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Bassist Wanted - Tampa , FL ... Submitted: 11-22-2016 ... 15:06 EST
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Very professional 3 piece band drums/bass/guitar looking for a very pro oriented 4th member to round out the type of music we are focusing on which is dual guitar Rock/Blues/Southern rock/Funk Blues. We do songs by Gov't Mule, Skynyrd, Foghat, Allmans, Meters, ZZ-Top, Jeff Beck, Jo Jo Gunn, Ram Jam, many more. Many songs are those that rarely get played as often as in the past, so please don't expect songs like Ramblin Man or Gimme 3 Steps to be on the list. Our goal is to play in all the popular venues and make a few $$. The 2nd guitarist must be adept at learning dual harmonies that are in m any of the tunes we cover. We hav e our own studio for practicing and at the moment meet twice a week. We're very anxious and would prefer a like minded individual to feel the same about our project. Thanks! ... 5851631 ... Contact: Joe
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Both of these events are being held at the Liberty Baptist cafeteria at 9401 4th St N. (enter on 94th St side under canopy)
1.) On Tues, Nov 15th at 7pm, we are having a presentation from a Storage Facility that is looking for a variance to be built at 10000 4th St N where the "Affordable Housing" project was threatening to go in before, on the old car wash property.
We will start off with our local crime report from Officer Cory Crawford. After this report, we will discuss the storage facility. After that presentation and any discussion, we will be discussing the "every night" ritual of thieves checking out car door handles and what can be done about it. We hope to discuss reviving our Crime Watch program at that time. If you are interested in participating, please attend if you can.
2.) On Thurs, Nov 17th at 6:30pm, all RBCA members, and those joining the RBCA that night for $10 per family, for the rest of the year, are invited to join us for our neighborhood Thanksgiving Dinner party. We will supply turkey, potatoes, stuffing. gravy, ice cream and water. All we are asking is for you to bring a side dish or dessert of some sort to share if possible.
We are also looking for volunteers to help with set up, checking in people, serving, etc. Please contact us at 579-3644, leave message and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Spread the word and hope to see you there, Dave Hoover, Prez
Treasure Island, Florida’s sand sculpture capital, hosts 8th Annual Sanding Ovations All it takes is several tons of sand, plenty of water, and lots of imagination to build a masterpiece – at least for ten master sculptors who return to Treasure Island for the 8th annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival November 16-20, 2016. The competition is invitational, and has grown to be the largest masters competition in the Southeast United States. There are six new sculptors to Sanding Ovations this year. They are Dimitry Klimenko and Pavel Mylnikow of Moscow, Russia; Fergus Mulvaney of Dublin, Ireland; Andrius Petkus of Vilnius, Lithuania; Jooheng Tan of Singapore and Edith van de Wetering of the Netherlands. Joining them are previous competitiors Sue McGrew of Washington, Guy-Olivier Deveau and Jobi Bouchard of Montreal, Canada and Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri. A “Meet and Greet” with all the sculptors happens Wednesday, November 16th at 7pm in the Crystal Sands Ballroom of the Bilmar Beach Resort located at 10650 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island. Great Bay Distributors provides the beer and cocktails; Sloppy Joe’s serves up the snacks. Tickets are $10 at the door. The masterful exhibition of sand sculpting talent at the world-class level, is naturally, the big appeal, with the top three sculptures and a People’s Choice sculpture awarded over $12,000 in cash prizes. Judging and voting for the People’s Choice Award is Saturday, November 19th from 3pm to 6pm. The awards ceremony is at 7pm followed by a fireworks display at 10pm. The beach food court, and arts and crafts marketplace and three days of live music make Sanding Ovations a must-see event while visiting Treasure Island. Produced by the City of Treasure Island Parks and Recreation Department, Sanding Ovations is free and open to the public. For event and music schedules, parking information, sand sculptor bio’s and other Sanding Ovations info, visit www.mytreasureisland.com or call (727)547-4575, ext 237. Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Sanding-Ovations-Masters-Cup-113061085422214/
WORLD-FLUTE MASTER AND KEYBOARDIST JOSEPH L YOUNG MAKES RELAXATION MUSIC ON NEW ALBUM
Dec 07 2016
JOSEPH L YOUNG ETHEREUM
On his fourth album, Ethereum, world-flute master and keyboardist Joseph L Young brings together global musical traditions that mix primal earthiness with modern synthesized sounds to move the listener’s soul to a more relaxed and positive state.
