Harmony by Michael Benghiat, massage music for spa and relaxation, is the soundtrack to the award-winning Esalen Massage Video. This acoustic, instrumental music features flutes, harp and percussion and has beautiful melodic textures and subtle rhythms. At Peace® Music commissioned this album from talented composer and musician, Michael Benghiat to accompany massage and bodywork. Since it was released in l997, this CD has elevated the relaxation music genre to a new level of meaning and resonance and continues to be a best-seller with music venues that offer At Peace Music.
“The quiet strumming of a harp, subtle percussion that echoes in the distance, flutes and piano that wander through the backdrops . . . together they combine to form the soothing soundscapes of Michael Benghiat’s HARMONY. Originally released as AT PEACE – MUSIC FROM BIG SUR, this is the ultimate music for massage. It hasa natural improvised quality that hold the attention of the listener, but not so much as to be distracting. The relaxed tempos and earthy instrumentation consistently flow for one hour, enticing the listener into a state of calm which allows the effects of a therapeutic massage to be fully realized.” - Music Design, In Review
“Three of Michael Benghiat’s music CDs for At Peace® are among our top ten best selling relaxation music CDs. Bodywork professionals enjoy working with his blissful background music. They love how their clients melt under its influence.“ - S. Watson, owner, The Bodywork Emporium
A Santa Monica native, Michael Benghiat has experienced a multicultural musical palette since childhood. Accomplished on both the piano and guitar, Michael grew up in a home surrounded by music, with parents who not only treasured music but encouraged learning about music from a variety of cultural and ethnic heritages.This early exposure to the enduring folk traditions of Greek, Sephardic, Spanish, and Middle Eastern music as well as to classical orchestral music helped forge Michael’s unique musical sensibility. Michael’s 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 the guitar, Michael’s work as a musician and composer reflects his desire to “reach more people than I can teach one-on-one.”
"I enjoy creating music that leads you inward. We all find ourselves refreshed by just the simple act of stopping for a moment and really relaxing. I try to create a musical world that facilitates this." - Michael Benghiat