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Andreas VOLLENWEIDER, son of an organist, is born in Zurich (Switzerland) in 1953. He started playing various instruments as autodidact until he discovered the harp, an instrument that he innovated by applying pick-ups and other transformations so to make possible the glissando. His first release is dated 1979 and currently the last official studio album has been released in 2009.

Even if he's known mostly for his new-age period in the early 80s his music has touched many genres, even inside the same album.

His music has been labeled as world, newage, progressive and jazz, but he has also shown classical influences.

The world label is likely because of the use of various ethnic instruments but more than a research oriented to esotic folk is mainly a research of sounds.

Starting from Dancing With The Lions his production becomes more progressive, in particular symphonic. In the 90s he becomes a bit more radio friendly. Eolian Minstrel includes a country-rock ballad sung by Carly Simon (Harvest), but the album is partially a concept and it's from this album that Vollenweider starts fitting better into the Crossover classification. Kryptos contains songs by Astor Piazzolla in the same period and in a similar way of Al DI MEOLA's Play Piazzolla. Since Eolian Minstrel he has started a number of collaborations having often famous jazzists as guests players.

Unfortunately a number of works have been performed only live for special events and haven't seen a proper release.

Out of the music world, VOLLENWEIDER is a declared pacifist inspired to Gandhi, has released a single for Greenpeace (Pace Verde is the Italian translation of green peace), has won Grammy awards, has received the World music award for a benefit show for the Chernobyl's children and has performed in unusual places like a volcanic cave, on the top of a mountain in the alps and in the Red Square in Moscow.

His website has a German and an English version http://www.vollenweider.net. In the home page you can read this sentence:

We must BE the change we whish to SEE! (Mahatma Gandhi)

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3.20 | 6 ratings
Eine Art Suite in XIII Teilen
1979
3.22 | 22 ratings
Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree ...
1981
3.44 | 21 ratings
Caverna Magica
1982
3.93 | 21 ratings
White Winds (Seeker's Journey)
1984
3.67 | 21 ratings
Down To The Moon
1986
3.88 | 13 ratings
Dancing With The Lion
1988
3.67 | 3 ratings
Traumgarten (With Hans Vollenweider 1918-1993)
1990
3.93 | 9 ratings
Book Of Roses
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
Eolian Minstrel
1993
3.60 | 5 ratings
Kryptos
1997
3.50 | 4 ratings
Cosmopoly
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
Vox
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Midnight Clear
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Air
2009

ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
Andreas Vollenweider & Friends - live 1982-94
1994

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0.00 | 0 ratings
The Magical Journeys of Andreas Vollenweider
2006

ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.55 | 6 ratings
The Trilogy
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Storyteller
2005

ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Pace Verde
1983

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 The Trilogy by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1991
3.55 | 6 ratings

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The Trilogy
Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Andreas Vollenweider is a composer/multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is the harp, but not just any harp, but a modified electro-acoustic harp that he has designed on his own. His harp has a very distinctive and unique sound which gives it a much more percussive sound, almost like a tool striking the strings instead of his hands, sort of like the 'hammer' that strikes piano strings. This makes his music very recognizable because of the uniqueness of his sound. Most of his music is instrumental, but vocals are used sparingly and they are usually in different languages and more for atmosphere than anything else. His music is also based on fantasy themes or loosely connected themes or ideas. It is best when it takes on it's dreamy aspects, but at times can also be quite upbeat, with his later compositions taking on a more 'World' style.

This 2 CD album is actually a collection which, when put together in this context, is known as 'The Trilogy'. The first CD combines his 2nd and 3rd full-length albums; 'Behind the Gardens ' Behind the Wall ' Under the Tree' and 'Caverna Magica (Under the Tree ' In the Cave)'. The tracks are in the same order as they appeared on the original albums. 'Behind the Gardens, etc.' is a good introduction to his music, but it focuses mainly on his modified harp, and tends to sound a little too much like new age music for my taste, and by the time it reaches it's conclusion, the music has started to sound too much the same. Fortunately, the album is only just over 30 minutes. 'Caverna Magica' is much more interesting and varied, sounding more atmospheric and slightly more progressive and inventive. The music on this one leans more towards an oriental vibe, but is not entirely devoted to that. Other instruments are afforded the spotlight from time to time which helps with the dynamic factor keeping things more interesting and fresh, but you still know that the most important instrument is still the modified harp.

