PAINTED FACES, from composer and instrumentalist Steven Newman, is an expression of the different masks that people wear in their daily lives to cover their true selves. As an album, it is a collection of flute and percussion pieces that ties together different cultures. Most notable are Native American themes. The cedar flute's somber cadence lends a sense of serenity to these tracks. At times, Arabic flute also comes into play to give an additional, more ornate voice to the mix. Drum beats, when featured, are slow and steady, with some rattles and shakers to give a tribal flair. Keyboard atmosphere is also blended in to provide a dreamy accent. Fans of flute music will enjoy this album - the juxtaposition of North American and Asian flutes, along with the relaxed, pensive sound, make for a pleasant listening experience.
Painted Faces is about the masks that we wear each and every day, not only for strangers but our loved ones as well. The album embraces many cultures and styles, leading the listener through a variety of experiences. It is hoped that you take the opportunity to remove your mask while listening to the tones of the flutes... The majority of the album is played using Native American style flutes along with Arabic flute and percussion.
Steven Newton: Native flutes, Arabic flute, percussion/Greg Stephenson: guitar
Soul Rider ? Horizon ? Malik?s Mystery ? October Sun ? Whispers on the Wind ? Sojourn ? Silk Road ? The Forest of May ? Tao ? Kokopelli?s Dance ? Lilly Lightfoot ? Natural World
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