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
Released by White Swan Records