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Wings Over Water
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
The globe-trotting fusion sounds of multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus may be tough to describe, but they combine to make simply gorgeous music. Wings over Water, recorded in 1982, is certainly no exception. The six-part ... more »
The globe-trotting fusion sounds of multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus may be tough to describe, but they combine to make simply gorgeous music. Wings over Water, recorded in 1982, is certainly no exception. The six-part work features arrangements that sound impossibly complex ("Part 1" features five acoustic guitars and the ney, an Egyptian reed flute; "Part 3" is for two Spanish guitars and nine flowerpots), but they come off as soothing, gamelan-influenced folk music. More contemplative than Micus's The Garden of Mirrors, the compositions on Wings over Water unfold organically and slowly, with plenty of hypnotic passages and ethereal flute work. --Jason Verlinde
BEAUTIFUL AND TRANSPORTING
Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 04/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music of Stephan Micus is music of the universal human spirit -- it usually winds up being classified as 'new age', but that does it (and the potential listener) a great disservice. This is truly music of all ages, of indeed any age.Utilizing his usual array of instruments -- nay (Egypt), sarangi (India), zither (Bavaria), suling (Bali), acoustic guitars, his amazing language-less vocals, and flowerpots (yes, flowerpots) -- Micus weaves the magical spell his listeners have come to expect from him over the years. This album is quite simply one of his most arrestingly stunning -- the music is ethereal and moving, possessed of a delicate beauty touched upon only in the dreams of other musicians.The recording is actually one piece of music in several distinct movements -- impressively conceived and performed, but without even a hint of pretention. His work is unique, being suited to concentrated listening, background or meditation -- but it is always alive and transporting. He has recorded and released 16 albums over the last 26 years -- and every one is a treasure."
Flowerpots and spanish guitar
Larry L. Looney | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is really a beautiful album. Micus plays all of the tracks by himself, on spanish guitar, zither, nay and flowerpots. The flowerpots are particularly interesting. They sound sort of like a marimba. The compositions are very interesting, and not at all sappy. I am sure micus cringes to see his music thrown in bins with world music and new age. It is not at all trite or commercialized. Some of the pieces include solo guitar, then some vibrant otherworldy rythmic flowerpot playing, back into solo guitar, generally quiet."