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One might be forgiven for wondering what exactly the "spa experience" (which offers wealthy people the chance to be physically pampered) has to do with Zen (a highly disciplined school of Buddhist meditational practice). Yet "Zen spas" apparently do exist, and there are indeed Zen-related massage techniques, so there you go. As far as the music itself on this trio album, it's lovely and virtuosic, though it doesn't exactly come by its air of Eastern exoticism honestly. Flutist Gary Stroutsos plays a variety of Asian and Native American flutes; William Eaton plays a fascinating array of highly unusual guitars that he designed and built himself; and Will Clipman plays all kinds of Indian, Cuban, Asian, and African percussion instruments. The music, naturally enough, is soothing and meditative, and always thoroughly pleasant, so it might seem churlish to wonder who they think they're fooling with its mystical pretensions. Besides, the answer's obvious: they're fooling people who want to be convinced that enlightenment can come by way of soothing music and sensual self-indulgence. Even those whose grasp of Zen philosophy is a bit sketchy might be pretty sure it's not supposed to be quite that simple. The music sure is pretty, though.

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Was this review supposed to make me want to purchase this album. The writer, though commenting with supposed knowledge in his or her field, has nothing positive or zen-like to offer by way of opinion. Perhaps they could use a little training in the achievement of Zen...? Breathe......in......out.....

Excellent for creating a relaxing mood

I've been looking for an album like this for a while. Definitely unique. I use this for background music while working on stressful work for school. I find that it really does help ease the stress... This is also great music to listen to to unwind from a hectic day. Good to set the tone for sleep, too.

One of the best!!

I have a HUGE library of new age/spa/zen music and this just continues to be one of the most original and stirring albums I have ever heard. It's relaxing without being dull; far from it, I have never heard anything like it yet. Everytime someone hears it for the first time, they ask for me to make them a copy. You just won't regret this buy.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A musician with a variety of musical influences, from Afro-Cuban to jazz, Gary Stroutsos is most at home playing cedar flutes in the Native American tradition. Dedicated to Native American culture and environmentalism, his music has been featured in several Native American showcases and he performed for the televised Earth Day celebration in British Columbia, Caretakers of the Earth. In 2000, he teamed up with Jonn Serrie to release the new age fusion album Hidden World. A solo effort, entitled Pacific...
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