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Andreas Vollenweider's 'Slow Flow Dancer' is a deft blend of past and present / Skope Magazine

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This time Andreas Vollenweider has grouped his music according to atmosphere and character: Slow Flow is a collection of pieces with a relaxed, flowing feel, while Dancer is full of movement and rhythm.

All 11 songs on Slow Flow and Dancer were created between 2010 and 2021 in collaboration with British producer Andy Wright (Eurythmics, Simply Red, Jeff Beck, Simple Minds, among many others). The two were supported in their creative process by Vollenweider's talented circle of friends, who laid the foundation for the songs:

Walter Keiser (drums), Andi Pupato (percussion), Daniel Kueffer (bass clarinet), Oliver Keller (guitars) and the young Swiss rapper and beat boxer Steff La Cheffe, a.k.a. Stefanie Peter.

The music of Dancer also reflects Vollenweider's connection with Africa. The South African vocal harmony band Africapella and singer Ayanda Nhlangothi embody this connection, which began back in the early 1980s. At that time, the black community of South Africa adopted Vollenweider’s music as their own folk music. During the bitter struggle for an end to the inhuman apartheid regime, Andreas' songs were sung by the masses in the streets to express the strong will for peaceful change.

The London Session Orchestra, consisting of musicians from the Royal Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of James McWilliam, filled out the sound. Renowned British producer and arranger Peter Vettese is responsible for most of the orchestration. The brass elements were recorded by the experienced studio musicians of the London Horns.

The recordings took place at Andreas' Lakeside Studios in Switzerland, as well as at SABC Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, and finally at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Andy Wright's long-time sound engineer Gavin Goldberg has set new sonic standards for Vollenweider's music with his work, and is able to delight even the most discerning audiophiles with a punchy yet transparent, dynamic soundscape. Mastering guru Tony Cousins at Metropolis Studios put the finishing touches on the sound.

For Andreas, the last album Quiet Places with its contemplative, peaceful music forms a unit with Slow Flow & Dancer.  The three types of music complement one another and offer sound experiences for different moods and needs:
• Quiet Places: soulful, intimate, introspective
• Slow Flow: relaxing, like a leisurely walk in the park
• Dancer: an invitation to move and physically experience the music

Slow Flow & Dancer has had to wait a long time to be released to the world, not least because of Covid19, which also interfered massively with the plans of Andreas and his fellow musicians. All the more reason for Andreas Vollenweider & Friends to finally be able to present this album to you.


Tracklist:

SlowFlow:
1. As We Sail On By 04:13
2. Deep Green Waltz 02:39
3. Slow Flow 03:49
4. Forevernow 03:29
5. In The Heart Of Your Mind 03:12
6. Find Me In My Dream 03:54

Dancer:

1. Woa Woa 05:43
2. Scarabaeus 03:51
3. The Golden Bird 02:37
4. Uthando 03:48
5. Up & Out 05:10

@skopemag Review WRITES…Many years ago, certainly more than I would care to remember, I came across an album in a second-hand shop called The Renaissance of the Celtic Harp by Alan Stivell. I played it to death and still occasionally give it a spin. For years, I thought I was the only person in the world who knew about this record, so it is gratifying to read that the album also profoundly affected Andreas Vollenweider.

SlowFlow and Dancer blends the same Celtic and Breton harp traditions with contemporary music into something not quite a folk record, not precisely classical and perhaps not even what we broadly call world music, but a subtle blend of all three.

It is a deft blend of past and present, with cool electric guitars spiralling through folk sounds and contemporary beats leading a dance for primal sounds to return to the world. It is also happy to hop genres or perhaps even create its own at a precise point in a complex but satisfying Venn Diagram. But more than that, these gorgeous instrumental pieces are strikingly original, wonderfully cinematic, and, this should go without saying really, a worthy addition to the record collection of any discerning music fan.

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