Suzanne Teng, is a flutist, percussionist, dancer, composer, teacher and recording artist from Berkeley, California. She has a master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and has studied with some of the finest flute teachers in the world. She is an award-winning classical musician who, after traveling adventures across the globe, furthered her graduate studies at UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology, where she completed the coursework for the Ph.D. focusing on music and healing.
This is a well produced CD that even sounds good on cheap players. Someone knew what they were doing. Mostly traditional instruments are used on this album and somehow the recording engineer was able to not only capture, but maintain the natural sounds of the instruments throughout the recording with minimal sterile feel. I think this is due to good mic placement and using the right medium in accordance with what type of medium it would end up on.This is an instrumental album.
I’ll quickly run through the tracks just telling you the overall sound style mostly.
Medicine Wheel – This to me is a fusion of east Asian and American Indian flavors, hence the title, which is interesting when you stop to consider how both the eastern and native western cultures knew a thing or two about healing and medicines, etc. So putting those influences together under this one title is strangely appropriate. This is one of my favorites.
Sierra – This tune has kind of a middle-eastern feel with some Spanish influence behind it. Also a favorite of mine.
Babylonians – This one is more a Middle-Eastern/Tibetan fusion as there is a Tibetan drone sound in the background through the piece.
Sitara – Guess what this one sounds like, Yes, this track is not a fusion type style like the rest,but more a straight East Indian hence the title “Sitara”. It has a droning bit to it. Another favorite of mine.
Motherland – This has a strangely soothing African continent sound to it. It is said that is where we are all from ultimately so the title seems appropriate.
Suling – I’m not sure how to classify this one, it could be a fusion of several styles. It’s kind of a light tune, it sounds almost Caribbean to me.
Chicoy – This is a sort of fusion of American Indian and electronic ambiance. Another favorite.
Miles Beyond – This is obviously the title track. it has an African influence with bird song in the background. This would be my least favorite, just sayin.
Tien’s Lullaby – This is an ok tune with an Asian influence.
This is really just a put on and enjoy album.