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MD:GuitarI am a San Francisco Bay area music producer, recording artist, and journalist with over 30 years experience writing arts and media reviews for nationally published magazines and more recently world-wide on the internet. I’m currently the music editor for the Los Angeles-based Awareness Magazine as well as a free lance journalist/ publicist, and editor of Music and Media Focus.

 

 

As a recording artist I have 5 CD’s of ambient music with elements of Indigo Moonelectronic, jazz, and rock. My latest release, “Indigo Moon“, features a guest appearance by Jefferson Starship and Rod Stewart keyboardist, Pete Sears.  Also appearing as a special guest is new age music pioneer Steven Halpen, whose record label distributes this album, as well as my previous release, “Atlantis Rising,” which was named by CD Baby as “one of the best new releases of the year“.

 

Along with studio recording and producing projects for other artists, I perform doing  electronic music and synthmulti-media shows  in addition to  playing synthesizers and electric guitar in the band, SpiritMoves.

 

 

Stay tuned for my new album, Ambient Alchemy - a collaboration with Steven Halpern and special guest Michael Manring. Coming soon…

 

I also produce music videos, such as the one for Indigo Moon below, as well as creating soundtracks for video, guided imagery, etc.

 

INDIGO MOON MUSIC VIDEO:

(Be sure to watch video in “full screen” mode for best effect)

 

 

Here is a music video I produced for a client to promote a new album release:

For more music videos on this site, visit: 


Chill out with the enchanted sights and sounds of Michael’s visionary art music videos.
Click here.

Now showing: “Merlin’s Garden,”  and more…

(For a cool “double feature” – take a fantasy journey to otherworldly alien landscapes with Indigo Moon, then come back to earth with a visit to Merlin’s Garden which features original music and nature photography filmed in the San Francisco Bay area)

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Also, for more on my music and writing services on this site, click on these page links:

Michael Diamond CD’s

Writing and Promotional Services

 

Atlantis Rising

Six full length songs from my various CD’s can be heard on the music player here:

http://www.reverbnation.com/michaeldiamondmusic

(shorter samples of every song on all my CD’s can be heard on the links here)

 

 

Chroma Zone

My music is available for licensing as soundtracks for films, video, guided imagery CD’s, etc.

 

 

 

 

Michael Diamond Facebook page – click on photo: 

Michael Diamond

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: mdiamondstudio@aol.com
or: mdiamondstudio@gmail.com

CD: Closer
Artist: Louis Colaiannia
Contact: www.louismusic.com

CloserWith the title of award winning pianist Louis Colaiannia’s previous album being The Next Stage, and his latest release titled Closer, it certainly sounds like he is on a trajectory towards reaching his musical goal. However, after listening to this new album, I get the feeling that he may have already arrived. View full article »

CD: Inner Circle
Artist: Peter Calandra
Contact: www.petecalandramusic.com

Inner CircleAlthough he is best known for his extensive body of work in film and TV soundtracks, composer/ pianist Peter Calandra steps into the spotlight in his other role as a recording artist of his own music with the release of his imaginative new CD, Inner Circle. The album sparkles, reflecting a rainbow spectrum of his musical influences ranging from classical to new age, jazz, Latin, and more

 

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CD: Life Under Stars
Artist: Carl Weingarten
Contact: www.carlweingarten.com

Life Under StarsI really like the first line in this quote from ambient guitarist Carl Weingarten, speaking about the inspiration for his new album: “Someone once told me that people don’t have ideas, ideas have people. And such is the case with Life Under Stars.  What began as a whisper in solitude took shape over the next seven years and eventually became a chorus of pedal steel, flutes, trumpet, bass, piano, percussion, vocals, and guitars.” View full article »

