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ABOVE THE CLOUDS
DAVID MICHAEL


Atmospheric suite for guitar, flutes, hammered-dulcimer, Celtic harp, piano and viola

In loving memory of Randy Mead,
with friends: Benjy Wertheimer, Steve Gorn, Ann Lindquist, Gwen Franz - and more -


In August of 2012 I lost my friend and music partner of 40 years, flutist Randy Mead, to a heart attack. Many of the instruments I have taken up through the decades were by his suggestions – a few were actually his own inventions. He opened my ears to early music and worldwide styles and was a steadfast companion on and off stage. Above the Clouds is dedicated to him as his influence on my music was profound. The guitar/flute orientation on this recording seems appropriate, reminding me of the inspiration of our early years before I began playing the harp. As I developed this suite, I felt his spirit with me, whispering ideas into my ears. Randy, if you can hear the music, I hope you are smiling ... David Michael


" Superb! Exotic textures and moodscapes to put the listener in a contemplative and relaxed state. Gorgeous, peaceful resting places for your mind, heart, body and soul. " - Chris Lunn, founder of Victory Review


The Musicians
DAVID MICHAEL – Guitar, hammered-dulcimer, Celtic harps, piano, zither, bowed-psaltery
STEVE GORN – Bansuri (bamboo flute)
ANN LINDQUIST – Alto, bass & contrabass flutes
BENJY WERTHEIMER – Esraj (19-string bowed instrument)
GWEN FRANZ – viola, violin
PAUL BECKER – Soprano, alto and tenor recorders
JOE BRESKIN – Domra (Ukrainian string bass instrument)
SIMON LYNGE – Brushes on cymbal & snare drum


*Cover photo: c 2014 by Darlisa Black
*Recorded and mastered by Neville Pearsall at Synergy Sound, Port Townsend WA
*Mixed by David Michael and Neville Pearsall
*Graphic design for CD by Andrew Ratshin at NW Discs, Seattle WA
*Conceived, composed, improvised and produced by David Michael
*Special thanks to all the musicians for their heartfelt melodic contributions, to Daniel Liu for the “high strung” strings and to Dari Lewis Michael for invaluable suggestions and assistance.

Please sample the 30-second clips below ...

ABOVE THE CLOUDS (5:06)
David Michael – guitar, Celtic harp, zither & piano
Steve Gorn – bansuri flute
Gwen Franz – viola
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute

SOARING (4:01)
David Michael – hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp & piano
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute & bass flute

FOR RANDY (3:53)
David Michael – guitar
Benjy Wertheimer – esraj

CIELO CAROSELLO (6:36)
David Michael – hammered dulcimer, guitar, Celtic harp & zither
Gwen Franz – viola & violin
Simon Lynge – brushes

CLOUD WATCHING (5:17)
David Michael – piano, Celtic harp & bowed psaltery
Gwen Franz – viola
Ann Lindquist – bass flute

DANCING ON AIR (3:11)
David Michael – guitar, Celtic harp, zither & rain stick
Steve Gorn – bansuri flute

ECHOES (1:33)
David Michael – hammered dulcimer
Gwen Franz – violin
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute

ALPINE FLOWERS (4:26)
David Michael – guitar & Celtic harp
Gwen Franz – viola
Ann Lindquist – bass flute

THE ARRIVAL (2:16)
David Michael – hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp & zither
Paul Becker – soprano, tenor & alto recorders
Ann Lindquist – alto flute

SHAMAYIM (4:59)
David Michael – piano & zither
Benjy Wertheimer – esraj

TANGERINE SKY (3:17)
David Michael – guitar, Celtic harp, zither & rattle
Ann Lindquist – bass flute
Joe Breskin – domra

PROMISE OF A RAINBOW (2:51)
David Michael – hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp & zither
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute & base flute

MEADOW BREEZE (6:02)
David Michael – guitar, Celtic harp & zither
Steve Gorn – bansuri flute
Gwen Franz – viola
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute

SKY CARNIVAL (2:32)
David Michael – piano, zither & bowed psaltery
Gwen Franz – viola
Ann Lindquist – contrabass flute & alto flute
Joe Breskin – domra

MOON CRADLE (3:49)
David Michael – guitar & zither
Benjy Wertheimer – esraj

BEYOND THE VEIL (3:22)
David Michael – zither
Steve Gorn – bansuri flute