The 2nd disc contains the 4th full length album 'White Winds (Seeker's Journey)', some selections from his first album 'Eine Art Suite' and his single written for Greenpeace, a 5 minute track called 'Pace Verde'. The 'White Winds' album is the best part of this collection since this was also his most inventive album with a combination of great melodies and atmospheric sections. There is a much better usage of instruments to add atmosphere and the music tends toward the use of traditional cultural and/or tribal instruments with an obvious World vibe. There is also a more varied style among the tracks. The other section of this collection contains 8 tracks from his debut album 'Eine Art Suite' which feature a more basic sound than the more inventive later albums, and the track 'Pace Verde' which was a single recorded for Greenpeace.

If you are interested in a mellow, lush and lite progressive, mostly instrumental artist, who does occasionally explore sounds and textures, and one who is a talented artist, but keeps things mellow, and who also veers into new age, world music and is very accessible, then this is the music for you. It works fine for background music, but is also okay to listen to for its own sake, but not always in big doses because it can get to sound too similar after a while. The albums on this collection were short, usually around the 30 minute mark, so collecting them on a single release is actually the best way to go providing a good all- around preview of the artist and the more important and popular albums in his discography.

 Caverna Magica by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.44 | 21 ratings

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Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars Albums of the Swiss musician Andreas Vollenweider haven't been seen too often here. That's not surprising, since he's very thinly connected to the traditional progressive rock field; more likely he's considered as a New Age / World Music artist, a modified harp being his main instrument. I found his instrumental (-oriented) music in my early adulthood some 26 years ago. After being charmed by a library loan Down to the Moon (1986), I bought the 2-CD box The Trilogy that features the album trilogy of Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree (1980), Caverna Magica and White Winds (1985), plus Eine Art Suite. Hopefully I'll some day find inspiration to write also about the two last mentioned, but here's my view on the middle part of that trilogy.

The opening track 'Caverna Magica' starts in a misleadingly psychedelic manner with mumbled voices and footsteps, and a sound of water dripping that becomes rhythmic and is gradually replaced by harp, soon joined by the band. Vollenweider and his co-musicians (mainly on percussion) weave a light, World Music flavoured jazz groove. More or less wordless chant-like vocals by Corina Curschellas lightly colour some tracks such as 'Mandragora', and they underline the World Music atmosphere. The tracks are pretty short, but they follow each other seamlessly and form a coherent continuity, a carefully planned suite. Side One of the original vinyl ends with charming 'Sena Stanjéna?' which adds electric guitar to the relaxed soundscape.

'Belladonna' is a good example of the soft romanticism in Vollenweider's music. The thing that may put off especially prog rock oriented listeners is the way the repeated melodic riffs often form the basic structure of individual pieces. The playing often has a jam-like, easy-going, lighthearted groove. But the music is "progressive", in its own way. First, the whole suite forms a pretty cinematic musical journey, and second, the instrumentation is highly rich in exotic details, offering many delightful surprise moments along the way, some of them Oriental. The bright-sounding harp however stays on focus throughout the album. After several rather lazy tracks, the relatively catchy 'Geastrum Coronatum' slightly raises the intensity, leading to the brief outro 'La paix verde' in which the sound effects suggest that the protagonists who have been wandering in a cave fall into the sea.

A minus comes for the short total length (33 ½ min), but in Vollenweider's discography Caverna Magica is among the most recommended works. This is for listeners who can find enjoyment in New Age and World Music, and who appreciate relaxed jazziness and exotic sonic details.

 Book Of Roses by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.93 | 9 ratings

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Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars I have relistened to this album after a lot of years. By coincidence I was driving on the same road I was used to take to get at work in the 90s when this was one of my fovorite albums at that time. I have to say that it brought me back a lot of memories, not particularily good or bad, just memories. This means that it actually left me something.

This is the first true concept album by Vollenweider. Speaking of concepts when all the tracks are almost instrumentals is unusual, but the tracks seem to really tell a story even if I don't know what it's about.

