the projectTraveler, nominated for 1987's Best New Age Grammy award, incorporates virtually all of flutist Paul Horn's personal experiences and musical styles - his travels to Europe, India, China, Russia, and Egypt and his continuing interest in jazz, classical, pop, new age, and world music.
Drawing from traditions of many cultures and musical periods, Traveler
bridges time and distance with the language of music. Instrumentation
on Traveler includes sitar and tablas from India, a European
string quartet, a Chinese bamboo flute, members of the San Francisco
Boys' Choir, and ancient instruments blended with synthesizers. On
Traveler, Horn improvises contemporary music on flute and saxophone.
Horn and co-composer/arranger,
"We journey externally from country to country," said Horn, "reflecting the continual merging of world cultures. We travel in historical time, from the present to the distant past. As well, we travel inwardly, through the music of meditation."
the artistIn the mid sixties, dissatisfied with commercial music and the Hollywood lifestyle, Horn flew to India, where he studied transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. "Meditation enhanced my life enormously," said Horn. "It put me back in touch with the basis of my own existence. My creativity began taking expansive new directions."
Horn recorded his world-famous Inside the Taj Mahal (11062) in 1968, a best-selling album that many consider to be the cornerstone of new age music. In 1976, he journeyed to Egypt, where he recorded Inside the Great Pyramid (12060). Other albums in the Inside series include Inside the Cathedral (11075) and China (11080).
During the 1950s, Horn studied classical music at Oberlin and the
Manhattan School of Music. Following this he played jazz, first with