CD: Emergence
Artist: Lawrence Blatt
Contact: www.lawrenceblatt.com

EmegenceThe conceptual foundation of award winning guitarist Lawrence Blatt’s new CD, Emergence is one of the most interesting I’ve heard in a while. The blending of science and music is not often found, but for Lawrence, who studied both microbiology and music as an undergraduate, and went on to earn an MBA and a PhD in science, the combination comes naturally and brings together his two passions in life. View full article »

DVD: An Evening with Ann Sweeten
Artist: Ann Sweeten
Contact: www.annsweeten.com

Live-at-the-St-GeorgeHaving recently written about Ann Sweeten’s excellent CD, Tapestries of Time, I was excited to receive her brand new live concert video entitled An Evening with Ann Sweeten: Live at the St. George. Hearing an artist on an audio recording is wonderful, but actually seeing them perform their music live on a DVD adds another whole dimension to the experience. As I mentioned in my review of her CD, Ann is an award-winning pianist and an official “Steinway Artist.” View full article »

CD: Passionata
Artist: Denise Young
Contact: http://deniseyoung.com/

Passionata-by-Denise-YoungFor many people, the quest to find love and fulfill their passion in life is all consuming. Those who are fortunate enough to have found that path and set foot upon it are truly blessed. One such person is Denise Young. Her third and newest release, Passionata, is a reflection of that desire.

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Craftsman by Bob Ardern

CD: Craftsman
Artist: Bob Ardern
Contact: www.bobardern.ca

 

CraftsmanCanadian finger-style guitarist Bob Ardern has a hard act to follow with his new album entitled Craftsman. That act is his previous release Wires Rosewood and Roots, which debuted at number 3 on the Zone Music Reporter Album Chart in March 2012, and was in the number 1 spot within two months. View full article »

Artist: Tim Neumark
Contact: https://timneumark.com/

Tim NeumarkWith the release of his fourth album, aptly titled Opus Four, pianist and composer Tim Neumark has been gaining recognition and is making a name for himself among the ranks of solo piano artists. The recording has received award nominations for classical and new age tracks, and it was nominated for Neoclassical/Classical Album of the year at SoloPiano.com. He sees his music as a blend of new age, classical and inspirational styles with influence by artists such as David Lanz, John Tesh, Yanni, Kostia, and Antonin Dvorak. Tim’s inspiration comes from his feelings and thoughts about the world and people around him. View full article »

CD: New Horizon
Artist: Minstrel Streams
Contact: www.minstrelstreams.com

New HorizonThe word “confluence” can be defined as: “where streams flow together to form a river.” This is significant, not only in that it is connected to how the duo Minstrel Streams got their name, but also on a much more personal level. Matt and Rebecca Stuart were introduced as fellow musicians under “chance” circumstances to discuss a songwriting project, and to make a long story short, wound up not only creating a musical entity, but also becoming husband and wife just six months later – the ultimate confluence. Since they began playing together in 2008, the duo has released four albums, including their latest, New Horizon.

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CD: Solo Piano Tales
Artist: Piotr Komorowski
Contact: www.piotrkomorowski.pl

Solo Piano TalesTo say that Polish pianist and conductor Piotr Komorowski has had a distinguished professional career would certainly be an understatement. Not content to rest on his laurels, however, he is constantly exploring and pursuing new creative frontiers. View full article »

CD: Sacred Name Sacred Codes
Artist: J.J. Hurtak & Desiree Hurtak with Steven Halpern
Contact: www.keysofenoch.org/html/music.html

Sacred Name Sacred CodesIn recent years the number of albums being released which center on devotional singing, chanting mantras, kirtan, etc. has been on the rise. This is a good indication that more and more spiritual seekers are looking to sound and music that goes beyond entertainment, and which can be used as a tool for inner attunement. A new entry into this genre, although based on very ancient teachings, is Sacred Name Sacred Codes by Drs. J.J. Hurtak and Desiree Hurtak, that features a musical soundtrack well known new age music pioneer and sound healer Steven Halpern. View full article »

