Shimmer

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy

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Atmospheric live recordings from The TANK – a cavernous seven-story former water tank with a stunning reverberation of up to 40 seconds – featuring low flutes, bamboo flutes, ocarina, Mayan flute and Native American flute along with hand pan drums, Turkish lute and metal found objects.

On a hot, late August evening, we experienced The TANK for the

Atmospheric live recordings from The TANK – a cavernous seven-story former water tank with a stunning reverberation of up to 40 seconds – featuring low flutes, bamboo flutes, ocarina, Mayan flute and Native American flute along with hand pan drums, Turkish lute and metal found objects.

On a hot, late August evening, we experienced The TANK for the first time. A cavernous seven-story water tank that has never been used to store water, The TANK is a center for sonic arts in the dry Northwestern end of Colorado, where musicians can feel they’ve traveled through space with their music.

We immediately fell in love with the sonic experience. The heat of the early evening put us in a mild trance and our first recordings are very slow and still. As the evening cooled off, we explored blending our instruments with their notes reverberating for up to 40 seconds. The recordings from the middle of the evening feel adventurous and playful.

  1. Hanging Lake - Suzanne Teng, alto flute/Gilbert Levy, Hang drum Our opening track, “Hanging Lake” features the Hang drum and alto flute, one of our favorite combinations of instruments. On our way traveling from our home in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Rangely, Colorado, the home of The TANK, we stopped to hike to the top of a mountain to see the glorious Hanging Lake. It was worth the effort of climbing, during a very warm afternoon, the rocky terrain of what was equivalent to 80 stories! Stunningly gorgeous with its many hues of green, powerful waterfalls and rock formations, it is a truly inspiration place. We wanted to remember this magical lake through our music.

  2. Shimmer - Suzanne Teng, bamboo flute “Shimmer,” the title track, is an emotional bamboo flute journey that reflects the sensations I felt from the shimmer of sound while playing upwards to the top of The Tank.

  3. And the Crickets Sing - Suzanne Teng, bass flute “And the Crickets Sing” - Near the end of our evening at The TANK, with the door open and the cool breeze gracing us, the crickets came to sing with my bass flute. What a treat it was.

  4. Mother and Child - Suzanne Teng, Mayan flute (4Wind Flutes) “Mother and Child” - Years ago, a wonderful flute maker, Brad Young, gifted me with this stunning wooden two-chambered flute that is modeled after an ancient clay Mayan flute. With the lower and higher chambers playing both together and to one another, I heard a dialogue between a mother and her child.

  5. Harmonic Dance - Suzanne Teng, bass flute “Harmonic Dance” is the last thing that I played in The TANK. I felt free to really let loose and when I found myself exploring different harmonics on my bass flute, I had such a good time just following the flow. This is one my of my favorite tracks on the album.

  6. Catch Me if You Can - Suzanne Teng, alto flute/Gilbert Levy, RAV hand pan “Catch Me If You Can” feels like its title…he on his RAV hand pan and me on my alto flute, Gilbert and I are chasing each other around with our musical phrases. It’s a fun and playful track that makes us smile.

  7. Golden Temple - Suzanne Teng, dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) Playing my dizi, a Chinese bamboo flute, I am transported to a landscape with a “Golden Temple” in the distance.

  8. Farewell Miranda - Suzanne Teng, bamboo flute You may wonder who Miranda is…”Farewell to Miranda,” played on a bamboo flute, is named after…well…it’s a secret! ; )

  9. Calling the Raven - Suzanne Teng, ocarina/Gilbert Levy, saz (Turkish long necked lute) “Calling the Raven” - The simplicity of how I played the ocarina in this piece is different from how I find I usually play it. The simple melody on the low chamber followed by the response of the higher chamber felt like a call to a special animal spirit. We have a lot ravens who visit us on our property and we always enjoy their dances, their bathing in our fountain and their majestic black bodies soaring overhead. Gilbert adds his magic on the saz, a Turkish long necked stringed instrument.

  10. Sounding the Bell - Suzanne Teng, bass flute/Gilbert Levy, various metal found objects "Sounding the Bell” - The creative folks at The Tank have collected a wonderful assortment of metal objects that they have lovingly placed on the floor near the center of The TANK. I’m sure that they have some magical moments creating sounds with them. They invited us to explore with them and that we did. Their ring is longer than any other ring we experienced. When I was studying with Thich Nhat Hanh, I learned we don’t strike a bell, we sound the bell. I always appreciated the gentleness of those words.

