Marcia Watson Bendo
Throughout my 20+ years of reviewing music, now and then a debut recording comes along that blows my socks off! Woodland Moons from Marcia Watson Bendo (Native flutes, keyboards, and orchestrations) is one of those rare "Are you kidding me?" albums. Woodland Moons blends sonorous Native flute melodies with lush orchestrations and features influences from both the classical and new age genres, as well as, obviously Native fusion music. Percussionist Rafael Pereira contributes on nine of the twelve tracks and the acclaimed Trammell Starks handled mixing and mastering. Watson Bendo's flute playing is magical, but it's the depth and breadth of her compositions and her spot-on perfect orchestrations that elevates Woodland Moons to its heights of beauty and artistry.
Review by Bill Binkelman
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Marcia is featured on episode 21 of the Aural Awakenings Podcast. Marcia begins at 20:02. Direct Link to Podcast or listen below.
A list of all the Artists that are featured on this episode.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Aural Awakenings: Episode 21 (A Winter Solstice Special)
TIME / ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
00:00 / Gary Stadler & Wendy Rule / Midwinter / Deep Within a Faerie Forest
08:00 / Richard Dillon / Walking Through the Woods On a Snowy Evening / Ring Around the Moon
11:30 / Blackmore’s Night / Mid Winter’s Night / Fires at Midnight
15:57 / Lisa Swerdlow / Winter Solstice / Voyager
20:02 / Marcia Watson Bendo / Snow Moon / Woodland Moons
26:25 / Dulce Joya / Winter Dreams / Reality of Dreams
30:05 / Sleepthief / The Falcon in the Snow / Mortal Longing
34:30 / Jim Gabriel / Winter / Into Eternity
38:34 / Joseph Akins / Winter is Coming / The Best of Joseph Akins
43:41 / Robert Ziegler / Walking in the Air (from The Snowman) / Christmas at the Movies
47:16 / Gareth Laffely & Lance Bendiksen ft. Wes Studi / Winter Storm / Voices of the Guardians
50:25 / David Hollandsworth / First Frost / Timeless
53:00 / Pangaea Projekt / On A Winter’s Eve / Winter Vol. IV
55:25 / Laura Powers / Winter of Dreams / Legends of the Goddess
Marcia's debut album, "Woodland Moons" is #1 on the One World Music Radio Chart for the month of November. You may download the chart here. Click on the attachments below.