Granger – the elements of nature found in southern New Mexico including sage and mesquite, hawks and rattlesnakes, deserts and canyons, the Rio Grande River and stunning sunsets. All of that and more permeates every note on his new CD, A PLACE CALLED PEACE, because he was born and raised in that state. The Southwest is in his blood and in his soul.

Primarily a Native wooden-flute player (on every track), Granger also sings and plays acoustic guitar on the folk-flavored first song, “Za Zee Za Zu Zing.” Plus he plays various Indian drums and percussion as well as the modern metal hang drum (looks like a flying saucer) that puts forth melodic notes as well as rhythmic beats.

Several of the tunes are solo flute pieces (his flute work on “Double-Barrel Train Wreck” is pretty astounding). The others incorporate Indian drums that will put you immediately around the tribal fire with the “Ghost Dancers,” with the elders for a “Chaco Moon Meditation,” or with the families shedding “Apache Tears.” It sounds like all the instrumentation is acoustic (no synthesizers).

There are a lot of Native flute players, but it is refreshing to hear someone who sounds just a bit different than everyone else.

Zman

Southwestern Soul
Randy has a great voice and can seemingly play any instrument he puts his hands on. I picked up the CD after seeing him play at the Zion Flute Festival and knew I had to have his music in my collection. The CD is great, and he's even more impressive live.

New Age Retailer Magazine

Unique, accessible considerable talent showcased.
The latest CD from Native American flute artist Randy Granger showcase his considerable talent on not just his assortment of flutes, but also on drums and percussion, including the hang drum, an instrument that is gaining popularity. Unlike some similar releases which tend to emphasize the gentler and more serene side of the flute, this one contains up-tempo rhythmic tracks, such as the opening song, “Za Zee Za Zu Zing” which, is also the lone vocal track “Ghost Dancers” unites tribal rhythms with haunting flutes while “Double-Barrel Train Wreck” sounds like it requires four pairs lungs to play! Unique yet accessible, A Place Called Peace is an easy recommendation to wooden-flute lovers.
- Bill Binkelman, NAR

Suzette Southfox

A Place Called Peace
I'm not a sschooled music person but with certain sounds and songs my life is enriched deeply. I found Randy through the haunting hang drum youtube winter solstice. I took a chance on this CD and was gifted with more beauty. I love love love it. There is something that moves within me in a Place Called Peace. And my 10 year old son and I sing Za Zee Za almost every morning on the way to school. My gratitude wide to Randy. Thank you for walking this path.

Greg Hammock

You'll be transported
There really is a mystical feeling to this as if reality around you dances with the music. Be prepared to awaken with the melodies in your head.
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