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Minstrel Streams | New Horizon

Some recordings are the musical equivalent of capturing lightning in a bottle - there is a certain spark, a special magic, something discernible yet difficult to describe, that sets it apart from many other albums out there. New Horizon, from the duo Minstrel Streams (Matt Stuart on piano and acoustic guitar and his wife, Rebecca, on silver and Native American flutes) is one such recording. I knew as I listened to the first track, "Ancient Mariner," that this album was going to blow me away. The music has a timeless grace, a rich beauty, and an overwhelmingly lovely and simple charm, (simple meaning not cluttered with artifice or embellished needlessly). There is so much inherent warmth and good will present throughout all thirteen selections that it would be  near impossible to stay in a bad mood (if you started out that way) and played the whole album through.

 

Interestingly enough, while the Stuarts went to Imaginary Road to record New Horizon (and had Tom Eaton engineer, mix, and master it), the artists themselves produced the album, not Will Ackerman. Matt and Rebecca apparently knew what they were doing as the production quality is outstanding, especially when it comes to the role the guest artists play on tracks where they are featured. Jill Haley (English horn), Paul Kochanski (string bass), Eugene Friesen (cello), Noah Wilding (vocals), Matt Heaton (bodhran), and Eaton on percussion and accordion all contribute in significant ways and juggling these talents couldn't have been easy, so big props to the Stuarts!

 

Musically, New Horizon sounds like a cross between two other duos, one being Eric Tinsgtad and Nancy Rumbel and the other one Matthew Lyon and Christine Dickinson. In both cases there are instrument differences, as well as differences in music influences, but the overriding similarity is in the high quality of the performances and the superb sense of melody no matter what the individual track's particular mood or music type. Sometimes, while listening to the album, I recalled many classic recordings from the days of both Windham Hill and Narada in that the music has that "classic" acoustic sound present on both labels, especially at their outset. There is a sonic richness and an emotional depth present here that goes beyond just "good music and well played." Matt told me one of the main influences on the duo's music comes from American folk music and I hear that on many of the tracks, but there are other elements present as well.

 

"Ancient Mariner" opens with a haunting cello and piano duet, accented by Wilding's vocals, and then lilting silver flute takes the lead. "Come to the Waters" has both a subtle hymn-like quality as well as classical influence, too; the flowing melody conveys the titular aspect well. "Dawn Rising" introduces a subtle romantic air, as guitar and flute intertwine with each other in a lovely dance of melody, with assistance from Friesen's cello. "On a Distant Shore" has a wistful quality, while "Golden Treasures" ushers in subdued grandeur along with some medieval-era musical influence at times. "Voices of the Wind" features Rebecca playing Native flute and there is a palpable nature-like mood to the piece with Matt contributing solidly on guitar. Matt goes solo on the dramatic piano piece "Passages," followed by the gently rollicking "Celestial's Rainbow" (which also has a subtle air of medieval court music at times when the percussion is heard - you will recognize it when you hear it). "Coming Home to You" sounds like an instrumental version of a folk song, almost to the point that you may be able to come up with your own lyrics! "Memories of Kyoto" is able to convey some Japanese themes via the piano melody and song cadence, as well as the flute line, and the piece's rapid tempo may even bring to mind images of a bullet train speeding through the countryside - it did for me. The last track's title exemplifies what the allure of this whole album is: "Simple Pleasures." Haley's lovely English horn hovers beautifully over Matt's piano. The track also features Rebecca's delicate flute playing and Friesen's cello and everyone is in perfect balance (this is what I meant when I gave the Stuarts props for production quality).

 

New Horizon is one of those instantly enjoyable, immensely accessible, and just downright friendly and inviting albums that come along once in a blue moon. Charming may seem a weak descriptor of music to some, but if you actually examine the definition, it reads "the power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration… delight greatly." I was delighted every time I spun this disc and I doubt any acoustic music lover will feel differently.

