Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sounds of the Season: Universal Sacred Music for Chorus by Roger Davidson

Missa Universalis VI: The Names of God

Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism are all represented in this music.


For me, Sacred Music has always been an integral part of the Holiday season. Going to church, sitting cozily amidst my family, a sense of wellbeing washing over me thanks to the deep and resonant sounds of the choir.

Once I began considering myself more "spiritual" than religious, I've not attended church and have little or no access to live choral music. So, I was pleasantly reunited with that rich, warm feeling upon first listen to Missa Universalis (I-VI), offered by Soundbrush Records as "Universal Sacred Music for Chorus" performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum. 

A quote inside the beautifully-designed album reveals a glimpse at the unifying spirituality of the composer/producer of this work, Roger Davidson, who writes:


 "This music is meant to carry a spirit of universality, brotherhood/sisterhood and unconditional love to people of all backgrounds and faiths." 
A recent Google Chat with Roger Davidson reveals the story behind the album; listen, explore and purchase options available at the Soundbrush website, or buy it on Amazon

Recommended!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sounds like Hanukkah: Hebrew Prayer Inspires Get Tribal on RADIO GOD

“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one." 


 RUAH: Breathe. 

"RUAH" is the second track on Radio God, a uniquely-sounding new album by Northern California based group, Get Tribal, led by Kari Hohne.  Just in time to set a unique tone for Hanukkah, this is Hebrew chant set in an MGM bible movie soundtrack tapestry, according to the album liner notes. 

Inspired by the prayer Shema Yisrael "Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad" – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one."   The texture of this beautiful Hebrew chant comes alive within a dramatic orchestration of legato strings, piano and orchestral percussion, reminiscent of 1950’s MGM Bible movie soundtracks. On Radio God, each track echoes a cosmic radio call letter; with the RUAH channel, we learn the importance of breathing: it is the breath of life that connects us to Spirit (a word derived from the ancient word for "breath"). 

When life presents challenges, just breathe. Spirit understands what the mind cannot conceive. If you enjoyed Donnar from the group's first album, God of Drum, then you will love the cinematic energy of RUAH. Why do we pray to the Creator with such adoration? The Shema Yisrael prayer is similar to the So Purkh chant in that it reminds us that when we meditate purely on the greatness of God, our souls find comfort in this world. 

In that way, RUAH has the intention of renewing Faith. Let it be so in this holiday season.

Visit Get Tribal's website to hear more music, and enjoy this video montage of the full album: 


Friday, October 9, 2015

MUSIC and WELLNESS

Mysterium Music's "Love Shack” Brings Healing Music, Breast Cancer Benefit to Wellness Expos Across the U.S.


Music producer and singer Trisha Bowden and her record company are on a nationwide mission to share the power of healing music.  Mysterium Music - a resource for healing, rest and revival – has garnered three Grammy-nominations in as many years.  The creative executive wants you to hear the magic for yourself at her festive “Love Shack” listening booth, coming to a wellness expo near you soon!
     
A blissful smile adorns the face of a young woman relaxing on festive foam pillows, oblivious to the foot traffic in the aisle just feet away thanks to the headphones she wears, a music player resting in her hand.  She is taking a sonic “timeout” in the fun, relaxing “Love Shack” of Mysterium Music, which will be accessible to the public this weekend, October 16 – 18, as part of the New Life Expo in NYC, NY.  

The record label’s founder, Trisha Bowden, says she enjoys when people approach her with specific health challenges, so that she can program the iPod with just the right mix of rejuvenating music and invite them to kick back and relax.  People are surprised, she says, to experience music as something more than entertainment, even though medicine men and women have incorporated music into their treatments for centuries.  For Bowden -- a singer herself -- creating music for healing, rest and revival is a mission that she takes as seriously as her desire to support others on their journeys.

“I live in a little bit of heaven by a lake in Hanover, PA” she explained in a call from last week's Mind Body Wellness Expo in Oaks, PA.  “We built an intimate recording studio, a special place to express and record our music and the music of others, which we share around the world.  They are musical works of art for healing and rejuvenation of mind, body, spirit and soul.”

