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Spring 2015 ‘Carnival Live Concert Series’artist Lineup
Oct 17 2014
Best of Live Music at Sea Program to Feature Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson and Styx With Additional Artists to be Announced Next Year
Cruising has never sounded so good! Today Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled its new Carnival LIVE Concert Series roster for spring 2015, bringing more of the best live music to sea from some of most popular and highly requested music acts. Coming on board in the first part of next year will be Journey, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, and Styx, back by popular demand for the second season. The exciting 2015 Carnival LIVE concert lineup continues this one-of-a-kind entertainment option, while building on the success of an inaugural year of high-energy, sold-out on-board performances. In addition to this incredible mix of GRAMMY® Award- and CMA Award-winning artists and nominees, next year the company will announce even more acts scheduled for the latter half of 2015. Carnival LIVE was created to give guests the opportunity to experience exclusive live entertainment from major music artists, all at a tremendous value and with great convenience. Guests attend shows in the ship’s main theaters – which range in seating capacity from 900 to 1,300 – for an intimate on-board performance where there is never a bad seat in the house. “Our 2014 Carnival LIVE shows have been tour standouts, so we are thrilled to get on board again to rock the boat next year,” said Tommy Shaw, singer and guitarist for Styx. “The audience of cruisers in a vacation state-of-mind combined with the ship’s theater design creates an incredible energy that’s fun for everyone, including the band.” Guests will have even more Carnival vessels, homeports and itineraries to choose from with a total of 10 “Fun Ships” departing from six convenient U.S. homeports hosting concerts in spring 2015. Carnival LIVE voyages will originate in Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Fla; Charleston, S.C.; and, for the first time, Galveston, Texas, the line’s second largest homeport. The 2015 Carnival LIVE Concert Series kicks off next March and features one or more major artist each month, performing multiple shows on Carnival vessels docked in one of three ports of call: Cozumel, Nassau and a new port for the program, St. Thomas. Artists board the ship in port, perform in the main show lounge, and then debark following the concert. · Journey kicks off the 2015 roster with two rock anthem-filled performances on March 18 and 19 in St. Thomas. · The award-winning Little Big Town brings their unmistakable sound to “Fun Ships” in Nassau for three appearances on (March 30 and 31 and April 1). · Guests “Cruisin’” to see Smokey Robinson sing timeless classics from his 50-year music career can catch the icon April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel. · In May, country trio Rascal Flatts, one of the top-selling live artists in any genre, will perform a series of three shows for guests in Cozumel (May 5, 6 and 7). · Rock fans are invited to “Come Sail Away” to see one of four Styx concerts to be performed in Nassau (June 16, 17, 18 and 20).
“We are thrilled to continue our Carnival LIVE Concert Series in 2015 and welcome aboard more fantastic rock, country and R&B artists for our guests to enjoy,” said Mark Tamis, senior vice president of guest operations for Carnival Cruise Lines. “This program has struck a chord with consistently sold-out shows and a tremendous response from past guests and travel agent partners, as well as those who sailed with us for the first time to catch their favorite performers.” Carnival LIVE tickets for 2015 range from $35 to $60 for general admission, significantly less than land-based concerts. VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250, offering fans seating in the first four rows, an artist meet and greet, a souvenir photo with the artist and a commemorative concert pass. For a calendar of spring 2015 Carnival LIVE concerts and to learn more about the Carnival LIVE sailings this fall featuring Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Jewel, Daughtry and more, visit www.carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE, contact any travel agent or call 1-800-CARNIVAL. Carnival can be found on: Web: www.carnival.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/carnivalcruise Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival YouTube: www.youtube.com/carnival Instagram: http://instagram.com/carnival Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR.
About Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The company’s 25th ship, the 135,000-ton Carnival Vista, is scheduled to enter service in 2016.
Raymond James Pops Fiesta! An Evening with the Mambo Kings
Jeff Tyzik, conductor Mambo Kings, guest artists
The orchestra fires up the evening with popular symphonic works infused with infectious Latin rhythms by Piazzolla, Lecuona, de Falla and others...followed by the high-energy blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisations of the Mambo Kings performing such hits as Tres Lindas Cubanas, Blue Mambo a la Turk, Oye Cómo Va, El Cumbachero and other sizzling sounds.
