FYC Best New Age Album
The new album by Grammy® Nominee Silvia Nakkach and award winning producer,
guitarist Todd Boston
ZMR Music Charts Top 10!
“Even with more than dozen of albums to date, Silvia Nakkach - a legendary singer and a Bay Area treasure - still surprised me with the depth and utter majesty that makes LIMINAL a truly ambient masterpiece! Ably aided by musician and producer Todd Boston, whose presence is everywhere evident, Silvia’s transcendent vision is supported by David Darling on cello, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, and Val Serrant on percussion and voice. Skygazing...Take flight and land softly with Liminal.” – Lloyd Barde, Music Editor, Common Ground Magazine
“Space... the final frontier.” For anyone who has ever watched Star Trek, these iconic words will strike a resonant chord. Although these words could also describe LIMINAL, the new album by GRAMMY nominated composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Silvia Nakkach whose music is as much about sound as it is about the space that surrounds it. Billowing clouds of ambient atmospheres carry elements of Indian ragas, sacred Afro-Brazilian chants, and more that drift serenely over ever-evolving sonic terrain that is expansive, ethereal, and enchanting.” – Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus
“ Silvia has chosen some excellent players to express her feelings and artistic creativity regarding clouds (and the beauty of them). The album is produced by Todd Boston, and her vocals on all the tunes are easy to become enrapture with. In “Liminal Moon”, Silvia’s whispered/haunting vocals give you just what she was reaching for when she created this beautiful musical adventure – a barely perceptible influencing of your being that will thrill you for many years to come! I give Silvia and her cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this excellent and inspiring music. “
– Rotcod Zzaj, IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine
Advance Praise for LIMINAL
Produced by Todd Boston, engineer, musician & multi-instrumentalist
“I approach LIMINAL music as a gentle journey through fluid sound landscapes and ephemeral voices moving, transforming and dissolving like clouds in the sky.
It invites a more open listening experience where time is dilated. Listening becomes a place where one can go when needing more space. “ Silvia Nakkach
“I am blessed! Sometimes I am invited to add my horn to music that is extraordinary, transcendent. LIMINAL. It’s so beautiful...I highly recommend that you add it to your HEART. In a very busy world, this music is an oasis.” – Jeff Oster, trumpet/flugelhorn artist.
“An atmospheric masterpiece. The gauze-like layering of ambiance breathes in radial, reflective waves, almost perceptually undiffer- entiated yet ever-changing. The subtle tonalities interweave with such sublime grace and fluidity, at once a tapestry of nuance and delicate grandeur. Sound texture and design including cello, voice, trumpet, guitar and piano thread seamlessly a mosaic of continuity. Each refined and restrained musical element dip and rise like a slow, elegant waltz. The compositions, as in nature, inhale and exhale, with both intricacy and profound simplicity. An immersion in a liminal space.” – Ron Tofanelli, DJ. Sound Spaces Founder-Director
“The evolution of music will be impossible without composers and musicians like Silvia Nakkach, multi-talented time-traveler, melody driven, harmonious soundscaper. Her sensitive knowl- edge of the higher senses translates tone and texture into LIMINAL. In this refined piece of art, lush contemporary harmo- nies and creative melodies echoes on the ancient teachings of the East and the West. Crystal clear production by Todd Boston, and flawless performances makes the experience complete. Silvia’s ground-breaking work LIMINAL opens a whole new category in music to enhance our own evolution as listeners. I welcome the return to creativity, with visionary works like this the future of higher music is safe. Highly recommended!” – Jorge Alfano, musician, producer, and clinical hypnotherapist. Founder Sacred Sounds institute.
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The Making of Liminal
Photo : courtesy of David Darling
Photography by Andrea Boston Visuals
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May 27, 2016
Liminal is described in the liner notes as “a gentle journey through fluid sound ambiances and ephemeral voices moving, transforming and dissolving like clouds in the sky. Listening becomes a place where one can go when needing more space.” Although Silvia Nakkach is a Grammy-nominated composer and has released more than a dozen albums over the years, I have to admit that this is my first experience with her music. Her lovely voice becomes the “lead” instrument of the ensemble which features this year’s Grammy winner, Jeff Oster, on trumpet, David Darling on violincello, and Val Serrant on percussion as well as producer Todd Boston, who also brings his impressive artistry with guitar, piano, keyboards, guitarviol, and sound design. In addition to vocals and composing the music, Nakkach provides piano and sound design.