His primary instruments are a wide variety of ethnic flutes from around the world (Native American wood flutes from the Plains Indians, the Pueblo/Anasazi flute, Irish pennywhistle, Chinese xiao, the modern mathematical Phi flute, South and Central American clay drone flute and others). He supplements the flutes with traditional instruments from many countries including hammered dulcimer, udu drum, tin whistle, Chinese erhu, Celtic harp and various ethnic percussion, but also modern instrumentation such as saxophone, synthesizer and the metal Moyo drum.
Young’s exquisite melodies are brought forth with interweaving interplay between instruments and a sense of deep passion and feeling. Ethereum is truly world-fusion music, grounded in the past, created for today’s listeners and reflecting a heart-touching spirituality. The music is often soft and gentle, with light rhythm, perfect for relaxation, healing, slow exercise or touch therapies. But the melodies and arrangements are also designed for active listening and contain developments that reward, engage and entertain upon close study.
Young’s music is available at his website (JosephLYoung dot com) and as CDs and digital downloads from many different online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others. In addition to Ethereum, he has three previous recordings -- Pathways, Face The Wind and Life Spring.
Young is not only a proficient musician and recording artist, but also an exciting on-stage performer (known for his improvisational abilities), in-demand instructor, recording engineer, composer, producer and arranger. For example, Young annually performs and teaches at the Pacific Northwest Native American Flute Gathering on Vashon Island, Washington; the Summer Solstice Flute Festival and School in Utah; and the Zion Canyon Native Flute School near Zion National Park, Utah. He is constantly adding more world flutes to his repertoire, but in addition to his acclaim as a world flutist, Young is a highly-accomplished saxophonist (his first instrument). He always plays saxophone on at least one tune each album, and he also performs on the instrument in several bands on a regular basis.
Young says, “I titled the recording Ethereum as a take-off on ‘ethereal’ because some of the music has a bit more of an ambient sound than some of my previous work. I created the album cover to show that water and flora may exist in other places in the cosmos.”
Young has lived most of his life in Idaho, and much of Ethereum was inspired by nature. “‘Crystal Sunrise’ is about getting up early in the morning when the air is crisp and fresh, and enjoying a perfect sunrise over the mountains and a crystal blue lake, the start of a new day with positive expectations. On ‘Flirting With Fireflies’ I tried to capture the lightness and fun of chasing after a firefly in the early dusk and watching one glow in your hand. ‘Sapphire Moon’ is an homage to a rare and special moon of extraordinary beauty. ‘Boundless’ has two meanings. It reminds me of hiking to the top of a mountain where you can see the valley you left behind, but also vast vistas of where you can still go. In addition, one of my goals is to make ‘music without boundaries’ and this song, together with all of the music on this album, is my offering of a universal sound that everyone can enjoy.”
Ethereum also was influenced by metaphysical contemplation. “Illumination,” featuring the Chinese xiao flute, is about “self discovery, realizing a truth, or, like with Eastern philosophy, when an idea becomes clear.” Young composed “Free” about “when you are on a journey and you realize your past does not define you, that you can let go and be healed, be free.” The tune features a Central American clay flute, the Chinese erhu (a one-string violin) and hammered dulcimer. Young explains that “Past Lives” can be about reincarnation, but also the fact that “we start out at one place in our lives, go through many changes, and end up a different person in another place.” “Entangled” musically captures physical and mental intimacy exemplified by a flute and saxophone duet. In “Shimmer” Young intertwines low whistle and tin whistle flutes with a Celtic harp. For this piece he envisioned the glistening sunlight dancing on the ripples of a lake and through the mountain tree leaves. Other tunes -- “Wavelength,” “Ethereum” and “Drift” -- contain music with meditative, ethereal elements.
Joseph L Young has spent his entire life intimately involved with music and music technology. As a child Joe remembers seeing “The Captain and Tennille” show on television and being mesmerized by the Captain surrounded by numerous keyboards. “When I was 12 I got a Commodore 128, and learned to program the music chip. I hooked a keyboard up to the computer and that got me started recording music. I got heavily into keyboards and synthesizers and layering music.” He began playing saxophone in the sixth grade, and all the way through high school and into college he played in the school jazz bands, symphonic bands, pep bands and marching bands (drum major for two years). After school hours he often played in rock bands.
In school he had teachers who introduced him to mainstream jazz standards, contemporary jazz (Dave Koz, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn), and the new age music of Mannheim Steamroller. “I immediately liked what Chip Davis did with Mannheim, and other acts like Kitaro, who combined synthesizers and real instruments. I also enjoyed movie music by Henry Mancini, John Williams and Michael Kamen, and new age artists such as Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and Vangelis. I remember hearing a progressive Martin Denny album where he combined interesting sounds like a moog-theremin keyboard with nature sounds.”
