Alap Jetzer


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Here is an unusual style of space music which relies on repetitious sounds from acoustic and electronic instrumentation in molding the "transparent wall-of-sound" sense that pervades the recording. Perhaps it is the deeply spiritual inspiration which is at the base of his music, drawn from the work of Sri Chinmoy. The Swiss-born Jetzer, who was classically trained, began exploring the esoteric sides of music at an early age and became a student of Chinmoy, who was the Guru of such musical luminaries as Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin and Narada Michael Walden. As a result of this influence, Jetzer's music radiates with depth, simplicity, beauty and affection, often reminiscent of the Eno-produced works by Laraaji from the mid-'70s. Boundless, his first worldwide release on CD, incorporates the sounds of acoustic guitars, sitar, synthesizer, organ, esraj (a bowed Indian instrument), Irish harp, cymbals and tamboura which seem to collectively cascade in shimmering waves of sound, entrancing the listener with hypnotic magic.