But most of all, this is the first very progressive album for the swiss harpist. The neagey atmospheres of the previous releases is almost gone here and this may have been the decision maker for his inclusions in the archives.

True progressive then, very well played and with an excellent production. Volenweider is quite a perfectionist and is used to have a number of extremey skilled musicians. The presence of the South Africans Ladysmith Black Mambazo on a track is remarkable. This group had a little moment of notoriety when they performed in Paul Simon's Graceland, then, after the bassist was killed because of racial reasons, they disbanded to reform years later.

Back to Vollenweider, missing the newage soundscapes, even without getting too dark, is what makes this album more progressive than the previous ones. Even if there is separation between the tracks, the album has a sort of unity, so that can be enjoyed from start to end as if it was a suite.

Up to now I think it's still the best studio album released by this unique artist, able to innovate a traditional instrument as a harp.

About to be a masterpiece. Not to be missed by who likes the genre.

 Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree ... by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.22 | 22 ratings

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Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by AEProgman

3 stars A magical mystical journey!

I was amazed to see Andreas Vollenweider here on Progarchive. For those not familiar with him, he plays a "modified" harp which has a very cool haunting type of sound. Sort of a mild flanging or chorus, sliding effect. Like most of his albums that I am familiar with, there are other instruments blended in, such as synths, percussions, drums, guitars, sax, and vocals used as another instrument (which Andreas plays most of those himself). All done very tastefully to enhance the ride.

The compositions, on this and other albums, really do give you the feel of taking a mystical journey through some peaceful, but exciting fantasy land. Like adventuring through a Roger Dean album cover or painting. The tempo ranges from peaceful to mild prog to almost classical and jazzy tendencies.

I had discovered Vollenweider back in the late 80s on his Down to the Moon album, which I like more than this album. I wound up getting all of his albums from the 80s which I would recommend to anyone looking to explore his music. White Winds is another excellent album. With the album Dancing With the Lion, he began to explore some new directions in his music but is still excellent.

I have not listened to Andreas since the early 90s as the old media I had of his albums is long gone. Rediscovered this album by rumaging through a thrift store/flea market (a new favorite habit) and found this and it brought back some fond memories. I give this album a 3.5 star rating but will round down to 3. I almost was tempted to deduct the rating more due to this goofy album cover, just kidding!

 Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree ... by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.22 | 22 ratings

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Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Considered the first of a kind of trilogy of works, the predominantly instrumental `Behind The Gardens - Behind The Well - Under The Tree' is a carefully arranged, lightly progressive example of a form of world music, the majority of which is based around Swiss artist Andreas Vollenweider's defining instrument, his modified electro-acoustic harp. This is one of his most mystical and mysterious albums, always pleasant and undemanding, but there's just a hint of daring, possibly due to several longer pieces at the start of the LP, a heavier use of synths than his later discs, as well as the artist performing accordian and sax throughout too.

The first side is the more exciting of the two, comprised of only two extended instrumental pieces. The opening seven and a half minute title track offers shimmering atmospheres that somewhat reminds me of several early laid-back Ozric Tentacles moments, with softly trilling synths bringing a gentle electronic element, unobtrusive drumming, hand percussion, and ethnic acoustic flavours full of tasteful and restrained positivity from Vollenweider's harp. Ancient knowledge permeates the almost 9 minute `Pyramid...' with some lovely sax drifting through the piece and a very brief vocal passage that reminds of the early spiritual Santana band albums, with the second half especially offering a superbly executed build.

`Micro Macro' is both strange and playful, some quirky synth moments and cool Moog pops almost recalling Rick Wakeman, with nice rolling drums as well. `Skin and Skin' effortlessly builds in urgency over glistening rising synth breezes and dark reflective sax. `Moonlight, Wrapped Around Us' is a brief accordian interlude opening to `Lion and Sheep', a brisk light jazz/fusion run under propulsive tribal beats and dancing synths. `Sunday/Afternoon' is a short romantic and joyful acoustic guitar theme that ends on a thunderstorm, while album closer `Hand and Clouds' is a very oriental sounding piece with placid washes of synths ending the disc in an uplifting and sweet manner.