During Young’s first two years at Boise State University he majored in music and took courses in music recording, radio, video recording and editing, television, concert performance sound and lights, film soundtracks and communications. He also worked as a stagehand at the college auditorium for concerts (Alan Parsons, Weird Al Yankovic, Tori Amos) and plays (Les Miserables, Cats). Young then transferred to the Art Institute in Seattle, Washington, and earned his degree in Music and Video Business.
After college he moved back to Boise, Idaho, and became a sound engineer for a large church and for music festivals held at the college. He studied computer editing when that technology was in its infancy, and was hired to edit performances for radio broadcasts. He co-founded and played sax in a smooth jazz group (Mobius Trip) while also playing flutes and percussion in the Celtic band Beltane. Currently, in addition to his own performances, he plays with the Celtic-fusion group Thee Corvids (flutes, sax, percussion and vocals), the Latin-rock Restless Souls Band (sax and flutes) and the R&B band Smooth Avenue (sax).
Young began recording and releasing his own albums in 2004 (the first three included several guest musicians). The album Life Spring grew out of a collaboration with the Idaho Dance Theater, a professional dance company that commissioned Young to write music about the many aspects of water for a themed show. As demand for his flute-based music grew, Young began appearing at major flute festivals throughout the United States which also led to teaching, both group instruction and private lessons. Young continues learning to play additional ethnic flutes from many cultures and countries.
“I have been exploring music for a long time that is good for meditation and relaxation,” says Young. “One of my goals is to help people work through their emotions, releasing the negative as they grow and change. I hope my music can serve as a catalyst to help with their transformation. It can be challenging to compose meditative music that is also interesting as a deep listening experience.”
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VERSATILE, ECLECTIC, ABSORBING, PROGRESSIVE MUSIC BEING MADE BY UWE GRONAU
Dec 07 2016
UWE GRONAU PARADISE PAINTING
During the past five years, German keyboardist and composer Uwe Gronau has become a favorite musician on the new age music scene for his versatility, eclecticism, progressive melodies and production capabilities. All of his admirable attributes are on display within his new album, Paradise Painting, with the inspiration initially stemming from a dream.
“I woke up one morning and I remembered having a dream in which I went to paradise and there I played on a piano I had never seen or heard before,” explains Gronau. “It looked a bit like the piano from the Beatles’ video for ‘Strawberry Fields.’ I remembered what the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived from 1772 to 1834, once said, ‘What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?’
“I remembered the notes I played in my dream and I also had a picture in my mind. So I created a ‘sound-painting’ which I called ‘Paradise Painting’ and which became the first tune on this album. You can see the picture I had in my mind inside the album package, the ‘Flying Grand Pianos,’ painted by a friend of mine in the way I told him to paint it based on what I had seen in my dream.”
Gronau’s music is soft and gentle on one tune, and then packs the power and flamboyance of progressive rock on the next, and sometimes within the same piece. He utilizes all types of keyboards to create his “sound-painting” -- piano, Hammond B-3 organ and synthesizers (notably the mini-moog voyager and virus keyboards) -- with occasional special musical guests (saxophonist Matthias Keidel on one tune, guitarist Wolfgang Demming on two, and drummer Ansgar Uffink on another). Paradise Painting was produced by Gronau with his longtime musical associate Clemens Paskert.
Uwe Gronau (pronounced ooo-vuh grow-now) is a master of many musical styles with numerous extremely varied recordings. His musical enthusiasm and boundless creativity cannot be contained. His music ranges from new age to space, from jazzy to progressive-rock, from ambient or avant-garde to extremely melodic with pop sensibilities. He only performs and records original music that is known for its rich sense of dynamics.
Paradise Painting and his other most-recent albums are available worldwide online from CDbaby and Amazon, and from various digital download locations such as iTunes. For more about Gronau, you can visit his English-language website at uwegronau dot com.
Gronau has numerous previous CDs (some primarily available in Europe). Several are mostly instrumental music -- Midsummer, Seven Paintings, Sonnentempel, Nightwalker and Intuition. Others feature Uwe singing on many selections -- Children, The Beauty of the Sea, Someday, Ciel, Time is a Sound, Full Moon Forest and Time Rider. His latest albums -- Midsummer, Time Rider, Visions, Flight 14, Thoughts of Tomorrow and Mystical Morning -- have been marketed internationally and all have climbed into either the Top 5 or the Top 10 on the prestigious monthly international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart and received airplay on hundreds of radio outlets worldwide.
