NEW RELEASE 5.26.23
This song is my heartfelt tribute to my dear friend and colleague Joanne Shenandoah, who sadly passed away in November of 2021 at the age of 64. She was a powerful voice for peace in the world, and one of the most highly acclaimed Native American recording artists of all time, with dozens of awards including a GRAMMY nomination, a NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. This stunningly beautiful instrumental combines two of her most popular songs, and is a compelling original arrangement played on Native American flute, with percussion and vocal accompaniment, echoing Joanne's angelic voice. I am honored to share this music.
To the creator of life:
Thank you for this opportunity to be human
To be both divinely beautiful and perfectly flawed
To feel joy sorrow love fear and gratitude
To love deeply both my self
and my brothers and sisters on this journey
To feel connected in my community and in my solitude
Thank you for the freedom to explore life on earth
and all its challenges and blessings
with open mind and strong heart
all my relations. ~ JM
Award winning producer, performer, and recording artist James Marienthal studied music and jazz improvisation at Bard College and Naropa University. His CD Mysteries of the Night: Alive Inside The Tank was named the #1 Healing Arts Music album of 2018, and has been described as “like jamming with God… intoxicating and mesmerizing” (Buzz Music Report), and was acclaimed by The World Flute Society as "Extraordinary music… ethereal, spiritual, meditative, and absolutely amazing”. He is well known as founder and producer for the Grammy winning new age/world music label Silver Wave Records.
James performs regularly at festivals and various venues offering everything from concerts with small ensembles or solo flute, to meditative sound journeys and improvisational soundscapes for dance and yoga practices. Please CONTACT James directly to inquire about a booking. Please check FACEBOOK for concert announcements. and other news.
SPEAK TO THE SKY
Speak to the Sky features all original compositions, inspired by Marienthal’s explorations playing music in nature, with deep listening and tuning in to divine resonance. It is a prayer from the heart, spoken in musical tongues through flutes, voice, strings and bells, with stunning vocal accompaniment by talented singer Arwen Ek, and the deeply reverent title track with GRAMMY winning producer Tom Wasinger playing lap steel guitar
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Gentle, serene, and reverent, Speak to the Sky is a shining treasure and a rapturous listening experience. Highly recommended."
"Speak to the Sky is a stirring collection of auditory bliss."
ROOTS MUSIC REPORT
"Speak to the Sky is... musical therapy... a great sonic achievement."
"...James excels on Speak To The Sky, an album that serves as a fine showcase for James performing his Native American flutes, bamboo flute, free-note xylophone, piano and rattles."