TRANSFORMATION, by musician/composer Michael Benghiat, features a tranquil blend of flutes, guitar, harps, keyboards, piano, dulcimer and percussion in an uninterrupted hour of flowing harmonies delicately crafted with ultimate relaxation in mind. Aside from the occasional keyboard enhancement, the massage music retains a highly acoustic feel, with guitar, flute and harp interwoven into a tapesty of peace and harmony. The relaxed, consistent tempos and subtle rhythms give the music a natural flow, ideal as an accompaniment to restorative, healing and nurturing practices such as massage and reflexology, meditation and yoga.
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."
The beauty of the Big Sur coastline of California inspired Michael's first At Peace CD recording, Harmony, the original soundtrack to the award-winning Esalen Massage Video. Since that time, listeners worldwide have discovered Michael's At Peace collection of music compositions.