memorable and uplifting
compositions that merge cultures and melt boundaries
reflect their instrumental diversity, taking you on an imaginative world
unique and refreshing."
a series of musical
gems that feel as honest and pure as any instrumental music today
melodies that just sour through the ears with grace and ease."
"One of the top ten
albms of 2003...miles beyond is a meticulously composed and arranged
work...that uses traditional sounds for a new pan-global music."
"This album is AWESOME!!...hands
down my favorite world music artist."
"One of my favorite
albums, and I receive over 50 a week...it's always in my cd player."
"Miles Beyond covers
a lot of ground, culture-wise...a contemporary southwestern flair...exoticism
of the Middle East and India...enchanting sonorities of the Far East...miles
beyond shows that not only is Teng an amazingly versatile flutist, but
a highly skilled one as well."
"Suzanne Teng plays
different flutes (ocarina, bass flute, alto flute, ney, bamboo flutes,
Native American Flute and many others) with virtuosity...Ê an
albumÊ which is an integral one and is like nothing on earth."
" In Miles Beyond, Suzanne
Teng and Gilbert Levy create a magical music rainbow with colorful instruments
and sounds from around the world."
"If you're not completely
blissed out after the first sampling, don't blame Teng and her highly
skilled crew. They know how to make "world" music in the best
sense -- unpretentious, attuned and with an obvious love for the cultures
they tap into. An absolutely wonderful album."
"Gentle, healing, expansive
and ambient new age soundscaped pieces with gorgeous wooden flute harmonies,
tribal percussion, soft synth strings and an overall feeling of the
"Teng has the ability
to imbue her work with the spirit and style of a
"She's mastered many
a wind instrument and plays them here to great effect. The music comes
from all over the world, ranging from Turkey and India to Indonesia
and the Americas. Teng and her partner, Gilbert Levy, have clearly taken
the time to immerse themselves in the different musical forms... Yes,
the music is soothing, but it's stimulating too, as Teng hops from country
to country, genre to genre."
"I found that Mystic Journey
had a very familiar and comfortable feeling, which makes repeated
listenings a true joy
Suzanne and company have taken a great amount
of ideas and styles, and have expertly blended them together in a hybrid
that is heard only so rarely in current instrumental releases."
"Teng's mesmerizing album
of new age flute with magical accompaniment stands out among all others
Age fans of all tastes will be enchanted."
and Serene....Mystic Journey is an impressive solo debut.
A diverse, cross-continental mix of sounds and musical influences grace this new release. Suzanne Teng, an award-winning artist with PhD studies in Ethnomusicology as well as music and healing, has created memorable and uplifting compositions that merge cultures and melt boundaries.
Teng's rich and harmonious soundscapes often begin with melodies played on Turkish, Chinese and Indonesian flutes. These are layered with the voices of a variety of instruments including flamenco guitar, sitar and didgeridoo as well as hand drums from Iran, India, Africa and Egypt. All are skillfully played by Teng, her husband Gilbert Levy and other accomplished musicians.
The songs reflect their instrumental diversity, taking you on an imaginative world tour. The first piece is reminiscent of a Native American ceremony of the American Southwest. From there, we travel on to Babylonia where the rhythms take on a Middle Eastern feel. Balinese and Guatemalan melodies are also represented in Teng's unique and refreshing way.
Sensual and serene, this recording also reflects the love between Teng and Levy. On "Chicoy," we enter a magical cave in Guatemala where a shaman priest performs a spontaneous wedding ceremony for Teng and Levy.
Here's a release from one of Topanga Canyon's sweetest artists. With MILES BEYOND, flutist Suzanne Teng and percussionist Gilbert Levy string together a series of musical gems that feel as hones and as pure as any instrumental music heard today. The music blends Hindu and Asian influences with hints of African rhythms to complete the feel.
Of all of Teng's releases, this album seems appropriately titled since it feels like it goes miles beyond anywhere she has gone before as a composer. MILES BEYOND exemplifies Teng and Levy's growth as artists and as human beings with beautiful melodies that just soar through the ears with grace and ease. Levy uses Indian tablas, khol, karals and an assortment of shakers to produce a rich steady rhythm for which Teng performs her magic on the flute. All the tunes here were written, arranged and produced by Teng and Levy with some help from Fritz Heede.