CD: Tapestries of Time
Artist: Ann Sweeten
Contact: www.annsweeten.com

Tapestries of TimeAs guitarist/songwriter Steve Miller sang in one of his many radio classics: “Time keeps on ticking… into the future.” The subject of time is one that has intrigued artists, musicians, and writers, inspiring them to create reflections of its mysteries. The new album, Tapestries of Time, by award-winning pianist and official “Steinway Artist” Ann Sweeten, is one of these. In her words: “The pieces on this album have to do with time in some concept or other. There may be a direct reference, a captured moment, an isolated experience or inspiration drawn from a particular event, the idea of infinity and limitless possibility.” View full article »

The Healing by Char-El

CD: The Healing
Artist: Char-El
Contact: www.char-el.com

The HealingI must say that I have been a long-time fan of the otherworldly music of Ohio-based synthesist and keyboardist/composer Charles Thaxton who records under the name of Char-El.  So the news of his latest release, The Healing, was not only music to my ears, but to my mind and body as well, which I’ll talk about in a minute. View full article »

CD: Out Of Nothing
Artist: Matteo Palmer
Contact: www.matteopalmermusic.com

Out Of NothingAlthough I’ve been playing the guitar for almost 50 years, after hearing Matteo Palmer, I may never play again. Just kidding of course, but it was sobering to realize that at the tender age of 17, Matteo is already a more accomplished guitarist than I will ever be, although our styles are different. And the fact is that he is not just good for someone his age, he is amazing for any age.  View full article »

Chakra Love by Mantrananda

 

CD: Chakra Love
Artist: Mantrananda.
Contact: www.chakraboosters.com

Chakra LoveChakra Love is the debut CD from a Los Angeles-based duo of Vicki Howie and Jeff Bonilla who record under the name Mantrananda. The word means “the bliss of spiritual sayings (mantras).” Incidentally, for those who may not be familiar, chakras are the energy centers of the body as described in Eastern spiritual teachings. View full article »

CD: River Serene
Artist: Timothy Wenzel
Contact: www.timothywenzel.com

River SereneI must say that I’ve always had a fondness for “concept albums,” or recordings that weave a thread throughout. Such is the case with keyboardist Timothy Wenzel’s new release entitled River Serene. This album follows in the wake of his previous highly successful album, A Coalescence Of Dreams, which was ranked in the number 5 spot on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 radio airplay chart. River Serene is Timothy’s third release, and I have every reason to believe that it will be as popular, if not more so, than his earlier ones.

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Sojourn by Jim Gabriel

CD: Sojourn
Artist: Jim Gabriel
Contact: www.jim-gabriel.com

SojournOne thing that has not been lost on pianist Jim Gabriel is the value of education  – both his own, and that which he imparts to others. With so much being said these days about the cutting of funding to arts programs in the schools, its gratifying to see someone like Jim who has done so much with his extensive education and is now giving back to a new generation, as a music teacher and choir director. View full article »

Nocturnes by Dan Chadburn

CD: Nocturnes
Artist: Dan Chadburn
Contact: www.danchadburn.com

NocturnesNocturnes is the fourth album release from classically trained pianist Dan Chadburn, whose performance venues have included Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Additionally, his choral compositions have been recorded and performed in the Concert Hall of The Kennedy Center. View full article »

CD: The Undiscovered Horizon
Artist: Harrison Edwards
Contact: www.harrison-music.com

The Undiscovered HorizonDescribed as “a poet who expresses himself through his music,” Harrison Edwards is a multi-instrumental musician and composer, as well as being a novelist. His latest CD release, The Undiscovered Horizon, follows his previous three successful albums, each of which was in the Top 100 on New Age radio airplay charts. View full article »

CD: Sedona On My Mind
Artist: Louis Landon
Contact: http://louislandon.com

Sedona On My MindAmong the most awe-inspiring vistas I’ve had the pleasure of viewing are the red rock canyon lands of Sedona, Arizona. In addition to natural beauty, their energy has served as a magnet for spiritual seekers as well. One recent transplant to this primordial landscape is pianist and Steinway Artist, Louis Landon, who in addition to composing and performing music likes to spend his time hiking the rugged backcountry trails. While Ray Charles may have had Georgia on his mind, Louis’ latest album is inspired by the grandeur of his new home in Sedona. View full article »

