Hundreds of Ways (Ozella Music OZ 028 CD, 2010)
Hundreds of Ways is a delightful album by White Canvas, a project that brings together the fascinating vocal expressions of free-style German singer Rena Meyer Wiel and the exquisite melodies and soundscapes of multi-instrumentalist Rolf Beydemüller.
The first piece on the album, A Fine Wind is Blowing, sets the tone with Rena Meyer Wiel’s beautiful vocals, accompanied the sounds of birds and wind instruments also emulating birds. To some this may sound like new age, but the music has more to do with exploratory jazz and ambient music.
Throughout the album Rena Meyer Wiel treats the listener to a wide-range of marvelous vocal works. Her overdubs are striking, creating multiple voices. Rolf Beydemüller’s virtuosic guitar and inspired soundscapes are the perfect complement.
Hundreds of Ways is a beguiling mix of jazz and ethereal soundscapes, celebrating the beauty of the human voice.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.