On the title track of Paradise Painting, Gronau plays quietly within a spacey ambiance, but as the album progresses he explores a wide variety of musical themes and personal feelings. For example, on tunes such as “Prophecy, “ “Sister,” “Diving Into The Deep” and “Two Worlds,” he mixes in growling electric guitar and electronic keyboard soloing that is reminiscent of classic prog-rock. Regarding the tune “Prophecy,” he says, “Sometimes I like the Darkness, the Night, the Passion, and I don’t like reality at those times, and I turn away from everything that is normal.” About “Sister,” which starts with acoustic guitar and percussion sounds, Gronau explains that “this song is for my sister who died much too early at the age of 21. I tried musically to describe the different aspects of her personality, like pictures at an exhibition.” Similarly on “Two Worlds” he explains that “a soft and warm intro changes into a hard rock riff and back again throughout the composition” which featurs electronica, horns and progressive guitar.
“In the composition ‘Sounds Like a Smell’ my brain is working over the question: Does a sound or a musical tone have a kind of smell? An old lady I know listened to this piece and she said the music smelled like Spanish fish soup. ‘A Passion Play’ is a reminder to remember your most intensive feelings that you ever had and why they are so important. ‘Carpe Diem’ is about being happy and loving what you do. It is flowing and full of good vibrations. ‘Diving Into the Deep’ is to inspire people to commit themselves because it is a beautiful, romantic world. I wrote ‘New Day’ to try to capture my feelings when I stand on my balcony at six o’clock in the morning, watching the sun that rises behind the woods and fills my heart with joy and positive thoughts. The tune ‘Teguise’ is my tribute to a wonderful town on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. I wrote ‘She’s So...’ about my girlfriend because she is indescribable using words so I tried to do it musically. The ‘End of a Concert’ is a very special time for a musician, because after long planning, performing all the harmonies and feeling all the emotions, it is finally time for a cold glass of wine.”
Gronau was born and raised in the Rhineland in northwest Germany, and grew up in Dusseldorf and Bocholt (where he currently resides) which is only a couple of miles from the Dutch border. “In the ‘70s and ‘80s the Netherlands were more involved in the evolution of jazz, pop, rock and soul than Germany, so I profited from this situation and heard much great music.” Uwe began playing piano at age six and grew up immersed in music as the son of a choir-leader, orchestra-conductor, music-school teacher and piano instructor.
In his early years Uwe studied classical music, but soon became passionate about jazz and rock artists such as Brian Auger, Keith Emerson, Patrick Moraz and Refugee, and Joe Zawinul and Weather Report. As Gronau got older, his musical tastes expanded to include Supertramp, Jethro Tull, Gilbert ‘O Sullivan, Keith Jarrett, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Dream Theater. When Uwe was 14 he began to play in a series of bands and built a reputation in the area for his musicianship and professionalism. One thing that always set Gronau apart from many other musicians is that from the beginning and continuing to today, Gronau has always played original material and has never covered compositions by others. In college, Gronau majored in music, German and theater-science.
Gronau’s band Sternberg recorded two albums, performed concerts frequently, won a regional music contest, was broadcast on Germany’s main radio channel (WDR), and also won a film music award (for the soundtrack of “Don’t Destroy the Rainbow Above Us”) at the International Santander Film Festival in Spain. Gronau’s next group was the synth-pop trio Fabrique. They performed the music for the German science-fiction TV-series “Orion Space Patrol,” made recordings and videos, appeared on TV shows, and wrote the song “Secret Land” which became a Top 10 global hit for the singer Sandra. Gronau moved on to the funky rock band Pont Neuf and recorded an album with them before going solo.
Additionally Gronau has played on recordings by other artists including Luna Blanca and Angelique Damschen (also known as Aileen Rose). Gronau also is an author who wrote the acclaimed novel Senor Morales, a fantasy journey through Europe in search of a special Spanish musical instrument. The novel led to an audio-book version with music and speaking by Gronau. He also has published books of short stories -- Der Schneemann von Wagenitz; Zucker, Zaster und Zement; and Avantgarde, Chopin und frische Blumen.
“There are special things in life that can only be described by music and art. If you try to open the secrets simply with words, it is impossible, and the secret will not exist anymore. Art is an absolute necessity for humans to live a good life on this planet.”
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SYNTHESIST HOLLAND PHILLIPS USES SELECT ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS FOR COLOR
Oct 19 2016
HOLLAND PHILLIPS CIRCLES OF 8
Synthesizer master and multi-instrumentalist Holland Phillips has released his fifth album, Circles of 8, based on the resonances from the circles of life and the vibrations that are the building blocks of creation.
“Life is full of circles,” explains Phillips. “There’s also a theory by some scientists that 8 hertz is one of the fundamental frequencies, an inherent rhythm of life itself, that is a part of everything and makes us who we are. We all know about meeting a person and immediately feeling either good or bad vibrations, meshing with a group or not, feelings that possibly affect whether we form friendships or find love. So with this music I decided to explore those resonances that we all feel in life, and let the vibrations lead me creatively.”