SUZANNE TENG & MYSTIC
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Compared to a flute
All riches are alike a melted snow
Which is flowing away
Accompanied by tender tinkling
What is special in this music that makes me play this album over and over again? These divine harmonies that are flowing easily without any strain and effort, wakening the mind and filling the heart with an elation. This is the heady music which celebrates the life itself, holding nothing back, keeping nothing in reserve. All of it is here, in this very moment. And you find yourself to be grasped and carried by it to the boundless ocean which name is Life
You feel as if you are among the old friends of yours. This meeting brings a lot of pleasure and ecstasy over the divinity that is present in everybody. And your friends are eager to share with you the best things they possess. And the best one is Life
Suzanne Teng plays different flutes (ocarina, bass flute, alto flute, ney, bamboo flutes, Native American Flute and many others) with virtuosity. Friends of hers from the Mystic Journey group back the performer up in different manner and at the same time with solicitude. The musicians create the unique milieu, joining together melodies of different cultural traditions and inventing the unified all-earthly music. The Mystic Journey consists of Gilbert Levy (various percussion, bells, cymbal, gong and many other unique instruments), Barry Newton (string bass) and Fritz Heede (guitar, saz and sitar). Also in recording the ´Miles Beyondª album such original musicians as Armen Chakmakian (keyboards), Naser Musa (oud), Andrew Werderitsch (didgeridoo) as well as of many other very interesting performers.
Without any doubt this joy that is brimming over is caused by the birth of Suzanne Tengs and Gilbert Levys desired child their son Miles. Its delightful that it helped musicians to create such an album which is an integral one and is like nothing on earth.
Not so many real things remain in people
Who reached the earth to be enjoying life
And do creative work.
And all the rest is lie and falsehood
That was invented by somebody
With secret lust of power.
So many real things that still exist,
And everything around us is Life.
The music from a new album by Suzanne Teng and the friends of hers helps to shake off a grey shroud of commonness and realize that a person comes into being to enjoy life and create. Without such music the life on this planet will mean absolutely nothing.
SUZANNE TENG & MYSTIC
JOURNEY, MILES BEYOND
From Topanga's rustic rag: stories from the canyon, Jan. 2004 Issue I
Outside in the intimate Theatricum Botanicum, the music of a flute is joined by the mysterious sounds of a guitar, dun dun, tar-rine, oud, didgeridoo, sitar, klong-yaw, and several other instruments from remote corners of the earth. We feel the warmth of the winds and we look up to the dark sky, the melody of a new flute takes us even higher. The Mystic Journey is unfolding, this is their new album, Miles Beyond.
How does this simple, sensual music spark the familiar feeling we recognize as our own sadness and delight? The nine songs which comprise Miles Beyond, the new record from the Flutist of Topanga, Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey featuring Gilbert Levy, are a sweeping musical offering to the spirits of Topangas' mountains and canyons, and to life miles beyond its borders.
Medicine Wheel conveys all the sweetness in the world, the first caresses of the sun in the morning mist. To go deeper on the mystical excursion, you simply have to unfasten your seatbelt as you hear the first notes of Sierra flow (a mountain with no name, its peak lost in the mists). Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levy have transformed the drive into flight, an anthem full of hope for the future, a rainless land that will forever be verdant in the hearts of its people.
When the Journey reaches the lively Babylonians, they take us beyond time. Joined by Fritz Heede on a saz from Turkey, Naser Musa on a Oud from the Middle East, and Andrew Werderitsch on a didgeridoo from Australia, the world as we know it shrinks. They are speaking directly to the soul of their listeners, filling our hearts with so much music, we cant help but dance. Sitara, with its bamboo flutes, kartals, and sitar, whirls us into a mystic dance in much the same spirit.
The two tracks Motherland and Suling perfectly illustrate the ambivalence of lifes journey, where melancholy constantly turns to the pursuit of joy and pleasure. They both feature the first recorded performance of Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levys newborn baby Miles Teng-Levy, on rattle and bell. Suling, which is inspired by a Balinese melody Suzanne Teng heard in a Cafe in Bali, is soothing like a beautiful memory revived.
The delicate tune Chicoy emerged from a musical offering Suzanne and Gilbert made to the spirits of a magical cave in Guatemala, where the couple were led through a spontaneous wedding ritual by a Shaman priest. With Topanga musician Kim Carroll on Guitar, Chicoy seems to resonate with all the mystery of every cave.
