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Night Song

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A truly universal instrument native to all cultures, the flute speaks directly to the heart. In Night Song flutist Peter Phippen uses flutes from around the world - the Shakuhachi, Bansuri, Irish whistle, Native American and Papago flutes - to create a musical poetry evoking the mystery and stillness of the night and to touch the depths in each of us.


It all started with a basket of bamboo penny whistles. 'I was shopping with my wife Julie when I saw them,' Peter Phippen recalls. 'I couldn't resist picking one up and playing it.'
Thus started a love affair with ethnic flutes from all over the world. It also sparked a complete change in direction for a man who started his musical career playing bass in a country-western band at the age of 12, proceeding into adulthood as a member of several show bands, including the rock group Airkraft.
Playing a variety of flutes, Phippen has just released 'Night Song,' his third CD as a recording artist for Canyon Records. Aptly named, its spare, haunting melodies, all composed by Phippen, evoke dreamscape images of fading twilight and gentle slumber under a full moon.
The full, round tones of his Japanese Shakuhachi produce a different mood from the almost plaintive wail of the transverse alto bamboo flute. Higher and lighter, the Native American flute he plays in 'Lullabye' cradles the listener in a soothing blanket of sound.
A poet as well as a composer, he observes that one cannot be separated from the other. Poetry entwines with my music and each of my recordings are time capsules, reflecting where I am in my life. This third CD is very different from the other two. It's about growth and life changes and where I was in late May 2002.
'Night Song' also differs from his previous two CDs in that it is a totally solo effort. Both 'Book of Dreams' and 'Echoes of the Past' have included accompaniment by other musicians, giving them a much different focus and feel.
In 'Book of Dreams' for example, flutes take the place of the voices in a lively new take on Simon and Garfunkel's 'Scarborough Fair.' Conversley, 'Echoes of the Past,' a finalist in the Crossroads Music Awards 2000, has been described in Ethnotempos magazine as having a more 'Zen' feeling and includes vocals by singer Deborah Hopkins as well as drums and synthesizer.
'When I started playing flutes 15 years ago, I had no idea I would be hanging with 'heavy hitters,' people who are tops in the field,' Phippen observes about the many friends he's made as he travels the country, playing concerts, presenting at music conferences and workshops, and teaching young and old alike about the origins of his collection of more than 175 ethnic flutes and the music they make.
Dr. Richard Payne, a retired physician and noted ethnic flute expert, is considered the world's leading authority on prehistoric American flutes. 'Five minutes after we met, he started testing me on what I know about world flutes, 'Phippen recalls about the man he considers to be both his mentor and one of his dearest friends. 'I used the Papago flute--only one of two in existence--that he gave me on 'Night Song.' And I dedicated the song 'Papagp Twilight' to him.
Returning the accolades, Payne writes, 'Peter is a real phenomenon. I hope others will enjoy his music as much as I have.'
Payne most recently appeared with Phippen at an annual workshop in Texas sponsored by the Dallas County Community College District. The pair shared the stage with, among others, renowned flute maker and performer Butch Hall and Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl, professor of flute/music theory at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.
About Phippen, DCCCD Vice Chancellor Bill Tucker remarks, 'He is a gifted and decdicated teacher who patiently guides his students to high levels of achievement, and his music performances are always exciting, fun and informative.'
Joyce-Grendahl adds, 'CNU music majors are still talking about Peter's performance. They were stunned, amazed and delighted! Peter's considerable knowledge, professionalism, and tremendous enthusiasm really impacted the students in a positive way.'
Locally, Phippen's most recent appearance onstage was in the Firefly Arts Company's 2002 production --By Barbara Lyon - The Dunn County News / December 3, 2002 'Phippen's 'Night Song' soothes, satisfies'

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: August 8, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B00007IQ0M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,343 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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