On Circles of 8 Phillips starts with piano and synthesizer, and then blends in the sounds of a wide variety of other instruments including oboe, cello, violin, clarinet, trumpet, electric piano, electric bass, fretless bass, harpsichord, percussion and more. In addition, Phillips plays acoustic and electric guitar on two cuts. He also continues to explore collaborations with his longtime friend Paul Christensen (Todd Rundgren, Glass Harp, Michael Stanley Band) who plays saxophones on two numbers.
Phillips not only can bring forth the sounds of an orchestra from his synthesizers, he also enjoys at times having synthesizers sound like a synthesizer. “I collect synthesizers and keyboards, both old and new, including the original Mini-Moogs. I think that keyboards from the Seventies and Eighties give a completely different sound than more modern ones, and I pick whichever one is right for a particular song. I love the versatility of the synths and it is great that they can sound like any other instrument in the world. But they have an added dimension because they also have a very distinctive sound all their own that sounds like nothing else ever created. I love incorporating strong synth parts.”
The instrumental music that Phillips creates, which appeals to new age music lovers, also shows subtle pop, neo-classical and prog-rock influences because he spent many years studying classical music and playing in classic and progressive rock bands. “All of those experiences taught me the importance of working hard to try to write good melodies because I think it’s the melodies that move people.”
Circles of 8 on Ageless Records, and his four previous releases (Flight of the Windmill, Castles, Redemption and Daydream Alley), are available as either CDs or digital downloads (or sometimes both options) at a wide variety of online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Google Play and dozens more. For more information about Holland Phillips, visit his website at musicbyholland dot com.
Circles of 8 begins with the aptly-titled “Starting Over,” the first piece Phillips wrote for the album. “This was not only the start of a new album, but a new beginning,” explains Phillips. “The feel for the whole album flowed from that first creation.” The inspiration for the next tune, “Night Tracks,” came from “the excitement and anticipation a child feels sneaking around, running and playing games in a darkened backyard. It gave me the opportunity to explore the sound of a cello which perfectly conveyed the emotions.”
“Stephanie’s Song” is about the wife of a friend who was facing difficult times. “The oboe takes a solo and then the saxophone, and then they play together which, for me, represents hope, possibilities of the future and an appreciation of life.” Phillips looks into the future again with “The Journey” because “we all have journeys we have not taken yet, but there is always the call of the wild with new places and new adventures out there.” The composition “Strains of an Ancient Path” is a nod to the past and was especially inspired by the 1600s.
Phillips says, “There is something magical about dancers swirling around on a dance floor, and that imagery permeated the music of ‘Save the Dance’.” He explains that the album’s title tune, “Circles of 8,” is meant to give the listener an opportunity to reflect on the circles of their own life and move into a mood of contemplation. “The Moment,” a violin-synth duet, captures “the realization of those moments in life when you know you are in a special place or time. It’s about recognizing those special moments and the need to make sure you enjoy it because they are so fleeting.”
Phillips explains we are all “Marking Time” as we go through life whether it is with clocks, calendars or events, “but the important thing is to be comfortable with the decisions you have made and the direction you have decided to go.” On Phillips’ first album he wrote the tune “Classic By Nature,” and on Circles of 8 he decided to do a variation on that theme and calls it “Classic By Design.” “I rebuilt it from the ground up with the Yamaha grand piano, all different instruments, plus Paul on sax.” The album ends with “Lullabye For Us.” “It’s a lullabye for the rest of us, adults who still believe in magic.”
Phillips grew up in Connecticut and started on piano when he was just a few years old, and picked up guitar when he was eight. He soon began playing whatever instruments his mother, a music teacher, brought home -- trombone, tuba, flute, percussion. He also thought it was fun to simply pick up an instrument, play a few notes and then start writing a song using it. “I started learning lots of instruments as a child because we always had them laying around,” Phillips explains. “As a music composition major, I had a professor who requested I play all the instruments in a symphony orchestra before writing scores for them. So I worked my way through dozens of instruments. I think it helps me compose better because when I use a synthesizer to recreate a specific instrument, I have already studied it, how it phrases, how much breath or bowing is needed, just what possibilities it offers.”
He remembers being influenced by Top 40 and Big band music when he was young, but moved on to rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Styx, Rush, Kansas and many more when he was in high school. Phillips spent four years earning his BA Degree in Music Composition while continuing to take piano and classical guitar lessons. “I immersed myself in classical music, especially Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and Tchaikovsky,” he remembers. “I had to analyze everything from the classics to pop music, and then write symphonies, etudes and sonatas. For a couple of my finals I had a full orchestra play one of my pieces and a choir sing one of my compositions. It’s something I hope to do again on a future album.”
