Moon of First Snow

Moon of First Snow

by GolanáGolaná


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Although Golaná is a more mystical name and thus more in line with the cool spiritual vibe of this Native American flute odyssey, the artist spills the beans in the liner notes by informing listeners that his real name is the much less exotic Scott Cunningham. No matter his heritage, he captures a graceful vibe by blending a handful of flutes (Native American E-minor and C-minor, bamboo bass flute) and hand-drum rhythms with guitars and keyboards. Some fans of this type of music (whose recordings always include moonlit imagery for some reason) prefer a more sparse, unplugged approach, just flute and percussion. But the outside rhythms and harmonies keep each track from sounding too similar to the last. The idea is to blend melancholy feelings with more hopeful, anticipatory thoughts, but always in the mode of deep, expansive contemplation. Melissa Hasin's cello adds a mournful effect to "Time of Long Nights" and a classical, chamber music flavor to "Water from Heaven." Golaná's liner note reflections help paint the imagery behind the haunting soundtrack. All of this is best enjoyed, of course, by fans of guys like Gary Stroutsos or R. Carlos Nakai.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Spring Hill
UPC: 0718795603923
catalogNumber: 6039
Rank: 129200

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Golaná   Primary Artist
Stephanie Bennett   Pedal Harp
Howard Richman   Piano
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Flute,Cello
Gerri Sutyak   Cello
Carolyn Osborn   Acoustic Guitar,Violin
Scott Hartley   Piano,Background Vocals
David Chamberlin   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Drums
Scott "Golana" Cunningham   Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Background Vocals,Native American Flute,Bamboo Flute,Hand Drums
Bill Young   Background Vocals
David Chamberlin   Acoustic Guitar
Heather Rose Fenton   Background Vocals
Bill Young   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephanie Bennett   Arranger
Suzanne Doucet   Cover Art
Gary Miraz   Cover Art
David Chamberlin   Producer,Engineer
Scott "Golana" Cunningham   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
David Chamberlin   Audio Production
Scott Cunningham   Audio Production

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