“Flow” is a compilation of acoustic guitar compositions by Stephen Longfellow Fiske, with collaborations from his fellow musical artist friends. Stephen wrote the lead cut “Jerusalem Prayer,” inspired by his visits to Jerusalem which became the sound track basis for The Jerusalem Prayer Project.
“Jerusalem Prayer” is the lead cut of nine primarily instrument musical pieces on “Flow.” The nine minute melodic “Jerusalem Prayer” features Stephen on acoustic guitar and includes guest musicians Yuval Ron (oud), Evan Gavriel Fiske (percussion), Richard Hardy (flute), Jeff Breeh (bass), and Barry Fasman (string arrangements and keyboards). The singers include Stefani Valadez, Mitra Rahbar and Stephen.
“Flow,” along with the Jerusalem Prayer composition, includes seven other orchestrated instrumentals plus the acapella vocal, Peace of Prayer, featuring Stephen and vocalist Crystal Davis. Additional guest musical artists on the CD include master guitarist, Zavier, violinist Scarlet Rivera, percussionist, Oliver Brown, tabla player, Greg Johnson and floor drum player, Dennis Knicely.
The music of the first cut, “Jerusalem Prayer”, is Middle Eastern in influence, although multiple world influences can be felt from Indian raga to American folk/blues. The music starts off slowly in a non-rhythmic flow with acoustic guitar and oud interplaying and answering each other. It gradually picks up rhythmically joined by percussion, flute, bass and string arrangement. The repeated melody carries the music with variations of the theme by the various players. The music gains rhythmic momentum as the piece unfolds through various passages concluding with an up-tempo chorus chanting, “Shalom, Asalam Alaykum, Dona Nobis Pacem,” before retarding in a non-rhythmic repeat of the melodic theme to the ending.
The other pieces on the album are acoustic, eclectic compositions, varying in style and rich in instrumental textures and rhythms woven around Stephen’s unique guitar playing, featuring melody, percussion, orchestrations and solo performances.
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