After graduation Phillips spent some time in a folk duo in New York City where he attended guitar workshops taught by Paul Simon and a variety of guests including Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie). Phillips went on to join a Southern Rock band, then a classic rock group, then an ensemble that specialized in show tunes. “I always tried to immerse myself in whatever situation I was in, learn that style thoroughly and become proficient playing that type of music.” After many long tours of the United States and Canada, he decided to settle down in Ohio and concentrate on studio work and became an active and in-demand session player. “I always liked a variety of music whether it was Yes, Journey or Beck. I was especially influenced by Rick Wakeman and his series of solo albums, and by Alan Parsons as a producer and arranger. I found Wakeman, Vangelis and Wendy Carlos interesting because they were doing electronic instrumental music before almost anyone else. They led me to start recording instrumental albums,” states Phillips.
“In the end I think the three most important things in music are the melody, the harmonics and the spaces between the notes. That’s where the emotion is.”
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DON'T EXPECT WORDS ON THE NEW DAN CHADBURN ALBUM, JUST GREAT PIANO INSTRUMENTALS
Oct 19 2016
DAN CHADBURN BEYOND WORDS
Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
With the release of his sixth album, Beyond Words, pianist/composer Dan Chadburn elegantly expresses the unique voice that instrumental music has both to inspire and to heal. Serving as an antidote to the stresses of daily life, Chadburn’s latest recording for solo piano is a beautiful anthology celebrating life and love.
“As a shy kid growing up, words often failed me. Music has always been, quite simply, the easiest language for me to communicate my innermost thoughts.” Deeply inspired by the people and events that shape our world, Dan composed pieces for this album, each of which captures a moment in time, a memory, an emotion, a hope, a desire. As an entire collection, Dan hopes the music will stir the listeners to take their own journeys, allowing them the freedom to create their own stories.
Beyond Words and Dan Chadburn’s previous albums -- Solo Piano, Reflections, Nocturnes, Whispers the Falling Snow and Keys of Light -- are available at his website (DanChadburn dot com) and as CDs and digital downloads at a variety of online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others.
Having received worldwide marketing and extensive airplay, each of Dan’s last three recordings went Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 chart, and Top 5 on the international One World Music Radio chart (with Keys of Light being the first album to ever debut at #1 on OWMR). Whispers the Falling Snow was named by both ZMR and OWMR as one of the Top 5 Solo Piano Music albums of the Year. OWMR also named Keys of Light as #2 among the 10 best Albums of the Year and #2 among the 10 best Piano with Instrumentation albums.
Beyond Words begins with “Awakening,” a piece representing “that exact moment in time when you suddenly remember someone or something from earlier in life, perhaps even childhood…and the strong emotions once felt are still very much here.” This is followed by the upbeat “Joyful Morning.” As Dan describes on his website, “imagine children, without a care in the world, having the time of their young lives while jumping and playing in rain puddles.”
The ocean has long-served people as “Healing Waters.” According to Chadburn, “The sound of gentle waves has always brought me peace, and there is something cathartic about an early morning swim before it gets too hot or crowded at the seashore.” “Crossroads” contains several intersections of contrasts in music, symbolic of life’s journey which is not without questions and paths to choose. “Shelton Rain” was originally composed and recorded as a piano improvisation during a rainstorm in Shelton, Washington.
“Tears of Angels” was composed in memory of those shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. All proceeds from the sale of this track will benefit the OneOrlando Fund (oneorlando.org), a group committed to providing 100% of all money raised directly to victims' families and survivors.
“Love is Love” is an expression of hope “that everyone in the world will eventually have the right to love and marry whomever they wish.” “Falling Forward” represents “those times when the only option of overcoming an obstacle or unknown is to step forward -- and be willing to fall in the process.”
“Lazy Sky Afternoon” invites a respite from the rush of the day (“Look to the sky and its clouds and daydream the afternoon away.”).
The lovely melody for “Kal-Boy” was written in memory of Dan’s twenty-year-old cat, Kal, the evening Kal crossed the rainbow bridge. “Heroes” is dedicated to all who have lived to serve and protect others. The light and airy “Country Harvest” was inspired by Chadburn’s childhood in Oregon, where he spent many summers helping harvest crops on a nearby farm. “An Evening in Florence” is also a nod to Oregon, composed as a piano improvisation during a benefit concert for the Oregon Coast Humane Society. Dedicated to Chadburn’s parents, the album ends with “Lullaby for Peace,” not only symbolizing the human need for sleep at the end of each day, but also serving as a prayer of hope for all humanity to learn to live together.