  11. The Crossing - Suzanne Teng, bass Native American style flute (Woodsounds Flutes) “The Crossing” features a beautiful bass Native American style flute made by Brent Haines of Woodsounds flutes. The deepness of that flute in the space invited the image of an ancient people crossing over their sacred lands.

  12. Una -Suzanne Teng, bass flute “Una” is actually the first piece we recorded that day, but felt right as a closing piece. From the first notes that came from my bass flute, I was relishing in the the long tones and reverberation that floated through that dark, vast space.

ALL MUSIC COMPOSED BY SUZANNE TENG Hanging Lake, Catch Me If You Can, Calling the Raven, and Sounding the Bell composed by SUZANNE TENG & GILBERT LEVY

Published by Weishiu Music (ASCAP) Produced by Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy Engineered by Michael Van Wagoner at The TANK, Rangely, CO Mixed by Gilbert Levy & Suzanne Teng at Dragonfly Studios, Santa Fe, NM Mastered by Gilbert Levy, Dragonfly Studios, Santa Fe, NM

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Whisper

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy

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Whisper was written during the pandemic, when times were (and still can be) very lonely and frightening. We wanted to create soothing, gentle, and quiet music that helped comfort those who listened to it. We discovered that within the intimate and serene music that was coming out was a deep emotional expression that was healing for us and we hope

Whisper was written during the pandemic, when times were (and still can be) very lonely and frightening. We wanted to create soothing, gentle, and quiet music that helped comfort those who listened to it. We discovered that within the intimate and serene music that was coming out was a deep emotional expression that was healing for us and we hope will be healing for our listeners as well.

Nine tracks featuring Suzanne's trademark soulful playing on alto, bass and bamboo flutes and Gilbert's lush accompaniment on saz, dulcimer, Inuk (hybrid guitar), Rav and Hang hand pan drums and keyboards. With Dann Torres on guitars and yayli tanbur and Jon Ossman on bass and dilruba.

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Autumn Monsoon

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy

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This album features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental music played on Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world. These pieces take the listeners on a mystical musical journey.

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy’s Autumn Monsoon features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental

This album features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental music played on Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world. These pieces take the listeners on a mystical musical journey.

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy’s Autumn Monsoon features 10 tracks of ethereal and evocative instrumental music played on Native American flutes and drums, percussion, and stringed instruments from around the world. These pieces take the listeners on a mystical musical journey to India, the American Southwest, West Africa, the Saharan desert and even to the galaxy Andromeda, all the while honoring the distinct voice of the Native American flute.

Peaceful, healing, exotic and atmospheric, this album is perfect for relaxing, dreaming of exotic lands, and inspiring creativity.

Other albums by Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy: "Mystic Journey" by Suzanne Teng, "Miles Beyond" by Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey, "Enchanted Wind" by Suzanne Teng and "Kingdom of Mountains" by their world music band Mystic Journey.

Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy are married musical partners who create original instrumental music that is ethereal and exotic, soulful and healing and “sensual and serene,” as described by Billboard Magazine. They have released five critically acclaimed albums that have garnered them numerous prestigious international awards such as the Independent Music Awards (twice), International Acoustic Music Awards, Los Angeles Music Awards, New Mexico Music Awards, Akademia Music Awards, Global Music Awards and the Peace Song Awards.

Their recordings have been licensed for hundreds of film, television, commercial and video productions and was featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Appreciated for its sacred, relaxing and heart opening qualities, their works can be heard on numerous healing soundtracks and was chosen by the pharmaceutical company Genentech who created a CD with a compilation of their pieces that was distributed to over 50,000 cancer patients to aid in their recovery.

The Whole Life Times writes that they “lift the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside.”

Suzanne has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” Originally from Berkeley, California, she received her Master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and, after traveling across the globe, decided to further her passion for world music, pursuing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCLA where her focus was on music and healing.

Suzanne plays all the flutes from the western flute family as well as an extensive array of flutes from around the world including the Chinese dizi, bawu and hulusi, Turkish ney and zurna, Indonesian suling, panpipes, penny whistles, Native American flutes, ocarinas, the West African fulani, Egyptian reed mijwiz and Bulgarian dvoyanka. Her flute playing can be heard on commercials for Kleenex, Dodge and Johnnie Walker, on hundreds of major and independent label albums, and on video game, film and television soundtracks. She has performed on national television, including live performances on several of CBS’s Survivor finale shows, which were seen by over 70 million viewers.She is an endorsed artist for YAMAHA representing their alto and bass flutes and a widely respected educator who has sat on the Music Education panels for the National Endowment for the Arts for three years.