CD: A New Age Of Classical Piano
Artist: Christopher Boscole
Contact: www.christopherboscole.com

New Age of Classical PianoIn his previous album, Floating On A Melody, which I had the pleasure of writing about Christopher Boscole featured his original impressionistic piano compositions. However, on his latest release entitled “ A New Age Of Classical Piano,” he turns his creative focus to interpreting a sampling of works by some of the greatest classical composers the world has known.  View full article »

Unlike the Stars by Vin Downes

CD: Unlike the Stars
Artist: Vin Downes
Contact: www.vindownes.com

Unlike the StarsI’m trying to imagine the experience of having an album produced by one of your musical idols. I know that if Carlos Santana produced my next release, I would certainly have that dream-come-true experience. But for guitarist Vin Downes, that dream became a reality when he had the opportunity to work with Grammy winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder, Will Ackerman. View full article »

CD: Music of the Extraordinary Voyages
Artist: larkenlyre (Matthew Labarge)
Contact: www.matthewlabarge.com

Music of the Extraordinary VoyagesAh, the lure of exotic adventures and far away lands… For Matthew Labarge, this calling has echoed throughout his life from his earliest years – first in books, and now in music. His latest album, Music of the Extraordinary Voyages, is in his words: “a collection of cinematic multi-layered sonic sketches inspired by the short stories and novels of Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Each of the fourteen tracks is very different.  Hundreds of instruments, real and electronic, were used, as well as dozens of objects, instruments, and environments I recorded and sampled.  Each track is a unique sonic landscape unto itself, much like a great story.” View full article »

CD: Call of the Mountains
Artist: Masako
Contact: www.masako-music.com

Call of the MountainsRipples are still being felt in the wake of Masako’s self-titled debut release, which garnered extensive critical acclaim and radio airplay worldwide, as well as having provided the opening track on The Gathering, a stunning compilation album of music produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. In my feature article on Masako’s previous album, I gave some background about her musical history, so readers who may be interested can click this link to read more. Masako (pronounced ma-SAH-ko) is a gifted pianist and composer who seems to draw endless inspiration from nature and her surroundings. View full article »

CD: Soundtrack to Life
Artist: Cosmo Frequency
Contact: http://www.cosmofrequency.com/

Cosmo Frequency CDOn their hit song, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys sang about “picking up good vibrations.” Now, many years later, a new group called Cosmo Frequency is doing that as well, although on quite a different wavelength. According to one of the group’s founders, Paul Martinson, “We tune into the vibrations and positive influences which allows us to capture the music that surrounds us. View full article »

Artist: Karen Olson
Contact: www.karenolson.com

Karen OlsonFrom her years of performing in orchestras and chamber music ensembles, as well as in the New York Pops playing hundreds of shows with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett, to her work with new age sound healing, jazz, and world music, the career and viola artistry of Karen Olson represents a veritable rainbow of musical experience. View full article »

CD: Winter Air
Artist: School of Irish Music
Contact: www.schoolofirishmusic.org

Winter AirWhile a recording of Gaelic or Celtic music is not unusual to find, one that was performed by children is. However, you would never guess by listening to it that many of the instrumentalists and vocalists range from age 9 to 18. All of the songs are traditional Irish tunes representing Christmas, New Years, and the winter season. View full article »

Redemption by Paul Spaeth

CD: Redemption
Artist: Paul Spaeth
Contact: http://www.paulspaeth.com/

RedemptionFor some people, it is a long and winding road to get to the realization that music is going to be their career path in life. For others, however, the seeds of their musical inclinations sprout early and begin to blossom while they are still quite young. View full article »

