The music Phil Schurger presents on “Echoes of the Ancestors” is the expression of a dynamic journey through ten years of meditative and musical process. He has honed his skills as a composer in order to effortlessly act as a conduit of force and form, oscillating sounds up from the Emptiness of mind. Through meditation, he awakens the sensitivity of intuition, and navigates the tides of consciousness, catching compositions as they arise in the currents
of thought. It is a conscious-intuitive act of retrieving sounds and images of nature and culture, and uniquely sculpting them through an inner-alchemical process. Any object held in the mind can become a musical entity as Schurger becomes attuned with the sounds emanating from the stream of Mind, transfixed by the rising sounds.
The album opens with Lucid (Soma). Soma was an intoxicating drink in the Hindu culture that brought on lucid visions, and a sense of contentment. The composition emulates the motion through the shifting states of consciousness of the soma. It enters quietly, slowly developing, until you are enveloped in the experience of an array of batik textures and forms. It invokes the sounds of songs moving through the leaves in tree canopies. The solos act as a reprieve and contemplation period, culminating in a spacious contentment as the last melody comes back in expanded form.