Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues once wrote, "Thinking is the best way to travel."
On his debut CD, LANDSCAPES,
Mark Biehl takes that sentiment to heart as
he guides you in an exciting journey to distant lands and exotic places.
"Ever since I was young, I've
had a clear sense of the power of the imagination,"
says Biehl, who composed and performed the entire project
himself using a tasteful blend of interwoven sampled and
synthesized sources. "Most children have the ability
to create wondrous journeys with their minds. As we grow
older, it becomes more and more difficult to retain those
innocent beliefs. I consider this new CD to be an invitation
to return to a place where the imagination is allowed to
begins the cinematic adventure with ,
a moving visit
to a lush, tropical rain forest that leads
to the exploration of ancient ruins and the mysterious customs
of the Mayan people. This intriguing jaunt concludes with
a relaxing swim in the sun-filled blue waters of the Caribbean.
on a spiritual sojourn with Nepalese salt traders across
the treacherous Himalayan mountains to the high plateau
of Tibet. High-speed enjoyment follows next in ,
as you experience an invigorating downhill snow skiing run
from the highest peak in the French Alps.
Continuing the journey, Biehl's
textured musical passages invite you to follow
path of ,
the timeless waterway of the Middle East that has sustained
mankind from the earliest days of civilization.
Then discover the remote and inland territories of Namibia,
a wild and rugged African land of vast desert sands inhabited
by a people whose hunter-gatherer way of life still exists
Next, take a propelling launch
into space as you escape Earth's orbit on a mission to explore
our planetary neighbor, Mars, and witness firsthand the
controversial face of ,
a little known region that may hold evidence of an ancient
Finally, return to the days
of pirates and buried treasure as you escape onboard
century sailing ship in , and ponder the secret
to its cargo of precious jewels and priceless relics. Guided
by the trade winds, a blissful voyage to the uncharted waters
of the South Pacific ensues, providing an introduction to
the planned follow-up in the LANDSCAPES
was mastered by renowned engineer Bob Katz, who won a Grammy®
Award in 1997 in the Best Latin Jazz Recording category.
Katz is also an engineer of choice for the Chesky Records
audiophile label. Combined with Biehl's artful use of sampling
and sequencing, this debut CD sparkles with clarity and
"Imagination is the basis
for all creation, and creativity itself is the essential
spark of life which gives all of us a grounded sense of
purpose, or reason for living," Biehl adds. "By
inviting listeners to become travelers to faraway lands,
I hope to give them
a sense of creative freedom by encouraging
their use of the imagination."