Gerald Jay Markoe studied classical music at both Juilliard (B.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.A.). Since the early 1960s, Markoe has studied meditation and astrology, and he specialized in translating the positions of the planets into music, often recording custom tapes based on a person's astrological sign. His first public album in 1988 was Music from the Pleiades, inspired by the famous poster of the constellation. Markoe formed his own music company, AstroMusic, to distribute his album, and Music from the Pleiades quickly became a bestseller in the New Age market. (Indeed, at least one Markoe album always ranks among the top sellers in the New Age market.) Markoe continued a series of Pleiades-inspired albums until 1993, when angels became the craze; his many angel albums showcase his sensitivity for Baroque music, walking a fine line between orchestral replication and spiritual embellishment. In 1995, he reached out to Native American "brothers" to record/produce albums with Cuzco medicine man Wachan Bajiyoperak (Inka Sunrise), Navajo flautist Brent Chase (Where the Earth Touches the Stars), and the Four Mountain Nation Singers (Navajo Chants). Markoe has also recorded music to back meditation albums narrated by Alma Daniel and Stacey Dean. One wonders what new directions Markoe will take.
ANCIENT CEREMONIES BY GERALD MARKOE
The fourth in his "Sacred Traditions" meditation music series, Gerald Jay Markoe's ANCIENT CEREMONIES transports the listener back into another era to experience the healing capabilities of the druids. The music presented on this album is very ethereal and soothing, comprised of the sounds of harp, oboe and keyboard with a touch of Celtic influence. It also sports a light, whimsical quality that, when mixed with the tranquil ambience, makes an ideal atmosphere for relaxing, stress relief and meditation. Packaged with the CD is an instruction booklet with meditation tips, including guidance on druid meditation practices.
1. Melody from Andromeda 4:32
2. Circle of Wizards 7:15
3. Fairies of the Forest 7:28
4. Sacred Ceremony 2:41
5. Ceremony of Universal Love 5:40
6. Entry Into the Light 2:37
7. Unicorns in the Forest 6:33
8. Music of the Night Sky 2:01
9. Alchemy 9:27
10. Druid Harp Melody 5:12
11. The Enchanted Castle 4:52
12. Melody from Andromeda 2 2:55
This music was inspired by the spiritual traditions of ancient Egypt, Japan, India and Greece.
The instruments are harps, flutes, and other wind and stringed instruments from Asia and the Middle East. (koto, shamisen, lyre, reed flute, shakuhatchi, kanoun, shenai, Egyptian violin, ceremonial gongs and drums.)
Perfect for meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, massage and more.
1. Doorway to the Infinite 15:55
2. Entering the Inner Chamber 5:31
3. The Two Paths 5:49
4. Simplicity 5:03
5. Sacred Geometry 10:39
6. Higher Consciousness 10:40
7. Divine Grace 5:28
This music was created by Gerald Jay Markoe, a fully trained classical composer with bachelor and masters degrees, who studied at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools of music. Gerald has practiced meditation since the 60's and is a certified yoga teacher.
His mission is to create music that brings relaxation, beauty and healing to people.
His albums have charted as high as #1 on the new age charts. Gerald has also received numerous ascap awards for his music.
1. Concerto for Flute and Harp 7:50
2. Concerto #21 (Elvira Madigan Theme) 8:02
3. Laudete Dominum 5:17
4. Sonata in C 10:48
5. Serenade #13 7:17
6. Concerto #23 6:52
7. Concerto #20 9:16
8. Concerto #5 7:51
With his last few albums, Gerald Jay Markoe has developed an increasing fascination with the mystical sounds of the East. On CELESTIAL MUSIC FOR SITAR, we hear a convergence of Markoe's past and present, merging spacious ambient music with the gentle strumming of a sitar. The music is calming and well suited for the healing arts, featuring flowing synthesizer tones (often laden with twinkle effects), sitar ragas, sarod and flute. Markoe enlisted award-winning Indian sitar master Subroto Roy Chowdhury as the chief instrumentalist on the album, with flutist Premik Russell Tubbs providing support. Chowdhury's light, almost ethereal touch with the sitar makes a perfect complement for the relaxing atmospheres of Markoe, resulting in an album that's ideal for a yoga or meditation environment.
Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the highly revered book "Autobiography of a Yogi") was largely responsible for introducing the West to the ideas of meditation, Kriya Yoga and spiritual enlightenment. Upon entering the United States in 1920, he traveled far and wide spreading his teachings about Eastern religion and drawing parallels to the beliefs of the West. This album features a series of compositions created by Yogananda, performed with ethereal grace by Gerald Jay Markoe. Incorporating instruments like harp, sitar, keyboards, cello, strings and synthesized ambience, CELESTIAL MUSIC FOR YOGA is a feast for the ears and a wonderful accompaniment for yoga practice.
1. Door of My Heart 9:28
2. Polestar of My Life 6:23
3. Wink Has Not Yet Touched My Eyes 7:14
4. In the Temple of Silence 7:56
5. Thou Are My Life 9:15
6. When My Dream's Dream is Done 9:50
7. Light the Lamp of Thy Love 4:40
8. Where Is There Love? 5:29
9. I Will Be Thine Always 10:01
Theories of healing through the seven energy centers of the human body have existed for thousands of years. The balancing of these energy centers or "chakras" is believed to raise consciousness, improve psychic ability and promote the wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Top metaphysician Stacey Dean uses guided imagery to introduce the chakras, describing each one's innate color and explaining its function. Her calm voice and easy to understand instructions make cleansing and balancing the chakras simple and rewarding. Relaxation composer Gerald Jay Markoe provides soothing celestial background music for a true healing atmosphere.
BEST OF THE PLEIADES by Gerald Jay Markoe contains selections from many of Astromusic's classic albums. The 70 minutes of continuous tracks are re-mastered in 20-bit digital audio which makes this a perfect album for relaxation and meditation. The beautiful melodies and celestial orchestrations of the album were each inspired by the star cluster Pleiades. The tracks all transport the listener to higher realms with the use of uplifting accompaniment to soothing piano and harp instrumentation. Beyond its relaxing qualities this is a must for space music collectors.
1. Melody of Angels 4:17
2. Angels of the Dawn 6:51
3. Ave Maria 10:06
4. Door to My Heart 4:50
5. Cantabile 6:44
6. Polestar of My Life 5:21
7. Sleepers Awake 8:34
8. Arioso 9:32
9. Celestial Visitation 9:39
MEDITATION MUSIC OF ANCIENT EGYPT BY GERALD MARKOE
Prepare to be transported to a place where a red sun burns over a desert landscape punctuated by elaborately crafted pyramids. Travel further and you'll find yourself in one of the early cradles of civilization; a place where kings and queens reigned and some of the greatest mysteries in the world can be traced back to - Ancient Egypt. On this meditation-themed recording, Gerald Jay Markoe explores the mysticism of this long lost culture through a series of flowing compositions. Each of these pieces was constructed using Egyptian scales and is comprised of instruments based of those of the ancient world, including harps, plucked strings and oboe-like wind instruments. This is soothing, harmonic music that's perfect for healing practices or simply creating an atmosphere of enchantment.
Gerald Jay Markoe was inspired by the Pleides, an extraordinarily beautiful cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, to write this album of atmospherically beautiful pieces. His synthesized ambient harmonies blend with the orchestral sounds of pipes, chimes, harp, angelic voices and flute - perfect for quiet introspection. This ethereal cosmic journey is also appropriate for meditation, relaxation and massage.
CD PRICE $16.00
MOZART'S SLEEPYTIME BY GERALD MARKOE
Designed especially to help children fall asleep, this CD is a collection of Wolfgang "Amadeus" Mozart's most beautiful slow music, played on bells, music box and celeste. The bells naturally attract children's attention and the relaxing music lulls them to sleep. The disc comes with a booklet called The Little Book of Sleep, which describes 54 natural ways to help your child fall asleep.
CD PRICE $16.00
MUSIC OF THE ANGELS
This soothing music for harp, strings, winds, bells, angel voices, and celestial sounds, relaxes the body, clears the mind and opens the heart. It transports you to an experience of floating on a cloud, being surrounded by love