A native of Oregon, Dan began taking piano lessons when he was nine years old and continued through high school where he also served as the accompanist for the choral groups and stage plays. Several times in junior high and high school, he was selected as an Oregon Music Teacher's Association (O.M.T.A.) syllabus winner, which resulted in his performing in recitals on the state level. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Pacific Lutheran University, where he also began playing electronic synthesized keyboards. Chadburn moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Film Scoring Program at UCLA. Soon he was scoring for film and television and working as a session musician.
Wanting to further expand his musical vision, Dan moved to London to study electroacoustic composition with two pioneers in the field, Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson. “I was very grateful for the opportunity to learn from these two masters in the genre and grow as a composer.” Considered by some to be on the outskirts of avant-garde, electroacoustic music is commonly void of traditional instruments and melody. Chadburn earned his Masters of Music in Electroacoustic Composition from London’s City University.
After moving to the Washington, DC, area, Chadburn began writing and recording hundreds of improvisational piano themes which led to his first album, Solo Piano, which received regional accolades. His second recording, Reflections, featured other musicians on viola, French horn, flute and english horn, as well as the vocals of Tom Nichols, Chadburn’s longtime musical partner and producer. Chadburn's Whispers the Falling Snow is seasonal solo piano pieces, while Nocturnes and Keys of Light contain additional instrumentation on most of the tracks. Chadburn’s compositions most often start as improvisations, sometimes recorded in the studio as they happen, but other times conceived elsewhere and gently refined before the final recording.
Chadburn has been featured (alongside other pianists such as Suzanne Ciani, Spencer Brewer and Robin Spielberg) on several compilation recordings produced for charitable causes, including The Heart Aid Project which benefited the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and their families. Other Chadburn music has benefited The Boys & Girls Clubs, the Sitar Arts Center in Washington (an after-school youth organization for the arts), The National Family Resiliency Center (“to preserve a sense of family and foster healthy relationships”), and humane societies.
Chadburn’s performance venues have included Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, his choral compositions have been recorded and performed in the Concert Hall of The Kennedy Center.
“I’m incredibly grateful, beyond words, for this life I have been given, and for my family and friends who continue to believe with me that music has the power to heal and inspire.”
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PIONEERING NEW AGE MUSICIAN DEUTER HAS CREATED AN IMMORTAL RECORDING
Oct 19 2016
Deuter, who received the prestigious Zone Music Reporter “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016, has created Immortelle, a new album inspired by nature and dedicated to healing. Deuter named each tune on the album after a medicinal plant that has helped humanity for millennia.
Deuter -- who lives and works in the forested mountains just beyond the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico -- gets much inspiration from nature on a daily basis. When he was younger, the German-born musician traveled extensively around the world studying people, places, cultures, plants, music and alternative healing therapies.
“Nature has always been an inspiration for me,” says Deuter. “Its influence can be heard directly on my CDs when I have included the sounds of bird songs, crickets, mountain streams and ocean waves. The title of the new CD as well as the titles of the individual tracks are all names of plants and flowers which have, with their healing powers, helped humans for thousands of years. The plants also always made life a little more pleasant with their aroma.”
For Immortelle, Deuter plays a variety of instruments including the flutes, keyboards, cello, piano and guitar. He also softly mixes in his own voice as an extra instrument to add humanness and touch the hearts of listeners. Some of the other sounds he creates for this album include violin, strings, harpsichord, chimes, harp and hand drums.
Deuter has released more than 60 albums during his career. Immortelle and many others can be found as CDs in music stores and new age lifestyle shops across the United States as well as online, while digital downloads of his music are available at all the major internet stores such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Deuter and his recordings, go to NewEarthRecords dot com or DeuterMusic dot com. Recent Deuter albums have gone high on the international Zone Music Reporter Chart.
Deuter is one of the founding fathers of new age music with his first album released in 1971. The majority of his works are intended to accompany various healing and spiritual practices such as yoga, Reiki, meditation, dreaming and massage. Through feeling, awareness and experience, as well as constant inspiration from the natural world around him, he creates music that transports the listener to a space of peacefulness and well-being.
“In my understanding, music is a horizontal journey. It needs time to unfold and it is also limited by time. But in addition, good music creates a vertical journey where it transcends time and keeps on going indefinitely into higher octaves,” Deuter explains.
