Why Woods Whistling?
I love spending time in the woods, feeling the calm tranquil surroundings, sounds of birds, fresh air. Very often I let myself sing and whistle freely into the open space.
One of the main instrument in Woods Whistling is the flute, and when I was looking for an album name, Woods Whistling sounded great to me.
How was the album created?
When I first felt the need to record my new album, I knew it's going to be an acoustic and relaxing one.
I wanted to use the sounds of different flutes, and I decided to have more of the acoustic guitar strings sounds and no percussion.
I got into the studio and started recording the new tracks, laying down acoustic guitars and flutes.
I love Cello and for a few years now I'm playing many concerts with one of my favorite Cello players, Lucas Stam. So I invited him to the studio to record his Cello on a few of the tracks.
In the time of the recordings I met an amazing Italian Hang player, Luca Bertteli, and after few concerts together, we went into the studio and recorded Floating Hills.
I noticed that the Hang has a very magical influence on people, it is touching and melting hearts, and I knew it has to be included in the album with Luca playing it with his amazing flow and unique dynamic Hang playing.
The tracks of the album were born in a period of one year. Earthly Wind was born one morning when I woke up and heard a bass line in my head. I recorded it instantly on my iPhone and took a walk on the beach while listening to it. Then I started singing with it and came up with a song that took me over for a few days. I could not stop singing the melody, and that's how it grew. I have chosen the Indian Sarod to play the melody line, and I was lucky to have the passionate and talented Sarod player, Martine Baajens, disciple of Akbar Ali Khan, to record in Earthly Wind.
Creating and completing Woods Whistling took me more then a year and a half of hard work and joy. When I play music I play from here and now, and my goal was to create a smooth relaxing acoustic album that will be a pleasure to listen to, with professional sound quality that can be used as background music for relaxation, Yoga, and also for deep listening.
Which instruments do you play?
I play the Indian Bansuri, the Egyptian Ney flute, the Japanese Shakuhachi, the silver flute, some piccolo flutes, Greek Bouzouki and guitars.
Singing is, and always was, my main instrument. I love singing, and when I play the instrument, it feels like I'm singing.
Woods Whistling is an instrumental album, with no vocals in it.
How come you play all those instruments?
I started playing guitar, writing songs and singing, when I was twelve years old. Since then I went through many different instruments, like percussion, wind instruments, and string instruments. In my twenties I spend some time playing music with three different flute players, and the way they played, and the sound of their flutes inspired me very much to learn to play this instrument.
I learned to make flutes, and I started experimenting with a variety of materials, like metal, pvc, and bamboo, in order to make all sort of flutes.
One of the Bamboo flutes that attracts me the most is the Indian Bansuri.
My biggest inspiration, and teacher for many years, is the beloved Indian Bansuri master, Hariprasad Chaurasia.
Playing flute became my second nature. Whenever I produce sound out of this instrument I immediately feel at home, back to my nature, and totally with the flow.