Gilbert was born and raised in New Orleans where he began playing drums at an early age and by his late teens was performing professionally in R&B bands in clubs on Bourbon Street and with jazz greats such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He moved to Los Angeles in his late 20’s and played pop music in numerous bands and on several major label recording projects before gravitating towards world drums. He plays African and Middle Eastern hand percussion, the metal melodic Hang and Rav drums and has expanded his musical vocabulary on numerous stringed instruments such as the Turkish saz, African ngoni, bass dulcimer and hybrid guitar Inuk. He also uses his extraordinary technical expertise to engineer and mix their award-winning recordings. Teng & Levy also record and produce albums for others and have composed music for yoga and acupuncture DVDs and several films including the documentaries “Raw for 30” and “Beirut Rising.”

Suzanne and Gilbert live in Santa Fe where they raise their teenage son Miles, a dog, two cats and a coop of chickens. They record their award-winning music at their home studio, Dragonfly Studios.

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Kingdom of Mountains

Mystic Journey

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Ethereal and evocative instrumental world music at its best…exotic flutes, strings and percussion from around the world dance together to create an ancient yet modern global groove.

"Mystic Journey takes you there. Close your eyes, trust, and you will go somewhere else. When you return, you'll be different... better. Your inner windshield wipers

Ethereal and evocative instrumental world music at its best…exotic flutes, strings and percussion from around the world dance together to create an ancient yet modern global groove.

"Mystic Journey takes you there.  Close your eyes, trust, and you will go somewhere else.  When you return, you'll be different... better.  Your inner windshield wipers will have washed off what you don't need.  What you need... is a Mystic Journey.” - John Densmore (The Doors)

Mystic Journey has an eagerly anticipated new release, “Kingdom of Mountains” full of mystical and evocative instrumental world music at its best, with rare and colorful flutes, strings and percussion from around the world that dance together to create an ancient yet modern global groove. Ten gorgeous tracks take the listener on a journey around the world and beyond, with a theme of peace and tranquility uniting the pieces into one mystical, musical journey.

Mystic Journey is Suzanne Teng (world flutes), Gilbert Levy (world strings and percussion), Dann Torres (guitar and oud), and Jon Ossman (bass and dilruba). This unique world music ensemble creates a new type of instrumental music that is ethereal and exotic, soulful and healing, and “Sensual and Serene,” as described by Billboard Magazine.

Mystic Journey has created music that is not only critically acclaimed, but has won them numerous awards such as the Independent Music Awards (twice), International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Los Angeles Music Awards. Their music has been licensed for hundreds of independent film and video projects and was featured on the show America’s Got Talent. Recognized not only for their musicianship and high production quality, their recordings have been described as sacred, relaxing and heart opening and their work has been used in numerous healing recordings, films and videos, including a special CD compilation of their pieces created by the pharmaceutical company Genentech that was distributed to over 50,000 patients to aid in their recovery.

“Mystic Journey…lifts the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside” (Whole Life Times) both in recordings and live performances, as demonstrated in venues where they have performed such as the Dalai Lama’s International World Festival of Sacred Music, where they were featured artists each year of the festival.

Husband and wife team Teng and Levy wrote all of the pieces on this new album Kingdom of Mountains whose 10 tracks feature numerous rare and beautiful instruments from around the world. Their earlier albums were released under Suzanne Teng (Mystic Journey and Enchanted Wind) as well as Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey (Miles Beyond), but over the years, as they performed around the country and internationally, the ensemble developed a magical synergy that is embraced in this exciting new release, and co-bandleaders Teng and Levy decided they wanted to move forward as simply Mystic Journey.

Gilbert Levy, born and raised in New Orleans, began playing drums at an early age and by his late teens was performing professionally in R&B bands in clubs on Bourbon Street and with jazz greats such as Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Levy moved to Los Angeles and played pop music in numerous bands and on several major label recording projects.

His years of experience in both pop/rock/jazz as well as world music give Gilbert the ability to create rhythms that are musical and music that is rhythmic. He is known for his expressive and exuberant performances both onstage and in recordings. He credits his years of North Indian classical music studies for creating his unique style. He also plays African and Middle Eastern hand percussion as well as a very unique personalized drum set and the evocative Swiss metal hand drum called the “hang” which is featured on much of their music.

