Larkin Stentz is an American composer, flutist and author based in Long Beach, Washington.
He is known for ambient and new age music, launching his musical career with the album
"To the Essence of a Candle," released in 1978. His most popular album, O'cean, first released in 1980.
For 30 years Larkin has performed in concerts around the world.
He was the featured soloist at the 3rd World Wilderness Congress held at Findhorn, Scotland;
his music has played on national and international radio programs.
His album, "O'cean" was featured on the first "Lights Out" recording from KINK Radio in Portland, Oregon.
His first album, "To The Essence of a Candle" has continued to sell 30 years since its release.
Larkin's meditative style and the rainbow of colors achieved through his music are his signatures.
New Album, Inside the Astoria Column
Phenomenal acoustics! The overall feeling of the music is peaceful and deep!
Inspired by the meditation practice at the end of yoga classes, Savasana.
Quiet, powerful, poetic bamboo flute music
O’cean (oh-see-on) 1979 – One of the first albums to incorporate the songs of humpback wales, by using a field recording with permission, by Dr. Rodger Payne. The sound of the ocean and flute music played to the movement of a dancer in the recording studio. Together we co-created the music. This album has sold over 100,000 copies, It has been used for births, meditations, dance/movement and passings.
Moments Empowered – 1982 is a collection of pieces that have the affect of empowering the listener. Flute solos, santur (hammered dulcimer), penny whistle with orchestral synthesizer backing, and a brotherly chant.
Earthlight by Larkin and Friends – 1984 – A wealth of beautifully orchestrated musical offerings. From the uptempo “Good Morning” to the cricket orchestra of “Good Night”, this album represents the closest I’ve come to an Earth Symphony.
Blossom in the Storm – 1988 – A digitally recorded and mastered recording. This was recorded in a 300 year old cloister in Boxmeer, Holland. The acoustic space cradled and exalted the flute music. There is no electronic affects used here and the results are awesome, deeply moving solo flute pieces. One santur (hammered dulcimer) piece ends the recording. It is a tribute to the spirit of truth and light as lived by Andreas Sakarov, who fought to keep nuclear arms from being built in Russia.
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