Album description: Harmony by Michael Benghiat, massage music for spa and relaxation, is the soundtrack to the award-winning Esalen Massage Video. This acoustic, instrumental music features flutes, harp and percussion and has beautiful melodic textures and subtle rhythms. At Peace® Music commissioned this album from talented composer and musician, Michael Benghiat to accompany massage and bodywork. Since it was released in l997, this CD has elevated the relaxation music genre to a new level of meaning and resonance and continues to be a best-seller with music venues that offer At Peace Music.
Michael Benghiat is a California native. Accomplished on both piano and guitar, Michael grew up in a home surrounded by music. Early exposure to enduring folk traditions such as Greek, Sephardic, Spanish and Middle Eastern music, as well as to classical orchestral music, helped forge Michael's unique musical sensibility. His curiosity and interest in non-western musical instruments and traditions finds expression today in his study and collection of exotic acoustic instruments from around the world. His ongoing explorations of musical culture are a natural extension of his BA degree and graduate level work in classical music composition at UCLA. The author of several books on guitar, Michael's work as a musician and composer reflects his desire to "reach more people than I can teach one-on-one."