"Spellbinding lullabies for children and adults alike. A perfect gift." --Mara Applebaum, New Age Retailer
"Listen to this CD and try to *not* feel your breath deepen, your body soften, and your mind relax and begin to melt. Go ahead. I dare you." --Sudhir Jonathan Foust, president of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, Mass.
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The artistry of a classical musician.
The serenity of a yoga teacher.
NIGHTINGALE, the solo recording debut of the orchestral flutist-turned-improvisational artist Sarah Swersey, cuts straight to the heart, transporting the listener on a deeply inward journey to a place of emotion and stillness.
These improvised lullabies are far from being mere sleep aids--they're ideal accompaniment for yoga (Sarah is a Kripalu-trained teacher), massage, meditation, and relaxation, and the stunning solo flute sound most definitely stands up to active listening as well.
Half of the tracks in this enchanting collection are based on traditional melodies from a world of cultures: the Yiddish children's song "Alef Bas," the Sephardic lullaby "A La Nana y La Buba," and "Arrorro," a graceful Spanish song that Sarah used to perform in concert halls around Europe during her days as principal flutist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. True to her classical roots, Sarah also plays sweet variations on the Brahms Lullaby.
Perhaps most engaging, though, are Sarah's original compositions, particularly the emotionally charged 16-minute "Nina's Peace," dedicated to a cousin who died young. Another original, "Mozaique," evokes the sounds, sights, and smells of a family trip to Israel when Sarah was 7 years old.
NIGHTINGALE was co-produced by 2002 Grammy nominee David Darling, the innovative cellist who has featured Sarah's flute on three of his most recent improvisational recordings.