A few words about..The Flowers Suite...
My new album, 'The Flowers Suite,' was nominated for the 'Best Neo-Classical Album' award at The House of Blues in New Orleans this May (2019) It will also be the sound intallation in The Enchanted Garden International Exhibition at The Art Sanctuary in Belgium this summer (2019). https://barbarahills.bandcamp.com/album/the-flowers-suite
The CD album is a beautiful little hardback book containing photographs of some of my flower paintings and photographs of flowers that are relevant to the music. It has 12 tracks, one of which (Hedgerow Walk) is sixteen minutes long and has five movements. Composed after a house move, the album describes the transition, with memories of things gone and experiences of the new. Each track takes a flower as its starting point. It's an album of sound paintings that is best listened to by imaginatively entering the world the music is describing.
There are three little CD books shown here.
Here is the disc beside its pocket.
Dick Metcalf (Rotcod Zzaj) at Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Beautiful contemporary sound paintings Barbara Hills – THE FLOWERS SUITE:
'..she weaves together marvelous sonic images that will touch your inner spirit and help bring you the peace of the ages… just watch her “Sweet William” video to get the full impact..
and, since you’re there already, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Barbara’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more tunes from this album, as well as others she has created.
'As you listen to “Through Iris Halls” (with your headphones on, of course), I’m quite sure you will be able to hear the tiny insect traveling through a blue roof into an endless sky of wonder…this 4:23 composition is one of the most peaceful sonic realizations I have listened to yet (in 2018)..the pacing is perfect, and the imagery is dazzling...
'..The vocals on “The First Snowdrop” are haunting, and make Barbara’s work ever more enchanting to listeners who love being wrapped in the sounds of nature… again, the visual element is a part of the realization, especially if you listen in isolation. There is a completely different vibe going on with the upbeat “Creeping Buttercup”, as you’ll certainly see as you listen to and watch Barbara’s video for this one……I just LOVED the rhythm on this tune… it’s both catchy and timely through and through!..'
'..The CD is a “limited edition” (only 300), so you’ll want to get yours NOW… and, that’s especially true for compositions like my personal favorite of the dozen offered up, the 16:00 “Hedgerow Walk“… Barbara says (in her liner notes) that there’s no English word that equates to what the song means, but that a Welsh word does, Hiraeth, which means "being bound up with the land, the memory, the departed joys and the longings for a place or time that has gone and will never return - or, perhaps, never really was"
'.. this creation certainly merits the strongest consideration for an award… if I were on the voting panel, it would (without question) get my vote!...
'..MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ..for this excellent and diverse musical experience.'
Read the whole review at: http://contemporaryfusionreviews.com/beautiful-contemporary-sound-paintings-barbara-hills-the-flowers-suite/
Keith (MuzicMan) Hannaleck at New Age Music Reviews
K athy Parsons at Mainly Piano where The Flowers Suite is 'Kathy's Pick.'
The Flowers Suite is impossible to categorise - always a good thing, I think!
''Creeping Buttercup' is pure joy with a strong, driving beat and swirling, danceable rhythms propelling the playful melody - electronic sunshine...'
''Canyons of the Black Tulip' begins with the sound of thunder followed by dark and mysterious ambient sounds. Near the middle of the piece, the tempo and rhythms pick up with cinematic, almost heroic music - a dramatic ending to an excellent album! '
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