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“Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke” by Denise Levertov, from BREATHING THE WATER, copyright © 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 By Denise Levertov. Used by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation


The word vipassana comes from the Pali language of early Buddhist texts. It means "to see things as they really are" but is often translated as "insight" or "clear-seeing." The type of seeing denoted by vipassana is that of direct perception or observation, as opposed to knowledge derived from reasoning or argument. Today the term vipassana is most associated with a specific technique of Buddhist meditation.


released April 14, 2009


Ben Kono,
Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, English Horn,
Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Dan Willis,
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn,
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ed Xiques,
Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

Dave Smith, Flügelhorn, Trumpet
Deborah Weisz, Trombone

Tom Beckham, Vibraphone
Mike Pinto, Vibraphone

Amanda Monaco, Electric Guitar
Sebastian Noelle, Electric Guitar

Deanna Witkowski, Piano
Brenda Earle, Piano

Peter Wise, Percussion
Luke Notary, Percussion

Charenee Wade, Voice
Amy Cervini, Voice
Sofia Koutsovitis, Voice
Julie Hardy, Voice
Monika Heidemann, Voice

Ana Milosavljevic, Violin
Skye Steele, Violin

Orlando Wells, Viola
Joshua Davidowitz, Viola

Jody Redhage, Violoncello
Lauren Riley-Rigby, Violoncello

Thomson Kneeland, Bass

Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Conductor, Composer

Recorded March and August 2007 at Systems Two, Brooklyn
Mixed and Mastered at Systems Two
Engineered by Michael Marciano
Produced by Joseph C. Phillips Jr.
Cover & Tray Photos Malaysian Forest #1 & 2 by Joseph C. Phillips Jr.



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Numinous Brooklyn, New York

Numinous is a flexible and unique ensemble of up to 50 musicians that was founded in 2000 by composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. to perform his music.

Part chamber orchestra, part contemporary alternative group, Numinous reflects Phillips’s musical philosophy of "mixed music," a fusion of artistic and cultural influences into one distinctive and singular vision.
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