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From MainlyPiano

KathyPiano7

"Healing Music, Volume 2" is a two-disc collection of “STILL” and “CHILL” music by Valerie Romanoff. A musician who excels in a variety of genres of music, Romanoff generally categorizes her music as “STILL, CHILL, THRILL” with the latter referring to her favorite genre, FUNK. Yes, really! The co-founder and CEO of Starlight Orchestras in New York City, (an organization that performs for high-end events all over the country), Romanoff is known for her bright onstage presence, her skill in crafting a range of musical experiences, and her talent for bringing together world class performers. Romanoff’s primary instrument is the electric guitar, but on this album, she also performs on piano, acoustic guitars and synthesizers. Romanoff is joined by Tom Rossi (flute, kora [a 21-string instrument from West Africa] and percussion) and Stevin McNamara (sitar). The music incorporates influences from world beat, new age, jazz, rock and chill genres and can have a very soothing and/or refreshing effect on the listener. In the liner notes of the CD, Romanoff says, “By tapping into the transformative nature of sound, I believe we can help create a more harmonious world…. Whether in the contemplation of stillness, the activation of ideas, or the joyful rise of energy, music plays a significant role in our evolution…. This music is dedicated to our joyous journey and the spirit of LOVE.”

Disc 1 contains the eight original pieces, which range from just under seven minutes to almost eighteen, sustaining an uplifting and positive mood throughout. Infectious rhythms and outstanding musicianship send much of this music skyward. I especially like “Dawn of Tao,” which feels much like a welcome break sitting in a patch of warm sunshine, listening to the birds and other nature sounds around you - calming, refreshing, and energizing all at the same time. I also really like “Om Shanti Shalom - Beatmix Instrumental,” with its powerful pulse and leisurely tempo. There are occasional wordless vocals on this one, too, but it’s mostly an easy groove that just feels good!

Disc 2 has ten tracks that are radio edits and a bonus track that is the full “Pink Skies Suite.” In this group, the radio edits range from just over three minutes to six - still long enough to sustain a mood, but more radio-friendly. “The Bend” is not on Disc 1, but is included on Disc 2. In addition to “Dawn of Tao,” and “Om Shanti Shalom,” I really like like slow groove and soulful guitar of “Moving Glass” on this disc.

If you are a looking for a bargain, you get a LOT of music for your money with this album - well over two hours! It is music with a purpose, but it is also a pleasure to listen to just for the music’s sake. Check it out!

Chill-Out Yoga

CandiceMichelle1

Valerie Romanoff is an innovative and versatile multi-instrumentalist who’s explored a variety of musical styles. The second installment of her Healing Music series meant to uplift and soothe the soul, Healing Music, Vol. 2 is a fantastic double-album comprised of 18 compositions spanning over 2 hours. Alternating between groovier cuts denoted as “chill” and more meditative pieces denoted as “still”, Healing Music, Vol. 2 is an overall chic and semi-exotic blend of acoustic, meditation and world beat styles of music. Throughout the album, Romanoff plays guitar, piano and synthesizers, while she’s joined by Steven McNamara on sitar and Tom Rossi on flute, kora and percussion.

“Pink Skies Over Still Water (Still)” opens the album with a soul-soothing soundscape of spacious chords, brushes of sitar and gentle acoustic guitar. Seemingly evocative of a misty morning, the collective instruments immediately instill a sense of serenity among nature. “Pink Skies Over Waves (Still)” continues in this melodiously tranquil mode, while adding subtle touches of flute along the way, as elements of both Eastern and Western acoustic music are seamlessly woven into a sonic tapestry of organic resonance. The next track, “Beyond the Bend (Chill)”, is one of my favorites – and as its title suggests, turns up the tempo a few notches. Simultaneously relaxing and rhythmically hypnotic, the piece is guided along by Indian tabla drums, as intonations of “Om” underlie a colorful arrangement of South Asian instruments – effectively bringing-to-mind scenic images of a sacred temple overlooking a lotus pond. Another one of my favorite pieces is “Moving Glass (Still)”, which sounds a bit less “exotic” and perhaps more familiar to Western ears compared to most of the other compositions. A mesmerizing piece characterized by liquid layers of electric guitar and balmy atmospheric textures, it seemingly alludes to a paradisal destination of golden sunset beaches.

Romanoff likewise incorporates elements of traditional Raga music while maintaining a western musical sensibility throughout. Additionally, she’s included radio edits of all the original tracks on the second half of the album, as some listeners and radio programmers certainly appreciate the convenience of being able to opt for shorter versions of lengthier compositions.

Despite first glance at the album’s generic-seeming title and Buddha cover artwork (of which is nonetheless beautifully depicted), I genuinely enjoyed Healing Music, Vol. 2 immensely. Indian instruments and Eastern spiritual themes have long been a staple of the “new age” and world-beat genres and as a result, much of it tends to sound cliché – but not so with this wonderful album. Crafted with utmost professionalism that seemingly suggests an inherent sense within the artist of knowing when less is more, Healing Music, Vol. 2 boasts a majestic array of delightful-sounding instruments that engulf the listening space without overwhelming it. All in all, this is the perfect “chill-out yoga” music for transporting the mind to an idyllic soul retreat!

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