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Into the Ancient

by Peter Phippen

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Dave Aftandilian
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Dave Aftandilian Flutes are one of the most ancient musical instruments, dating back to the Paleolithic. From then to now, they show an almost mystical ability to connect our breath and mind with those of Gaia and the universe. Peaceful and powerfully spiritual, Peter Phippen’s solo flute meditations will lift you to another world.
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Paul Asbury Seaman Part of the appeal of Phippen’s flute playing has always been a certain rawness balanced with sensitivity. Over the decades, Phippen’s style has become more refined with experience without losing this almost tangible earnestness. There is an impressive elegance and subtlety to this new album, with the occasional electronic enhancements thankfully kept to minimum—a refreshing change from the forced emotional swells that plague too many New Age albums. Favorite track: Northern Lights.
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The Old Ways 03:04
Timeless Sun 05:11
Room 33 03:57
Wolf Vellum 04:50
A Calling 02:30


On INTO THE ANCIENT, Grammy-nominated recording artist Peter Phippen explores the gleaming mystical sonorities of ancient and modern flutes. Within a 12-track album of haunting new age world music, Phippen and co-producer / synthesist Ivar Lunde Jr. offer a captivating collage of the flutes’ translucent chimerical whisper and subtle electronic sound images. It's a shimmering panorama illustrating the gauzy veil of perception that separates our present state from the airy world of the spirits.

“With these songs,” Phippen says, “I employ antique instruments as antennae to directly channel the ancient voices of mature seedlings and allow their wails and whispers of time immemorial to be known to those who listen. Each vestige of spirituality played demonstrates magical significance not only through the music captured on this album but through the tangible energy that courses through the bamboo or wood as it sits in one's hands.”

Over the past three decades and 22 albums, Phippen's experiential, natural folk style revealed a penchant for creative and artistic musical improvisation. He's researched the history and performance technique of traditional flutes from around the world and throughout time.

"I have a deep interest in playing the old flutes and museum replicas,” Phippen reflects. "I am curious as to what notes were available and how these flutes may have been played in their time. The instruments on INTO THE ANCIENT are antiques dating back to the Edo period of Japan, or historically accurate replicas, meaning that the makers of my flute replicas took measurements from the original artifacts, but they did not change the instruments to conform with today's tunings or playability. This makes the flutes sound more mysterious and unusual."

As a recording artist, Phippen was the first non-Native American flutist signed to Canyon Records, which released his classic 2003 album NIGHT SONG. In 2010, his WOODNOTES WYLD: HISTORIC FLUTE SOUNDS FROM THE DR. RICHARD W. PAYNE COLLECTION was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Native American Music Album category.

“On Into The Ancient, Grammy-nominated recording artist Peter Phippen mystically expresses the opalescent sonorities of the most archetypal flutes in his vast collection. This album highlights Phippen’s in-depth exploration of the old instruments: each flute saturated with a shadowy, gossamer voice. With Ivar Lunde’s shimmering panorama of sound and Phippen’s transcendent playing, these recordings mellifluously illustrate the gauzy veil of perception that separates the now from the airy world of the spirits. Phippen's haunting flute timbres breezily float on the airstream causing the veil to billow, creating a thinning of the filmy curtain to reveal that which has been a mystery for millennia.” - Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl

Ivar Lunde Jr Bio

Ivar Lunde Jr is a 20th century experimental electronic and classical music composer educated at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo, Norway, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. A prolific composer, he's been awarded numerous prizes and commissions over the past 50 years with many works published and recorded in the United States and Norway. Active as a conductor, he’s worked with symphony and chamber orchestras in both Europe and the United States.


released January 7, 2022


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