The Hours by Manfred Melcher

CD: The Hours
Artist: Manfred Melcher
Contact: www.manfredmelchermusic.com

The Hours CDI’m pleased to be one of the first music journalists to shine a spotlight on the debut album of a multi-talented artist named Manfred Melcher. I use the term “multi-talented” because in addition to being an accomplished finger-style acoustic guitarist and contemporary instrumental composer, Manfred is also an actor who has appeared on TV shows like Seinfeld, 21-Jump Street, Growing Pains, and more, as well as having a professional career as a psychotherapist and author of a book on that topic. View full article »

CD: A Southern Sun
Artist: Joseph Akins
Contact: http://www.josephakins.com/

A Southern SunWhile the Nashville area, and Tennessee in general, is best known as the Garden of Eden for country music, many other genres of music grow and flourish there as well. A case in point is pianist and Tennessee resident Joseph Akins, whose instrumental music has been compared to George Winston, David Lanz, and Jim Brickman. View full article »

CD: Carols of Christmas
Artist: David Hicken
Contact: www.davidhicken.com

Carols of ChristmasAs a prolific composer and recording artist, David Hicken has released a number of diverse albums over the years. The latest is a collection of his solo piano versions of Christmas classics that in addition to emanating holiday cheer, serves as a showcase for David’s formidable musical talent. His impressive abilities have been developed over a lifetime and include many distinguished achievements. View full article »

CD: Tranquil Times
Artist: Darlene Koldenhoven
Contact: http://darlenekoldenhoven.com

Tranquil TimesI must say that my curiosity was piqued when I received an all-instrumental album from a Grammy winning vocalist who sang as a featured soloist with Yanni in Live at the Acropolis (seen by over 1.5 billion people worldwide), and has sung backup for Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, and many others. Not to mention singing, vocal coaching, and performing with Whoopie Goldberg in the movie “Sister Act” – and, believe me, this does not begin to scratch the surface of her career as a vocalist. But on her new release Tranquil Times, Darlene Koldenhoven rests her golden voice and draws on other aspects of her professional skills as a pianist, synthesist, composer, arranger, orchestrator, and producer. View full article »

Novella by Andre Feriante

CD: Novella: Ukulele Mosaique
Artist: Andre Feriante
Contact: www.andreferiante.com

Album Cover NovellaThe mention of a ukulele often conjures up images of swaying palm trees, sandy beaches, and women in grass skirts dancing the hula. However, the instrument far transcends this stereotype and is actually quite versatile in the right hands – in this case, the hands of guitar virtuoso Andre Feriante. View full article »

Illumination by Peter Kater

CD: Illumination
Artist: Peter Kater
Contact: www.peterkater.com

illuminationAs one of the most well known artists in the new age music genre, pianist and composer Peter Kater needs no lengthy introduction. With 8 Grammy nominations in the last 9 years, as well as scoring over 100 television programs and films including 11 Off and On-Broadway plays, he has certainly made a name for himself in the music industry. Peter’s iconic collaborations with Native American flute master R. Carlos Nakai, as well as numerous other recordings have sold millions of albums and brought him great success on the prestigious Billboard charts. View full article »

CD: TO See You Again
Artist: Cathy Oakes
Contact: http://cathyoakessolopiano.com/

Cathy 0akesAlthough pianist Cathy Oakes  is relatively new to the world of recording, she has taught piano and voice for over 30 years. She released her first CD, Like a Song, in 2012, yet in the brief span of time since then, she has been prolific, and her new release, To See You Again, is now her third album. One would hope that as an artist progresses along their creative path, that there is an evolution, a deepening of their work. And this certainly holds true for Cathy Oakes. View full article »

CD: What the Winter Said
Artist: Kathryn Kaye
Contact: http://kathrynkaye-music.com/