 

Rating: Excellent

 

 Minstrel Streams | New Horizon

 Minstrel Streams is the joint effort of husband and wife team Matt and Rebecca Stuart. Both began their music careers at a young age. Joining forces after meeting for a burger to discuss Rebecca’s composition, the two became irrevocably entwined as musicians and life partners, marrying six months later. Searching for the name of their band, a friend told them their combined sound was like two streams converging in a river and the result was Minstrel Streams. Now releasing their fourth album after being inspired by the legendary Will Ackerman, New Horizon is their finest work yet to date. Filled with classical elements with delightful improvisation, this album hooked me from the very start.  Guest artists on the album include Eugene Friesen (GRAMMY winning cellist); Jill Haley (English Horn); Paul Kochanski (string bass); Matt Heaton (Bodhran drum); Noah Wilding (vocals); and Tom Eaton (percussion and accordion).

 

“Ancient Mariner” awakens the listener to the magic of New Horizon and the versatile talents of this amazing duo. Cello, piano, flute, bass and background vocals sing a siren’s song of the ocean’s vast and eternal beauty. Cascading piano movements carry the listener over the waves and into the open waters. Glimpses of a shimmering tail and a flash of red hair drift by as the ship crests a swell. A mermaid winks and you are captivated by the enchantment in a world that tempts you to dip your toes in the water and be free.

 

“Golden Treasures” is a lively piece. Piano, flute, cello, bass, and percussion swirl together like the rich melty flavors of a salted caramel mocha. Smooth going down and just when you think you have discovered all the rich flavors, there is another one hiding in the middle. The flute flutters delicately to the top as the cello rises to greet the listener with deep resonating string movements. The streams cross together to create a perfect blend of sound. There just in the center of the piece you can hear a bit of acoustic guitar that sounds remarkably like a harpsichord, adding further texture to this already splendid track.

 

“Celestial’s Rainbow” is a joyful song. Acoustic guitar, flute, accordion, bass, Bodhran drum, and percussion weave a piece that invokes a summer’s dance around the Maypole. Ribbons ride high on the wind as emotions run free. Breathe in the heady pulse of life and the heightened senses that come from blood pumping wild in your veins. Dance. Let you hair down and let the magic of the summer season take flight. See the twinkle in your lover’s eyes and smile. The steady percussion raises the beat and just there, the flute takes flight.

 

Minstrel Streams is a duo that I now have on my must hear list. Classical movements whip and whirl with improvised compositions that took my mind to distant lands the moment the album began to play. The distinct element of water was throughout this album. Whether a ride with an ancient mariner or a treasure hunt, or even a voyage home, it all centered on the majesty and mystery within the waves. New Horizon is indeed a new step forward for Minstrel Streams and is an album destined for greatness from the onset. With guest musicians and the art and skill of Matt and Rebecca Stuart, this album was inspired and recorded in Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. New Horizon is a journey and one that I will be taking often. In a humorous moment my mind went back to a line in the movie Ghostbusters when one of the men is told not to cross the streams. Matt and Rebecca—you chose the road less traveled by and it did make the difference. I hope you will be crossing streams together for a very long time to come.

4.5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Ancient Mariner, Golden Treasures, Celestial’s Rainbow

 imaginary road

The word “confluence” can be defined as: “where streams flow together to form a river.” This is significant, not only in that it is connected to how the duo Minstrel Streams got their name, but also on a much more personal level. Matt and Rebecca Stuart were introduced as fellow musicians under “chance” circumstances to discuss a songwriting project, and to make a long story short, wound up not only creating a musical entity, but also becoming husband and wife just six months later – the ultimate confluence. Since they began playing together in 2008, the duo has released four albums, including their latest, New Horizon.

 

Both Matt and Rebecca individually have a long musical history that began at an early age. Growing up in Chicago, Matt was drawn to the piano at the age of four and actually began taking classical lessons shortly thereafter at Northwestern University’s Conservatory of Music. Some of his earliest inspiration came from film scores, where he would try to figure out the music to a movie he had just seen, such as Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc. He later expanded his musicality to folk guitar after hearing artists like John Denver and Simon & Garfunkel. Matt continued his education at UCLA, which included courses in film scoring and ethno-musicology. Rebecca, who came from southern California, found her musical path on the flute beginning in fourth grade. After taking lessons from two members of the Ventura County Symphony Orchestra, she went on to win awards for her playing in high school band and orchestra. Beyond that, Rebecca has played in a number of bands, as well as at weddings, retreats, and as a co-worship leader. She credits world famous flautist James Galway as a major influence in her music. Matt and Rebecca currently live in Santa Barbara, California where they play in a variety of venues and work on composing their music.