Years ago, after a hand injury that led him to take a break from hand drums, he started to explore stringed instruments and the album features beautiful performances on the African bass harp (ngoni) on the track “Midnight in Bamako” and the bass dulcimer and Turkish saz on numerous tracks. He also used his extraordinary technical expertise to engineer and mix the album.

The Los Angeles Times has described Suzanne Teng as a “brilliant flutist” who “plays music for the soul.” Originally from Berkeley, California, she received her Master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts and, after traveling across the globe, decided to further her passion for world music, pursuing her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at UCLA where her focus was on music and healing.

Suzanne plays an extensive array of flutes from around the world, some of which are featured on Kingdom of Mountains. Many of the tracks feature her on the deep and soulful alto and bass flutes. She is a YAMAHA artist representing the low flutes (also called Harmony Flutes) on which she is well known and recognized worldwide for her unique style of playing. She plays the Chinese bamboo flute (dizi) on “Delicate Rainbow Flower,” the rare Chinese gourd wind instrument (hulusi) on “Yunnan,” bass Native American flute on “Kingdom of Mountains,” and bamboo flute on the entrancing piece “I Dream of a Castle.” Listening to Suzanne’s emotional flute lines , you can feel your heart opening, as one of her passions is to create music that is healing and transportive. Music Connection Magazine wrote that in “Teng’s delightful flute performances…joy emanates from her soul when she plays..”

Recognized in the industry for her skillful, creative and moving flute playing, she can be heard on hundreds of recordings and soundtracks, including commercials for Kleenex, Pepsi, Dodge, Johnny Walker, soundtracks for video games “Myst” and “Prince of Persia,” children’s shows Emmy-winning “Tumble Leaf “(PBS), “Miss Spider,” and “Babar and the Adventures of Badou,” and the film “300” and has performed live on several of the Survivor finale shows.

Fellow bandmates Dann and Jon are seasoned Los Angeles musicians who have performed and recorded extensively. Dann M. Torres is a multi-instrumentalist with an affection for acoustic experimentation and electronic manipulation. Well versed in a variety of musical styles and idioms, from world fusion to post-rock, experimental and ambient jazz, Torres’ divergent approach to sound design seeks to deconstruct genres and bring elements of them together into something that is new, compelling and unique.  Torres has worked with Solace, Naked Rhythm, Shaman's Dream, Azam Ali and a variety of other diverse musicians both in the studio and in improvised performance.  In Mystic Journey, Dann plays the oud, acoustic guitar and electric sitar.

Jon Ossman grew up in New Paltz, NY, lived in New York City for many years and then moved to Los Angeles. He calls himself “a lucky rebel who has seen most of this planet from a stage behind a bass.” Jon has recorded and toured with many of the greats such as Marc Cohn, Blood Sweat and Tears, Paula Cole and Chris Botti and also writes music for films, infomercials and videos. He also plays sitar and the hauntingly beautiful Indian fiddle called Dilruba with skill and delicacy, adorning the magical opening track “Subhadra” with a yearning that transports the listener to an ancient and holy time.

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Enchanted Wind

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Ethereal and beautiful flute meditations played on alto flute, bass flute, bamboo flutes and the rare contrabass flute with delicate accompaniment on harp, harmonium and zithers...music for peace, love and healing.

Suzanne Teng, M. Mus., is a flutist, percussionist, dancer, composer, teacher and recording artist from Berkeley, California. She has

Ethereal and beautiful flute meditations played on alto flute, bass flute, bamboo flutes and the rare contrabass flute with delicate accompaniment on harp, harmonium and zithers...music for peace, love and healing.

Suzanne Teng, M. Mus., 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. She is an active performer and recording artist in Los Angeles and is the winner of the 2006 IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) - Instrumental Category, and the Independent Music Awards Best New Age Artist for 2005 and 2001. Her contemporary world music band Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey was named a HOT 100 by Music Connection Magazine for 2003 and 2004. The band features Teng on an assortment of wind instruments from around the world and her partner Gilbert Levy on world percussion with their band mates playing an array of ethnic stringed instruments.