Silvia Nakkach is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founding director of the international Vox Mundi School of the Voice. With a background in North Indian classical music and avant-garde composition, Nakkach has evolved her own style, employing elements of minimal melodicism, electronic liminal sonorities, and orbital rhythmic materials while seeking to transcend the ordinary sense of time and exploring the relationship between music and space. For close to three decades, she has worked to preserve unusual vocal arts through performance, education, and spiritual practice, with ongoing programs in the US, Brazil, Argentina, Japan and India. Nakkach is on the faculty of the California Institute of integral Studies (CIIS), where she created the first certificate program offered by a major academic institution in Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts. She has lectured in many prestigious institutions across Europe, South America, and the US.
Again referring to the liner notes of the album, Nakkach explains the inspiration for the music: “All my life I have been fascinated with the life of the clouds wondering how the impermanence of their movement, formless, and light would translate into music. Sky gazing is for me a spiritual experience. I focus on reading signs hidden in the shape of the passing clouds. This practice also enhances the way I listen to my surrounding world.”
“Liminal” is the first word of the titles of all nine tracks. Defined as “of/or related to a sensory threshold, barely perceptible,” the second words of the titles are: “Clouds,” “Beauty,” “Motion,” “Space,” “Light,” Rays,” “Glow,” “Dream” and “Moon.” Ambient and floating, the music is soothing, peaceful, and easy to get lost in. The various instruments flow from one to another without boundaries or a specific musical form. Not all of the instrumentalists appear on every track, but the tempo is consistently slow and effortless, providing a seamless listening experience for healing, meditation and/or relaxation.
Liminal is a unique and very beautiful album and is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.
New Age Music Reviews
Dana Wright, Sr. Staff Writer
May 9, 2016
Grammy nominated artist Silvia Nakkach has been delighting audiences with her unique blend of soul healing music for more than 30 years. A skilled composer, teacher, author, instrumentalist, performer and vocalist, she is renowned all over the world for her ability to twist many genres and make them her own, giving them a unique twist. Liminal, her fourteenth album is just that. Splashes of color on the canvas of human emotion, this album draws its breath from classical, New Age, Indian Ragas (Hindustani music) and World Music spinning magic with each well-defined track. Credits for this album include Todd Boston (producer), David Darling (cello), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Val Serrant (percussion, voice) and of course, the extremely talented Silvia Nakkach.
If I tried to pick a word to define this album it would have to be masterful. Each track, from the first to the last has its own unique flavor and story to tell. The vastness of space in all of its forms seems to be a theme in Liminal, but one that is handled very well. How does one perform the intricacy of a ray of light or a dust mote? You listen to this album and Nakkach will show you. Every note. Every harmony.
The first piece, "Liminal Clouds" is an auditory journey through the reaches of time and space. Close your eyes and feel the electronica whispers as they blend with the mounting tension of voice and the multi-layered instrumentation. Ambient music, sacred chanting and a blur of sound flows over you as the vast echoes of time and space drift in a journey that never ends.
"Liminal Glow" is a spell that weaves over you. Whispery voices chant and coax you to the edge of your seat and ambient waves and the sounds of bells and birds float through the air. Percussive elements add to the tension. Just a glimpse for the listener into the wild unknown with promises of enchantment bursting from tender moments of sound and substance. This track is one of my favorite ones on the album. Colors whirl and electric energy fans out around you with sacred fire and glittery moments of secret dreams held tight in your hand. Never let it go.
"Liminal Moon" is the final track on the album. Whispered voices and the gorgeous sound of the flugelhorn pervade the sacred spaces of this amazing composition. The moon gazes down on the workings of the world, ever watching. Staid and solid in a world on fire. Humanity drifts like the currents beneath the all-knowing luminous presence. I didn't want it to end.