Fri, Oct 31, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall Sat, Nov 1, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 2, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Media sponsor: WDUV
Tickets: $15, $30 & $45
Acura/ELS Presents The Ben Folds Experience
Ben Folds, vocals & piano Jacomo Bairos, conductor
Multi-platinum selling, singer-songwriter, indie-rocker and celebrity judge on NBC’s The Sing Off, Ben Folds will join the orchestra to perform such hits as Effington, Jesusland, Steven’s Last Night in Town, The Luckiest, Not the Same, Narcolepsy, Smoke, Landed, Rockin’ the Suburbs and Brick, among many more. He is also the soloist in his new piano concerto, which critics have hailed for its imaginative mix of “jazz, boogie-woogie, European baroque and Gershwin-esque, Hollywood sumptuousness.”
Fri, Nov 7, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Media sponsor: 97X
Tickets: $35, $55, $75 & $95
Special Concert Ocean Voyagers
Jacomo Bairos, conductor
With recorded narration by Meryl Streep and music by South African composer Grant McLachlan, The Florida Orchestra will perform the eloquent and lyrical soundtrack to accompany the film Ocean Voyagers, documenting the relationship and five-year journey of a precocious baby humpback whale and his enormous 40-ton mother as they travel seemingly boundless oceans together. The concert also features the TFO premiere of Mason Bates' Alternative Energy providing an amazing trip through time from rustic fiddle tunes to digital techno beats and beyond.
This performance is a collaboration of filmmaker Feodor Pitcairn, composer Grant McLachlan, the Blue Ocean Film Festival and The Florida Orchestra.
Sat, Nov 8, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $20, $35 & $50
New! Family Concerts The Science of Sound
Have you ever wondered what makes a sound? Why are some high and some low? What is a vibration? Come find out with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and musicians of The Florida Orchestra! Join us for “Musical Playtime” starting 45 minutes prior to the concert. Activities will include an instrument petting zoo, musical games, stories and other learning opportunities.
Tickets are $5 per person and are available at The Florida Orchestra ticket center in advance or at the door of the given venue, pending availability. Due to limited capacity of 200 or fewer, it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Parking is not included with the ticket price.
Nov 8, 10 am & 11:45 am Mahaffey Theater Atrium, St. Petersburg
Nov 22, 10 am & 11:45 am MOSI Auditorium, Tampa
Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Carmina Burana
Danail Rachev, conductor Elizabeth Caballero, soprano Gordon Gietz, tenor Cameron McPhail, baritone The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay James Bass, music and artistic director Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus Averill Summer, artistic director
SCHUBERT: Rosamunde Overture, D. 644 DEBUSSY: Nocturnes ORFF: Carmina Burana
The evening starts with Schubert’s dramatic and spirited overture and then transitions into Debussy’s world of fantastic sounds and swirling, vibrant orchestral colors. Orff provides an almost pagan musical potion of soaring vocal solos, frenzied choral passages and pulsating percussive orchestration.
Fri, Nov 14, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Nov 15, 2 pm - Matinee Added Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sat, Nov 15, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 16, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sponsor: Ark Royal Insurance
Tickets: $15, $30 & $45
Coffee Concert No Strings Attached
Stuart Malina, conductor
Featuring percussionists from the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba as part of our ongoing cultural exchange; a program of works showcasing brass, winds and percussion
DUKAS: La Peri Fanfare DVORAK: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 MOZART: Serenade No. 11 in E-fl at Major, K. 375
Stuart Malina conducts this morning concert featuring a program of works that showcases brass, winds and percussion, including Dukas’ La Peri Fanfare, Dvorak’s Serenade in D minor, Op. 44 and Mozart’s Serenade No. 11 in E-flat Major. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Thu, Nov 20, 11 am Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $24, 29, $34 & $42
Raymond James Pops Vegas and the Rat Pack
Matt Catingub, conductor Anita Hall, vocalist Steve Moretti, drums
The multi-talented GRAMMY Award winner Matt Catingub invites you to a swinging night of big band tunes made famous by Las Vegas’ Rat Pack...Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Singer Anita Hall performs such favorites as What Kind of Fool Am I, Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore, Standing on the Corner, and I’ve Got the World on a String, among others.
