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 […]

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 […]

Being married to a marine biologist has opened worlds that weren’t known to me before. Among many other intriguing wonders of the ocean world he introduced me to Velella Velella, or as they are known in layman speak, “by the wind sailors”. These intriguing creatures, so I learned, have a small rigid sail that projects […]