Our Favorite Recently Released Contemporary Multi-Instrumental Music Albums

June 25, 2014 by Admin

Below we present a list (not in any particular order) of our favorite Contemporary Multi-Instrumental Music albums released during the first three months of 2014. We highly recommend each of these albums. To qualify for this list, an album had to be a new release (not a re-release) in either January, February, or March of 2014, feature primarily multi-instrumental music, and be available for purchase on either iTunes, Amazon.com, or CDBaby.com. In selecting these ten albums from over a hundred possibilities, we applied the same rigorous standards that we use in choosing music for play on GAIA Prime Radio. So if you enjoy the music we play on our station, we are confident that you will enjoy the music on these albums as well. Click on the album title or CD cover image and you will be taken to iTunes where you can listen to samples of music from that album and/or purchase it.


The Wonder Well – John Adorney

John Adorney is widely regarded as one of the best New Age instrumental artists in the world and The Wonder Well is undoubtedly the best album he has ever released. Along with complex, inspiring, and creative instrumentation, the album also features the amazing vocals of Daya on four songs, and Richard Hardy playing a bamboo flute on the final song. Every song is well crafted with exceptional depth and rich melodies.


Harmonize Your Home: Feng Shui Music To Balance Your Home & Your Life – Jeff Bova & Carole J. Hyder

“Balance your home, balance your life.” That’s the essence of Feng Shui, the Chinese system for creating an energetically healthy dwelling. Originally created by two leading-edge innovators in sound-based tools for Feng Shui professionals, this music has enough depth, originality and quality that allows it to stand on its own as powerful instrumental music – even for those who aren’t Feng Shui practitioners. Listen relax, and enjoy!


Earth Angels – Niall

Take an uplifting journey through the Earthly Realms to meet your guardian angels. Earth Angels is a stunning and diverse compilation that pushes the boundaries of New Age music, taking the listener through a heavenly masterpiece of – Native American, Desert, Sea, Sacred, Nature & Celtic angelic realms. Perfect for invoking inner peace and raising angel energy, Earth Angels could easily turn out to be one the best New Age instrumental albums of 2014, not just from the first three months. The music is of such high quality that the entire album should be considered a truly compelling work of art.


Dream Walker – Vicki Logan

In the artist’s own words:

“Whenever I felt I needed to think…to run away from the problems going on in my life, I always ran to nature; the woods, the lake, riding my horse, sitting with my critters. Sometimes it was best to just be. It was easier to think that way and solve my issues. Sometimes there weren’t issues to solve, but questions to ask that I knew no person could answer. The music here is all part of those processes and much of it is positive and happy because no matter how grim things seemed to look, the answer was never to keep being sad, depressed or angry. The answer was always to live; to learn; to realize that my gift was my music and sharing that gift was going to help someone get through what I had to get through too.”

From our perspective, this album features strong, creative, and sophisticated instrumentals with Native American, Celtic, and other elements creating music inspired by nature and the mysteries of life. It also stands out as clearly one of our favorite albums so far in 2014 and we highly recommend it. Vicki Logan has not only written all the the songs on this album, but she also performs nearly all of the various instrumental tracks, with the exception of the percussion. The music alone is of much higher quality than that of numerous professionally produced CDs in the same genre from the past few years. Moreover, the CD is essentially self-produced, with Vicki also doing all of the photography and graphic arts work for the CD. Simply astonishing!


Cellocentric – Doug Wood, Tara Hanish, Darren Frate

Contemplative New Age inspired multi-instrumental tunes that cross boundaries with classical, folk, and World music genres. Superb collaboration with other artists who support Doug’s musical vision without compromising his clean melodies.


Mystic Places – Phoenix Rising

“Mystic Places” is another collaborative work of Wendy Loomis (composer/pianist) and Monica Williams (flautist/arranger). Together, as Phoenix Rising, they create soundscapes of light and energy. Nature sounds are interwoven in some of the music, setting a mood as well as a sense of place. The goal of this album is to “enable the listener to journey to exotic places on the earth and inside one’s soul.” “Mystic Places” is an exciting musical adventure from the first note to the last!


New Horizon – Minstrel Streams

A beautiful blend of classical, folk, and world music – featuring Matt Stuart playing a Steinway B Grand Piano and Taylor acoustic guitar; and Rebecca Stuart playing a Gemeinhardt flute and Native American flutes. They are also joined by many wonderful musicians such as: 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). Recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, Vermont.
Highly recommended!


Lover’s Night – Shastro

Shastro is a multi-instrumentalist from Italy. The development of his unique musical style evolved over many years during his frequent visits to other countries such as Spain, Turkey, Africa, South America and India. These journeys were inspired by a spiritual search that led him to experience meditation in India and creating music for various meditation techniques. His music can best be described as relaxed world music. He performs on Spanish guitar, Indian bamboo flutes, African kora harp, hammer dulcimer and Native American flutes, all with equal ease and beauty, integrating these ancient instruments into a compelling contemporary sound. The next time you need music for a massage, a hot bath to unwind, a restorative yoga session or music to share with a partner in intimate moments, “Lover’s Night” is the album for you.


Moving Mountains – Chris Bawiec

With more than 30 years of writing, producing and performing experience, Chris Bawiec has refined and perfected his original blend of music. After rocking out in the 80’s and 90’s, he grew into new age and classical as he became a “more seasoned” composer (i.e., he got older!). This is perhaps his best work yet. The album has already received great reviews from advance listeners that include both industry professionals and every-day music fans.

Dream On A Distant Shore – Watchsmith

An emotive listening experience, ‘Dream on a Distant Shore’ is a coastal-themed tribute to the earth’s natural beauty, wildlife, travel, adventure and spirituality. The instrumentation encompasses a bold, majestic, passionate, and imaginative musical vision which explores the depths of emotion. Unifying elements of New Age, Classical, Folk, and Electronic, the album’s distinctive sound is an exciting breath of fresh air.

Coming Soon: Our favorite albums released in the second three months of 2014.

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