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Album Review

Migration seems almost capable of sweeping away any sense of trouble, and soothing out any fears. The music on the album is basically of an improvisational nature, with pianist Kater and flautist Nakai developing themes and ideas that were then fleshed out in the process of recording. The music was conceived originally as a foundation for personal ritual; in the thematic development that followed, the scope of the music was widened to include spiritual growth as well, hence the title and direction of the tracks. The root of the music continues to be Kater's gentle piano constructions coupled with Nakai's Native American flutes, whistles and low-key chanting and humming; other instruments are built into this foundation, strengthening the whole rather than indulging in arrangement for the sake of it — there's no apparent attempt to impress with musical trickery here. On an emotional level, this album is gorgeous, well recorded and mixed, a particular pleasure in that it's not at all wispy even though it's exceptionally gentle.

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One of my most exciting musical experiences of the past 10 years ... Jazz, New Age, World Music (and whatever!) merge into one of the best recordings of any genre I have heard. Peter Kater (classicaly-trained as a child, immigrating from Europe, moving through rock to jazz) plays piano/keyboards. R. Carlos Nakai (acclaimed Navajo master of musical cross-cultural collaboration) plays Native American flute, eagle-bone whistle, and other indigenous instruments. "East meeets West." It's a poetic, musical, lyrical honoring of our soul's journey through transformation. Two polar musical traditions meet, and dance with beauty and amazement. Along with the amazing David Darling on cello and others, these two have collaborated on other albums (such as Grammy-nominated "Natives" which I also highly recommend), but this may be the peak of their inventiveness, creativity, and musical beauty. DOWN-LOAD THIS! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!


Kater and Nakai have outdone themselves with this collaborative effort! Although I was already a fan of Nakai, I was not familiar with Kater. He has gained a new fan. The combination of the two artists creates a sound that is truly outstanding and inspired.

Changes the way you look at things

I lost this CD. I tore the house apart looking for it while my son was on a spiritual journey in the southwest. Never found it again until tonight.

The music invites anyone willing to do the work of leaving behind the material and bourgois and listen to the soul to find ones place. This takes courage, and a willingness to step outside everything the secular world teaches and embrace a new vision that can sustain one indefinitely.

The road is long. Go the distance, and find refuge.


Born: Munich, Germany

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist/composer Peter Kater is known for his scores for television, film, and theater, as well as for his own recordings of light jazz and new age music. Born in Germany, Kater moved from Munich to New Jersey when he was four. He began piano lessons three years later and studied classical music until taking up rock & roll in his early teens. At the age of 18, Kater moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he played improvised music and lived for over a decade before moving to rural Virginia, where he built...
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