Barrett Martin explores the PNW in latest album ‘Stillpoint’

Stillpoint: The moment between thoughts, when all mental chatter ceases and the clarity of absolute mind emerges from within. Stillpoint is also an album of original music and a book of short stories from Latin Grammy-winning producer, writer, and Zen practitioner, Barrett Martin. Building on his previous two books that also came with musical soundtracks (The Singing Earth 2017, The Way Of The Zen Cowboy 2019), Stillpoint is a stand alone studio album, but it also serves as the soundtrack for Barrett’s 3rd book in the series titled, Stillpoint: Reflections From A Year On The Cliff. 

Both the book and the album were written and recorded between 2019-2020, when Barrett and his wife lived in a remote cliff house inside a wildlife refuge over looking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, between Washington State and British Columbia. It’s a region where Barrett grew up and locals refer to as Cascadia. 

 

‘Stillpoint’ is available now!

Because of the remote location of the house, Barrett had to engineer, record, and play almost all of the instruments himself. It is also the first all-acoustic album he has ever produced (from a discography of 130 albums and soundtracks), using no
electric or amplified instruments. Instead you’ll hear piano, upright bass, vibraphone, drums, trumpet, all-manner of exotic percussion, and Barrett’s own voice as a harmonic instrument. Barrett’s longtime friend and trumpet player, Dave Carter, added the beautiful trumpet solos, and Barrett’s wife, Lisette Garcia, contributed additional percussion. 

Stillpoint is both a written philosophy, as well as a sonic adventure. Both take the reader/listener on an extended journey into the wilderness of the great Pacific Northwest – and beyond. 

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