What the Winter SaidWith the Fall colors starting to fade outside my window, and a chilly wind stripping the leaves from the trees, sending them flying in every direction, I’m in a proper frame of mind to write about pianist Kathryn Kaye’s brand new album, What the Winter Said. And its not unlikely that scenes such as this inspired the music in the first place. In her words: “Although the inspiration for my compositions comes from a variety of sources, the strongest by far is nature. I’m moved by nature’s colors, sounds, and changing seasons, all of which blend with melodies and visual images from my past.” View full article »

God of Drum by Get Tribal

CD: God of Drum
Artist: Get Tribal
Contact: http://get-tribal.com/

God Of Drum coverIn my more than 30 years as a new age music journalist and reviewer, I’ve seen and written about a number of albums specifically created to attune the energy centers or chakras of the body and spirit. However, God of Drum by Kari Hohne, who records under the name of Get Tribal, is certainly one of the most unique. She describes the album as “a collection of percussion-based tribal music inspired by the thunder deities of world mythology.” View full article »

CD: Perfect Imperfection
Artist: Tom Carleno
Contact: www.tomcarleno.com

cover“It is our very search for perfection outside ourselves that causes our suffering.” ~ The Buddha

These words of wisdom are part of the reason behind the title of Tom Carleno’s brand new solo album, Perfect Imperfection – but more on that later. Let me first say a few words of introduction about this talented artist. Hailing from my old stomping grounds of Denver, Colorado, Tom is an award-winning composer and musician who performs solo as well as with the acoustic jazz group Perpetual Motion, which has been performing and recording for over 20 years. View full article »

CD: Event Horizon
Artist: Chronotope Project
Contact: http://www.chronotope-project.com/

chronotope projectThe word “chronotope” is not one you will find in the dictionary. It is, however, the nom de plume, or nom de synth in this case, of electronic music recording artist Jeffrey Ericson Allen. By his definition: “Chronotope refers to the essential unity of space and time. The music of Chronotope Project explores this time-space confluence and invites the listener on ambient journeys of deep texture infused with gentle pulsing rhythms and soulful melodies.” View full article »

Elixir by Yang Ying

CD: Elixir:  Music for Moving and Still Meditation
Artist: Yang Ying
Contact: http://www.yangying-music.com/

ElixirThe idea of music as medicine is relatively new in Western culture, although gaining in popularity, particularly in the new age music genre. For the Chinese, however, the healing properties of music have been known for thousands of years. In fact, the Chinese character for “music” is a major part of the ancient Chinese character for “medicine.” Also, the Chinese character for “happiness” and “music” is one and the same. This time-honored awareness is the force behind a new album by Ms. Yang Ying, a master traditional (and contemporary) Chinese musician, as well as a longtime practitioner of qigong meditation. View full article »

DVD: A Musical Journey For World Peace (by Rupam Sarmah and his team)
Director: Rupam Sarmah
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/RupamSarmahMedia 

DVD coverIts not everyday that I have the opportunity to write about something that has been awarded a place in The Guinness® World Records, but the musical event portrayed in this colorful DVD, is one of them. The concert, entitled A Musical Journey For World Peace, was a massive (and that is an understatement) international symphony that was held in Assam, India on February 24, 2013, and was attended by more than 30,000 people. The extravaganza brought together over 500 participants from around the world, including 106 vocalists and 370 musicians. View full article »

Book: Refreshing The Moment
Author: Richard Gannaway
Contact: www.richardgannaway.com

Refreshing The MomentIf anyone ever fit the description of a “renaissance man” it has to be Richard Gannaway. In addition to being the author of the book in this feature article (as well as two others), he is a composer, a world-class music and video producer, a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist, a visionary graphic artist, and the co-founder of a non-profit organization that benefits orphaned children around the world. Not only does Richard do all these things, he does them all exceedingly well. View full article »

