Pacific Moon

With last year's Hidden World disc and now Pacific Moon, Gary Stroutsos is moving in a new direction, abandoning his Native American flutes in favor of the alto flute and heading into more ambient, wo

With last year's Hidden World disc and now Pacific Moon, Gary Stroutsos is moving in a new direction, abandoning his Native American flutes in favor of the alto flute and heading into more ambient, world-inflected terrain. Like its predecessor, Pacific Moon is a meditative album bathed in Jonn Serrie's lush synthesizer atmospheres. But this time, Stroutsos has brought in musicians like master frame drummer Glen Velez and Elizabeth Falconer, who plays the Japanese koto. She performs on most tracks, improvising ornaments and flourishes like eddies in the somber river of Stroutsos' flute melodies. Pacific Moon recalls some earlier pioneers of global meditations. Stroutsos covers Paul Horn's "Shah Jahan" (from the Inside album), and he echoes Tony Scott's Music for Zen Meditation throughout.—JD