I have a special place in my heart for Vollenweider's albums. I don't listen to them all the time, but when I do, they instill a sense of calm and peace while still offering superb musicianship from this most thoughtful of artists. Don't be put off by what may be simply the uncoolest cover ever, this and all of Vollenweider's releases exist purely out of time and reality, creating a soundscape of evocative mystery and hypnotic ambience. Prog fans wanting a nice background listen should look into this or any of his other discs.

Three stars.

 Dancing With The Lion by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.88 | 13 ratings

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Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Reviewing a Vollenweider's album is never an easy thing. It's instrumental music and not so dark or "storytelling" to give the possibility to build a story around it or even describe the concept behind. It's music. Good, with very skilled instrumentists a lot of guests and an excellent production, and this is true for almost all his albums.

In the vinyl age they were just a bit too short. Somebody was saying that it was a technical choice. Printing wider tracks on the vinyl so to increase the quality of the sound. Maybe it was true, who knows?

This "Dancing with the Lion" is not very different. What is evident is that there's more melancholy behind the tracks. More minor chords even though the feelings are mainly solar and positive like on "Dance Of The Masks", so that some magazines define Vollenweider as a new age artist, probably because he comes from a classical background and this appears clearly at the first listen, plus the fact that his music is effectively "positive and solar", it reminds more to a garden of fairies than to a dark forest full of evily creatures.

This is not ambient, anyway. Many tracks also on this album can be compared to Pat Metheny's works. What he does with a synth guitar, Vollenweider does with a transformed harp (more or less, not exactly).

As Metheny he's a borderline artist unique in his genre. His minor chords are sad, not dark.

On this album there are some recurring themes, a typical prog thing. Some themes are played on major chords, then arranged for a base of minor chords, sometimes with the addition of choirs, but even when he indulges to harp solos the music has its continuity and flows like a quiet river from the beginning to the end.

It's one of the many albums that can be taken as starting point by who is wishing to explore this artist even if the most prog albums released by him are Book Of Roses and Eolian Minstrel.

This is an excellent album anywaywhich can satisfy listeners varying from Neo to progressive electronic to JR/F. Metallists only can stay away.

 Down To The Moon by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.67 | 21 ratings

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Down To The Moon
Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Many years ago, I think it was around 1990, I went for a dinner to the house of some relatives I barely knew. There was people I have never heard of and I've never seen after that evening. They had a hi-fi with few LPs and I was surprised when I saw that one of those was "Down To The Moon", which was laying in the middle of mainstream pop stuff.

Of course it was the album which went on the turntable. I asked how they knew about Vollenweider and what convinced them to but that disc...I don't remember the answer but I have thanked my prog guardian angel for having avoided Michael Jackson or some Italian actual pop star.

Down to the Moon is positive and melodic, things that have made this artist often classified into NewAge, but it has prog qualities, too. In my opinion this is the definitive Vollenweider's album, the one to start with as it contains the principal elements of his music. If you like the sound of his "electric harp" and in general, clean sounds, optimal production and you are looking for relaxing music able to make your mind travel, that's the album.

You will not be carried to the moon or to elven lands. The landscapes described by the music speak of Far East, nature, listening to Drown In Pale Light, just as example, I can imagine a sunny spring day below the mount Fuji, but the soundscape is various, including African like percussion, some spacey ambient moments and a great sense of melody, all permeated by a jazz sensibility which often makes me consider Vollenweider and Pat Metheny as similar artists.

Spin this album and dream on it, the closing track sounds like a lullaby with the harp's highest notes smoothly fading out. Let it adjust the frequency of your brainwaves, as many of Vollenweider's albums can do.

The only negative thing is that as many newage albums of the 80s, it's very short. Sometimes it was a technical choice intended to give more physical space to the tracks on the vinyl, the equivalent of ripping at a higher bitrate. A very good album if you are in the right mood, excellently composed, arranged, played and produced.

 Caverna Magica by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.44 | 21 ratings

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Caverna Magica
Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars With his unique pedal driven modified harp, Andreas Vollenweider has carved his own unique niche in the new age genre, while managing to avoid the bland and plastic soulless dreck usually associated with that tag. By also beautifully fusing elements of progressive rock, classical, ambient, electronic and even jazz, he creates a highly original and very dramatic vision all his own.

