"Life should be a transcendent journey of exploration with hope for enlightenment and clues to the meaning of time," states composer/keyboardist Christopher Lapina. On his mostly instrumental album, Eclectic Eve, Lapina musically tells the tale of a woman making her life trek and succeeding in becoming a more knowledgeable, creative and well-rounded person. The music on Eclectic Eve includes new age, minimalism, neo-classical, jazz, ambient, cello with piano or synth, solo piano, shifting-time-signatures, percussion-only, swinging-choral, and some ensemble pieces with guitars, bass and sax. Much of Lapina's love of eclecticism comes from his study and appreciation of pianists and composers such as modern-music pioneers Erik Satie, Henry Cowell, Edgard Varese and John Cage. Lapina's style is summed up by the definition of "eclectic" -- "selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods or styles; or composed of elements drawn from various sources." On Eclectic Eve Lapina is joined by a variety of accomplished musicians. These include Ron Baggerman on the BO-EL seven-string guitar (he is a recording artist based in The Netherlands who has played with Chris Hinze and Kai Kurosawa), Phil McCusker on hollow-body electric guitar (Bruce Hornsby, Chris Botti, Diana Ross, George Duke), and bassist Dallas Smith (Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Patti LaBelle, Clark Terry). Appearing on three tunes is cellist Suzanne Orban (National Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, Opus Tango Ensemble) and on two pieces is saxophonist Rob Holmes (a recording artist who also has played with Ken Navarro, Johnny Mathis, Jon Faddis, Christian McBride). John Emrich (sound designer and developer of electronic percussion instruments for major companies) plays percussion and drums.