Silvia Nakkach is a Grammy nominee and it is easy to see why. Her compositions shoot straight to the heart of the human condition, bringing Eastern and Western sound and multiple genres to spin and weave the pattern the Fates have created for us all. There is an elemental beauty in each well-honed composition. Each contributing artist has proven their merit by this exquisite work. I highly recommend it.
Ricky Kej - Grammy Winning Producer
August 11, 2016
Silvia Nakkach brings her formidable talent of composing to this lovely album that combines elements of ancient tribal chants and modernisitic, minimalist production. "Liminal Coulds" is an experience in weightlessness, the floating and flowing feeling one is left with is unmatched 🙂 "Liminal Beauty" has rather lovely guitar work that takes this track to a new dimension. I loved "Liminal Motion" with its very inventive and startlingly beautiful violin performance. "Liminal Space" is an out worldly experience, a journey through time ,rather 🙂 "Liminal Glow" is another track that caught me in its magical web. This track is luminous with its bursts of light and sound. This track left me feeling refreshed 🙂 Each and every of the 9 special tracks in this album are phenomenal. An experience I would want never to end 🙂 :-)
Music and Media Focus
May 31, 2016
“Space… the final frontier.” For anyone who has ever watched Star Trek, these iconic words will strike a resonant chord. Although these words could also describe Liminal, the new album by GRAMMY nominated composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Silvia Nakkach whose music is as much about sound as it is about the space that surrounds it. Billowing clouds of ambient atmospheres carry elements of Indian ragas, sacred Afro-Brazilian chants, and more that drift serenely over ever-evolving sonic terrain that is expansive, ethereal, and enchanting.
When it came to recording this new album, Silvia chose to work with highly regarded San Francisco Bay area producer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Boston, whose own wonderful music and other projects he's produced, I've had the pleasure of writing about. In addition to Silvia on vocals, piano, and sound design, accompanists include Todd Boston on guitar, piano, keyboards, guitarviol, and sound design, David Darling on violoncello, Val Serrant on percussion and voice, and ambient horn maestro Jeff Oster on trumpet.
The word “flow” provides a good description of the music heard throughout the album. It’s also tied into the meaning of the word “liminal” which implies being between the worlds of form and formlessness, conveying a sense of unbounded space. The resulting music creates a totally dream-like state that carries the listener along without focusing on traditional musical elements such as a repeating melody, verse/chorus song structure, solos, etc. It’s a wonderfully meditative space that evokes an ethereal sense of being neither here nor there.
While the songs share a common ambiance, each one is unique, thematically and musically, with various instruments and sounds morphing in and out of the mix, some with light rhythms, others totally spacious. Silvia’s exquisitely airy vocals glide and soar gracefully like an albatross over the tranquil musical waters. "Liminal" provides a transcendent listening experience that invites one to enter into a timeless space and connect with deeper levels of Being.
To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com
September 26, 2016
This record is just perfect to unwind – let the music take you in, there’s a nice groove to do just that when ‘Liminal motion’ and ‘Liminal dream’ plays! I loved the strings on ‘Liminal beauty’ besides the superb choral arrangement and guitars. Brilliant!
Reviews New Age
October 15, 2016
Pionera en el campo del sonido, la transformación de la conciencia y la música chamanista, Silvia Nakkach ha publicado más de una decena de álbumes orientados a la evasión espiritual, siendo el último de ellos un punto de inflexión en su carrera por su exquisito estilo exquisito y originalidad, uniendo la música ambient con el sonido acústico. Acompañada por el guitarrista y ahora productor Todd Boston y renombrados músicos como Jeff Oster, David Darling o Val Serrant, Nakkach publica Liminal, su decimoquinto trabajo compuesto por nueve cortes inspirados en elementos de la naturaleza y el universo, donde predominan su profunda voz y las cuerdas entre relajantes sintetizadores.