On their second album `Caverna Magica', Vollenweider and his band present a collection of understated shorter pieces that form two continuous pieces of music. In amongst the predominantly instrumental and infrequent (wordless) vocal sections, he merges his tasteful blend of ethnic and worldly elements with some distinct Santana band styled moments -Think along the lines of the quieter and spiritual parts of their albums like `Caravanserai'.

As the album title track begins, we hear a gentle water-drop dripping throughout a cave, and before long it forms into a looped beat, backed by marching drums to add some drama. Vollenweider's harp and gentle synths enter, creating a haunting and mysterious, yet upbeat ambience. Wordless and restrained tribal vocals dance through the music, joined by warm Latin style percussion. There's that slight Santana band influence here, with a restrained and clean electric guitar solo. A darker Oriental flavour comes in, with a very catchy harp melody enhanced by the low-key presence of a female singer and live drums, backed to gentle winds and eventually lovely synth and melodic guitar solos before a fade out. `Caverna Magica's side A is a truly wonderful piece of music. Side B `Belladonna' opens with the album's softest and most romantic theme, the sort that has become a trademark on every album by Vollenweider. It soon kicks into a samba influenced wordless male/female piece, with some almost groovy playing by the artist! After a mandolin driven ambient section, we get a very bizarre yet strangely effective steel drum percussion piece, backed by the harp and synths. It's almost psychedelic, sounding like nothing else on the rest of the album, taking it in an off-beat and oddly darker direction! This drama continues into the sitar, tabla and chant driven `Con Chiglia', with an oppressive classical theme showing up near the end. It's thankfully relieved by the uplifting harp and synth piece `Geastrum Coronatum', perhaps the most melodic and tasteful moment on the album. There's an incredible energy and passion to this piece, that finishes the album in a suitably grand manner.

Take notice of deceptively simple album cover, which is actually rich with hidden secrets and striking details. Check out a vinyl copy to truly appreciate how clever and effective it is!

If you've enjoyed any of Vollenwieder's other albums, you'll be more than comfortable with the music on this one. His music seems to exist completely out of time, and he truly has created an intricate and spiritual musical world all his own that we're privileged enough to be able to visit. Relaxing and vibrant, with some appreciated drama in the second half, `Caverna Magica' will likely work it's magic on you if you take the time to listen and appreciate.

 Down To The Moon by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.67 | 21 ratings

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Down To The Moon
Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Andreas Vollenweider's albums exist in a musical world of peace, tranquility and spiritual escape. With his trusty modified amplified harp, his music always has a very unique and identifiable style that sets him apart from other new age artists. Although often being associated with that genre, his music crosses over into progressive rock, electronic and even classical elements. He surrounds his music with nature themes and effects, creating a gentle ambience full of vivid detail.

On his fifth album, Vollenweider creates a haunting shimmering musical journey, usually surrounded by subtle background sounds of nature and lost worlds. His magical melodies are arranged with an easy-listening but subtle complexity. Mostly instrumental, except for some wordless chants, it makes for perfect background listening. Despite the contributions of other talented musicians, usually with low-key effective synths and light drumming/percussion, Andreas is always front and center, playing with great energy and delicate passion.

Although the album is broken into separate tracks, each section segues into the next, creating a wonderfully paced continuous piece. Both the vinyl and CD version split the album into two halves, `The Near Side' and `The Far Side'.

`The Near Side' starts the album with the very haunting and mysterious title track, quite grand and atmospheric. It then drifts beautifully into a very catchy and quite upbeat `Moon Dance', with a hugely memorable theme - If you're ever feeling a little down, this piece will instantly pick you up, make you smile and think that maybe things aren't quite so bad! Nice use of synths and drums on this one too. The ambient `Steam Forest' has an interesting programmed raindrop loop that repeats throughout the entire piece, creating a very hypnotic effect. It has a wonderful plucked acoustic sound from Andreas, with a very warm melody, and a touch of drama in the second half. The short interlude `Water Moon' has a very Oriental sound, with a brief dramatic theme that rises twice. `Night Fire Dance' is let down a little by a slightly cheesy and very dated programmed electronic vocal loop, but the music has a very majestic and uplifting repeated theme that is intoxicating.