In the past few years, Mysterium Music has earned three Grammy nominations for its music, embracing 10x-Grammy nominee Peter Kater, and most recently, debuting the critically-acclaimed Agrelia’s Castle album Elders and Ancestors, featuring roots/rock keyboardist Paul Brown (The Waterboys). The latter title is a tribute to all the compassionate mentors that the husband/wife duo met along their own cancer journey; it is poignant, uplifting and hauntingly beautiful music that they suggest be used as a soothing “tool” for any stage of living or dying.

In the booth, the reclining woman’s eyes flutter open, and she looks about at the crowds. “I was absolutely transported,” she says, to Bowden’s delight. “I don’t ever want to leave here,” she exclaims, picking up a copy of one of the label’s best-selling CDs titled Light Body, “But if I have to go, then I’m taking one of these with me!”

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the label will donate $5 of every Elders and Ancestors CD sold during the expos to benefit Breast Cancer patients. 

Bowden enthusiastically welcomes expo goers to stop by for their own customized Sonic Soothing(c) session. This weekend’s The New Life Expo is in New York City's Penn Plaza Pavillion, 401 7th Ave New York, NY, 10001.  Last week, Bowden attended the popular Body Mind Spirit Celebration at Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa Street, CO Springs, CO.  She's excited to "pack the Shack" and take her music mission to the Big Apple for

Bowden also hopes to meet caregivers, healing centers, and other like-minded entities for collaboration and creative partnerships. To learn more about Mysterium Music, Trisha Bowden or any of the music, visit www.MysteriumMusic.com

For media or partnership requests, please contact Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, 310-560-8390, or bethhilton@theBcompany.com

Connect:
Video of Peter Kater’s LOVE: https://youtu.be/-Cz8j8dmmNo

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tribal Culture & Global Fusion


Do you feel the Gypsy within, calling you to travel?  Or dream of releasing your spirit to a shaman's guidance? Play and explore on Drumming & Tribal Fusion, a vibrant new Pinterest board embracing this ageless global movement beloved by millenials and hippies alike. Music, Shaman, Wise Women, Fashion, Travel, tattoos and more are celebrated here.

Have something to add from a great drum circle or trip? Contact the page manager to be added to the contributors list!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sneak Preview: Radio God Medley by Get Tribal - Official



"Super cool, sexy chill music!"
Radio God is the new album release from Get Tribal (Kari Hohne), nominated for Best New Artist and Best World Album in the 2014 ZMR Awards; it is available 10/6/15.

This exciting new work is a surreal revival of world spiritual music arranged with ethnic and modern beats, infused with radio and tv nostalgia. The intriguing video medley underscores this concept, and leaves one wanting more.  

As a follow up to the acclaimed album God of Drum, "Get Tribal once again delivers a cross-culturally vibrant and energetic mix of ethnic styles and transcendental percussion in a musically diverse tapestry of inspirational sound." 

Great workout music and perfect for yoga, holding asanas or running.

Radio God officially releases in October 2015, and we are anxiously awaiting its magic! Tune in for more info and a full track at www.Radio-God.com 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Artist Feature: Peter Kater




Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. 
Without them, humanity cannot survive.”   
                                                           - Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness


Peter Kater, with ten GRAMMY® nominations and more than sixty albums to his name, is arguably one of the most prolific and popular contemporary pianists on the planet today.  He recently released Love, his first solo piano album in more than ten years, a collection of seven composed pieces and six improvisations that share the common theme of love and its many wonders and emotions.

