Jamey is the creator and host of Audiosyncracy, a radio show heard in El Paso, Texas, USA, featuring the newest contemporary instrumental music. Described as "mostly acoustic, mostly instrumental," the 61 minute program anchors a broad range of activities, including a podcast, a musically-themed cruise and, sometimes, a streaming music station.

Playlist for November 26, 2017

* Restored – Steven C – Emotive
Rosita and Giovanni – FLOW – FLOW
Caravan of Souls – Jim Stubblefield – Guitare Mystique
Sogno di Volare – Christopher Tin

Secret Ocean – Peter Kater – Dancing on Water
Cristalle – Marie-Pier – Cello Lounge
Patterns of Light – Camille Nelson – Lead Me Home
The Lost Estate – Masako – Piano Sanctuary

The Light After – Timothy Cooper – Global Skies
Silver – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream
Breath of Life – Dan Chadburn – Held in the Light
Heaven’s Gate – Arash Behzadi – Elsewhere

* = debut (126)

Ancestral Crossing – Scott Hartley

In the earliest days of Audiosyncracy, I was just becoming “plugged in” to the stream of music flowing from the promoters and artists who were finding out about my show. It was–and still is–exciting to open the packages that appeared at the station and in my mailbox when I started reaching out to this great community.

Ancestral Crossing - Scott Hartley - CD cover

Cover image for Scott Hartley’s Ancestral Crossing

In early 2001, I opened a package that turned out to be special. Inside it was Scott Hartley’s CD, Ancestral Crossing. When I first listened to it, I knew it was unlike anything I’d heard before and, in fact, it inspired me to start the “best of…” compilation show I do at the beginning of each calendar year and, eventually, this Essential Audiosyncracy Collection.

What struck me first was how beautiful all the arrangements were. Scott’s piano flowing seamlessly around the strings and percussion in “Legend of Rain;” the flute in “Daybreak” and the violin in the title track. It’s the epitome of what this genre is to me. It’s an uplifting album and never fails to boost my spirits when they’re flagging.

The piano itself flows naturally and doesn’t overpower the arrangements. There’s a delicate quality to it, such as on “The Gift,” one of my favorite tracks.  On “Common Ground,” the piano leads but the sax follows gracefully and the conversation isn’t one-sided at all. “Mount Vernon” manages to be majestic and understated at the same time. You can sense a wistful quality of remembrance on “My Old Playground” and it sounds almost like a holiday track at the same time. There’s a commonality of theme that seems to bind these tracks together in a way few other artists manage to do.

I don’t know what became of Scott Hartley. Ancestral Crossing was the only album I received from him, but I wish he had released more music. It was amazing. While you can still find it on Amazon,  it is not available anywhere else that I can find.

Playlist for November 19, 2017

Audiosyncracy airs on KTEP FM 88.5 in El Paso, Texas at 11:00 pm Sunday evenings (Mountain time, -6 UTC) or online at ktep.org. The program is not archived. Playlists are reported to ZMR.

Simple Pleasures – Michael Kollwitz – Serenity
The Last Sigh – Arash Behzadi – Elsewhere
Be Still My Soul – Camille Nelson – Lead Me Home
The Bird and the River – Masako – Piano Sanctuary

* Flirt – Marie-Pier – Cello Lounge
Mover – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream
Crimson Chill – Al Jewer & Andy Mitran – Chicago Chill 1
Mystery Cafe – Joseph Akins – Into the Flow

Love Divine – Dan Chadburn – Held in the Light
Vanishment – Christen Lien – Elpis
Waves of Light – Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer – Let There Be Light
Sea – John Burke – Superstratum

* = debut

Playlist for November 12, 2017

Revelation – Arash Behzadi – Elsewhere
* Come, Come Ye Saints (feat. Steven Sharp Nelson) – Camille Nelson – Lead Me Home
* Seeing You in Everything – Bear – Jamming With Angels
* Held in the Light – Dan Chadburn – Held in the Light
 
* Outside – Helen Jane Long
* Full Moon Night – Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer – Let There Be Light
Natasha – Annie Locke – A Glimmer of Hope
Externalities – Christen Lien – Elpis
 
* The Land We Called Hope – Masako – Piano Sanctuary
* Dark Streets – Al Jewer & Andy Mitran – Chicago Chill 1
Earth – John Burke – Superstratum
Seasons – Faith Angelina – Reaching 12
* Lonely – Muses9 – Spring Begins
 
* = debut (121)

Playlist for November 5, 2017

Sorry for the late post! Stuff happens…..

