Sound Garden

Celestial Voices

This music is a soothing and flowing album of Silvano’s adept direction of 3 women’s voices and flute, with a new age and chamber music feeling.

Label: JSL
Release Date: 2005

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“Voices Together” Vocal Ensemble:
Judi Silvano – Director, Arranger, Voice & Flute
Kyoko Kitamura – Voice
Marlena Primavera – Voice

Track Listing:

  1. Lunar Halo
  2. Distant Star
  3. Earthshine
  4. The Winter Sky
  5. Ursa Minor
  6. Celestial View
  7. Bright Capella
  8. F Minor
  9. Meditations
  10. Dobranotz
  11. Sonic Reflections
  12. Bass Space
  13. Wonderous Light
  14. Over The Horizon

This is music for “healing, meditation and massage”. The musical equivalent of candles, soft and scented. Ambient sound meant to soothe, not arouse. It sounds like the elven music of the Lord of the Rings movies. It is also impeccably done.

On “Celestial Voices” Silvano blends her voice with those of Kyoko Kitamura and Marlena Primavera into spacious choral settings that evoke ancient traditions of chant that span from medieval convents to Tibetan monasteries, very otherworldly world music.
Silvano overlaps slowly evolving melodic lines, letting the upper partials ring and rub together.

Sometimes the endings surprise — I expected many of the songs to float for eternity. The two tracks “Ursa Minor” and “Dobranotz” feature prominent flute, Silvano playing those full-toned passages.

If you plan to follow a more mellow path, this “vocal soundscape” CD would prove a very useful guide.
-David DuPont, One Final Note

Einstein said that the most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It’s unfortunate, then, that he wasn’t afforded the opportunity to hear Sound Garden ~ Celestial Voices.  This a-capella female chorale led by composer/ director/ producer Judi Silvano, intertwines crystalline vocals ranging from soaring soprano to deep, earthy tones in a seamless soundscape that transcends the conventional relaxation recording.  …a  truly glorious disc! Congratulations ladies.
-Sharon Nichols, CHRONOGRAM, February 2006

When the Silvano release Sound Garden ~ Celestial Voices appeared in the review pile, I glanced at the title—covers of the 1990s grunge band Soundgarden, I thought???  Ahhhh… how wrong could I be?  This is music for “healing, meditation and massage”.

This is the musical equivalent of candles, soft and scented. Ambient sound meant to soothe, not arouse. It sounds like the elven music of the Lord of the Rings movies. It is also impeccably done. Given the sheer textures, any off-note would clang as bad as a gruff voice demanding a beer.

On Celestial Voices Silvano blends her voice with those of Kyoko Kitamura and Marlena Primavera into spacious choral settings that evoke ancient traditions of chant that span from medieval convents to Tibetan monasteries, very otherworldly world music.

Silvano overlaps slowly evolving melodic lines, letting the upper partials ring and rub together. At times, as on the opener, this results in pungent dissonances. Though superficially the music may seem emotionally compressed, it sounds haunted, expressing as much melancholy as joy, yet always resigned to breathe in the moment. Indeed the breathing of the singers is audible at some spots adding to the airiness of the music.

The surprises are subtle.  On “Bass Space”, the rhythm grows more pronounced with groups of three notes cushioned between declamations of a short and long note. “Meditations” suddenly resolves into a simple major triad. Sometimes the endings surprise—I expected many of the songs to float for eternity.

The two tracks “Ursa Minor” and “Dobranotz” feature prominent flute, Silvano playing those full-toned passages. “Dobranotz” alone among the tracks has a melodic substance that could transcend its ethereal surroundings.

If you should decide to travel a more mellow path, this “vocal soundscape” CD would prove a useful guide.
– David Dupont, One Final Note , 23 January 2006

Sound Garden ~ Celestial Voices transports you to many places and leaves one with a feeling of having visited sacred ground. The amazing vocals allow you time to linger there in a land of mountains, rivers, chapels and other special spaces.
– Pipper Armel, Healer, Accupuncturist

I listen to Judi Silvano’s Sound Garden ~ Celestial Voices everyday because it helps me stay relaxed while I am cooking for my restaurant.
– Sonia El Nawal, Executive Chef