Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation
By Ann Licater
Review by Judson Hurd
Ann Licater is a world/flutist and I have the pleasure of reviewing her latest album Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation. This is her fifth album and it also has guest Grammy-nominated Peter Phippen that plays electric bass. The music is recommended for “yoga, spa, healing arts, creativity, study, sleep, and overall stress reduction.”
Quiet Spaces is the first track with Ann’s relaxing flute. The sound of her flutes has an Native American style to it with a delightful reverb on the recording. The second track Ancestral Gathering has a similar sound but with another flute track comes in to form a fluid duet that trades the melody.
I listened to this record at night while winding down and it has been some of the best music to help me do that. Ann does a wonderful job creating music for the background but keeping it varied so the music does not become boring. Aspen Awakening is one of my favorites that has electric bass. The piece is short but I really enjoyed the lifting and interesting intervals that the flute makes in the middle of the song. Ancient Shores begins with soothing flute that plays a nostalgic and sad melody and sounds like an underscore that would be in a documentary film. Celestial Traveler is probably my favorite track on the record. In the background is the electric bass with Ann’s wordless vocals. The extra layers with bass and vocals really add the emotion. Beautiful!
Ann Licater is a highly accomplished flutist and I can really tell from her playing that she really connects with her instrument through excellent technique and emotionally. I highly recommend this album to new age music fans. You can download on iTunes, Amazon or stream on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming websites.