Two recent albums focus on music for meditation and relaxation. This is evocative, peaceful music used by individuals as they practice meditation, yoga, stress reduction, mindfulness or as an aid to go to sleep. It is also used at spas, massage practices and yoga studios.
Ann Licater’s Quiet Spaces: Flute Meditations for Mindfulness and Relaxation (Cul de Sac Mystic Productions, 2018) uses a variety of flutes (Native American, alto folk flutes. It is solo flute inspired by southwestern Native American music, with some overdubs that allow Ann Licater to add charming call and response interactions between the flutes.
Multi-instrumentalist Valerie Romanoff incorporates world music to her pieces on Healing Music Volume 2 (Valrock Music, 2017). She separates her compositions into three categories: Still for quiet times of day; Chill for activation times; and Thrill for energetic peak times. Healing Music Volume 2 features still and chill tracks.
Healing Music Volume contains deep Indian roots in the form of sitar and tabla as well as chants and other musical forms. It is a great album for people who enjoy world music and relaxation at the same time. The lineup includes Valerie Romanoff on guitars, piano, synthesizer and chants; Stevin McNamara on sitar; and Tom Rossi on flute, kora, percussion, and chants.