Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Forest of a Thousand Songs By Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen
Written by
Steve Sheppard

One World Music Radio

UK/Cyprus Greece

I must be honest here, I have now listened to this album 3 times in a row and I’m really having a hard job pulling away from it. Forest of a Thousand Songs by Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen is probably one of the finest examples of flute and string based ambient music I have heard for absolutely years.

Arja performs so soothingly with her instrument of choice the Kanteles, a member of the zither family, while Phippen is his usual masterful genius of flute, in this case Shakuhachi and Ocarina.

From the very opening offering we are drawn into an utterly abundant world of serenity, the track is Night Born and it sets the scene perfectly for the entire release.

I cannot really say I have a favourite here as all 8 tracks would reach that pinnacle, but this next one was marvellously transcendent and called The Waters Mistress; mystical, floaty, and performed from the very depths of the soul.

The special thing about this release is that it is so easy to listen to, and tracks like Aspen Meeting, Why Do You Weep, Wooden Bark? and Sun-Bird, all have such creative narratives and are so serene in their content, it is so very easy to get lost within the tapestry of their intent.

Then we have the pleasure of And the Great Oak Sighed and the charming Risen from Stone, two tracks which are stunningly graphic in composition and performance, but the gentle and carful use of natural sounds is a blessing of layered magic.

The album concludes with the track Ten Seeds, and this flourishing, uplifting finish allows the listener to come back to their own personal dimension, having enjoyed what must be one of the best new age music releases I have heard this year with ease.

Forest of a Thousand Songs by Peter Phippen & Arja Kastinen is an album to float within whilst in dream time, it would be perfect for meditation and utterly sublime to just chill too, it is an album of outstanding natural beauty; it will become one of those releases that will be a favourite go to album for many over the eons ahead. The performances by both artists are bathed in a blissful perfection that you really never want to leave, and as such I really have to urge each and every one of you to add this entire release to your musical collections, your mind, body and soul will love you forever.

World Flute Society, Executive Director - Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl

It is my opinion that Peter Phippen is the most overlooked flutist in the industry. He is not only a gifted world flutist, but he is a true artist. Each musical note is a color on the palette and each phrase a soulful brush stroke, creating a musical work of art to be cherished and taken into the soul like a warm drink of musical sustenance. Phippen's music comes from his heart, and he has much to say to the world and many gifts to reveal. There are many people in the world who play world flutes, but there are few who are soulful, truly ambient artists like Peter Phippen

Music Design

Few flutists bring as much warmth and richness to a single tone as Peter Phippen does. His playing is earthy, improvised and impressionistic, offering listeners a beautifully serene atmosphere for meditation and reflection.

Arizona Daily Sun

Phippen has his own style--a style worth noticing.

Volume One, Eau Claire, WISarah Dobbs

After hearing Peter play, no one can doubt his aptitude.


Zone Music ReporterRJ Lannan

Phippen's tune, Lascaux is a shaman's dream.

New Age Retailer, Music News and Reviews

A rare find for lovers of flute music.

Watertown Daily Times, New York - David P. Demar, Jr.

Words like 'ethereal' and 'superb' work well on his list of critical superlatives.

Victory Acoustic Magazine

Phippen's flute expresses reverence, sorrow, joy and love
with soft haunting clarity.

Belarus Music Reviewer, Minsk Belarus - Serge Kozlovsky

Peter Phippen is a heaven-born flutist. His flutes are so precise in reproducing the finest nuances of human emotions


Amon Olorin Flutes - Ken Light

Peter is not only a fine musician, but has developed a working understanding of the North American flute tradition that in my opinion qualifies him as one of a very few authorities on the subject. Peter's enthusiasm for everything he does complements his high level of skill as a musician as well as his many contributions to the native flute community. Peter is a good friend, colleague, and I am happy to give him my highest recommendation.

All Music, - Steve Huey

Phippen’s flutes are melodic and passionate yet never flashy, and enhance the peaceful moods of the compositions.

Skyline Studio, - Ivar Lunder, Jr.

Mr. Phippen is a consummate artist and gifted performer of the Native American/World flutes, and electric bass guitar. His work is of the highest caliber.

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