The album’s liner notes border on poetic, as Peter explains the basis or inspiration of each piece, giving a deeper and more personal insight into the music. He explores the many facets of love, not just the more common musical themes of romance and infatuation. He also encompasses hurt, loss and healing as well as the love of self - a much more mature approach that translates beautifully into Peter’s unique and distinctive musical language.  The new work has been called “eloquent and moving” and “one of his best albums ever.”
 “I have been playing the piano since I was 6 years old. There are very few things that are more natural to me than making music. In playing the piano I am able to express what is deep in my heart and soul, where words fall short and seem colorless in comparison. I am fortunate to have a recording studio in my home. Almost every time I sit at the piano to play, I press the record button just in case something "special" comes through. These improvisations and compositions were recorded over the last three years, in "the heat" of the moment. These are musical portraits of my heart, ripe with emotions, joy, complexities, excitement, pain and revelations of the various manifestations and landscapes of LOVE.”
                                                                               - Peter Kater, on LOVE
Originally born in Germany but raised in New Jersey, Peter is seemingly comfortable everywhere. Recently relocated to Los Angeles from Hawaii, the multi-platinum selling artist began working on another type of work near and dear to his heart,  composing the soundtrack to “Heart of the World,” a much-anticipated, three-hour PBS program focusing on the stunning National Parks of Colorado. This is gratifying work for Peter, who among his many awards and honors, has received the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zone Music Reporter.  



To date, the tireless composer and producer has scored over 100 television and film productions -- including music for the 2000 and 2004 world Olympic Games and eleven On- and Off-Broadway dramatic plays -- and performed all over the world for his devoted fans as well as presidents, dignitaries and spiritual leaders in fine venues including the United Nations and Carnegie Hall. In 2015, he joined in creating a Long Life Prayer in honor His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.

This year, Kater is submitting his LOVE recording to the GRAMMY Awards’ Best Contemporary Instrumental category.  In a sense, he is returning to his roots, as his early success was not in New Age music, but in Contemporary Jazz.   His first solo piano album, Spirit, was released in 1983.   Following that, five of Kater’s releases charted in the Top 10 National Contemporary Airplay charts including his National #2 album, GATEWAY. 

Kater says, “Love is a hybrid recording combining my classical roots and jazz improvisational instincts.   I’m excited that the new Contemporary Instrumental category now exists at The Recording Academy, because I feel it’s the best place for this new recording that truly crosses genres.”

Love is Peter Kater’s third project of 2015, released by Mysterium Music; all proceeds from the album's first week of downloads were donated to the American Nepal Medical Foundation's 2015 Earthquake Relief Fundraising Campaign 

Peter's complete discography, sheet music, events calendar, home concerts, and more can be explored at www.PeterKater.com. 


Monday, July 6, 2015

The Dalai Lama Turns 80!



Feel as though you are there live, with the Dalai Lama celebrating his 80th birthday with chant and song! There is an English-language speech partway through the ceremony. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Spiritual Music Collective

Beautiful artwork has always been an important element in new age, world and ambient music. Nature, deep space, and people of many cultures are often the images used to invoke the beauty and energy of the music within the packaging. Enjoy the artistic creativity of many of today's best musicians on the Spiritual Music Collective page...

               Follow Beth's board Spiritual Music Collective on Pinterest.     

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Events: FIONA JOY – Performing Live at T.H.E. SHOW NEWPORT

  1. “Fiona Joy takes over from where George Winston left off…" says Cookie Marenco, five-time Grammy nominated Producer, Founder of Blue Coast Music Group. Fiona and Cookie have been enjoying a unique collaboration as they make waves in the audiophile world.
  2. This weekend, May 28 - 31st 2015, Fiona Joy will join with other Blue Coast Records artists to put a fresh face on the often lofty audiophile world, which leans toward classical and jazz recordings. Fiona Joy is a classically-trained (yet contemporary) composer pianist, producer and vocalist from Australia who has won over 50 international awards, including the 2013 ZMR Award for Best Instrumental Piano Album. In 2014 she contributed her song “Grace” to Winds of Samsara, an album that won a GRAMMY® Award for Best New Age Album. 
  3. Fiona is owner of Little Hartley Records, managing all aspects of her music worldwide, and releasing her work in various audiophile formats, including vinyl. She has ten albums to her name, including her most recent release, Signature – Solo, available in high-resolution DSD and SACD from Blue Coast Records; the album is being produced in additional formats and variations to enchant music lovers at every level. 
  4. Fiona Joy's live performances at T.H.E Show (taking place at Hotel Irvine) will last approximately 45 minutes. Since the performances are in the Lounge, there is no telling the level of sound quality, a bit ironic in that Fiona Joy is know to be perfectionistic about the listening experiences she provides her fans.  However, she says, "I loved meeting this community last year...they work hard, listen hard, and play hard...by the time they make it to the Lounge, we'll all be ready to unwind and I can't imagine they'll care too much about the hotel's sound system!"
  5. Fiona Joy will also spend a good bit of her show time in Blue Coast Music Group’s Hospitality Suite 546, from approximately 10-2 daily.
  6. Attendees are encouraged to drop in for FREE Gift Bags, BLUE COAST Music Sales, Signings...and lots of tasty Goodies!!!!

