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Album Review

As testament to the beauty that Omar Akram has brought to contemporary instrumental music (via an easily rhythmic, gently exotic vibe that crosses over effortlessly between world music and new age), fans across the world have created over 50 homemade YouTube videos using personal images to illustrate tracks from his Real Music catalog — which starts with 2002's Opal Fire, recorded under his first name. The packaging gives away some of the inspiration of the romantic journey on Echoes of Love: he was recently married and wrote many of the songs in the months before he became a first-time father. The 12 intimate yet often sweeping tracks clearly reflect a joyful honeymoon period full of romping adventures and quiet reflections on the beauty of it all. That's the key to everything with this intensely melodic composer and performer: beauty. Akram expresses his emotions as a co-writer with keyboardist and album producer (and longtime collaborator) Gregg Karukas. He keeps the piano front and center, but surrounds himself with an ensemble that enhances his core sound with flute, synth atmospheres, hypnotic percussion, chanting, acoustic guitar, and violin. Guests on the journey include Charlie Bisharat, Ramón Stagnaro, Mark Hollingsworth, and Brian Kilgore. Highlights include seductive and sensual pieces like the title track and "Take My Hand" (featuring a gentle piano violin duet with Bisharat over Stagnaro's lovely acoustic guitar harmonies). Two titles that capture the feeling of the whole set are "Free Spirit," which builds emotion via interaction between Akram, Stagnaro, and Hollingsworth's dynamic flute, and the film score lush "My Hope Is You," a showcase for Akram and Bisharat that is sweeping new age piano magic at its finest. Akram makes a soft commentary on a world in turmoil by calling another prayer-like tune "Cry for Love." He closes with "Merry," a tune written for his wife that marks his first ever recorded solo piano composition. It marks a beautiful ending to a charming, heartfelt musical experience.

Customer Reviews


Absolutely beautiful. This man can do no wrong.

Long awaited, and worth the wait

Years ago, I stumbled across this artist totally by accident when iTunes paired his music to some other purchases that I had made. He quickly became one of my top artists, as his music is haunting, melodic and unique. His albums are perhaps fewer in number, with his last album being released in 2007!

Real Music, showcases a group of artists that include many of my favorites. So you can imagine my excitement when I received an e-mail today from Real Music announcing the release of this album. I guess I'm going to have to check my preferences within iTunes, as I thought I had added him to my 'notifications' group, but I'll have to review that to be sure.

Of the other 3 albums he has released, I have them all, with most of them receiving either 4 or 5 stars. I'm going to go and enjoy my new songs, and you should sample his, and check him out on You Tube and he just might become one of your favorite artists as well.

A truly lovely album !

Romantic and groovy, Echoes of Love is a delight to listen to as it brightens and uplifts my heart with its joyful memorable melodies and rhythms.
A New Age GRAMMY winner in 2014, Omar plays and writes with deep love and devotion. A truly lovely album !


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '00s

Experimental pianist Omar blends the unique sounds of various Asian and European countries into a lush and mystical New Age mix. He came upon these international flourishes earnestly; Omar was born to a UN diplomat and spent his youth moving from country to country. Training to become a classical pianist during this time, he came out of it a well-rounded musician that had the sort of exposure to unique...
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