CD: Transcendence
Artist: Sean Christopher
Contact: www.seanchristopher.net

TranscendenceIf ever an album title was perfectly descriptive of its contents, Transcendence, the new album by Sean Christopher certainly is. The word is defined as a state of being “beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience, existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe.” Both musically and subject-wise, this recording definitely fits the definition. Epic in scope, the album is described as “a journey of the soul’s transition from Earth across the Universe to Paradise.  View full article »

Concert: Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette
Contact: http://www.twograndimyours.com/

Two Grand I'm YoursTwo Grand, I’m Yours: The Best Of Two Musical Worlds,” is the name of the US tour featuring the grand piano and vocal artistry of Australian recording artists Fiona Joy Hawkins and Trysette. I was fortunate enough to catch their San Francisco Bay area performance at the historic Throckmorton Theatre in Marin County.  Performing solo sets and duets, the pair presented a memorable concert experience that drew enthusiastic response from the audience. View full article »

CD: Notes From A Journey
Artist: Kristin Amarie
Contact: http://amariemusic.com/

Kristin AmarieWhile many artists and musicians bring the particular flavors and influences of their native land to their art, Kristin Amarie is truly a “global citizen” and her music reflects the incredible diversity that has been her life experience. Her new album, Notes From A Journey, which features a guest appearance by David Lanz, provides the perfect vehicle for her to finally express the full range of her talent – from ethereal Enya-like incantations to lushly orchestrated compositions reminiscent of David Arkenstone, with echoes of the far corners of the world Kristin has inhabited. View full article »

CD: The Road Ahead
Artist: Michael Logozar
Contact: http://www.michaellogozar.com/

The Road AheadAlthough Michael Logozar is living in one of the music capitals of the US, Austin, Texas, he is far from being a homegrown Texan. Born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, he later moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, before putting down more recent roots in this southern hotspot. As a young child in Canada he took to the piano like a natural and began playing familiar songs by ear at the age of four. Sensing his natural abilities, he was soon enrolled in formal lessons and went on to performing Beethoven and Bach at regional festivals. However, the emerging Windham Hill sound, and artists like David Lanz and Michael Jones, “who expressed a clarity of melodic beauty and simplicity,” began to turn him in a new direction. View full article »

CD: Light From Darkness
Artist: Erwilian
Contact: www.erwilian.com

Light From DarknessListening to and reading about the Seattle-based band, Erwilian, I’m reminded of the MTV series “Unplugged,” when the group proudly proclaims: “nothing synthesized, everything acoustic. There is nary an electronic blip, bleep, or filter sweep to be found in the music of this all-natural instrumental ensemble. What you will find, however, are guitars, drums, percussion, recorders, hammered dulcimer, harp, cello, marimba, a vintage celesta, and more. View full article »

CD: Scotland: Grace of the Wild
Artist: Bill Leslie
Contact: /www.billleslie.com

CD coverEver watch the anchors on the evening news and wonder what their life is like and what else they do when they are not bringing you the late-breaking stories of the day? You might be surprised, as I was, to find that one of them, Bill Leslie, an anchorman and reporter at a CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC. is a master Celtic musician. View full article »

CD: The Next Stage
Artist: Louis Colaiannia
Contact: www.louismusic.com

The-Next-Stage-CoverThe music of Louis Colaiannia (coal-ee-AH-nah) is like a tree – with many branches, as well as deep roots. Spreading out from a foundation of classical music with influences of Mozart and Beethoven, Louis’ current sound has grown into the genres of contemporary instrumental, jazz, new age, chill, world music, and more. His latest release entitled The Next Stage brings all these elements together into a unique blend that can be both relaxing and energizing at the same time.

 

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Journey by Mythos

CD: Journey
Artist: Mythos
Contact: www.mythosmusic.com

cover - JourneyI’ve been familiar with and have enjoyed the music of Mythos since the late 1990’s, so it was exciting to receive their new release, Journey. Although they have released a number of albums in their 20 year history, its’ been a while since their last one. Mythos combines the considerable talents of Bob D’Eith on piano and keyboards and guitarist Paul Schmidt. View full article »