Fiona's Performances in Hotel Irvine - Lounge
Friday@ 5:00 in Lounge
Saturday @ 5:00 in Lounge
Sunday @ 4:00 in Lounge

Fiona's Artist/Producer Discussions in Blue Coast Recording Suite 547

Friday @ Noon - “Recording Process of Signature – Solo”
Saturday @ 11:00 - “Touring in China”
Sunday @ 11:00 - “Producing & Arranging”



For general meetings, Media interviews, Sponsorships, or Performance requests during THE Show, please text your request and timing/location details to Beth Hilton @ 310-560-8390.

What is BEING?

  1. Being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence. Anything that partakes in being is also called a "being", though often this use is limited to entities that have subjectivity (as in the expression "human being").

Monday, May 11, 2015

New: Sounds from the Circle VII



The New Age Music Circle's much anticipated 7th Annual Compilation has arrived, presenting over 4 hours of award winning music as well as newly-discovered artists curated from the broadest interpretation of the New Age music genre across the globe!  GRAMMY-winning artists and ZMR Lifetime Award Recipients abound on this particularly rich-sounding new release.

Each of the 49 contributing artists has copies to distribute, and fans can enter to win limited copies by RT-ing the group's Twitter posts @SoundsFTCircle.

Musician's and fans can become Circle members, and participate in future compilations, too, by joining here

Enjoy a sneak peek at the album's impressive track list:




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WISDOM in MEDIA: NewAgeUniverse.com

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NewAgeUniverse.com is a bit of a hidden gem, a somewhat old-school website  that, despite its HTML layouts, offers a surprising amount of original content like the front page article excerpted above.  The piece "Could Be Good, Could Be Bad" tells a parable for the Chinese New Year, written by regular contributors Tom and Linda Peters who enjoy bringing the deeper stories behind holidays to light, as witnessed with their "Radical Re-Thinking of Valentine's Day" article in February.  

Born when "internet portals" were all the rage in the late '90s, NewAgeUniverse.com has outlasted many of it's competitors, including holistic print magazines that launched websites and have since closed them for lack of funding.  Private ownership, a community approach, and not spending on hi-tech upgrades has allowed the site to remain online, however, the owners, Suzanne Doucet and Beth Ann Hilton, think the time is right for a complete upgrade to a modern interactive model with accompanying store. How that will be accomplished - via investors or crowdfunding - remains to be seen.

Why now?  Hilton, the site's editor-in-chief, explains, "With the LOHAS market worldwide now estimated at $500+ Billion, the timing is good, and necessary; there simply aren't enough positive content sites out there to serve the market the way our planned re-design could. We are regularly approached by product reps, authors and musicians hungry for a place to publish or advertise their goods and services. We've turned them away for years, but recently looked at our traffic numbers and were amazed with what we found compared to similar sites.  Amazing, considering we really don't promote, we just do what we find interesting and relevant...it's almost like a scrapbook, well curated by experts in the field.  It's got great bones and is ready for its makeover!"

Freelance writers like the Peters' and subtopic editors are lining up to participate.  One of the site's charming twists is that the site topics are arranged in such a way that they can be searched and cross-referenced according to their related Chakras, curated by Doucet, an expert in Harmonics. For instance, one would click the "Body" button on the lefthand menu, and pages are sorted into four subcategories of topics: Beauty, Holistic Health, Nutrition and Bodywork/Yoga. Clicking on any of those takes one to a subcategory page of both original content and referral links out to approved sites and other publications.  