Suzanne's critically acclaimed recordings Miles Beyond and Mystic Journey feature her distinctive instrumental compositions and have received numerous award nominations including the Just Plain Folks Awards 2004 Best Instrumental Album (finalist), a candidacy for a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Age Album (2000), and New Age Voice Magazine’s Best Acoustic Instrumental Album and Best Contemporary World Music Album (finalist). They are listed on the UK Top Albums in New Age, appear on numerous publication and radio "Top albums of the Year" lists including the Public Radio International nationally syndicated show "Echoes," and are listed by Amazon.com among the Most Requested New Age albums on the Radio. Billboard Magazine wrote "Sensual and Serene…Mystic Journey is an impressive solo debut."

Known for creating heartfelt and healing music, Al Martinez of the Los Angeles Times claims "Suzanne Teng plays music for the soul." She recently created a 60-minute CD titled "Healing Sounds" for Genentech, Inc. to distribute to 10,000 cancer patients and has composed music for yoga and acupuncture videos including works for well-known yogis Gurmukh and Ana Forrest. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Suzanne's music for the critically acclaimed play Caterpillar Soup "adds a spiritual quality to the production." She has performed her flute meditations at numerous major events with spiritual leaders and writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Mathew Whyte, and Amachi, as well as for top corporate leaders of Mexico and the US and numerous heads of state, including Henry Kissinger. She has also been a featured performer at the National Flute Association Conventions three times. She performs in concerts, festivals, and dance/yoga events internationally as a soloist as well as with her world music band Mystic Journey. They were featured performers at His Holiness the Dala Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music and have represented the United States at International festivals in Mexico, Canada and Singapore.

Called a "brilliant flutist" by the Los Angeles Times, she has worked with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Tito Puente, Kenny Loggins, Babatundi Olatunji, Airto and Flora Purim, and The Dramatics.

Suzanne has performed on hundreds of recordings for Polygram, Warner Brothers, Windham Hill, BMG, Shanachi, Scottie Brothers, and numerous independent labels. Select film, television and commercial performance credits include Kleenex, Boston Legal, Pepsi, Johnnie Walker, California Tan, Murder, She Wrote, Big Bully (Tom Arnold), Separate Lives (Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton), Baby (Farrah Fawcett), Green Dragon (Patrick Swayze, Forest Whitaker), The Grey Zone, The Kid Stays in the Picture (Robert Evans), Ice Bound (Susan Sarandon), numerous independent and foreign films, commercials for India, Germany, Korea and Mexico, an Environmental PSA with music by Hans Zimmer and video games such as MYST. She has appeared on national television, including a musical performance on the Survivor II final episode which was viewed by over 40 million people. Her music has been heard on countless radio programs worldwide (ranking #3 on the New Age charts) and she has been featured live on Public Radio International three times.

She is an endorsed artist for Yamaha, AKG and High Spirit Flutes and is a popular teacher, having taught flute, percussion and world music to thousands of students at schools, colleges, camps and workshops throughout the country. She co-facilitates retreats, guiding music circles, most recently in Hawaii and Guatemala. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years, loves traveling, gardening, and hiking and has summitted 19,000’ peaks in the Himalayas. She lives in Topanga with her husband Gilbert Levy and their son Miles.

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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.

SUZANNE TENG is a flutist, dancer, percussionist, composer, teacher and recording artist from Berkeley, California. She has a master's degree in music from Boston

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.

SUZANNE TENG is a flutist, dancer, percussionist, 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.

Known for creating music that is spiritual and healing in nature, she has composed music for yoga and acupuncture videos and performs in concerts, festivals, and dance/movement/yoga events across the country as a soloist and with her world music band MYSTIC JOURNEY. She was a featured performer at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's World Festival of Sacred Music '99 and '02 and has been featured performing her flute meditations at numerous major events with spiritual leaders and writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Mathew Fox and David Whyte as well as for corporate heads in the US and Mexico.

She was awarded the INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS Best New Age Artist of 2001 and her debut album "Mystic Journey" was a candidate for a Grammy nomination.

The Los Angeles Times says "Suzanne Teng plays music for the soul." Billboard Magazine named "Mystic Journey" a CRITIC'S CHOICE and says "Sensual and Serene...Mystic Journey is an impressive solo debut."

Suzanne has worked with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Tito Puente, Kenny Loggins, Babatundi Olatunji, Airto and Flora Purim, Alessandra Belloni and The Dramatics.