Fri, Nov 21, 8 pm Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall Sat, Nov 22, 8 pm Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Mahaffey Theater Sun, Nov 23, 7:30 pm Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sponsor: Courtyard Tampa Media sponsor: WDUV
Tickets: $15, $30 & $45
Family Friendly! Special Concert Pixar In Concert
Lawrence Loh, conductor
Experience the joy of Pixar’s most beloved characters and memorable scores with beautiful orchestral accompaniment. Featuring clips from 14 of Pixar’s animated films, including music from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, WALL-E, Toy Story 2, Cars, UP, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Cars 2, Brave, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University, watch stunning HD, widescreen images while The Florida Orchestra performs the music live.
Megan Chaskey Created CD Perfect For Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation And Listening
Oct 15 2014
Megan Chaskey would like to take you to the “higher realms” with the music on her fourth album, Naam Radiance, which features her chanting and singing traditional Sanskrit lyrics to melodies she mostly composed with backing from top musicians. She not only is a vocalist-composer and a flutist, but also a Naam Yoga Therapies teacher, a published poet, a spiritual coach, a Harmonyum Healing practitioner, and a Universal Kabbalist.
On Naam Radiance Chaskey is joined by a stellar lineup of musicians: cellist David Darling (a New Age Album Grammy Award winner), guitarist and pianist Scott Petito (who studied at the Berklee College of Music), percussionist Mike Guglielmo (who attended Molloy College for Music Therapy and is a board-certified music therapist), Celtic harpist Aine Minogue (a popular Irish recording artist, folklorist and lecturer), and supporting vocalists Leslie Ritter (Amy Fradon, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin) and Beth Reineke (Rick Danko, Pete Seeger, Anne Hills).
More information on Megan Chaskey is available at her website (meganchaskey dot com). Her CDs -- Golden Bowl of Naam, Surrounded by Naam, Light of Naam and Naam Radiance -- and digital download tracks from those recordings are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others. Chaskey’s books of poetry -- Voice, Heartwood and the just-released Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree -- are also available at her website where she additionally offers one-on-one enlightened life coaching and Harmonyum healing treatments.
“My Naam Radiance album is structured similarly to one of my Naam Yoga therapy sessions which starts with a brief meditation, followed by time to get in touch with one’s present state through meditative movement while singing mantras, then our movements become very rhythmic and energetic during the middle portion, and finally it winds down again until at the end we are relaxing and settling into a deep sense of release. Throughout we are moving in coordination with our breathing,” explains Chaskey.
“Practicing Naam Yoga promotes radiant health through asana postures, rhythmic movements, mudras which are hand and finger positions, breath, and ‘naam’ or sound to harmonize all levels of your being -- physically, mentally and emotionally. It stimulates the life force within us and helps us develop intuitive awareness, spiritual intelligence and health.
“I wanted the album to serve as enjoyable music to listen to, but also as a relaxing and healing experience. You can simply listen or you can sing along. The music is as appropriate for a quiet, candelight dinner as it is for exercising, stress management or massage therapy. To make the music connect as fully as possible with the human experience, it is almost completely vocals and acoustic instrumentation including percussion for the rhythmic movement quality,” Chaskey states.
“The words for the chants are Gurumukhi, a form of Sanskrit that means ‘from the mouth of the guru.’ The words were written down about 600 years ago in a book of teachings by mystics and Sikh gurus, minstrel spiritual teachers, who traveled throughout India and sang their teachings in order for people to more easily absorb and remember them. These chants were passed down from generation to generation. In my own way I am trying to carry the teachings and chants forward by writing my own new melodies to allow the music to have broad appeal for modern audiences.”
