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“Raphael Groten’s pieces are a bit like a Japanese rock garden…his compositions on Star Lullaby are wonderfully spare of unnecessary ornamentation and concentrate exclusively on the essential.”
– Will Ackerman
Raphael’s latest album is ‘Star Lullaby’
A fascinating tour de force and a display of Raphael’s acoustic guitar artistry and talent, Star Lullaby is a unique approach to instrumental music. Presented as a two-disc set, the first disc holds fourteen solo guitar pieces played with grace and intimacy, while the second disc offers the same recordings with the addition of stellar guest stars on a variety of accompanying instruments. The resultant contrast turns Star Lullaby into an exploration of two musical landscapes; one of more subtle and personal solo works followed by expanded textures as other instruments are added to the mix on the second disc. Disc two also showcases Groten’s versatility; featuring his steel and nylon string guitars, ukulele, percussion, clay whistle and voice. The list of guest artists reads like a “Who’s Who” of contemporary instrumentalists: bassist Michael Manring, cellist Eugene Friesen, flutist Ron Korb, violinist Charlie Bisharat, percussionist Jeff Haynes, vocalist Noah Wilding and Will Ackerman on guitar. Star Lullaby was produced by Grammy winner Ackerman, Tom Eaton and the artist. Eaton engineered, mixed and mastered the album.
“MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of a (perfect) 5.00 – meaning that he also gets my “PICK” for “most inspiring guitar album”.
Rotcod Zzaj, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
…one of the most soothing and relaxing albums I’ve heard in a long time. Warmth, openness and deep sincerity combine to make Groten’s music something very special and welcome in these turbulent times.
Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
…what a true artisan Raphael is with his six-string. There is just so much to enjoy on Star Lullaby that it would seem unfair to cite any one track as a standout because they all are, it’s as simple as that.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
…idyllic reflections that guarantee your days of cloud counting, sun worshipping, and star gazing will have the perfect soundscapes. Feel free to hit the repeat button for this one.
R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews