Muses of Aqua
Imagine the soothing, undulating textures and majestic warmth of a Symphony Orchestra, combined with the gentle, lyrical melodies of instruments from all corners of the world, resonating together in a blissful interplay of sound. The colors of The Luminous World Orchestra range from the velvety strings of violins, cellos, and Chinese Erhu fiddle, to the sweet breathy tones of Native American flute and Celtic pennywhistle, from delicately plucked guitar and harp to the round, ringing vibrations of Balinese Gamelan gongs... ...a sweetly colorful, meditative journey. The unique music of The Luminous World Orchestra, led by film composer Steven Chesne, is softly soothing, spiritually inspiring, and gently empowering. "Muses of Aqua" is a collection of organic, non-synthetic music useful for meditation, yoga, massage, relaxation, and focused listening. Steven Chesne's composing career has spanned symphonic music, historical and world music, as well as film and television scoring. In television, Steven has composed the scores for over 300 episodes of prime-time, network shows including 'Batman: the Animated Series,' 'Family Man,' 'Family Matters,' 'Getting By,' 'Girls Across the Lake,' 'Hangin' with Mr. Cooper,' 'The Hogan Family,' 'Kirk,' 'Life Happens,' 'Perfect Strangers,' 'Step by Step,' 'Two of a Kind,' and 'Valerie.' Since 2000, Steven has scored 17 theatrical films including 'Zen Noir,' 'Debating Robert Lee,' 'The Trip,' and 'No Turning Back.' Steven's orchestral concert works include 4 symphonies, 2 concertos, 2 orchestral suites, and 2 tone-poems, as well as works for string quartet, woodwind ensemble, and music for theater and ballet. His works have been performed by The Ventura Symphony, The L.A. Modern String Orchestra, The Los Angeles Ars Symphonia Orchestra, The La Mirada Symphony, Mehli Mehta's American Youth Symphony, as well as by members of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The L.A. Chamber Orchestra, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The Pacific Symphony. __________________________ Reviews of 'Muses of Aqua,' 'Deva,' and 'Threading the Ether': From the 'New Age Reporter' Top Ten review: 'These two albums both conducted by Steve Chesne with the LWO were the high point of the year.' ____________________________ The Daily Om: 'it leaves you quietly transfixed and grateful to be alive to hear such beauty...' '...great torrents of spiritual gratitude...' 'The results on the LWO's debut, 'Deva,' were astounding .' ____________________________ Science of Mind: '...beautiful, expansive music ...' '... peaceful but powerful upliftment....' 'Steven's multi-dimensional music can take you deep into your heart as well as transport you to the far stretches of the cosmos.' ____________________________ New Age Retailer: 'The CD's haunting beauty is almost surreal.' __________________________ Stephen Hill, 'Hearts of Space': '...their refined textures and skillful compositions take you someplace worth going." ____________________________ Light Connection Magazine: 'It's hard to write about the music of Chesne and the LWO in anything but glowing superlatives.' '...unabashed emotional and spiritual passion.' 'A masterpiece of haunting beauty...' '...emotionally evocative, lush...surreal.' 'Gossamer...a tonal painting, translucent, with wave upon wave of pastels of unrivaled hues ...' '...an indescribable sonic tableau...' ____________________________ John Diliberto, Host of 'Echoes': 'As The Luminous World Orchestra, Steven Chesne makes a subtle music whose deceptively austere arrangements result in a lush emotional resonance...' ____________________________ Aura Magazine: 'Chesne has done something unprecedented with these familiar sounds. The result is cohesive and masterful, creating an elegant environment...' 'This is a graceful recording...' ____________________________ Michael Foster, 'Ambient Visions': '...He deftly blends orchestral arrangements ... an impressive palette upon which he paints his sonic pictures for the listener to enjoy...' ____________________________ Christopher Albright, WTUL-FM: 'Poetry for the Ears, Mind and Heart' 'Inspiring!' ____________________________ Essential Wellness Magazine: 'The result is complex, rich and evocative...interesting and engaging enough to hold interest in focused listening. This is music-lovers music...' ____________________________ Zone Music Reporter: '...amazing in compostion and implementation...' '...reverent and eloquently engaging.' ____________________________ New Age Reporter: '...The list of awards that Steven Chesne has garnered is staggering and longer than this review...' '...His quixotic collusion among ethnic instruments and the orchestra is unique, refreshing and above all else, stimulating.' '...Although each album can be enjoyed immensely on it's own, I highly recommend that you pair up the two for a long, long period of aural enjoyment and sensual inspiration. The Luminous World Orchestra is enlightening.' ____________________________ Creations Magazine: '...an out of the ordinary offering...' 