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Inanna’s Dream - Serena Gabriel - Steve Roach
Inanna’s Dream is a multi-instrumental ambient sonic odyssey of pure emotion and enchantment. Through the six electroacoustic offerings, feelings of yearning, vulnerability and epiphany are infused into a heart and soul stirring expression that accesses the collective well of human experience. The alchemical blend of archaic and contemporary musical techniques and instruments, including the voice, activate a powerful opening into sacred space.
The rich landscapes invoked by Inanna’s Dream are borne from a life deeply dedicated to music and the healing arts. Alongside her work in holistic medicine, Serena Gabriel has been intently exploring the interweave of ancient musical instrumentation with modern technology. Intention, physical movement and breath guide her path in the creative process. This dance of energy is expressed, for example, through the breathing bellows of the harmonium, the earth tones of the didgeridoo and vocals that originate from a place of devoted authenticity. Adding to the vocabulary are various drums and percussion, flutes and lyre which breathe life into the live looping techniques, audio effects and synthesizer... more
If the CD had contained only the track Dunes of Solace, I would have been satisfied. Deep it takes me into all things unaddressed, unnamed, unhealed and unearths them, bringing them to the light so that I may make friends with them, knowing they will hold me back no more. And the rest of the cd is great, too 😊🙏🏼❤️
This album went through all the emotions flowing in and out. Her voice takes you into a place that’s so entrancing you float, fall, fly and just let go and be one with it. Thanks for the beautiful album.
*Tucson Weekly Review Of Inanna's Dream
A new collaboration between two Tucson musicians serves as a welcome reprieve from the lingering summer. Inanna’s Dream by Tucsonan Serena Gabriel was composed as an “ambient sonic odyssey,” drifting between the worlds of new age, drone and electronic music. Inanna’s Dream is the premiere release on the Soundquest Music label, formed by local ambient pioneer Steve Roach, who is featured on multiple tracks.
While the album features several hallmarks of Roach’s style – sweeping synthesizer notes, tribal percussion fused with ambient tones, a massive yet meditative atmosphere – Gabriel makes the album unique with her hypnotic vocals and a combination of acoustic and electronic instruments.
With a goal of interweaving ancient musical instrumentation and modern technology, Gabriel touches on feelings of vulnerability as well as rapture. She accomplished this through cool yet mantric performances on the harmonium, flute, lyre and dholak drum. In usual style, Roach contributes his expertly layered atmospheres performed on a score of keyboards.
The album’s highlight is “The Song of Sending,” which features all the elements that make Inanna’s Dream unique. A calm harmonium is infused with Gabriel’s airy vocals and steady percussion. Several layers build as the drones grow darker, yet remain subtle as incense smoke. “The Gazing Pool” is another treat, with strings panning back and forth on top of reverberated tones like drops of water.
It should be noted, however, this album really is for fans of ambient music; multiple tracks stretch past the 10-minute mark, with the album’s culmination “Changing Tides” drifting on for the better part of an hour.
According to Soundquest Music, Gabriel is a musician, dancer, healing arts practitioner and medicine music provider, whose aspiration is that her dedication to the vast potential of sound for positive transformation can be experienced through the essence of the musical offerings she creates.
It’s fitting that the project’s name references Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of love and sensuality, but also war, because the album is as soothing and hypnotic as it is immense. -Jeff Gardner
released December 29, 2020
released August 28, 2020
Composed by Serena Gabriel, except 5 & 6 by Serena Gabriel and Steve Roach
Produced and mixed at the Timehouse by Steve Roach
Recorded at Ancient Waves and The Timehouse - Tucson and Baja Arizona - Spring and Summer 2020
Executive Producer: William Tisch
Serena: Harmonium, Vocals, Flutes, Lyre, Frame Drum, Dholak, Rattles, Roland Juno 60, Nord Lead 2, Gibson Echoplex, Roland RC 505
Steve: Oberheim OB8 and DSX, Xpander, Nord Lead 4, Sequential Pro 3, Parker Fly Guitar, Spirit Breath, Gibson Echoplex
Mastered by Howard Givens - Spotted Peccary Studios NW, Portland, Oregon
Cover art by Dawn Wilson
Graphic design by Sam Rosenthal
© 2020 Ancient Waves Music BMI, Soundquest Music BMI
dormant but not sleeping
awaiting in movement
loving, present, decisive
the way is clear
it all makes sense
the enchantment, the trust,
the sorrow, the adventure,
the curiosity, the disappointment,
the joy, the contentment,
one with the infinite
honor the reflection