 

While they have a small home studio there, for this release, appropriately titled New Horizon, they decided to take their music to the next level and recorded it at Imaginary Road Studio, the well known facility of Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. Although Will often serves as the producer for projects at his studio, in this case he felt the duo was proficient enough to produce the project themselves with the help of “esteemed studio sonic architect” Tom Eaton who engineered, mixed, and mastered the album, as well as playing percussion and accordion on it. As is often the case with albums recorded at Imaginary Roads, a number of Will’s A-list studio musicians contributed their unique talents, including cellist Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley on English horn, string bassist Paul Kochanski, Matt Heaton on Bodhran drum, and vocalist Noah Wilding.

 

The album’s opening track, “Ancient Mariner,” draws its inspiration from the classic English poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797. It is the story of a sailor’s experiences after returning from a long voyage. Like the poem, the song has its stories to tell as well, and the track wastes no time in jumping right into the thick of it. Eugene Friesen’s sonorous cello soars over Matt’s up-tempo piano arpeggios like the albatross that guided the sailors out of bad weather in Coleridge’s poem. Noah Wilding’s ethereal female vocals add atmosphere to the composition, setting the scene for the entrance of Rebecca’s airy silver flute at around the one-minute mark. Like the above-mentioned separate streams that converge to flow together to the sea, the flute completes the picture and along with bass, all the elements have come together to relate a musical narrative that takes the listener on an imaginative journey of sound. In contrast to the nautical air of “Ancient Mariner,” an earthy ambience pervades on the Native American-themed “Dawn Rising,” as Matt switches to acoustic guitar and weaves an enchanting soundscape for flute, cello, and bass to illuminate like the first rays of sunshine on a brand new day. A track called “On a Distant Shore” introduces the dulcet tones of English horn from multi-instrumentalist Jill Haley, whose own music I’ve had the pleasure of writing about.

 

Although the following comment holds true for the album in general, on a track called “Golden Treasures,” I couldn’t help noticing the remarkable sonic synergy between Matt and Rebecca as their parts flowed and intertwined together so perfectly. I’m sure that their loving energy as a couple spills over into their music, and this is a wonderful example. I also enjoyed the introduction of new elements as Rebecca played a wooden Native American flute over Matt’s acoustic guitar in the delightful “Voices of the Wind.” On the album’s title track, they point out: “This particular piece of music reminds us that sometimes it is good to break away from the routine, travel new paths, and grow. This composition and the whole album mark a new direction for Minstrel Streams… orchestrations involving other wonderful musicians. It features flute, piano, cello, bass, and background vocals.” As one of the more melodically adventurous compositions, it makes a stunning signature piece for the recording. Another equally impressive track, and one of the most musically diverse on the album is “Celestial’s Rainbow,” which is described as “a spirited Celtic dance theme that alternates with a Spanish middle section.

 

Speaking of ethnic influences, a track called “Memories of Kyoto” is inspired by the ancient music of Japan. A nice touch was the way the song opened with the sound of an Asian gong. Moving back to this continent, a piece entitled “Visions for Tomorrow” picks up on the Native American theme heard earlier. Rebecca’s wooden flute weaves a mystical spell accompanied by guitar, bass, and percussion, including Hopi drum. The album concludes with another full ensemble piece called “Simple Pleasures.” According to Matt and Rebecca: “This piece brings thoughts of eating at a French sidewalk cafe with good friends and good wine.” And like a fine meal with friends, the song leaves the listener with a satisfied feeling, a warm glow, and fond memories that linger on after it has ended.

 

I really enjoyed New Horizon by Minstrel Streams with its earthy blend of folk music, new age, classical, and world music flavors. While Matt and Rebecca bring in influences of various ethnicities and musical styles, these are integrated subtly into their own sound, which maintains a degree of continuity throughout the recording, so that there are not any sudden jumps into wildly divergent genres. The accompanying musicians are also blended subtly into the mix where they perfectly compliment but never distract from the sweet chemistry between Matt and Rebecca. While all the albums by Minstrel Streams are delightful, I applaud them for stepping up the production on New Horizon by recording and producing it at Imaginary Road Studio, which like Matt and Rebecca themselves, is a match made in heaven. There is an unspoken spirituality in their songs, which they call “psalms without words.” Elaborating on this, they share: “We cannot take lightly the God given gift that we have. Our destiny in life is to use this gift to share with others. Our hope is that they, in turn, can enjoy what our music offers – joy, peace, love, hope and mercy.” To which, all I can add is: amen.