Naam Radiance begins with “Invocation,” the one piece in which she uses the traditional melody instead of her own. “This serves as an introductory prayer. I always start my personal morning meditation as well as my Naam Yoga sessions with this.” Chaskey considers the rest of the album to move through three developments. “The next three tracks slowly lift us up. ‘Aardas Bahee’ and ‘Aapa Sahaee Hoa’ musically provide the sweet melancholy of a love song, and lyrically bring hope and blessings in the former and positive energy and opening of the heart in the latter.” Between these two long tracks is the only instrumental on the album, the two-minute “Cello Interlude” in which David Darling overdubbed many highly-variant cello parts.
The second in the trilogy of tunes “gets into the energetic, dynamic, percussive pieces that represent the movement of Naam yoga.” The final three tracks bring the energy level back down. “Haray Guray/Jazz Ballad” uses the same “Haray Guray” mantra as previously, but this time with a more lyrical arrangement that slows it down and presents it with piano-cello backing. Chaskey ends the album with the emotive, relaxing “Sat Nam” in which she overdubs her voice several times as if singing in a temple.
Chaskey brings to this project many years of experience as both a yoga teacher and a musician. As a youngster she gravitated toward folk music such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and Joni Mitchell. Megan started on violin at age 11, but was playing Baroque recorder in an ensemble when she was 14 (“which contributed to my life-long love of Baroque, Medieval and modal music such as the Aeolian scale.”). Two years later she discovered the flute (“the instrument closest to my heart”). During high school in Pennsylvania she studied with the principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Chaskey earned her BA Degree in Literature with a minor in Music at Bennington College in Vermont. During those years she also studied choreography, music composition, and jazz and classical flute. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Education at Lesley College in Massachusetts.
She lived in England for eight years where she first learned about meditation, chanting and throat singing. After returning to the United States, Chaskey started Zen Meditation followed by Kundalini Yoga (she became a certified instructor), Naam Yoga and Universal Kabbalah. She eventually began teaching yoga on a regular basis not only to adults, but also to junior and senior high students. She now teaches privately and at workshops, summer camps and retreats. Her musical tastes have always embraced Irish folk and new age musicians such as Solas and Enya, and later Chaskey enjoyed Kundalini and Kirtan chants by artists including Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal.
Chaskey’s form of meditation practice singing Naam “opened me to my true voice. I began singing at the end of my yoga classes, while people rested in deep relaxation, and their positive responses planted a new seed of creative expression which led me to capture and share this music by recording albums.” She did some early recording with flutist Jay Loomis and practiced creating her own melodies behind traditional mantras. She met musician Steve Eaton who helped her create her first two albums -- Golden Bowl of Naam and Surrounded by Naam -- “sacred music based on the powerful mantras of Naam Yoga.” Chaskey began to recognize the power of live percussion as the underlying foundation for the vibratory effects of sacred music. This led her to enlist music therapist and innovative percussionist Mike Guglielmo to work with her on her most recent recordings -- Light of Naam and Naam Radiance. Guglielmo introduced Chaskey to multi-instrumentalist, arranger and recording engineer Scott Petito (Brubeck Brothers, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, The Band and numerous other major acts).
“Although there are different varieties of yoga and chanting, these practices have become beneficial to many people,” explains Chaskey. “The opening up to everyone of these once-elusive, sacred teachings that at one time were passed down only to the elect few in order to keep the traditions intact, has now allowed us access to ways to evolve spiritually by means of taking care of all levels of our being, physically and emotionally, in harmony with the universal laws of nature. My purpose for creating the music on Naam Radiance is to further propagate and enhance these practices, this beneficial personal journey that anyone can take.”
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Chill-Out, Relax And Unwind To Weightless Ambient Music By Marconi Union
Oct 15 2014
MARCONI UNION Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2)
For the past twelve years Marconi Union have been creating a unique strain of minimal and introspective music, resonant and measured. Over the course of six critically acclaimed albums the group has developed a brand of music that can best be described as illustrative and impressionistic. Their latest album is Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2).