`The Far Side's `Quiet Observer' is a slightly darker classical theme, with lots of mystery and tension. `Silver Wheel' has a nice electronic melody buried away, especially effective in the second half of a piece that is slightly more romantic. `Drown In Pale Light' is a short thoughtful and reflective piece, really sounds like a warm acoustic guitar on this one. Likely it's Andreas up to his old tricks with that modified harp! Another gentle piece, `The Secret...' is extraordinarily pretty, perhaps a little soft. It has a very soothing quality, and is probably the most romantic theme the band performed on this album. `Hush/Three Silver Ladies...' has a very hypnotic ethnic/world music loop, with a tasteful and melodic electric guitar solo throughout, which breaks up the album nicely. Oriental music themes show up in this one too. The album ends on what sounds like an acoustic instrumental lullaby, `La Lune....', a drifting, spacey and dream like finale.

For some strange reason, I find some occasional elements of Vollenweider's music might have been a (VERY!) slight influence on the more sedate and earthy Ozric Tentacles material! Shhhh, keep that observation a secret, not sure if it's only me that's thought that!

I came across this CD in an Op shop for $1, I nearly fell over when I found it! I've since picked it up on vinyl, because I love the beautifully simplistic and evocative front cover. Very subtle, it creates the perfect visual imagery to accompany the music.

`Down To The Moon' has plenty of substance and integrity to offer, is timeless and always inspiring, and gets even better with every listen. Precise and elegant, it also proves that Andreas Vollenweider's music is much more than insipid new-age muzak dross to be instantly dismissed.

 White Winds (Seeker's Journey) by VOLLENWEIDER, ANDREAS album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.93 | 21 ratings

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White Winds (Seeker's Journey)
Andreas Vollenweider Crossover Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars I was in a record shop while somebody was buying this LP. The guy asked the shop's boss to give it a spin (it was still usual in these times) and this was my first time with the music of Andreas Vollenweider.

I remember that day very clearly. The winds opening the first track and the orchestral chord which follows made me think immediately to the PINK FLOYD of Meddle, then a friend who was with me said: "Hey, that's a harp!".

It was enough for me. I asked for another copy and this is how it began.

This is the first true progressive album of Andreas Vollenweider. Even containing some newage elements and featuring the German guru Buedi Siebert, also known for an album totally made of the Tibetan mantra "Om Mani Padme Um", has a symphonic flavor and the cleanness of the sound makes me think to progressive electronic even though the instruments are almost all acoustic.

As usual the harp acquires a bluesy taste in the solos, but what matters is that all the tracks flow like a symphony where all the single notes are carefully dosed. Going ahead with listening the first floydian impression disappears. The soprano who closes "Hall of the Stairs" takes the distances. The oriental bells, the winds which introduce "The Glass Hall" move from Asia to the Ands and back in few passages. If I should compare this album to something else Kitaro's "Dream" comes to my mind. There are similarities betwenn those two borderline artists sometimes considered newage, even thoug Kitaro is one of the minds of the psych Japanese band Far East Family Band.

I tend to consider "The Glass Hall" the main theme of the album, so "The Woman and The Stone" is like a different chapter of the story. Very melodic and relaxing with the oriental flavor still present in the winds.

A little bit of darkness is brought in by "The Stone". A sort of interlude based on a single minor chord with strings and soprano vocals making variations on it. Another artist I can compare this track to is LUCIA HWONG.

The sudden end of the track, similar to Soft Machine's "Palace of Glass" gives the start to "Phases of the Three Moons". This title let's intend that the Seeker of the album's subtitle is not seeking on this Earth. As track is a typical Vollenweider's track which fades into the kind of fusion tempo of "Flight Feet And Root Hands" which is my favorite album's track, moving from a light-jazz mood to a very melodic chorus.

The far east is back with the Gamelan bells of "Brothership" joint with nauture sounds. A dream in an Indonesian wood, this is what this music brings to my mind. "Sisterseed" is only formally a different track. Darker than the previous is still performed by oriental instruments but now are strings instead of bells, so it's strange when a concertina sends us back to the Alps with "Trilogy". The tracks fades out with a reprise of the main them transposed into minor chords, then only winds and a thin bell. The Seeker's journey is finished.

I suggest you to take this journey if you are looking for relaxing ambient music. The dreamy album's cover represents well the spirit of the music inside.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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