Once again, Sunrise, one of twelve relaxing solo piano meditations from my album Arctic Aquarelles, will be featured on the popular meditation platform Insight Timer. Carefully selected by their team, Sunrise will feature for the next 24 hours on their app’s Music Featured List. With almost 50,000 spins to date, Sunrise captures the icy landscapes […]

The title track Lotus Dreams, from the album with the same name, echoes the soaring harmonies of one’s imagination where the erhu — a bowed, two-stringed Chinese fiddle — sings its soulful song throughout. This week this track surpassed 250 K spins on the popular streaming platform soundcloud. Alternating between tender, sonorous, and stirring, this […]

Hypnagogue made its debut in 2009. Presenting the best ambient, electronic, and contemporary instrumental music, this podcast guides listeners through 90-minute trips into these musical styles. Each new episode offers an engaging blend of styles and artists, its music ranging from electronic to acoustic, light to dark, accessible to experimental, beat-filled to quietly drifting, and […]

At some point in our lives we all ask ourselves: “Where is home?” Many people that move to a new country find themselves adjusting to their new environments while, at the same time, being nostalgic for their home lands. Our memories of what “home” feels like tends to be tied to nostalgia and is connected only to the […]

Available The FIlm The immersive score Dreaming of Whales by Christel Veraart, commissioned by ILLUMINATE Film Festival’s curatorial team, was originally meant as a stand-alone meditative soundscape. However, just three weeks prior to the festival when director Sebastian Jobst first heard and was overwhelmed by Veraart’s Dreaming of Whales score, he immediately set out to create a second film […]

ILLUMINATE Film Festival and Sedona Conservatory present DREAMING OF WHALES: Film/Music Premiere & Conversation with Composer Christel Veraart and Russell Fox on Sunday, June 27 at 2 PM PST at Sedona’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Award-winning Sedona-based composer and singer Christel Veraart will discuss the nearly mystical creative process of composing film scores and working with equally creative film […]