Minstrel Streams | New Horizon

Are you looking for some sweetly uplifting instrumental music that harkens back to a more innocent time? New Horizon by Minstrel Streams might be exactly what you seek. This is the fourth release from Minstrel Streams, a husband and wife duo made up of Matt Stuart on the Steinway grand piano and acoustic guitar and Rebecca Stuart on a variety of flutes. Recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios, New Horizon includes the musical talents of Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, vocals by Noah Wilding, and others. All thirteen of the tracks are original compositions by Minstrel Streams and convey a sense of simplicity and warmth. While the melodies are gentle and uncomplicated, the performances are heartfelt and beautifully done.

 

New Horizon begins with “Ancient Mariner,” one of the more energetic pieces on the album. Cello, voice, and piano evoke a mysterious feeling that the flute dispels as it enters and creates a more optimistic atmosphere. This is one of my favorites. “Come To the Waters” has a more flowing style and again features the beauty of Friesen’s cello along with piano and flute. “Dawn Rising” is another favorite. Flute, guitar and cello make a delightfully earthy trio that is both peaceful and evocative. I also really like the haunting “Voices of the Wind,” a duet for guitar and Native American flute - very simple but emotionally very rich. “Passages” is the only piano solo on the album - a nice interlude between the ensemble pieces. “Celestial’s Rainbow” is a spirited flute and guitar piece that includes simple percussion and playful cheering in the background. Overflowing with love and longing, “Coming Home to You” is a sweet ballad and another favorite. The heart-tugging flute melody and gentle guitar rhythms in “Visions For Tomorrow” make this another stand-out that would be perfect for the closing credits of a movie. “Simple Pleasures” ends this lovely album with a light-hearted ensemble piece that includes most of the musicians who appeared on other tracks - charming and very satisfying.

 

New Horizon is the perfect antidote for the stresses and bad news we are bombarded with every day. Minstrel Streams endeavors to express the wonder and beauty of life and do an excellent job of it! New Horizon is available from MinstrelStreams.com, Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Recommended!

An album that will cross many boundaries

 


Another musical journey begins this time with U.S folk duo Matt and Rebecca Stuart and the release of their brand new album New Horizon. During this review a few familiar names will appear and we will discover a new world of new music on the New Horizons of the Stuarts.


Once more the Imaginary Road Studios of the legendary Will Ackerman bring us dear constant listener, a quality album that is packed full of imaginative and thought provoking music, much like the opening piece called Ancient Mariner, a passion filled composition filled with a nice change of tempo and a smooth passage that combines a floating flute of Rebecca Stuart with the masterful Eugene Friesen on Cello.


Track two really has a familiar feel to it, entitled Come To The Waters, this folk/hymn composition sweeps along with a delicious plunging bass line and some driving piano from Matt Stuart, who also has the delicate ability to play so soft in a later passage. This piece also has a little Celtic sense to it as well, a piece perhaps for all genres?


Now moving sweetly to Dawn Rising we see the guitar and flute playing symbiotically with each other, in a song that is as light as it is daytime. With Matt Stuart on guitar, this composition brings us an extra dimension and the flute of Rebecca is soon coupled by Tom Eaton on Drums, while Friesen’s Cello is always there and as constant as the west wind.


The next piece really resonated with me; it’s called On a Distant Shore, while Matt returns to Piano on this piece, Jill Haley now joins the gang and adds yet more of a wide open spaces feel to a composition that has a wonderful melody to it. The flute and Horn work so well together here and it really gives the whole composition a fuller flavour.


Golden Treasures is a track that starts with a real purpose and definition, but it has a smooth styled composure to it and the bass from Paul Kochanski gives us an almost medieval feel to the piece. This track plays us along nicely and one could almost sit under a Willow tree catching trout from a clear mountain stream whilst listening to it.


As the afternoon here turns into evening, we arrive at the piece called Voices of the Wind. This for me was special, as Matt Stuarts guitar opens what is a deeply emotional composition, it’s coupled with the Native American flute and makes this quite a moving track indeed. This is without doubt my favourite composition from the album and the depth and quality within this piece is really evident and hooks you in with a respectful intent from the off.