The first Weightless track was created when Marconi Union were asked to collaborate with a sound therapist from the British Academy of Sound Therapy and write a piece of relaxing music. The plan was that the track would then be scientifically tested for its effectiveness. The prospect of being involved in this unusual project proved to be highly alluring and the Union quickly agreed to take part. When “Weightless” was tested at the Mindlab Institute scientists reported that their research indicated that the music slowed the heart rate, reduced blood pressure and decreased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress. When the research was made public there was an instant and intense media reaction, with many newspapers, radio stations and television shows picking up on the claims that ”Weightless was “the most relaxing song, ever!” One British national newspaper even warned motorists not to listen to the track while driving. Appositely, the release even earned the track the accolade of being named as one of the Inventions of the Year in Time Magazine. [On the album the track is labeled as “Weightless Part 1.”]
Typically, Marconi Union’s reaction to the media furor was to say the least muted, they largely declined requests for interviews or statements. In part, this was because they have never been comfortable with publicity preferring to work away from the spotlight. They were also reluctant to speculate about the “Weightless” alleged attributes, as they had not been involved in the scientific testing, and their only interest in the track was from a musical point of view. However, there was another more important reason, they were suddenly very busy. The process of making the “Weightless” track had inspired them to create more music, using the same approach. They had long been aware that sometimes removing elements from tracks made them more interesting and the making of “Weightless” crystallized that.
Marconi Union’s Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley began by forging their introspective ruminations as a means of making the music that they wanted to hear and couldn't find anywhere else. Tellingly, early releases - Under Wires and Searchlights (2003), Distance (2005) - appeared via the Ochre imprint (alongside releases by the likes of Will Sergeant, Avrocar and AMP Studio) and on All Saints, a label most readily associated with Brian Eno but also with out there/experimental/ambient luminaries such as Biosphere, Harold Budd and Roedelius. In recent years their music has been released on London-based label Just Music.
Marconi Union have had a symbiotic relationship with the visual arts, sound tracking art installations and theatrical/ballet works. They performed a three hour improvised piece at Manchester Art Gallery that accompanied a number of exhibitions including one by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, an artist who explicitly sees his works as having a life and of being in a constant state of becoming, themes that chime with Marconi Union's stated intent of extracting emotion from their standard software and hardware. A Lost Connection (2010), prompted a series of 52 paintings by Colin Lawson on the themes of isolation and disconnection; about ideas of withdrawing from the world into an inner, more personal space. Conversely, say, Marconi Union, We always try to make music that connects with people in some way. We always aim to capture a specific mood, a specific feeling or a specific place and time.
Lawson also responded to Beautifully Falling Apart: Ambient Transmissions Vol. 1 (2011) with a series of mathematically structured compositions. Talbot and Crossley notably describe the release as a side step rather than a follow-up to A Lost Connection. The first of their Ambient Transmissions releases, the recording explored the incongruity of the beautiful, the stunning, the gorgeous and how it can often be found in unexpected and sometimes dangerous or ugly places. The duo have previously described the beauty of a gang of road workers, under flood lights, at the side of the motorway” where the vivid image of lights and sparks contrasts with hazardous and dirty reality of the situation, an idea referenced in the album's pretty closer A Shower of Sparks. It would be easy to imagine the track co-opted into Kompakt's Pop Ambient series. For Different Colours (2012), the band changed their sound-palette with the permanent addition of Duncan Meadows (he had previously played live with the band). The album feels less isolationist, brighter even, with a more emotive and soulful element that complements the more structured feel of the tracks.
The band note that their sonic inspirations - Kraftwerk, King Tubby, Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Neu, Wire, Avro Part, David Bowie, Joy Division, Brian Eno, Scott Walker, Marvin Gaye, Moritz van Oswald, Can, Lou Reed - might appear like a fairly obvious list of names but also that inspiration is a strange thing and it doesn’t necessarily strike where you expect it. We often find inspiration in lots of places, for instance the use of space and minimalism in our music is at least partly attributable to our love of dub, the pulsing bass drums we sometimes use could be linked to techno even we don’t make dub or techno records. We've even drawn inspiration from records we don’t really like, where we've thought 'we could apply that approach to achieve a different (and better) effect.’” Books, films, travel, cities and buildings, they say, are also significant influences. Tokyo (2009) was inspired by film and television images of the city (which they have never visited) encouraging them to write a soundtrack to the fictionalized city of their imagination, a tone portrait of a city from an outsider’s perspective.