Liminal hace su apertura con “Liminal Clouds”, un tema que realiza un Time-lapse por las diferentes formas y matices del cielo. Guitarras, violonchelo, misteriosos teclados y una insondable voz son suficientes para penetrar con fuerza en el oyente y arrancarlo del mundanal ruido y arrastrarlo a un pacífico desierto.
Continúa “Liminal Beauty”, un tema más minimalista, donde el sonido sutil de una guitarra acústica y el casi inapreciable cuerno de Jeff, se unen para acompañar los apacibles cánticos de Silvia… ¡Qué delicia!.
Más cercana al ambient aparece “Liminal Motion”. Sin lugar a dudas es una de las preferidas del álbum, donde el sonido ambient hace su real aparición, sin más… Es todo un deleite para los sentidos.
“Liminal Space” es la continuación del track anterior, una muy apacible composición que pasa inadvertida, silenciosa, con estilo, donde es fácil al cerrar los ojos sentir la inmensidad del Universo. Nuevamente, otra de mis preferidas.
El misterio hace aparición con “Liminal Light”. La guitarra acústica como protagonista junto al oscuro canto de Nakkach, descubren un track oscuro, nada relacionado con su título, mostrando realmente una extensión cubierta por la lobreguez.
“Liminal Rays” sí es radiante, relajada pero radiante. Nuevamente surge el sonido ambient, donde la electrónica más sutil y pacífica se une a las cuerdas de Darling y al penetrante sonido del cuerno de Oster. El lado más electrónico es el fuerte de Silvia; lo más interesante.
Continuando con la sencillez de los acordes, pero con un canto más elaborado, nace “Liminal Glow”. En esta ocasión, Nakkach mantiene el sonido ambiental pero narra un canto más pulido.
Otro de los cortes destacables de Liminal es “Liminal Dream”, un track con algo de más luz y más rítmica que el resto, no en exceso, pero sí lo suficiente para llamar con fuerza la atención del oyente. Definitivamente, la voz de Silvia es poderosa, intensa.
Liminal se cierra con “Liminal Moon”, una pieza creada para el descanso. Con más protagonismo en esta ocasión, Oster aporta intensidad al tema con su poderoso instrumento de viento, mientras Nakkach susurra bajo intensos teclados. “Liminal Moon” es la banda sonora para una perfecta evasión.
Sin lugar a dudas, el fuerte de Silvia Nakkach es su lado más alejado de lo acústico, de la música orientada a los ejercicios de meditación como el Yoga. En el otro extremo, el ambient electrónico toma fuerza y calidad, y su sutil complejidad casa perfectamente con su profunda voz. Liminal reúne los dos estilos, convirtiéndolo en un álbum de lo más interesante.
As Clouds Disperse
The Sounding Board
R J Lannan
Liminal. I have heard the word before. In means right on the edge of perception. Like the corner of your eye or the back of your mind. It is right there, only it is not. Silvia Nakkach’s album, Liminal is tangible on many levels, including the one we sometimes really do not understand. The nine tracks of atmospheric music combined with gentle singing features her wordless vocalese with Middle Eastern flavorings. It is cloud’s music. Read that again. It has a soft texture and a subtle energy. It is drifting and dreamlike.
The music is further enhanced by the talents of trumpeter Jeff Oster, violoncello magician David Darling and vocalist Val Serrant. Todd Boston not only did a superlative job on engineering the project, but adds piano and guitar to the mix and he is a co-composer as well. The arrangements are flawlessly flowing, sometimes pastoral, sometimes pensive with great ebb and flow. I liked every track. It was an odd sensation to listen to the music. After every track was complete, only then did I seem to draw a breath.
The first cut, Liminal Clouds opens like a dreamy sound track. It is the precursor to the whole album that demonstrates Nakkach’s ability to equalize music and voice. I looked up to see cerulean skies and powder puff clouds dancing together in the heavens and the music was perfect. Liminal Beauty is eponymous as a title. There is a soft nuance to the music, as if this particular world is painted in pastel colors. The melody is dreamlike, often surreal. Silvia has scrubbed away all the ugliness and left this as a gift for our senses.