Miles Beyond is a spontaneous musical channeling dedicated to Suzanne and Gilbert's son, Miles. It is a piece beyond description, like incense to our ears. The solo finale Tiens Lullaby features Suzanne Teng on dizi and ghu zheng, awakening us from an amazing Mystic Journey of dreaming.
Miles Beyond was recorded with musicians who have backed Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey on stage since early 2000, and who have appeared on her previous album. It also features flutes from China, Turkey and Indonesia, and presents an array of hand drums from India, Africa, Egypt and Persia, which lend a particularly warm and vivid sound to the album.
Mystic Journey does not change, she simply carries on; and as she does, a more and more profound mystical experience unfolds. She invites us to plunge a little deeper into the soul of our own journey, as she takes us around the world. In Miles Beyond, Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levy create a magical music rainbow with colorful instruments and sounds from around the world.
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After several year's wait, flute player Suzanne Teng returns with a follow up to her imposing solo debut, Mystic Journey. Miles Beyond picks up on the global rhythms and world flutes that made her debut so compelling. The core of the album is Teng and percussionist Gilbert Levy, playing flutes and hand drums from India, Africa, Eygpt, and Persia. Their melodies and rhythms
spiral off each other in desert arabesques. Miles Beyond is a meticulously composed and arranged work with oud, string bass, keyboards and guitar fleshing out the sound in a music that uses traditional sounds for a new, pan-global music. Whether playing ocarina, Turkish ney, Indian bamboo flutes or the Balinese suling, she's a master pulling melodies out of the air and bending them in sensual, calligraphic designs. Miles Beyond is an auspicious first CD of the Month for 2004.
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This is a mystic journey indeed, and a highly enjoyable one. Suzanne Teng plays flutes from all corners of the globe, sideman Gilbert Levy does likewise with percussion, and additional participants provide instrumentation ranging from the familiar (guitar, bass, keyboard) to the exotic (sitar, oud, didgeridoo). Musically, there's a lot of ground covered in these instrumental pieces. Breezing through narious points in Africa, Latin and Native America, India, Indonesia, the Far East and on and on, the tracks are nonetheless remarkably cohesive, well arranged and musically and rhythmically engaging. Listen to how "Babylonians" unfurls majestically before dancing off into the sun, the dark continent cool of "Motherland" or the airy melancholy of "Sierra" and the title track. If you're not completely blissed out after the first sampling, don't blame Teng and her highly skilled crew. They know how to make "world" music in the best sense -- unpretentious, attuned and with an obvious love for the cultures they tap into. An absolutely wonderful album.
Gentle, healing, expansive and ambient new age soundscaped pieces with gorgeous wooden flute harmonies, tribal percussion, soft synth strings and an overall feeling of the mysterious.
Reviewed by Fred Puhan for Ambient Visions.
Remembering an older Hearts of Space program named "Miles Beyond," my first thought upon seeing the title of Suzanne Teng's CD made me think this would be a spin on the music of Miles Davis. Was I wrong! Teng is an accomplished flautist, a holder of a Masters degree in music, a Grammy nominee in 2000, and a finalist in (the now-defunct) New Age Voice magazine's "Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of 1999" and "Best Contemporary World Music Album of 1999."
Small wonder. Teng has the ability to imbue her work with the spirit and style of a myriad of cultural influences. This should come as no surprise, as she completed Ph.D. studies at UCLA's Department of Music Ethnomusicology. Miles Beyond is a collection of nine musical treatises that encompass musical stylings from around the globe. "Sitara," for example, blends the Indian sitar and tabla with Teng's flute playing.
"Suling," despite its name (a suling is a type of simple bamboo flute), is reminiscent of the Irish penny whistle in both tone and tenor.
"Miles Beyond," the title track, is a muted concoction of sophisticated instrumentation; its complexity hidden in the shadow of its subtlety.
Mystic Journey, the name of Teng's band (which also gave name to the first album by the ensemble), works harmoniously to lend atmosphere to Teng's flute, not to overpower it. Mystic Journey consists of partner Gilbert Levy (drums), Barry Newman (string bass), and Fritz Heede, multi-stringed instruments and composer. Alone, Teng has performed for a number of file soundtracks, many with noted composer and new age artist, Jeff Danna.
This might be considered "highbrow" music. But its appeal stretches beyond labels, and may be for anyone who seeks variety and intricacy.
