Doorway to a Dream by Ann Licater Included in Amazon’s Best Album Picks of 2010

Ann Licater joins artists Brian Eno, Peter Kater, Jim Brickman, Ottmar Liebert, David Arkenstone and others in's top ten Best Albums of 2010, in the New Age category; the chosen album, Doorway to a Dream, is the artist’s second CD.
Doorway to a Dream is one of Amazon's Best of 2010
Doorway to a Dream is one of Amazon's Best of 2010
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Dec. 22, 2010 - PRLog -- This week, Ann Licater received the best sort of surprise, when she found a very special little gold seal below her album info on  Her quietly-launched indie album, Doorway to a Dream, was chosen by Amazon’s editors to fill the number four spot on the esteemed list of ten “Best Albums of 2010” on in the New Age category.  Her listing is preceded only by Brian Eno, Devin Rice and Peter Kater; among the other well-known artists in the Top 10 are Jim Brickman, Ottmar Liebert, Al Conti and David Arkenstone.

"To be recognized alongside some of the most compelling new age artists is thrilling," said Licater. "What gives me great joy is that listeners are discovering that the music takes them to a place of peace and relaxation, which was my intent in creating the album."

Amazon music editors and behind the scenes staff chose the top 10 albums based on their favorites, which can be seen here:

It appears Licater’s self-funded marketing campaign was small, yet effective.  In 2010, Licater’s “dream” project received positive attention at radio, with early rotation on John Diliberto’s Echoes radio show distributed by Public Radio International, and on various terrestrial and internet radio stations. It was featured on a Hearts of Space show focusing on cedar Native American flute, and was broadcast on international healer, writer, and lecturer Denise Linn’s Soul Coaching™ radio broadcast, a weekly show airing on  It reached number two on The Zone Music Reporter’s radio airplay chart in September 2010.

In the press, the album was featured in the online edition of The Spiritual Significance of Music by Justin St. James, and received positive reviews from, The Zone Reporter and others.  Music reviewer Raj Manoharan of Rajman Reviews summed up her talent, writing, “Doorway to a Dream is a great showcase for Licater’s talents, both as a skilled flutist and as a brilliant, wide-ranging composer. Her compositions and arrangements elevate this work from being a mere display of flute-playing ability to something more deep, riveting, and profound.”

Doorway to a Dream is a richly dimensional follow-up to Licater’s award-nominated solo debut Following the Call.  Licater used flutes from around the world on the recording including Native American, Native American-style, Anasazi, Zapotec, Chinese Xiao, and silver alto flutes. Licater’s beautiful tone emanating from these wood, silver and clay flutes is pure emotion on the solo tracks, while effortlessly blending with the eclectic, unusual pairings of modern and indigenous instruments also from around the world.  These include a Middle Eastern tar and African udu; Edo period Japanese shakuhachi; Coral electric sitar; flugelhorn; acoustic guitar;  grand piano; electronic keyboards; synthesizers; Akai EWI (Electric Wind Instrument) and electronic piano.

The highly talented guest artists on the album include Jose' Neto (Coral electric sitar), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Grammy®-nominee Peter Phippen (Edo period shakuhachi), Shambhu (guitar), David DiLullo (world percussion), Troy Arnett (keyboards/piano), and William Hoshal (Awai EWI/keyboards).  Four producers ─ Licater, Phippen, Hoshal and Stephen Hart ─ shaped the evolving album at separate stages over the span of a year. The initial tracking and mixing was done in October 2009 and March 2010 at the renowned Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA; final recordings were done at Mix Room in San Rafael, CA, with Hart at the helm.

About the Artist:
ANN LICATER is an international recording artist, “Flute for the Soul” workshop facilitator, and world flutist from the San Francisco Bay area. Her discography includes Doorway to a Dream (2010), Following the Call (2007), and a digital release of “Amazing Grace” in duet with Jeff Oster (2009).  For information on how to connect with Ann, or where to buy her albums, please visit her Cul de Sac Mystic Productions at

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