The somewhat discordant sound of the violoncello opens the song Liminal Motion. Once we gain momentum, things smooth out and we are urged by the music to go forward, ever forward. Silvia’s delicate vocal dips in like a dragonfly, never really touching down, but always there. The tempo increases and we cannot help but follow. There is a great deal of subtext, musically speaking, to the tune Liminal Light. We are illuminated by the muted light of the dawn sun, the twinkling stars of the night sky and the sometimes brilliant light from within. The music fades from one to the other offering the listener a chance to pick a source.
The tune Liminal Dream was a favorite with a more pronounced vocal layer that soothes the spirit like a balm. The music weaves in and out of reality, offering glimpses of our fantasies, but leaving the definition up to us. There is a lightness to this song and we drift about ignoring compass points as if they do not exist. The focus of the final cut, Liminal Moon is Oster’s glorious trumpet. The sound weaves in and out of the melody like the light from the moon beaming through eddying clouds. The light turns from silver to blue and evaporates. We can almost feel the moon revolving, and when the light returns, we ae enveloped in moon shadows.
Silvia Nakkach’s music is usual for its intrinsic equilibrium, no instrument or voice overpowering the next, always harmonious, always in balance. Although the music was very light, I could almost feel the weight of sensation pressing on me like water in the ocean. This is an album that you can put on and get contentedly lost in. Just keep your eye on the clouds.
Grammy® nominated composer Silvia Nakkach has been an exhilarating and unique bridge between American and South Asian musical traditions for more than 30 years. From a background in North Indian classical music and avant-garde composition, Nakkach has evolved her own style employing elements of minimal melodicism, electronic liminal sonorities, and orbital rhythmic materials that seeks to transcends the ordinary sense of time, and exploring the relation between music and space. Her entrancing art-music draws elements from ambient and contemporary new music on one hand, and classical Indian ragas and sacred Afro-Brazilian chants on the other. Creating a language of its own, each of her dozens of released albums is a gentle rendition of her passionate and studious dedication to unusual vocal-cultures and extended sound atmospheres, a vital new repertoire perfectly attuned for global listeners. Beyond categories, Nakkach has cultivated a voice that transports the listeners into the heart of devotion and her voice-work covers an enormous amount of territory. Named by Utne Reader magazine as "One of the 40 cutting-edge artists that will shake the art world in the new millennium", she is an internationally renowned vocal artist, a recording producer, as well as a sought after educator and author. She is on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) where she created the premier certificate program on Sound, Voice and Music in the Healing Arts offered by a major academic institution. In addition, she has lectured widely in many prestigious universities across Europe, South America, and at the New York University (NYU), and Arizona State University (ASU) among others in the US.
Todd Boston's music has gained popularity and recognition worldwide. His albums have received numerous nominations and awards and have been featured on radio stations internationally. His album Touched by the Sun produced with Grammy winner Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records) was chosen Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year at the 2012 ZMR Music Awards and charted #1 on the World/New Age listening charts. In 2013 Todd collaborated on Peter Kater’s Grammy Nominated album Illumination and on Wouter Kellerman's 2015 Grammy Nominated album Love's Language. Todd Spent 2012-2013 touring with singer Snatam Kaur and Ramesh Kannan as touring bandmates. His song Twilight is featured on a Putumayo World Music compilation titled Acoustic Yoga released September 2016.
Todd is a producer of World, Folk, Ambient, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Meditation, Indie, Rock & Pop styles. He has worked and performed with greats such as, Will Ackerman (Windham Hill), Alex Degrassi, Barbara Higbie, Michael Manring, Snatam Kaur, Ramesh Kannan, Tony Levin (legendary bassist of Peter Gabriel), Charlie Bisharat (Grammy Winning Violinist), Jeff Haynes (Grammy Winning Percussionist), Eugene Friesen (Grammy Winning Cellist), Shambhu, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton, Deva Premal & Mitten, Manose, Tina Malia, Shimshai, Donna De Lory & more. He has performed at prominent festivals such as Wanderlust Festival, Earthdance, Harmony, the Mac Conference and at events globally.
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