'Lyrical motifs in rich and beautiful musical settings, often cinematic in quality, convey a great depth of emotion throughout ...' '...music with metaphysical healing properties....' ____________________________ American Salon: 'I love the collection of soothing melodies on Muses of Aqua by The Luminous World Orchestra.' ____________________________ Spirituality and Health Magazine: '...soul nourishing music...' '...an ethereal song of love and devotion to the spirit of life.' '...rich and satisfying.' ____________________________ Daily Om : Music Review, Muses of Aqua '...going even deeper into the zone where mysticism and classicism combine and form beautiful new visions in the clearing mist.' '...inspired late-night brilliance. It's the perfect soundtrack for meditations...' '...slow and dreamy in an elegiac meditation...' '...a forgiving, cleansing sweep.' ____________________________ Zone Music Reporter: '...the graceful gentleness...' '...simply how beautiful the music is - at times being almost too pretty to be aptly described.' '...a wonderous exploration of world influenced orchestral magic.' ____________________________ Mostly Piano: '...enthralling...' '...intoxicating...' 'This composer is not willing to remain stationary. His enthusiastic, adventurous spirit blends multiple genres that are gorgeous and accessible yet are still very unique and creative.' '...fascinating schoral arrangements that will simply elevate you...' ____________________________ Spirit Seeker Magazine: '...deeply moving music. It is highly accessible, easy to listen to, nourishing, satisfying, contemplative, and relaxing.' ____________________________ Four Corners Magazine: '...unique...inspiring...gorgeous...' ____________________________ New Age Retailer Magazine: '...especially lovely are 'Mantra,' 'Child King,' and 'On the Hill.'' ____________________________ New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living: '...thought provoking, meditative and with a spiritual quality that lends one to being fully present in nature.' '...relaxing and quite wonderful. ' ____________________________ Natural Awakenings Magazine: 'Steven Chesne, who has scored more than 300 films and television shows in Hollywood, is focusing his remarkable talents in a new direction.' ____________________________ Arizona Networking News: '...the warm caressing sounds of the orchestra...gently empowering melodies useful for meditation, yoga, massage, and relaxation.' ____________________________ The Muses Muse: '...a seamless whole that transcends either genre.' '...beautifully melodic, richly harmonic and finely textured.' ____________________________ Christopher Albright, WTUL-FM: 'Upon first hearing, I was impressed by the contemplative nature & spiritual quality of The Luminous World Orchestra sound. It has been a regular choice for a few months & will continue to reside, proudly, in the WTUL Library.' ____________________________ NME.com, Music Magazine: '...the wonderful new album 'Threading the Ether.'' ____________________________ Andy Blossy, KUAC-FM: '...thoughtful, meditative and much more. I am grateful to have this music in my library...' '...This music will be around for a long time.' ____________________________ Lloyd Barde Productions: '...their third exquiste recording..." ____________________________ ____________________________ 'Muses of Aqua,' 'Deva,' and 'Threading the Ether' are Editor's Picks in the CD Baby New Age Category. 'Muses of Aqua,' 'Deva,' and 'Threading the Ether' have been in the Top 20 in the following National Public Radio playlists: CKUW, KCBX, KUAC, RFI, WAWL, WDBX, WWSP, KCCK, KCPR, KUAC, WDVR, WKNH, WRBC, WTUL, WUSM, WXPR, WYBF, WFIT, WMNR, WGRS, WRXC, Galaxie CBC, KEAO and Montana NPR, in the atmospheric programs: Echoes, Night Breeze, Audioscapes, NightLight, Oasis, Planetary Prismatic Psonics, Athan's Journey, Cheezmuzik, Soundwaves, Solitudes, The Pit, Shades of Classics, Soundscapes, Journeys to the Infinite, Music from Beyond the Lake, Earth Tribe Jamin, Acoustic Resonance, and Radio Mir. 'Threading the Ether' made it to #16 on the New Age National Radio Broadcast charts. 'Deva' and 'Muses of Aqua' were included by 'New Age Reporter' in RJ Lannan's Top Ten Recordings of the Year 'Threading the Ether' made KCUR's 'Night Tides' picks, for the Top 10 Albums of 2009 Both Muses of Aqua and Deva were nominated for the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards, for Best Meditation Album 'Muses of Aqua' made the TOP 5 CDs in the CD Baby 'New Age/Yoga Category.' ____________________________.