WHITE AND PAULINO CD FEATURES WOOD-FLUTE, GUITAR, SITAR AND PIANO
The new duo of TIM WHITE AND JOE PAULINO have crafted some terrific meditational world-fusion music on the CD (Inhale Slowly). Paulino is the keyboardist (acoustic piano and synth) and White plays wood-flute, acoustic guitar, sitar and esraj (a bowed-string instrument from India). The various instruments take turns at the forefront although very occasionally two of the lead instruments overlap.
This is very earthy, straight-from-the-soul music that insinuates itself into your psyche before you know it. The recording is billed as a tool created specifically “to promote slow and conscious breathing as the foundation of the path toward inner peace” which is a worthwhile concept for a music CD. The music is very pleasant but not so much for listening to; it is more of a put-it-on-and-just-feel-it sort of experience. They say the music also is good to help drivers relax and avoid road-rage. It would be especially good to play in the car when you want music that two people can easily talk over but still have a good listening experience.
This music falls into the new age music category, especially since new age music often utilizes many world-music influences these days. With three instruments from India (flute, sitar, esraj) and a background synth drone somewhat reminiscent of Indian music, the music has a bit of the feeling and characteristics of a Ravi Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan concert, but tempered (The Beatles set the precedence for this) with guitar and piano. It makes for a warm, interesting blend. You can listen to the music out at inhaleslowly(dot)com.