The following is a review from independentartistbuzz.tumblr.com Click here to read the review on the independentartistbuzz.tumblr.com website.
New Age Supergroup FLOW has just dropped their self-titled debut album! FLOW is comprised of Fiona Joy, Jeff Oster, Lawrence Blatt, and Will Ackerman. The new tracks are filled with dreamy soundscapes that will transport you in seconds. This week we had the opportunity to ask them a few questions!
GRAMMY-winning Guitarist Will Ackerman, Pianist Fiona Joy,
Guitarist Lawrence Blatt and flugelhornist Jeff Oster Create
Compelling Original Contemporary Music as FLOW
LOS ANGELES – From the New Orleans Jazz Museum and the 2018 ZMR Awards – where they won Zone Music Reporter’s Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, FLOW continues to create a buzz around a spirited and dynamic musical synergy worthy of its cool moniker. (www.FlowtheGroup.com)
The ensemble’s soulful all-original, genre-transcendent vibe has been described as a fresh, international acoustic sound rooted in the classic tradition of Windham Hill, the label founded by one of the group’s members, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Will Ackerman. If you ask the ensemble – which includes Australian pianist/singer Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt and trumpet and flugelhorn player Jeff Oster – they’ll simply say, “We’re just good friends making music together.”
The following is a review of FLOW live from Contemporary Fusion Reviews Click here to read the review on the Contemporary Fusion Reviews website.
Enchantingly memorable musical magic with FLOW (the Group) – LIVE SHOW REVIEW, ROYAL ROOM, 2018/05/15: There couldn’t have been a more fitting venue for this wonderful show… I had planned on going down to New Orleans to witness the first show of F.L.O.W.’s Arrival Tour, but (as often happens) “events got in the way“. So when I realized they would be playing right here in the Great Northwest, it was a “must” date… unquestionably one of the most enjoyable I’ve had in recent memory. As you watch their opening salvo of their Royal Room show, you will realize why they received a “PICK” from me for their marvelous album.
The following is a review of the 2018 ZMR Music Awards from the echoes.org Click here to read the review on the Echoes website.
The ZMR Music Awards descended on New Orleans this year, a quiet counterpoint to the Bourbon Street mania happening a few blocks away. There were no Hurricanes or “yard-long” drinks at this event, nor beads tossed to woman flashing their assets. This is a more genteel, contemplative and sedate affair.
In my first review of the annual ZMR Music Awards in 2016, I wrote that “The children and grandchildren of Windham Hill Records had a family reunion this weekend.” This year I’m going to have to add great-grandchildren to that.
The nominees of the Zone Music Awards this year are an odd collection. There’s a 70-year-old, Tom Moore, who won along with Sherry Finzer in the Best Meditation/Relaxation Category. He flew corporate jets, earned a masters in religious studies and played with Keith (“98.6”) and other 60s pop acts on shows like Where the Action Is. Many of the attendees are old enough to remember that show. But not Faith Angelina. The now 13-year old pianist managed to beat out several more senior and seasoned musicians for the Best New Artist Category at the ZMR Awards
Jeff Oster, a founding member of the ensemble FLOW, accepted the IMA honor live at Lincoln Center’ alongside fellow honorees in a wide array of music genres. The event’s judges included Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Amy Lee of Evanescence, and Sepultura.
New York, NY (April 5, 2018) — Established artists and rising stars from around the world packed Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Saturday, March 31st to celebrate the vitality of the indie music community at The 16th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) and Independent Music Party. FLOW flugelhorn and trumpet player, Jeff Oster, accepted the group’s Independent Music Award for Best New Age Album for its eponymous debut album, FLOW, produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, and released by LMB Music.
“This honor is so appreciated, and the timing couldn’t be better as we prepare for our May 2018 tour,” Oster said, adding “Hopefully, some of the new friends we’ve made here today will join us on The Arrival Tour to experience FLOW live in concert; it’s a beautiful thing.”
The following is a review from Samantha Garcia on zonemusicreporter.com Click here to read the review on the zonemusicreporter.com website.
FLOW: On Point, and On Tour!
It isn’t often that the New Age genre finds itself enjoying the emergence of a group such as FLOW, who recently announced their May 2018 Arrival Tour from New Orleans to Seattle, San Fran, and LA. The talented Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster have joined to give us an album of serene beauty. Each musician brings passion for their instruments and years of dedication to their craft into this album, manifesting a creative energy so strong that it resonates throughout every note. Nothing is wasted. Originally a project started by Lawrence Blatt, FLOW came together when he invited pianist Fiona Joy and composer Jeff Oster to collaborate with him at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It wasn’t long, however, until Will became far more than just a producer, and an integral contributor to the project.
FLOW will kickoff a Spring tour with two New Orleans performances, including a set at the Zone Music Awards, followed by West Coast dates. The new ensemble is nominated for Two ZMR Awards(Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) and Two IMAs (Best New Age Album and New Age Song) Following Two Months at #1 on the ZMR Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart, an Appearance on Nationally-syndicated PRI Radio Show ECHOES and Multiple “Best of 2017” Honors.
The following is a review from axs.com Click here to read the review on the axs.com website.
“These are four musicians who are all self-sufficient in their talents. They’re brilliant at making albums that are unique and musically successful as soloists. The lovely surprise is that they, we, all managed with grace and ease to come together and create something new and different from anything any of us had ever done before,” Grammy-winner Will Ackerman explains.
Ackerman, along with Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, and Jeff Oster, make up the New Age music group called FLOW – hence the acronym. The group formed when Blatt, Joy and Oster met with Ackerman to record at his studio. Once united, together they formed FLOW; a collaborative effort founded in friendship born from nearly a decade of playing together.
On the heels of their debut album and the recent announcement of their two nominations for the 14th Annual Zone Music Awards (Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album), both Blatt and Ackerman, took time out to share some of their heartfelt journey with AXS.
The following is a review from Skopemag.com Click here to read the review on the skopmage.com website.
Flow embraces a colorful, soothing sound on the ambient bliss of their self-titled effort. Done with the utmost of taste, Flow draws from jazz, folk, incorporating slight hints of dance all nicely anchored by lush waves of sound that simply wash over it all. Melodically rich the way the many elements intermingle results in a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic aura one that feels positively inviting. Bright and airy the way the songs evolve results a true talent for form, for the spaciousness of the tracks further emphasizes the emphasis on the infinite, the pastoral beauty of nature. Songs perfectly flow, one into the other making the track lengths irrelevant as they all work together merging into a seamless whole.