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a band that tends to play submerged in darkness or beneath the video paintings of others, the group admits that the process of making music isn’t actually very interesting. “None of us is particularly interested in playing instruments, they’re only the tools we use to make the music we like. If you asked a plumber about his tools he wouldn’t tell you how great they all were, he would tell you about the job he’d been doing and that’s the way we look at it. We certainly don’t sit around jamming or practicing scales. In terms of the actual mechanics of making music we use standard software and hardware and our creative process is probably similar to many other musicians. The bit that is fascinating is not the interaction with us and the gear, it’s the interaction between us and how this makes the music evolve into something that none of us would or even could have come up with on our own. They are dismissive of the idea that they might be making music only for fans of ambient or electronic music and highlight their use of guitars, piano and strings as well as collaborations with musicians in other genres including Italian jazz trumpeter Giorgio Li Calzi and bass guitarist/poet/composer Jah Wobble.
Marconi Union recognize that there is a level of insularity in their work. We don’t really fit into any musical world, although we touch on lots of different things, they've asserted, We’re just out there, developing our own sound. Sometimes we think we’d like to be a part of a scene, but when it comes down to it we’re never really comfortable with it. It’s not just the musical side of it, there’s all the other nonsense you get when scenes start to develop their own rules about what you can and can’t do or like. We have occasionally been described as difficult. Of course we don’t think we are. Our take is that we just want everything perfect and we don’t want anyone else telling us how we should do things.” Nevertheless, appropriately enough for a band whose name seems to reference the Italian engineer known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, Marconi Union conversely seem to be about communication -- with each other, with other artists, with musicians and with audiences. After all, Weightless is reported to have attracted 12 million views on YouTube.
I can’t remember a point in my life when I wasn’t playing music - it’s always had a hold on me, says Marconi Union's Richard Talbot, Sometimes I wish it hadn’t.
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Temple of the Soul - CD Release Concert
Oct 06 2014
This Thursday, October 9th, Soundbrush Records proudly presents Roger Davidson in a CD Release Concert for Temple of the Soul: Rhapsodies & Meditations for Solo Piano.
New Age And Neo-Classical Music Lovers Will Enjoy Adam Andrews Album
Sep 09 2014
ROAD TO AMBO
Adam Andrews creates solo piano music that focuses on bringing healing and inspiration to his listeners. He says his debut album, Road to Ambo, was inspired by “my family’s journey to adopt our son from Ambo in Ethiopia; the love I have for my family; and my dreams of justice and relief for those who are suffering.”
Before making original solo piano instrumental music his priority, Andrews was a member of folk-pop group Cede which released four albums, actively toured North America (and as far away as Bulgaria), and performed regularly in front of audiences of 5,000-to-7,000 people.
More information on Adam Andrews is available at his website (adamandrewsmusic.com). His CD and digital download tracks from that recording are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes and many others.
“I think everyone has suffered at one time or another,” states Andrews, “which is why healing and inspiration are so important, and why I focus on making those feelings and goals a part of my music. Not only do we want to heal our physical and psychic wounds, but we all need to find better ways to live. We need inspiration to seek out healing, to find new paths, to create a better lifestyle and to find meaningful relationships. I hope my music will not only sooth and heal, but offer encouragement to the listener to make positive changes, to grow mentally and spiritually, and become stronger.”
The album title, Road to Ambo, and the tune with the same name, reflect the ordeal Andrews and his family went through to adopt Kellen, an orphan in Africa. “It was hard on us and on Kellen too,” says Andrews, “because our son was grieving one family before being with another, and as my family waited we had to endure lengthy approval processes, paperwork trails, and extensive travel before bringing our son home.”
According to Andrews, “Some of the music on this album was written during a dark time in my life, and the songs became a place of refuge and peace for me. The other half of the album was composed as my heart healed, my soul felt gladness and joy, and I found myself in a much more positive place.”