* Awakening – Arash Behzadi – Elsewhere
No Hurry, No Worry – Michael Kollwitz – Serenity
Lullaby for Baby G – Joseph Akins – Into the Flow
Arc of Angels – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream
Within Reach – Nick Farr – Between Then and Now

* Bitter Majesty – Christen Lien – Elpis
Chasing Rainbows – Faith Angelina – Reaching 12
Flight from the City – Tom Caufield – Wash the Dusk With Silver

* Core – John Burke – Superstratum
* Boreal – Francois Couture – Neige
Veil of Tears – Ann Sweeten – Flying Solo-Silhouette
* To the presence of movement – Kevin Kastning & Carl Clements – Even this late it happens

Playlist for October 29, 2017

* The Light After – Timothy Cooper – Global Skies
Moon Child – Johannes Linstead – Azul
Encounter in Venice – Annie Locke – A Glimmer of Hope
Three English Folk Songs – Peter Janson – Places in Time

Waiting for Sunshine – FLOW – FLOW
Silver – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream
Angels – Michele Qureshi – Seventh Wave
A Love Story – Joseph Akins – Into the Flow

* Aeriel (Satre Dance) – Echo Us – To Wake a Dream in Moving Water
Together – Lisa Swerdlow – Equus Rising
Brooklyn Holiday – Falling You – Shine

* = debut

[The show on October 22 was a repeat of a previously-aired episode.]

Playlist for October 15, 2017

The Audiosyncracy playlist as heard on KTEP FM in El Paso, Texas on October 15, 2017:

* River Story – Annie Locke – A Glimmer of Hope
The Magic Box – Peter Janson – Places in Time
Flying Not Falling – Max Highstein – Flying Not Falling
The Waterfall Waltz – Joseph Akins – Into the Flow

* Sogno di Volare – Christopher Tin
Aurora Green – Nick Farr – Between Then and Now
Quiet Full Moon – Michael Kollwitz – Serenity
Abuelita – Faith Angelina – Reaching 12

Elysian Fields – Ann Sweeten – Flying Solo-Silhouette
Numbers Station – Tom Caufield – Wash the Dusk With Silver
Friday Night at Babaluu – Johannes Linstead – Azul
The Lost Hunter – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream

* = debut

109 new CDs debuted this year

Playlist for October 8, 2017

Sous le vieux pont de bois – Guy Bergeron & Christelle Cotnam – Car Ride
A Pretty One For Unita – Joseph Akins – Into the Flow
A Map of the World – Peter Janson – Places in Time
Free Ascent – FLOW – FLOW
* Mover – Darshan Ambient – Lingering Day

* Eye of the Storm – Faith Angelina – Reaching 12
Joy – Sherry Finzer & Peter Sheridan – Traveler
Starlight – Johannes Linstead – Azul
Within Reach – Nick Farr – Between Then and Now

Quiet Absence – Aine Minogue – In the Name of Stillness
* Dream Tunnel – Sangeeta Kaur – Ascension Niguma, Vol 2
Caravan of Souls – Jim Stubblefield – Guitare Mystique
Deliverance – Peter Kater – Dancing on Water

  • = debut

Audiosyncracy: Episode 76

December 10, 2015

Road – Dan Kennedy – Bloom Road
No Moon, Fallen Stars – 7and5 – Themes for a Grey Day
Desert Rain – Lynn Tredeau – Echoes of Life

Break: Myrtle – Soundician – Still

Into the Night – Mike Howe – Lichens
Night City – Pete Calandra – First Light
Creme Brulee – Luna Blanca – The Best of Luna Blanca

Break: Solar Flight – Crystalline Dream – Threshold
Theme: Prelude to the Dance – David Lanz – Skyline Firedance