"White Owl" was released in June 1997 after seven months of recording at Mark Sarno's "Session Artists" Studios in Escondido, CA. Using state of the art synths like the Kurzweil K2500 as well as the analog Roland JX8P, John created a synergistic sound featuring old and new. Mark Sarno's live drums added more of an organic feel to the album. Native American flute and beautiful strings were weaved into the fabric of this masterpiece.
This was a concept album based on a short story written by John Pedersen entitled, "The Story of White Owl". It describes an encounter with an angelic shaman by the name of "White Owl" and how this being was able to help a troubled person through some difficult times. The story, loosely based on events in John's life, was written to make sense out of the confusing maze that we call "life". The story is available by e-mailing John Pedersen.
In addition to the co-production and graphic design services of Mark Sarno, a drawing by Escondido, CA artist Cynthia Zimmerman ended up on the cover of the album.
The album charted on the New Age Voice Top 100 at a peak position of #78 for several months and had considerable airplay on new age radio stations. With the release of John's fourth CD, "Paradise", White Owl is winning over new fans as indicated by increasing internet sales.
Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire Magazine wrote, "White Owl is a well done blend of genres...a musical collage that holds together remarkably well. It's a recording that wears more than a few hats and does them all with flair and style".
Please listen to the audio samples of this classic new age album and discover what "White Owl" can do for you, and then purchase this wonderful CD.
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1. In From The Cold
2. White Owl
3. Indian Princess
5. One More Wish
6. Essence Of Spring
7. Bittersweet Season
8. Far Away Place
9. Nature's Gift
10. Free Flight
11. After The Rain
12. Here's To Our Future