The tune “Unknown Hero” honors Andrews’ favorite kind of hero, “those who give selflessly without any hope of return or even acknowledgement. Their kindness can change other lives forever.” The slow and thoughtful “Hope and Joy” had its genesis when Andrews sat watching his daughters, nicknamed Miss Hope and Miss Joy, playing on the floor and laughing (“I felt a sense of peace in who they were becoming.”). “We Are Brothers” is reflective of Andrews’ love for a close family member struggling with mental illness.
“You Were There” is a love song for Andrews’ wife, Rachel (“I had to let her know how much I appreciate her love and support all these years.”). “Faces We See” promotes compassion for everyone “whether it is an orphan in Africa, a widow, the homeless guy on the street, a person crying in the market, anyone in need.” “Smoky Hill” is an analogy for depression blanketing our view of life “until the smoke clears and through perseverance we can see the beauty of the world again.” “Upside Down Church” is “a reflection on needs not being met by the church, but optimism that it can change and right itself.”
Andrews says, “The title for ‘New Normal’ came from my wife and I using that catch-phrase to describe our lives whenever we go through a harsh strain of bad luck and realize it is going to take extra effort to pull through.” Andrews describes “The Well Within” as “that place inside your heart that you draw from when you need courage and strength, which I needed to step out and make this album.” The album closes with the light and buoyant tune “Breathe” with both hands playing counter-melodies. “Breathing exercises are one of the keys to meditation, prayer and relaxation, and paying attention to my breath and learning to live in the moment are some of the tools I have used over the years in coping with anxiety and depression.”
Andrews, who now lives in Colorado Springs, grew up in Denver, Colorado, with a mother who studied music in college and often sang to him when he was a small child. At age seven he began taking classical piano lessons from two progressive teachers that encouraged students to compose their own pieces for recital performances; included jazz, boogie-woogie and improvisation in the curriculum; and even jammed with their students. Adam studied Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Chopin, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Adam memorized Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in C-Major” at age ten and the following year did the same with Haydn’s “Concerto in D-Major” which he performed in the high school auditorium in front of a large crowd.
During high school his interest in classical music waned as he became involved in playing sports and listening to rock’n’roll (U2, Tom Petty, Def Leppard, Nirvana, Joe Satriani). Andrews graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, but soon began to play the piano more actively again. He founded the band Cede with a singer and two acoustic guitarists and later they added a bass player and drummer. At first they played contemporary Christian worship music, but soon began composing their own material. Their popularity performing for youth groups led to them being hired for a lengthy tour of parent-teen conferences in large churches, auditoriums and arenas all over the country plus trips to Canada. In five years the band recorded and released four successful folk-pop Christian-music albums of original material -- The Roots, Surrender, To You and Carried Away. Andrews composed approximately a fourth of the band’s material, and on the last album he wrote and performed two solo piano tunes. The group performed at conferences headlined by Michael W. Smith; played in a Denver sports arena on the same bill with Steven Curtis Chapman and Delirious; opened other shows for Waterdeep and Cindy Morgan; and handled the music for a praise-and-worship service where they performed with Mitch McVicker. Cede also performed in front of a large audience at the Alamo Dome stadium in Texas, and in Bulgaria where they were televised nationally.
After leaving Cede, Andrews continued composing and occasionally performing for church services, worship groups and conferences. He also established a successful career as a Senior Director at a major non-profit ministry where he contributed to the launch of an orphan care ministry and helped shape international ministries to families. For years many people asked if Andrews would ever record a solo piano album. One of the catalysts was his parents giving him the family piano he had grown up playing. With the piano accessible in his own home, Andrews found himself composing lots of new material that found its way onto his debut solo album. Andrews says he has been influenced musically in recent years by pop groups such as U2, Mumford & Sons and Needtobreathe as well as new age solo pianists such as Jim Brickman, Ludovico Einaudi and others.
“I have had problems, stressful times and mental anxiety in my life just like anyone else,” Andrews explains. “But I have always found playing piano music to be very therapeutic for me. When other people heard me play and said they also found the music to be soothing, healing, relaxing or inspirational, I realized I need to share it more fully with others. These tunes represent some of my stories, but I feel sure the emotions behind the music are universal and can be felt and appreciated by everyone.”
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