Judging from his past four discs, self-taught pianist/composer George Skaroulis certainly knows how to create music that is as soothing as it is inspirational. Return to Homeland (like its predecessor

Judging from his past four discs, self-taught pianist/composer George Skaroulis certainly knows how to create music that is as soothing as it is inspirational. Return to Homeland (like its predecessors, issued via the artist's own Evzone Music) finds the Atlanta-based Skaroulis revisiting nine gorgeously ambient moments from his five-year-old debut (Homeland), which was a musical tribute to his ancestral homeland, Greece. Tracks like the

intimate "Homeland," the grand

"Traditions," and the melancholy "Return to Patmos" have been beautifully reconstructed. Return to Homeland also includes 10 new compositions, including "Athena," which the artist has appropriately submitted for

potential use at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Fans of Yanni, Jim Brickman, and Chris Spheeris are well-advised to investigate. Distributed by City Hall Records.—MP