The more traditional flute from Rebecca Stuart delivers a quality performance on the title track called of course New Horizon. This is a track filled with the energies of a new beginning, but I found certain warmth within this piece that seems to radiate out like a musical warm blanket around the senses. In fact the longer the track continued I could easily visualize this being the theme music to a show, or some incidental music in a movie, it has that way about it.


On Passages we are treated to a solo piano composition and from the keys of Matt Stuart and we are given an almost intermediary piece to transport us into the second phase of this new release, however do not underestimate this track, it’s a piece that seems to be weaved together from a loom of musical plenty. In fact Passages is a very apt title for this composition.


From the very start of Celestial Rainbow, it almost felt like we have landed back into the early 70’s with Jethro Tull, I am sure I could write a lyric to this track, this feels like a fun piece to play and be a part of and I am almost sure I heard a whoop in there as well. Celestial Rainbow is a toe tapping composition of light hearted happiness and joy.


This is a moment dear constant reader and listener to reflect, the opening guitar on Coming Home to You is like the opening to a John Denver single of years ago, again this is another track with such lyrical promise and I am trying to resist the urge to sing Rocky Mountain High along with it. When Friesen joins with the Cello the whole track is given a depth that creates probably one of the most beautiful compositions from the album.


Now a shift in emphasis is upon us and our global journey moves way out east with the exciting piece Memories of Kyoto, clever changes in pace from the Piano gives this track a real Vangelis feel to it, but the tempo moves continuously forward in a respectful world groove of a composition that is both appealing and invigorating.


Now most people will know I love the Native American flute, combine that with a drum and a soulful acoustic guitar and you get a wonder filled track called Visions for Tomorrow. One can certainly say that this release is a really refreshing injection in the arm of good traditional music, combined with a really clever mix of genres. This composition is an exact example of that complexity, a fine song with some deep and sombre passages, creating a really deep and emotive track.

 
So dear constant reader and listener, once more the journey is complete and we finish off this sojourn into the world of the Stuarts, better known as Minstrel Streams, with an almost English folk piece called Simple Pleasures. It has to be said that yet again another album from the Imaginary Road studios of Will Ackerman will take the New Age music scene by storm. This is an album that will cross many boundaries and thus please and entertain many people across the planet. Well done to Minstrel Streams for producing this album and having faith that good music, like cream, rises to the top, as I am sure this album will do in the respective charts it appears in.

 


Rating: Excellent


Minstrel Streams , Matt and Rebecca Stuart, are a married couple from Santa Barbara, California USA. Their new album “New Horizon” is their fourth CD. This CD was “born” under the shadows of the mountains of southern  Vermont  in the legendary Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios – where masterpieces of contemporary New Age music are created. In addition to Matt and Rebecca , there were several guest artists:  cellist Eugene Friesen, English horn player Jill Haley, bassist Paul Kochanski, percussionist Tom Eaton, and vocalist Noah Wilding. This impressive line-up of musicians created music that sends the imagination to new and unexplored horizons.  This wonderful CD also reflects traditions of the past combined with the diversity of the world’s cultures.

 

Contrary to the popular notion of minstrels, Matt and Rebecca do not sing songs , but compose melodies that are speaking the language of music…you just have to listen to hear words in your heart. Matt plays the Steinway grand piano and acoustic guitar; and Rebecca is a virtuoso on Native American flutes and silver Gemeinhardt flute.  This, coupled with the participation of the above musicians, weaves subtle and elegant sound patterns through threads of classical music, Baroque music, Renaissance Romanticism, and folk music (Celtic) which conjures up thoughts of endless green landscapes, and traditional canons of Central Europe.


There are also very colorful ethnic motifs: East is reflected in “Memories of Kyoto,” lyrical  flamenco  kindles sensuality in “Celestial’s Rainbow.”  “Voices of the Wind” and “Visions for Tomorrow” are dominated by the healing, meditative sounds of the Native American flutes. All this simultaneously creates a sense of lightness and depth.

