The following is a review of FLOW’s live performance at Cargegie Hall from TheaterByte. Click here to read the review on TheaterByte’s website.
FLOW or Fiona Joy Hawkins (piano), Lawrence Blatt (guitar), Jeff Oster (trumpet, flugelhorn, sound effects), and Will Ackerman (guitar) has become one of the most highly regarded “New Age” quartets currently on the circuit. All of these artists have established major performing and recording careers: Fiona Joy in her native Australia and Lawrence, Jeff, and Will in the US. Grammy-winner Ackerman, the “senior” member of this foursome, opened the door for the commercial success of New Age compositions and performers with his founding of the music label Windham Hill Records in 1972. This new millennium “fab four,” frequently adds talented sidemen to their ensemble when they record and tour. For this concert, FLOW wisely chose Tom Eaton, a true musical factotum who contributed on bass and piano, Premik (Russell Tubbs) a legendary multi-instrumentalist, Vin Downes a brilliant young guitarist, and veteran percussionist Jeff Haynes.
The following is a review of FLOW from Music Street Journal on their concert at the Royal Room in Seattle. Click here to read the review on Music Street Journal’s website.
It was a rare warm May evening in Columbia City, near downtown Seattle, when my wife and I walked through the door at the Royal Room, to take in our first ever Flow show.
The room was full, like the moon that decorated a wall of the showplace. Over a hundred fans were in attendance, so the word had gotten out that this was a show not be missed – the recently minted band Flow (named after the band members: Fiona Joy Hawkins [Australia’s “Enya” on piano and voice], Jeff Oster [master of the flugelhorn and trumpet and truly a great Chuck Mangione–like master], Will Ackerman [one of new age’s seminal musical composers, producers and directors on guitar], and Lawrence Blatt on acoustic and electric guitar, and ukulele).
In the Echoes Podcast, an interview with FLOW’s Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, William Ackerman AND a FLASHBACK 50 to The Moody Blues’ “In Search of the Lost Chord. Hear it now in the Echoes App, Apple Music or right here.
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The following is a review of FLOW from Bentley’s Bandstand on The Morton Report. Click here to read the review on The Morton Report website.
Thirty years ago New Age was almost a cult music for those seeking the silence. Fairly or not, it was way off the map for those born into rock & roll. Flash forward, though, and there is much to love about a music that soothes rather than scorches. Both styles can be scintillating once the stereotypes are beaten into dust. Flow is a quartet comprised of Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, and Jeff Oster. They include guitars, keyboards, vocals, and brass. There is a supple groove that propels each song, provided by Ackerman and Blatt’s guitar and Oster’s trumpet and flugelhorn. Joy is a singer and pianist who absolutely lives up to her last name, and when she sings the skies open with her sound. Best of all are the quartet’s intricate originals, whether they’re in the foreground or the background. This is music that can be played anytime and anywhere, and always thrills. Ackerman, also known for founding Windham Hill Records, is someone to keep an ear on. He’s been breaking traditions his whole musical life, and shows no sign of stopping now. Of course, there are a half-dozen guests joining in, but in the end it’s Flow that delivers the spirit. Feel and heal.
The following is featured on Reviews New Age. Click here to read the article on the Reviews New Age website.
A minimalist, deep acoustic piano, winds and strings, is the presentation of FLOW , the band led by GRAMMY winner and guitarist Will Ackerman , with guitarist Lawrence Blatt , pianist Fiona Joy and trumpeter Jeff Oster.
The group began its tour of the United States in 2017, including only two dates, the first in Vermont; and the second at Carnegie Hall in New York . FLOW , who began his career in 2017 presenting his first studio album under the same name, is now in full promotion of the album, including Carnegie Hall again in New York between dates.
The following is a review of FLOW from the July 2018 issue of Music Connection Magazine.
Forty years after Windham Hill became a catalyst for the global new age music phenomenon, its founder, acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman joins forces with genre stalwarts Fiona Joy (piano), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn) and Lawrence Blatt (guitar) to create a fresh, seamless, rhythmically seductive and soulfully melodic vibe grounded in their deep personal chemistry. Each plays an equal part in the infectious sonic magic, but one standout is how Ackerman’s stark introspection complements Blatt’s more rhythmic approach to the acoustic guitar. Though an unusual anagram of their names, the FLOW concept is all about the way the music moves. – Jonathan Widran
The following is a review of FLOW from Jazz Weekly. Click here to read the review on the Jazz Weekly website.
Sounds from Windham Hill return from the 80s as legendary guitarist William Ackerman teams with Fiona Joy/p-voc, Lawrence Blatt/g-uk, Jeff Oster/tp-fh and a handful of guests to give a 21st Century interpretation of what used to be called “New Age” music.
The following is a review of FLOW from Music Existence. Click here to read the review on the Music Existence website.
New Age Supergroup FLOW’s debut album is out now and it will definitely blow you away. With it’s soft melodies and calming instrumentals, you’ll be whisked away to a world of inner peace and relaxation.
‘Whisper Me This’ is one of the best songs on the album. It’s very dreamy and will make you feel like you’re 1,000 feet up in the air floating on a fluffy cloud. It’s filled with beautiful notes that are perfect soundscapes. It made me want to go lay in some soft grass on a cool night and stargaze with a loved one.
The following is an interview with Fiona Joy of FLOW, posted at VENTS Magazine. Click here to read the interview on ventsmagazine.com.
Hi people, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
This is Fiona Joy answering on behalf of FLOW. Thanks for the interview. We are all in pretty good spirits given the overwhelming success of something that eventuated from putting our collective big toes in the water. The reviews and audience reaction has been encouraging to us. In a world of fragmented people, diluted music and traffic jams, we are getting to make a difference. Music is a powerful thing and it’s our pleasure to be making some small contribution.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Flow”?
“FLOW” is one of our focus tracks – its the track we feel represents the ‘middle’ of the album because it covers all the elements, directions and flavors the group has to offer.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Coming soon…. We have some really great videos so far and have concentrated on nature themes from the farthest reaches of Antarctica to Space (with real NASA footage), but we have a few surprises to come.
The following is a review of FLOW live from The JW Vibe Click here to read the review on The JW Vibe website.
A little over a year ago, when I first got wind of the newly formed new age/contemporary instrumental super group FLOW, I immediately felt it would be like hearing an inspired gathering of longtime musical acquaintances.
I had written individually in the past about Grammy winning guitarist and legendary Windham Hill label founder Will Ackerman, pianist Fiona Joy and guitarist Lawrence Blatt – and had reviewed one of trumpeter/flugelhornist Jeff Oster’s albums. I had the unique opportunity to hear the album in its entirety, months before its October 2017 release, in the presence of Fiona and Jeff. It drew me in from the get go, with a soulful, inviting blend of ambience, melodic grace and infectious rhythmic textures.