She has recorded for Polygram, Warner Brothers, Windham Hill, BMG, Shanachi, Scottie Brothers, and numerous independent labels. Film, Television and commercial credits include "The Kid stays in the Picture," "The Green Dragon," "Pepsi," "Jonnie Walker," "California Tan," "Murder She Wrote," "Big Bully" (Tom Arnold), "Separate Lives" (Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton), and foreign film scores and commercials for India, Germany and Mexico. Her flute playing is featured on an Environmental PSA (music by Hans Zimmer) which will be seen by over one billion people worldwide. She has appeared on national television and radio and has been featured on Public Radio International three times and she performed in the orchestra on the "Survivor Live" show, one of the most viewed shows on television.

She is an endorsed artist for Yamaha and AKG and is a popular teacher, having taught flute, percussion and world music to many hundreds of students. She has practiced yoga for 13 years, loves traveling, gardening and hiking and has summitted 19,000 foot peaks in the Himalayas.

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"Sensual and Serene..." as described by Billboard Magazine, the hauntingly beautiful flute melodies twirl with magical music played on harps, percussion, and exotic stringed instruments played by 19 master musicians from around the world.

Topanga Dreams Since 1988, I've lived in Topanga, California. This small mountain town has taught me the true

"Sensual and Serene..." as described by Billboard Magazine, the hauntingly beautiful flute melodies twirl with magical music played on harps, percussion, and exotic stringed instruments played by 19 master musicians from around the world.

Topanga Dreams Since 1988, I've lived in Topanga, California. This small mountain town has taught me the true meaning of community. By being there for each other, we can make dreams come true. May all your dreams come true...

Katyia's Dance This song has evolved from being a solo dance performance piece in our Mystic Journey shows into a passionate tango...for two. So grab someone you love and enjoy the dance!

China Lily This flute was a gift from my Dize (rhymes with pizza) teacher and is one of my favorites. Whenever I play it, I am transported to a place of inner peace and stillness.

Lhasa Love I found this melody in a book of traditional Chinese folk songs, It was called Tibetan Dance before we transformed it into a lively multicultural boogie!

Aduman Although there are many dialects spoken in the West African region of Guinea and Mali, the universal word for "sweet" amongst all the tribes is aduman.

Darjeeling Sunrise Inspired by an Indian sunrise raga, this song reflects the experience that I had when I was on top of Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India, witnessing a magical sunrise illuminating the awesome Himalayan mountains.

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"Sensual and Serene....Mystic Journey is an impressive solo debut." - BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

"Suzanne Teng plays music for the soul. This is a lovely album. Its music will stay with me for a lifetime." - Al Martinez, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"This CD is an East meets West production orchestrated by Teng's delightful flute performances and the joy that emanates from her soul when she plays." - MUSIC CONNECTION

"This is one of the sweetest flute albums to come along in a while." - NEW AGE VOICE MAGAZINE

"...This CD, which lifts the listener to a place where beauty, ecstasy and tranquility reside... is full and rich...delivers the goods." - WHOLE LIFE TIMES

"Teng's chops are fluid and lithe, and the accompanists seamlessly augment her musical messages." - RHYTHM MAGAZINE

"Beautifully produced CD...Some of the upbeat numbers boast immediate pop accessiblity through lilting melodies and infectious dance rhythms, while others create simpler, more spacious listening environments." - YOGA JOURNAL

"Her passionate playing unleashes kundalini energy and coaxes it up the back of the spine. It's nearly impossible to listen without swaying your body. This artist is obviously aware of the healing power of music." - MT. SHASTA MAGAZINE

"Teng's instrument of choice is the flute, and she plays a variety of them with masterful ease...Teng has made a rarity: a record that withstands close listening and can be a caliming influence in the midst of a hectic day." - BOSTONIA MAGAZINE

"Suzanne is a consummate flutist on a variety of flutes...beautiful and soulful music." - WIND AND WIRE MAGAZINE

"Suzanne Teng needs only a few notes to establish herself as a major artist in her own right. " - BACKROADS MUSIC

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Suzanne Teng is a flutist, dancer, percussionist, 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.

Known for creating music that is spiritual and healing in nature, she has composed music for yoga and acupuncture videos and performs in concerts, festivals, and dance/movement/yoga events across the country as a soloist and with her world music band Mystic Journey. She was a featured performer at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's World Festival of Sacred Music '99 and has been featured performing her flute meditations at numerous major events with spiritual leaders and writers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Mathew Fox and David Whyte as well as for corporate heads in the US and Mexico.

She has worked with a wide variety of artists and ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic, Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, Tito Puente, Kenny Loggins, Babatundi Olatunji, Airto and Flora Purim, Alessandra Belloni and The Dramatics.