 

In these gentle streams, one can hear the dialog of the past and the present. Subtle vibrations of notes touch indescribable and hidden corners of the soul, closely associated with the small part of the divine within each of us. Harmony and light rhythms beckon for non-stop ringing streams of inspiration that invite the listener to a long and exciting journey.  As part of this journey, the listeners can push themselves further and further into the horizon to discover new worlds filled with light and warmth. In this sense the magic – which may be associated with minstrels from the time of dawn – may be rooted in much more ancient times.

Beautiful and very soulful album.

 

Minstrel Streams – NEW HORIZON:  A new gem in from Matt and Rebecca Stuart; as you listen to Matt’s acoustic guitar and piano and Rebecca’s flute, you’ll be spirited away to a musical land where everything is good and pure!  Pieces like “Celestial’s Rainbow” really bring that feeling of joy and peace home for you, and you’ll find yourself spinning this one over and over again.  These folks are really able to create imagery through their music, which you’ll see as you listen to the beautiful “Dawn Rising“!  It was the emotion-laden “Coming Home to You” that captured my vote for favorite track of the 13 offered up for your aural pleasure; heavenly, indeed.  I give Minstrel Streams a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for listeners who want to be carried away to new heights, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98.

 

Minstrel Streams
New Horizon
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Far away lands, times long ago

Piano and flute; the sound is so complimentary. The ebb and flow of breath and the tactile sense of contact mating in a dance of rhythm and melody. I have to admit I’ve heard many collaborations featuring piano and flute. Some were from long ago. Duets from Vivaldi and Bach come to mind first, then performances by Michael Hoppé, Gary Lamb, Tim Wheater and many others. Usually the music spans several genres from classical to contemporary, but this is one of the first albums that promotes a mix of Baroque / Folk / Renaissance styles and blended very well, thank you. Rebecca Stuart plays flute, while her husband, Matt Stuart plays piano and guitar. They met by happenstance, but they seem to get along well on many levels, including as musicians. Their album New Horizon is thirteen tracks of music that sounds like the background for unexpected adventures on sunny afternoons. There are bards and knights, Celts and kings and all are brought to life by the fantasy music by Minstrel Streams.


Ancient Mariner opens with a cello lead that pairs with a piano accompaniment. As the sails are set and the wind is at our backs, the flute joins in the voyage. Halyards snap and waves wash over the bow as we head west for places unknown. Our greatest fear is the edge of the earth, Terra Incognita. It leads us to our next tune, Golden Treasures. We follow the lead of the flute like a bird who has agreed to point out the way to untold riches. Best keep in mind that not all riches gleam with the shine of gold. Voices of the Wind came to be my favorite on the album. It reminded me of some excursion south of the border, maybe as far as Patagonia where the wind abides and makes its presence known every day. There are good winds and bad winds. Rebecca’s flute tells us that it is certainly not an ill wind.

 

The title tune, New Horizon, is the opening of a new book with fresh, blank pages to fill in with not only exploration but also discovery. We are musically drawn over our own horizons and encouraged to further investigate. There is a promise inside this song. Concealed in this bright flute tune is the light of the sun that will shine and fresh prospects are just around the corner. Celestial’s Rainbow is reminiscent of a Blackmore’s Night fantasy tune and I liked it for that. It is difficult to put Minstrel Streams music into a solid category, but this song seems to come close to other known works. The song starts out meandering, then following the path, but just as we think we have hit a dead end, there before us is the remainder of the rain, a rainbow that towers like an accepting gateway

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Matt gets a chance to play his guitar on a warm ballad called Coming Home to You. There is a charming quality to the tune. A soldier was away for a very long time, doing his job, serving in the name of country, but it is a time of returning. In his pocket are a handful of letters and a piece of faded ribbon. In his heart, is a deep yearning that drives him ever closer to home. The story is an old one that is heard throughout the centuries.


Visions for Tomorrow is a favorite with an old world feel to it. The echoing sounds of the flute, sweet and clear, might be heard on any continent because the tune has universal appeal. It could be from a deep woods Native American or a plucky Celtic bard or maybe even a lone plainsman from South America. Their vision is a similar one, a hopeful peace.  


New Horizon is an entertaining album of gentle music for all occasions. It has all the feel of a Renaissance experience mixed with a visit to an old Irish cottage to visit some friends. Matt and Rebecca give new meaning to the expression harmonious relationship. I recommend this album for a flute and piano soiree.