"On their fifth release, the duo known as 2002 aim for the stars and overshoot their mark, with transcendent glory that translates perfectly through heavenly music with a wider range than they have previously explored. Pamela and Randy Copus seem to draw from an unlimited well of creativity, and this aspect, combined with their heartfelt approach, has established them as one of the top New Age groups. Traces of Enya-like lushness combine with the trademark harp, guitars, flutes, etc, and this addition of voice tracks really expands the divine sounds they create. Through meticulous production and utmost care & sensitivity that they put into this project, "River of Stars" is clearly their best-sounding release yet, and should easily become a runaway best-seller from coast to coast.This album was 74 weeks on the Billboard: New Age Chart !Backroads Music
"If at some point during This Moment Now's running time you don't find yourself thinking, "Wow, this is beautiful," you may want to get your ears checked. 2002 provides the listener with all the right components, exquisite music and soothing melodies to put you in the proper mood. Lush synthesizer symphonics and airy overdubbed vocals gently swirl and intertwine like a plume of smoke rising from an ember. A most pleasant surprise is the track "Moment of Love" sung by Randy Copus himself. Soothing, reverberated piano/guitar melodies add another layer to the album's ethereal sweetness. This has to be Pamela and Randy's strongest piece of artistry yet… pure heaven."This album was 20 weeks on the Billboard: New Age Chart!TheDailyLama.com
They fill their compositions with extraordinary light and peace, as angelic choirs, strings, keyboards, flutes, and harp join with guitar in a journey of healing joy…Long gentle notes float like feathers on a spring breeze, gently transporting the listener into realms untouched by the ravages of time."This album was 54 weeks on the Billboard: New Age Chart!Steve Ryals
Andrew Eigus was born in Riga in 1973. Selffish materialised in 2002.The name Selffish denotes a paradigm shift in Andrew's life. The music Selffish produced was slower and more refined than Eigus's earlier works. The major contribution to his production comes from the samples he obtains from field recordings across the baltic landscapes, laced with human voice, his playing the retro grand piano and other acoustic instruments, and of course from the people around him.
The ECM New Series debut of Israeli composer Gideon Lewensohn, 'Odradek' is comprised entirely of premiere recordings. Lewensohn is increasingly recognised as one of the freshest voices in contemporary music and the title piece from this album, the 'Odradek Quartet' won First Prize in the International Competition of the Italian Academy of Arts and Letters. Lewensohn's music defies easy categorisation. It is by turns, playful, serious, ironic, caustic, beautiful. The composer defines his own role as that of a commentator on culture - sometimes from a specifically Jewish perspective - and the range of musical-historical references in the work is vast. In his compositions, Lewnsohn pays tribute to Kurtág, Kancheli, Lutoslawski, Shostakovich, Bartók, Mahler, Rochberg, the Hilliard Ensemble, ragtime composer Scott Joplin and many others.
Duke Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalites. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best-sellers…
Round House are a five piece instrumental progressive rock band, with roots firmly in Camel although they do use the twin guitar interplay to fine effect and even manage to come across as Wishbone Ash at times. The debut album "Jin.Zo-Ni.N.Gen" was originally released at the end of 1978.
"Wings To Rest" (2002) was released after the band had already broken up. This was a collection of previously unavailable material that had been recorded in 1978 and 1979, and show the band in a much more jazz fusion vein. The twin guitars are still very much to the fore and any fan of good guitar will love the opener "A Red Rose And Whisper Of A Devil"…