the project

Paul Horn has spent his life roaming vast musical landscapes, gleaning a highly personal style from such seemingly disparate musical forms as jazz, classical, pop, and countless ethnic traditions. His artistic search has taken him to the farthest reaches of the planet to record in architectural wonders like Egypt's Great Pyramid and the majestic cathedrals of Russia. As a voyager of inner space, he has also had the courage to leave the intellectual tenets of Western music behind to trace musical pathways through the heart and soul.

A retrospective of some of his most significant musical discoveries is tastefully presented on Nomad/Selected Pieces 1976-1988. Compiled by Stephen Hill, host of a popular radio program, Music from the Hearts of Space, this collection features eighteen selections from eight previous releases, sensitively programmed to flow as if no time has elapsed between earlier recordings like Inside the Cathedral (11075) and the more recent expressions of Traveler (11086) and The Peace Album (11083). What you hear is the inimitable sound of Paul Horn, whether he's playing insightful solo flute versions of classics by Bach, Debussy, and Palestrina, improvising in resonant halls, collaborating with the delicate Chinese instrumentals of David Mingyue Liang, or performing with the thick, synthesized textures of Christopher Hedge and the bell-like voices of the San Francisco Boys' Chorus.

the artist

Paul Horn's musical career began with rigorous studies in classical music at Oberlin and the Manhattan School of Music in the 1950s. He went on to play jazz with Chico Hamilton, and also worked as a session musician in Hollywood. In the 1960s, he received two Grammy Awards for his Jazz Suite On Mass Texts, and recorded numerous albums with his own quartet and quintet.

In the mid 1960s, dissatisfied with the Hollywood lifestyle, Horn flew to India where he studied Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The experience had a profound effect on his music, and in 1968, he recorded the renowned Inside the Taj Mahal (11062), an album of solo flute improvisations that many consider to be the cornerstone of new age music.