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Underwater Whisperer

by Masako

Music that brings you to another realm. This album is dedicated to all the people and creatures under pressure. Take a listen and feel the beauty of our planet.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Talkative Brooks in Spring Meadow
4:53 $0.99
2. Sea Pearls
7:20 $0.99
3. The Deep
4:58 $0.99
4. Coral Reef Blues
4:01 $0.99
5. Legend of the Emerald Forest
5:21 $0.99
6. Monologue
2:58 $0.99
7. Salmon Run
4:37 $0.99
8. Moonlit Iceberg and Its Whereabouts
4:26 $0.99
9. Underwater Whisperer
4:48 $0.99
10. Dim Light
4:03 $0.99
11. Time Indefinite
5:15 $0.99
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Underwater Whisperer "is the fourth album from pianist/composer Masako. Like her previous releases, this album was co-produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Masako, and was recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont. There are many really good pianists in the new age and contemporary classical genres, but Masako is one of a handful of artists who really stands out from the others. Whether playing solo or with other artists, Masako imbues her music with simple grace and truth. In her exploration of the musical qualities of the sea and some of the creatures that live there, Masako has created a pianistic masterpiece in Underwater Whisperer. Her previous album, "Piano Sanctuary," was solo piano, but this one is a collection of four piano solos and seven ensemble works where she is joined by the stellar artists who often appear on Ackerman’s productions. Masako’s previous albums have won and been nominated for an impressive group of awards, and I have no doubt that "Underwater Whisperer" will add more to her collection. Masako started piano lessons in Japan at the age of four and is an artist who seems to be the most at home with a piano at the ends of her fingertips while expressing music from the depths of her soul.

"Underwater Whisperer" begins with the gently-flowing “Three Talkative Brooks in Spring Meadow,” a piece with three distinct voices that are light, sparkling and very soothing - much like sitting by a stream and being mesmerized by the movement of the water. “Sea Pearls” is a trio for piano, cello (Eugene Friesen), and alto flute (Premik Russel Tubbs). While the piano creates the feeling of the motion of a body of water, the low tones of the cello and alto flute suggest the depths of the sea - hypnotic and magical! “The Deep” features Masako on synth, Jeff Pearce on Chapman Stick, and the vocalizations of Noah Wilding. Dark and mysterious without being frightening, this one also creates its own kind of magic. “Coral Reef Blues” is the second piano solo and refers much more to the colors of around a reef than to a style of music! Smooth and very calming, it’s another beauty! “Monologue,” also a piano solo, has the graceful intimacy of a close friend speaking from her heart. “Moonlit Iceberg and Its Whereabouts” is another trio for Masako, Friesen and Tubbs with Tubbs on wind synthesizer this time. Moving slowly and completely at peace, it enchants as it tells its story. The title track is performed by one of the larger ensembles - piano and synth (Masako), bass (Tom Eaton), cello (Friesen), Jeff Haynes (percussion), and Chapman Stick (Pearce) - and is the perfect music for an underwater video of deep sea life. Gorgeous! “Dim Light” is the fourth piano solo and is tranquility set to music. The slow, undulating movement feels like floating effortlessly on calm water with the sun warming your skin (no sunburn allowed!). “Time Indefinite” quietly closes the album with a third piece for piano, cello and wind synth. If you haven’t melted into a puddle of happy bliss by now, hit the repeat button and listen to this album again!

"Underwater Whisperer "is one of the stand-out albums of 2019 and is an exceptionally pleasurable listening experience! Don’t miss it!

Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris
Underwater Whisperer by Masako | Album Review by Dyan Garris

The album, ‘Underwater Whisperer,’ by pianist Masako, is like a sparkling jewel one discovers at the seashore. A special treasure, this is simply beautiful. – Dyan Garris
What lies beneath in the mysterious depths of the Earth’s bodies of water? Here in the fourth album from award-winning pianist, Masako, we get a spectacular glimpse of these mysteries. Produced by Will Ackerman with sound engineering by Tom Eaton, Masako is joined on “Underwater Whisperer” by a host of impressive guest talent, including, Eugene Friesen, Premik Russell Tubbs, Jeff Pearce, Jeff Haynes, and Noah Wilding.

“Three Talkative Brooks in Spring Meadow” is a lovely and perfect opener to this album. This is nice piano solo – one of four on this album – and here we can hear three different streams conversing in their own special flow and harmony.
Gorgeous, flowing, dreamy piano on “Sea Pearls,” and the addition of Eugene Friesen on masterfully performed cello, with Premik Russell Tubbs on alto flute, gives incredible depth and richness to the mix. It’s a favorite.

“The Deep,” featuring Masako on synthesizer, is enhanced pulchritude with Jeff Pearce on the Chapman Stick, and the ethereal, other-worldly vocals of Noah Wilding. This is soothing and hauntingly beautiful.
The second solo piano piece is “Coral Reef Blues.” This is tantalizing and emotionally evocative. We can literally feel the anguished lament of the coral of the sea, which is a living entity, as we know. Listen carefully, then, as the song, very well composed and played, is quite alive as well.

“Legend of the Emerald Forest” is outstanding; utterly outstanding in every way. You may be wondering what a forest has to do with what is being whispered by the spirits of water. I believe this song is based upon the movie, “The Emerald Forest,” which was based upon a true story. To briefly summarize, a dam was built by outsiders in a rainforest. The indigenous people did not want it, destroyed it, and afterward went back to being happy with the water the way it was previously. Water is life and water is sacred. Here, Masako gives a stellar piano performance blending wonderfully with Premik Russell Tubbs on wind synthesizer. Noah Wilding is here with those haunting vocals, along with Jeff Pearce on the Chapman Stick, and the rich cello by Eugene Friesen, plus shimmery percussion by Jeff Haynes. The mix by Tom Eaton is true perfection.

“Monologue,” the third piano solo on the album, is up next. This is perfectly lovely as well. “Salmon Run” masterfully captures the spirit of running salmon in this lively, yet soothing tune. Masako is on piano, while Jeff Haynes adds ideal percussion, and we have Tom Eaton on bass. Premik Russell Tubbs is featured on the wind synth, and we are treated to the lovely wordless vocals of Noah Wilding again.

Deep and darker, “Moonlit Iceberg and its Whereabouts” features Masako on piano, Eugene Friesen on cello, and Premik Russell Tubbs on wind synth. This is beautiful, graceful, flowing, and contemplative.

Opening with the cello and lightened by Masako’s piano performance, the title track, “Underwater Whisperer,” is very deep. One can almost hear the ethereal, whispered, conversations of whales, and perhaps dolphins, speaking their own special language. The track also features Tom Eaton on bass, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jeff Haynes on percussion, along with Jeff Pearce on the Chapman Stick. Excellent.

The fourth piano solo is “Dim Light.” Effortless, calming, and peaceful to the soul, this is beautiful from beginning to end. The tranquil “Time Indefinite” perfectly closes out the album, with Eugene Friesen’s breathtakingly beautiful cello performance, and Premik Russell Tubbs on wind synth, both blending wonderfully with Masako’s gorgeous piano performance. Superb, all.