Michael Brant DeMaria has enchanted, soothed and healed us with his music for nearly a decade now, but this is his most profound music to date. Often very ethereal and ambient, AMA is ideal for massage, yoga, meditation or any time you need to let go and flow again.
After a five year absence from solo recording, GRAMMY-nominated musician Michael Brant DeMaria makes a triumphant return with AMA, an album dedicated to his recently deceased mother. Michael spent three years guiding her to the ultimate journey and its destination, always with peace and dignity. Ama means mother or grandmother in many languages and is also translated as “water” in the Cherokee tongue.
In addition to being a four-time GRAMMY nominee, Michael Brant DeMaria’s last five albums have gone to #1 on the Zone Music Reporter’s charts and he has won seven ZMR awards including “Album of the Year” for his 2010 release, Gaia. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, DeMaria is also an integrative psychologist, Yoga/meditation teacher, sound healer, and author with several books and plays to his credit.
AMA is Brant DeMaria's most ambitious album and represents a high-water mark in displaying his versatility as a performer and composer. Effortlessly traversing multiple genres and moods, displaying mastery of everything from ages-old flutes and ethnic percussion to state-of-the-art electronics, synthesizer shadings, and ambient textures, the four-time Grammy nominee instills each of Ama's ten tracks with a sense of deep emotion, veering from pure serenity to somber reflection.
AMA is Michael Brant DeMaria's tour de force and is an essential recording for the new age and ambient genres.
AMA The New Album is based on more than thirty years of research into sound healing. Referring to the spiritual journey he took with his mother, DeMaria explains: “I was drawn to the deep places it took me and how I found and discovered a luminosity in the darkness and a timeless, deathless love that sustains me still.”
All ten tracks on the album were produced, composed and performed by DeMaria and the album is the fifth release from the Ontos Healing Sound Project. Native flutes, piano, guitar and keyboards/synths explore and chronicle the journey in musical colors that range from deep blues and purples to brilliant white.
AMA is best described as an album that is filled with wonderful soothing music that will take the listener on a journey…a spiritual journey that has many facets.
Michael spent three years with his mother while she was fighting cancer. As with many, it took her away and she passed into the next realm of existence. There are many beliefs and interpretations of what that new existence could be. The one we know for sure in this journey is that music can be used for many different things. For the artist in this instance, what he recreated for the listener is his interpretation of the time he spent with his Mother prior to her passing.
All the sounds that come together on AMA include indigenous percussion and flutes along with piano and many other atmospheric layers to enhance the core instrument being used.
AMA is a reflective album that will lift you and make you realize all of life’s offerings should be enjoyed in full. AMA is a beautifully mixed collaboration of sound, textures and spirituality.
It brings the light of hope and the promise of a new day. AMA is a truly heartfelt personal journey that Michael Brant DeMaria is sharing with the world.
What an amazing work of art it is that Michael Brant DeMaria is sharing with the world, offering hope and healing to all who will take the time to listen, AMA is a great album.