Oasis

by Gary Stroutsos

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about

All the music for Oasis was recorded in one take, “in the moment,” during two late night studio sessions inside the Pacific Northwest. Using only a concert silver bass flute and Southwest desert rim flutes, this meditative collection of "tone poems" reflects my many moods.

Recording solo can be a very challenging experience. In addition to the sea, which always serves as a grand source of inspiration, I considered the many religious tradition that incorporate the architecture of their houses of worship into their music. I approached the recording studio as a sacred space, treating it as an equal partner and musical collaborator.

I have never recorded a concert bass flute before and the sound has been inside my head for a long time, so I gave it a go. The sound contrasts nicely with the haunting yet plaintive Southwest desert rim flutes. Each instrument reflects a different mood and space, giving the music a nice balance and, I hope, a sense of an oasis (or sanctuary).

May you enjoy this music as much as I did recording it.

Gary Stroutsos, Inside the Pacific Northwest, 2011

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released September 13, 2011

Gary Stroutsos ~ Jupiter Bass & Alto Silver Concert Flutes, Southwest Desert Contemporary Rim Flutes, Native American Contemporary Drone Flute

Recorded and produced by Gary Stroutsos and Geoff Stanfield Inside the Pacific Northwest, Spring 2011

Special thanks to Geoff Stanfield for the recording. To the flutemakers: Michael Allen and Geoffrey Ellis (rim flutes) and Pat Haran (drone flute). To Paul McVicar at Metropolitan Music for generously loaning the bass flute.

All compositions Circle P Gary Stroutsos Ko Ko Arts (ASCAP) 2011

OASIS is dedicated to our young flute artists who have a desire to carry on the enduring legacy of world based flute music as I have for 35 years.

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