“‘Immortelle’ is a word that few may know. It was unknown to me until I first went to Corsica where I became acquainted with this wonderful medicinal plant, the aroma of its oil and its strong invigorating effect. I enjoyed helping my friends distill an essential oil from it that provides protection, healing and renewal of the skin. The fragrance still brings back memories of mountains, warm rocks and views of the sea in Corsica,” remembers Deuter.
The tune “Monarda,” with its lovely cello part, is named after a mint plant also known as “bee balm,” “horsemint” or “Oswego tea.” The leaves give spicy fragrant essential oil used for stomach ailments, fever and as an antiseptic for mouth infections. “Sonnenbraut,” also known as “sneezeweed” and “Ruby Tuesday,” has some herbal uses in small doses. The ten-minute piece on the album with the same name features several flute parts and a beautiful violin solo. “Traubensilberkerze” is a flowering herb (also known as “black snakeroot” or “bugbane”) long used for menopause symptoms.
“Lily of the Valley” is a herbaceous poisonous plant used very carefully for folk remedies. Because of its bell-shaped flowers it is also called “Mary’s Tears” or “May Bells.” The tune “Vervain,” which focuses on flute and strings, is named after a plant with a bitter taste used for congestion, back pain and arthritis. The “Binsuga” plant is listed in Hildegaard von Bingen’s famous 12th Century writings on healing plants, and Deuter’s musical tribute is very slow and ambient. “Cumara” is a tree that can live more than a thousand years, but it also is in the pea family and produces seeds known as tonka beans that are used as a vanilla substitute. The “Cumara” music has piano, synth and wordless vocals.
Born in Falkenhagen, Germany, Deuter (pronounced doy-tur) remembers that “one of the nicer memories I have was the first time I heard someone play the flute. It was like a light coming from the heavens. For one of my birthdays I was given a flute and that was the beginning for me.” He taught himself to play the flute, guitar, harmonica and just about every instrument I could get my hands on. Deuter experimented early on with combining acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as whale and bird songs, ocean waves, wind in the trees, and more. “I was born in the countryside and my first memories are of nature, of sitting in the woods and enjoying being alive. I started to record the sounds of nature, then mix them together. The next logical step was to play an instrument on top of it. This was the type of music I wanted to hear -- relaxing, soothing and harmonious -- but I could not find it anywhere, so I started to make this style of music myself.” His first album in 1971, titled D, helped define the emerging genre of music known as new age, and showed the beginning of Deuter’s spiritual path.
During the 1970s and 1980s Deuter, after travelling extensively in Asia in search of spiritual and creative inspiration, settled for a long time in Pune, India, for spiritual study. While there he produced a series of music tapes to be used in active meditations, in which he merged Indian classical motifs, fiery drums, loops, synthesizers, bells and pastoral acoustic passages. In 1985 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he signed with New Earth Records and furthered his ascension into the top ranks of new age musicians worldwide.
Deuter’s recordings are too many to list here, but include early classics such as Kundalini Meditation Music (1975), Tea from an Empty Cup (1975), Ecstasy (1978), Silence Is the Answer (1981), Cicada (1982) and Nirvana Road (1984) as well as more recent best-sellers including Inside Hypno Relaxation (1994), Terra Magica: Planet of Light (1994), Wind & Mountain (1995), Nada Himalaya Tibetan Bells (1997), Reiki Hands of Light (1998), Like the Wind in the Trees (2002), Koyasan: Reiki Sound Healing (2007), Spiritual Healing (2008), Notes From a Planet (2009), Mystery of Light (2010), Flowers of Silence (2012), Dream Time (2013), Reiki Hands of Love (2015) and Illumination of the Heart (2015).
Deuter creates his music in his home studio hidden deep in the New Mexico forest that he shares with birds, deer, bears, roadrunners, snakes and coyotes. The sound of wind chimes and bees fill the air because Deuter also is a beekeeper. Between studio sessions, he spends his time reshaping his pond or crafting zen-like furniture in his workshop. Deuter describes himself as a hermit/monk/wolf living in the wild and enjoying it, staying close to nature. He designed his house using the principles of Feng Shui. The studio, with its large windows and views of the forest, is both a sanctuary and a laboratory for music-making that includes instruments from all over the world. He continues to learn and master an ever-expanding array of instruments including piano, various keyboards and synthesizers, guitars, shakuhachi flute, cello, koto, sitar, tabla, Turkish sasz, Persian tar, santoor, bazuki, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, drums, ethnic percussion and more. “For me all the instruments I’m using are basically like colors in a painting,” states Deuter. “I’m not focused on one instrument specifically. I use many sounds and instruments so that it is like painting with sound.”
He also says, “My Immortelle album is an expression of gratitude to the nature of our planet with the understanding that the smallest flower may have healing powers.” _________________________________________________________________________
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