BOSTONIA Spring 2004
Teng's music sometimes gets lumped in the New Age category, but there's nothing bland or saccharine about it. She's mastered many a wind instrument and plays them here to great effect. The music comes from all over the world, ranging from Turkey and India to Indonesia and the Americas. Teng and her partner, Gilbert Levy, have clearly taken the time to immerse themselves in the different musical forms. Take Teng's playing of the suling, a bamboo flute used in Balinese music: to my ears it's indistinguishable from that of contemporary Indonesian players - an impressive achievement. Yes, the music is soothing, but it's stimulating too, as Teng hops from country to country, genre to genre.
MUSIC DESIGN Jan/Feb 2004
Former Angels of Venice instrumentalist Suzanne Teng embarks on her second ethnic-flavored album of flute/wind music with MILES BEYOND. Building off the ideas she put forth on her debut release, MILES BEYOND covers a lot of ground culture-wise. "Sierra," for example, has a contemporary Southwestern flair akin to a Nicholas Gunn tune. The two tunes that follow - "Babylonians" and "Sitara," plunge the listener into the exoticism of the Middle East and India respectively through the use of bamboo flute, percussion indigenous to both cultures and sitar. African music influences "Motherland" and "Tien's Lullaby" displays the enchanting sonorities of the Far East. MILES BEYOND shows that not only is Teng an amazingly versatile flutist, but a highly skilled one as well.
THE INSTRUMENTAL WEEKLY
With the prominence of various types of flute acting as the foundation for this recording, Mystic Journey from Suzanne Teng presents a refreshing and fascinating fusion of world sounds. From Far and Middle Eastern motifs to Celtic and African rhythms, this recording offers an abundance of styles that blend together perfectly.
With over a dozen musicians of varying fame and her own masterful presentation of several flute variations, Suzanne has taken a rather eclectic mix of instrumentation and formed the resultant sound into something new and worldly. At the same time however, I found that Mystic Journey had a very familiar and comfortable feeling, which makes repeated listenings a true joy.
Some pieces, such as "Topanga Dream" and "Darjeeling Sunrise" are more subtle and relaxed, highlighting Suzanne's alto flute against gently fading harp chords and wonderful percussion layouts. Other tracks, like "Lhasa Love", which is based upon an ancient Chinese folk song, are more upbeat and would make amazing backdrops to traditional as well as modern dance performance.
An album such as Mystic Journey is a great example of music that works equally well when listened to carefully, or as relaxing background music in your living room. Suzanne and company have taken a great amount of ideas and styles, and have expertly blended them together in a hybrid that is heard only so rarely in current instrumental releases.
A quick word about the instrumentation on Mystic Journey: keyboard is accounted for here, but the lack of heavy electronic synthesizers is a welcome strategy that I wish more musicians would at least try once in awhile. There is a very real, very friendly vibe from this recording, and it's one that I think you will definitely appreciate.
Having studied with some of the finest flutists in the world, having diligently studied the field of Music and Healing, collaborated with famous musicians and artists, leaving an award-ridden path behind her pioneering ventures, it is no wonder why Teng's mesmerizing album of new age flute with magical accompaniment stands out among all others. Tapping into the wisdom and spirit of the East but embracing musical gifts from all corners of the globe, including melodious cello and penetrating tabla, New Age fans of all tastes will be enchanted.
UK NEW CLASSICS
The beautiful flute player, dancer, percussionist, composer and teacher Suzanne Teng is joined by 17 other fine musicians, including the percussionist Gilbert Levy, on this debut recording of original music featuring flutes, strings and percussion instruments from around the world. The ensemble blends music and sounds from east and west, combining the ancient with the new to produce an ethereal and ecstatic whole.
- The International Newsweekly of Music, Video, and Home Entertainment
- Volume XXV, no. 1, January 1-14, 2001 (Michael Mollura)
VOICE MAGAZINE - January, 2001
TIMES - Journal of the Holistic Lifestyle September 2000, Issue 221,
review by Kerri Hikida
MAGAZINE - World Music & Global Culture
"Mystic Journey" has been receiving radio play around the globe! It debuted as #11 on the New Age Voice Airwaves Top 100, reached #6 in September, 2000 and continues to make the list over a year and a half after the albums release. This is the most significant airplay listing for New Age/World/Celtic/Ambient/Native American/Acoustic Instrumental/Electronic Music. -WWW.NEWAGEVOICE.COM
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this recording offers an abundance of
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