Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees DeuterKomorebi - Sunlight Through Trees

Tracklist:
  1. Komorebi
  2. Komorebi - The Walk
  3. Enchanted Forest
  4. Silent Glow
  5. Clairière
  6. Anemoi
  7. Anemoi - Touch

Release Details


Genre : Ambient, Atmospheric, Electronic
Label : CG Deuter
Country : Germany
Format : Digital album
Date : May 17, 2024

 

Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees – CG Deuter ASCAP IPI 1076701756

 

From the beginning Deuter has combined acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as bird songs and crickets, prodigiously paving the way for a new genre of music now known as New Age. He has been known to employ an ever-expanding array of instruments, including the flute, guitar, sitar, koto, shakuhachi flute, Tibetan singing bowls, santoor, bouzouki, piano, keyboard and drums. He records his own projects and has released over 60 albums.

 

1. About the album Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees

Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees features mainly piano, strings, and wind instruments in Deuter’s unmistakable meditative style. Chaitanya Georg Deuter is a prominent new age instrumentalist and recording artist recognized for his thoughtful and relaxing style that blends Eastern and Western musical elements. As a child he was drawn to sounds of nature and musical instruments. He taught himself the guitar, flute, harmonica and “just about every instrument I could get my hands on…”

 

2. The tracks

This new album, Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees, is distinct from his legacy because of its classical feeling, relying primarily on the traditional instrument sounds, keeping the supporting electronic touches in the background, and celebrating the way the natural piano, strings and wind vehicles resonate. Komorebi means sunlight filtering through the foliage in Japanese, and the album opens with a solo piano composition, “Komorebi” (6:38), followed by a more embellished interlocking symphonic reprise, piano with strings (violin, harp), wind instruments (recorder and flute) and a slight synth sweep sound, sometimes with a hint of tinkling wind chimes, “Komorebi – The Walk” (10:08). The melody gathers and repeats sections, constantly building and painting new carefully orchestrated details, ultimately capturing the seemingly whimsical and breezy complexity of flickering light going past all those individual leaves above the path.

Exploring an aura of ancient arboreal magic, “Enchanted Forest” (6:12) features mainly strings. We have gone from laying out the bare themes to executing the walk along the path and encountering new elements that are magnified and almost not recognizable compared to the first track. Now we are in the forest, bringing to life consecutively deeper insights and exploring the magic of the whole forest. The feeling is completely different, we find ourselves considering the way acres of trees fit together as a singularity. Now the breezes bring the whole landscape into a more harmonious convergence. The subtle and gentle occasional electronic sweeps link this to the previous track, which is an extension of the first melodic framework of the solo piano.

 

The fourth track, “Silent Glow” (6:30) gives…

…a feeling of dawn and emergence, awakening electronic drones with gently laughing water and strings. Small singing or creaking insects are hidden in the breeze as the day begins and builds into a fresh new unity of light. An aggregation of elements, one breath leads into the next creating a blooming and refreshed discovery.

The flute is an extension of the breath. Air is being transformed from something invisible and calm into a new sonic shape. Clairière means Clearing in French, this track blends shakuhachi flutes and cello with piano and electronics, with strings that fill the spaces, accented by delicate metallic ringing, “Clairière” (8:41). The piano gathers small elements, fitting them together in new ways to find the whole that works best. The other instruments follow and shape themselves into supporting structures. The metallic ringing gives a clarity and focus to the inventive musical breaths, which now come from the strings, followed by the electronic sweeps. The flutes return to complete the full circle, gathering all the parts into a single dream.

Anemoi means winds in Greek, imagine air rushing over sunny mountains and above the infinite sea forever, “Anemoi” (4:43), depicted using a full sounding orchestral spectrum with an outstanding solo string chapeau. The air is sweet and slightly sad, slowly covering and sheltering the entire earth, exhausted from the accumulation of eternity. The album finds closure with a very short string revisitation of the mood from the previous track, “Anemoi – Touch” (0:58), just a moment in duration.

 

3. Epilogue

Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees gives the listener a calming and richly detailed experience, starting with very basic elements and gathering together a vision of the whole world within the secure embrace of the solar system, which is in itself held warmly by the most remote parts of the universe perceived to be present in all directions. The entire experience is clarifying, refreshing, and satisfying.

Deuter was born in 1945 in post-war Germany in the town of Falkenhagen. As a child he was drawn to sounds of nature and musical instruments. After a near-fatal car crash, while working as a journalist, he decided to pursue a career in music. His first release in 1970, simply titled D, marked the beginning of Deuter’s spiritual and musical journey He combined acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as bird songs and certain expressive insects, paving the way for a new genre of music known as New Age.

Deuter traveled extensively in Asia during the 1970s and 1980s in search of spiritual and creative inspiration while studying Indian music. He has learned an ever-expanding array of instruments, including the flute, guitar, sitar, koto, shakuhachi flute, Tibetan singing bowls, santoor, bouzouki, piano, keyboard and drums. He records his own projects and has released over 60 albums. In 2016, He received Zone Music Reporter’s Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 40 years and more than 60 recordings of musical contribution to the New Age genre.

 

4. Where to buy the album Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees?

You can buy the album Komorebi – Sunlight Through Trees at the store of CG Deuter and Bandcamp.

Written by Robin James, May 7th, 2024
 
 


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