FLOW is the latest recording by Nigel Shaw. This is an album of graceful and spacious music, an improvisation created around delicate sounds and deeply resonant wooden flutes, designed for healing journeys and peaceful contemplation. All the flutes played on this album were handcrafted by Nigel.
FLOW has been conceived as both a companion to THE RIVER (a recording that has been travelling around the world for twenty-five years) and a freshly envisioned experience of sacred waters. While it was born from the Dartmoor landscape, it honours all the flowing waters of the Earth.
FLOW is a continuous piece of music that journeys for one hour. Washes of natural sound appear occasionally within the instrumental music; as well as archive recordings from Dartmoor these include the early spring song of the stream at Lower Merripit Farm. Gentle voices, soft piano and subtle percussion are used as fluid prayers to the water.
Instruments include low and high Oak whistles, Yew, Walnut, Birch, Ash, Cedar and Hawthorn flutes, Walnut and Oak drone flutes, piano, bowls, bells, wind chimes, bowed acoustic guitar and dulcimer, cello, keyboards and nature sounds.
Carolyn Hillyer brings beautiful layered voices, weaving river words from a Bronze Age ancestral language.
Matthew Birch performs improvised hand drums, a rich melodic percussion instrument.
TRACKS: Flow, Reflection, Cascade.
ALBUM LENGTH: Over 64 minutes
This album is also available as an mp3 download. See Music Download page.