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WHAT THE MEDIA HAVE SAID ABOUT SARAH SWERSEY



"Although subtitled Lullaby Improvisations on Solo Flute, Sarah Swersey's debut solo CD is hardly for children alone. ... While parents can play Nightingale quietly while they turn out the lights in kids' rooms, they also might want to stay up and calm themselves with the strains of Swersey's gorgeous musical ruminations. ... [This is] a recording of thoughtful music that is simultaneously spare in notes and harmonic experimentation, and sumptuous in Swersey's impeccable flute tone and texture; it is music that can wake you up to a peaceful place in the heart."
-- Derk Richardson, Yoga Journal

"Sarah Swersey's solo flute album, Nightingale, is -- in a word -- enchanting. And I mean that almost in the literal sense. Her playing of the silver flute could literally hold you spellbound. ... Many of the songs have a somber or even melancholic feel to them, which is counterbalanced, of course, by the sheer beauty of the silver flute. As a result of this balance, the music is both soothing and also deeply touching. Nightingale is a delight, and I recommend it highly."
-- Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire, KFAI-FM, Minneapolis

"Sarah Swersey's solo flute lullabies guide by example. Breathe, they say. Appreciate the quiet. Relax. ... While we think of lullabies as tools to soothe children, the 10 spare and lovely instrumentals break that mold. ... Rather than invite sleep, the works on ‘Nightingale,’ half of which are Swersey originals, have the effect of ushering away commotion."
-- Larry Parnass, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Sarah Swersey's flute sings like a nightingale. A wonderful discovery!"
-- Lynne Remick, www.Rambles.net

"Why should babies be the only ones to enjoy a good lullaby?"
-- Bob Genovesi, Body & Soul

"When you come across music as enchanting as Nightingale, it becomes increasingly difficult to describe the sheer electricity and vibration of this soul-lifting sound. Solo flute reaches new levels of creativity in the hands of Sarah Swersey. Not only will this music lull you to sleep or enhance your yoga practise, it surrounds you in a comforting blanket of long-forgotten memories."
--Rebecca Johnson, TheRebeccaReview.com


WHAT MUSICIANS AND OTHERS HAVE SAID



"There are times when a beautiful lullaby is the best of all music, and these are all beautiful."
--Jimmie Dale Gilmore, four-time Grammy Award nominee

"Both expressive and tolerant of space, these unaccompanied melodies seem somehow familiar yet hold the unexpected. Often wistful, often childlike (but in no way childish), the virtue of the music is its evocative simplicity."
--Ray Lynch, three-time Billboard Award winner

"Sarah Swersey's newest recording, Nightingale, is a stellar collection of lullaby improvisations on solo flute. Her flawless technique and tasteful selections bring the listener to a serene and restful place amidst the noise and haste. I highly recommend this CD!"
--Thomasina, traditional folk musician
"Listen to this CD and try to not feel your breath deepen, your body soften, and your mind relax and begin to melt. Go ahead. I dare you.”
-- Sudhir Jonathan Foust, former president, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health


WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT DÚO FUSIÓN



“The group's self-titled debut CD has a melting pot modus operandi where compositions by Fauré and Bach play off those by Miles Davis and Chick Corea, as well as traditional folk songs from various cultures. The spacious recordings give each musician plenty of places to shine, like in Belmont's graceful intro to Luiz Bonfa's classic 'Manha de Carnaval' and Swersey's dizzyingly nimble runs that punctuate 'Entr'Acte.'”
--Ken Maiuri, The Daily Hampshire Gazette

“Credited most often to [Miles] Davis but performed many more times on record by [Bill] Evans, 'Nardis' exists as fabulous love child of these two profound musical worlds. Dúo Fusión takes what was imagined as a water color, sharpening it into a clear digital focus with Swersey's tart flute, while retaining the pastels with Belmont's thoughtful voice. The effect is a very clear picture of what both Evans and Davis intended."
--C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

"Audiences have been enthralled by Dúo Fusión's blend of jazz, Dick Dale-style surf, Celtic, bossa nova, tango, and rock. The duo is incessantly on the hunt for new, 'out there' songs and elements to incorporate into their repertoire.”
--Matthew Dube, The Valley Advocate

“Just want to say that your concert was the highlight of First Night.”
--Russ N., Northampton, Mass.

“Terrifically talented musicians, playing everything from true classical duets (actually played Bach flute/guitar concertos!) to Brazilian bossa nova to Andes flute music to jazz to Simon and Garfunkel. In short, music to delight everybody in the room. Highly recommended and will definitely hire them again for my son's wedding!”
--Michael L., Amherst, Mass.

“Our party was exceptional because of these two musicians. They delivered impeccably, from the exacting classical pieces to the improvisational sections of their jazz and rock adaptations. Dúo Fusión would be great for any occasion, from the various wedding festivities to dinner parties to holiday gatherings. They will enchant you and your guests!”
--Elena C., Florence, Mass.

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