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ISLANDS IN PARADISE April 2016

EXCERPT:  If one closes one’s eyes and absorbs the ten tracks on Islands In Paradise, I would imagine one might easily envision the sandy beaches, the colorful flora and fauna, and of course the abundant nightlife of St. Lucia, the Cayman’s, St Kitts, St Marten, or Barbados, to name just a few of the Caribbean Islands. Let Michael Fitzsimmons guide you on a “virtual” vacation to a land of no worries, lush vegetation, warm days and starlit nights, as you let your stress melt and hair down. It’s all good, mon. Have fun and embrace all the joy and happiness that life has to offer in the “Islands.”

Bill Binkelman — Zone Music Reporter

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SKIN ON SKIN

Powerful selections from musical canvases and stories.

Powerful selections from musical “canvases” and “stories”. A wide and wild collection of hand drums, log drums, drum set, Lakota flutes, Brazilian percussion flutes, bamboo flutes from Central and South America, carved wooden whistles, kalimbas (thumb pianos) from South Africa, mbiras and ritual rattles from Tanzania, seed pods from New Melleray abbey in Dubuque, Iowa, hand-made bronze bells, synthesized sounds, dulcimer, and voice.

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LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE

This album will take you to many warming fires, exotic villages and inner locales---wherever rhythm rules.

The melodic marimbas and African kalimba (metal tines played with the thumbs) give this album an exuberant and lyrical buoyancy to propel the group singing so typical of an African village. Coyote Oldman’s M. G. Allen invites other dimensions with his magical flutes and haunting ocarinas. This album will take you to many warming fires, exotic villages and inner locales—wherever rhythm rules. (From NAPRA Trade Journal)

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JOYDANCE

This album is a victory in spirit, vibrating with hope and life.

This album is a victory in spirit, vibrating with hope and life. Michael brings us with Joydance an inextinguishable universal spirit reflective of people who continue to make music and live vibrantly amid the struggle. An unqualified outstanding musical experience, I highly recommend it. Drive it, dance it, play with children to it, live it. Dance to the drums of the world. (From Heartsong Review)

Water Flows Over Me
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WATER FLOWS OVER ME

Review for Water Flows Over Me

“Fitzsimmons has discovered a new hand percussion instrument, the hang, a metal object that has a sound resembling a cross between a steel drum and a kalimba. After just one playing, I was convinced that this CD was the crowning achievement of Fitzsimmons’ career so far.
Review by Bill Binkleman, Wind and Wire

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