Travels throughout Europe inspired Arthurian legendry/poetry and music to produce "The Gateway". This CD creates an eclectic combination of rich Celtic tones from traditional instruments such as flute, recorder, oboe and cello, with the sound of world instruments such as dumbek, bohdran and pennywhistles. Celeste Ray's piano performance, vocals and psaltery
arrangements captivated long-time meantor, Paul McCandless, who expressed "Celeste's melodic compositions, and especially her vocals, give the music a sound which is instantly identifiable...I am impressed!"
Celeste has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of John Rutter, the Govorner of Queensland, Australia and international ABC radio.
Celeste has been written up in international publications including New Age and New Sounds and a recent Los Angeles Times article described Celeste's music as "a sound at once fresh and otherworldly...her distinctive calling card is her skill with the bowed psaltery!"
Celeste Ray's recent CD, with "Celtic Lengend Ensemble" inspired by travels to the Celtic Lands and ancient poetry - crosses many boundaries, from eastern Indian to classical and folk stylings.
Booking can be made through her website at www.celesteray.com
1. Cliffs of Tintagel
2. Psaltery Dance No. 1
3. Blessing for Setting Forth
4. Psaltery Dance No. 2
6. Ten Penny Bit/Monk's Jig