Suzanne has recorded for Polygram, Warner Brothers, Windham Hill, BMG, Shanachi, Scottie Brothers, and numerous independent labels. Film, Television and commercial credits include "Pepsi," "Jonnie Walker," "California Tan," "Murder She Wrote," "Big Bully" (Tom Arnold), "Separate Lives" (Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton), and foreign film scores and commercials for India, Germany and Mexico. Her flute playing is featured on an Environmental PSA (music by Hans Zimmer) which will be seen by over one billion people worldwide. She has appeared on national television and radio and has been featured on Public Radio International three times.

She is an endorsed artist for Yamaha and AKG and is a popular teacher, having taught flute, percussion and world music to many hundreds of students. She has practiced yoga for 13 years, loves traveling, gardening and hiking and has summitted 19,000 foot peaks in the Himalayas.

Gilbert Levy was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With an early love for drums, he purchased his first drum set with the money he received for his Bar Mitzvah. Since there were already 40 drummers in his school program, Gilbert chose to study the trumpet and tuba in order to play in the high school band. His passion for drumming won out though, and he was soon performing professionally as a drum set player in R & B bands in clubs on Bourbon Street and with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis. Gilbert moved to Los Angeles in his 20's to further his musical career and fell into the world of pop music. After playing in numerous bands and working on several major label recording projects, he grew tired of the Los Angeles music scene and took a sabbatical from music. He then discovered world music after hearing tabla virtuoso Trilok Gurtu and began intensive studies on the tabla with Pandit Ravi Bellare. Gilbert has since developed an ability to play just about any drum he picks up and is a specialist on the Indian devotional drums, the khol and pekawaj, on which he is the primary accompanying instrument for numerous kirtan chanters (devotional Sanskrit call-and-response chanting). His unique drum kit includes drums from Africa and the Middle East blended with tom tom and cymbals. His musical style blends traditional rhythms with funk and R&B and his ability to create unique drum patterns keeps him in demand as a performer and recording artist.

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Mystic Journey News

SHIMMER is now available to purchase!

Download SHIMMER Here!

Suling Class Dec. 3!

KUNM Show with Suzanne & Gilbert Oct. 29th interview starts @ one minute in

WHISPER is available for PURCHASE!

Whisper review from Artisan Music Reviews, RJ Lannan March, 2022

Whisper's One World Music Review!

Watch our Global Music Journey Concert!

Live at the Lensic Theatre Ghost Light Sessions: Watch it here!

August 15th, 1-2pm MT - Suzanne Teng's first FACEBOOK LIVE CONCERT. Watch it here! 

Tip Jar: paypal.me/SuzanneTeng

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Learn to Play the Suling! New online classes!

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The REVIEWS are coming in and they're wonderful! 

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Announcing the new Suzanne Teng Signature flute by Woodsounds flutes!  It's gorgeous!

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2020 dates have been listed in our calendar section! Visits to Houston, Taos, Utah...more coming...

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Kingdom of Mountains was just awarded the Peace Song Award in the World Music Category!

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New Item! "Sierra" is now available in sheet music for alto flute and piano!!!

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Suzanne's YAMAHA page

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Hear Suzanne & Gilbert LIVE CONCERT on ECHOES Radio!

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2018 NEWS:

The New Mexico Music Awards just awarded us the BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL AWARD 2018!!

 Our piece "Yunnan" just received a nomination from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards!

Our Sheet music is now available in our store!

More nominations just in..."Subhadra," the opening track to Kingdom of Mountains has been nominated for Track of the Year and the album is up for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album by One World Music in the UK ! 

Kingdom of Mountains has qualified in three categories for the Zone Music Awards! Having placed in the top 10, we are entered into Album of the Year and have also qualified for the Best Relaxation/Meditation album and Best World album categories.  Radio hosts of our genre do the voting, winners are announced in May.  

Mystic Journey was recently awarded the SILVER MEDAL in the Global Music Awards in two divisions: New Age and Instrumentalists!  

We also won The Akademia Music Award for Best Ambient / Instrumental Album for ‘Kingdom Of Mountains’ in the October 2017 Akademia Music Awards! 

And thrilled to share many great reviews for Kingdom of Mountains on our Press page.  

KoM was also Top of the Charts and CD of the Month (Sept.) for the wonderful PRI radio program ECHOES!  Listen to their podcast on Mystic Journey.  

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