James Marienthal – Speak to the Sky


Silver Wave Records is excited to announce the release of “Speak to the Sky” by its owner and founder, recording artist James Marienthal. 

“Speak to the Sky” features all original compositions, inspired by Marienthal’s explorations playing music in nature, along with deep listening, and tuning in to divine resonance. It is a prayer from the heart, spoken in musical tongues through flutes, voice, strings and bells. The stirring sounds of Native American flute prevail on this recording, enhanced by ethereal vocal harmonies and various string instruments, with poignant surprises that captivate the imagination.

Three of the tracks on “Speak to the Sky” were recorded at The Tank Center for Sonic Arts, the same uniquely reverberant sound chamber where Marienthal recorded his first album “Mysteries of the Night, Alive Inside The Tank” in 2018. A skilled improviser, this time he dives into a deep solo conversation while The Tank offers back its beautiful reflections of long reverberating flute tones overlapping with bells and other creative sounds made with breath and percussion.

These tracks combine perfectly with the rest of the album’s studio tracks, three of which feature stunning vocal accompaniment by talented singer Arwen Ek, and the deeply reverent title track with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger playing lap steel guitar. A lovely spacious solo piano piece rounds out this diverse collection of peaceful contemplative music.

James Marienthal studied music and jazz improvisation at Bard College and Naropa University. He plays various indigenous flutes, silver flute, piano, and percussion. His previous album “Mysteries of the Night, Alive Inside The Tank” was named the #1 Healing Arts Music album of 2018 (LB Productions), and was a top 10 world-wide new age radio hit (Zone Music Reporter). His music has been described as “like jamming with God… intoxicating and mesmerizing” (Buzz Music Report), and was acclaimed by The World Flute Society as “Extraordinary music… ethereal, spiritual, meditative, and absolutely amazing”

Silver Wave Records been releasing innovative music to the world since 1986. They were pioneers in the growth of both New Age Music and Contemporary Native American Music, and its catalog has 5 Grammy-winning recordings out of 10 nominations, and a plethora of INDIE Awards, Native American Music Awards, and many more.

For more information and music samples, visit jamesmarienthal.com