In fact, the freedom with which NewAgeUniverse.com shares info and links away from itself to other sites is remarkable.  Many portals of the past have shut down, or have been bought out, their editorial degraded into cheesy sites full of lists designed to grab traffic. But, the founders point out the the old portals did not have original content or a sense of niche community, and that makes all the difference.  The democratization and sharing of information is not only in line with community values, it is also the true spirit of the New Age.

Visit www.NewAgeUniverse.com today.  Interested investors, writers and advertisers can email info@newageuniverse.com.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dynamic Duo Pioneering in Audiophile World, Highlighted by WomanBizLife


New music is released everyday, but not much of it is recorded in a hi-resolution format by two women to offer to the testosterone-heavy and affluent audiophile world.  Today, such a feat was recognized by Woman Business Life, which was appreciated greatly by pianist/composer Fiona Joy and renowned producer/engineer Cookie Marenco.  

"I'm thrilled that a women's business site would promote us.  Musically, I love that fact that the audiophile market understands the integrity of a single note, and can hear and appreciate the intervening silence as much as the note choices," Fiona said, adding a bit of girl power with, "I also love working with Cookie Marenco, a woman who is breaking new ground in an industry dominated by men."

More and more young women are pursuing music careers, not as performers, but as producers and engineers at every stage of production. Public recognition like this is encouraging to them, says Fiona, who is also a producer; her 2014 project with Jennifer DeFrayne was produced at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios, and won DeFrayne a Best New Artist nomination in the ZMR Awards race.

SIGNATURE - SOLO was released today by Marenco's new label, Tiny Island Music / a division of Blue Coast Music Group, and is also available in various hi-res and "regular" formats...read the complete piece at WomanBizLife for details, or listen and purchase music at https://tinyislandmusic.bandcamp.com/   

Fiona Joy, an Australian resident, will perform at the esteemed audiophile event T.H.E. SHOW in Newport Beach, CA this coming May, following a tour in China and an appearance at the ZMR Music Awards Show in New Orleans, LA.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jennifer DeFrayne, Best New Artist Nominee!



Recently nominated as Best New Artist in the broadcaster-chosen ZMR Awards run (to be awarded live in New Orleans this May), self-taught pianist and composer Jennifer DeFrayne is enjoying renewed interest in her debut album that many have likened to a cross between George Winston and Liz Story, much to her delight.  Below, a new review, just in...

RajMan Reviews: CD Review – By a Wire, by Jennifer DeFrayneThe masterful composing and performing by pianist Jennifer DeFrayne on this exquisite album is all the more impressive considering that this is her recording debut. 
Of course, it doesn't hurt that her producers are Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman and popular recording artist and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins, who herself is fresh off the success of the Grammy win of an album she contributed to,Winds of Samsara by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman, and who released DeFrayne's album on her Little Hartley Music label....

Read full review

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fantastic Covers of Themes from "Downton" and "Thrones" on INAMORATA


Three-time GRAMMY®-nominee David Arkenstone and enchanting vocalist Charlee Brooks crossover to Pop with INAMORATA

One of the most anticipated music releases of 2015 is a gorgeous collection featuring multi-Grammy nominated musician/composer David Arkenstone and enchanting vocalist Charlee Brooks. Arkenstone’s incomparable music joins spectacular lyrics and vocals by Brooks, who last teamed up on their Mermaid-themed album Loveren.  

Speaking from his Laguna Beach home, Arkenstone talked excitedly about this new album of love songs. “There are eight original songs in addition to the themes from Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, Zedd’s ‘Clarity’ and Sarah Brightman’s ‘Harem.' This time out, we wanted to craft some songs that were more pop/crossover tunes, and we chose a few cover songs that we felt we could bring something fresh to; the lullaby is for my niece, who was born during the recording.”

David Arkenstone & Charlee Brooks
Often compared to Sarah Brightman and Enya, Charlee Brooks made her debut on their first collaboration, Lovéren, followed by Celtic Garden, and she performs many of their songs with Arkenstone in the epic live concert event David Arkenstone’s Symphonic Adventure currently a popular public television special.
  
“We usually start with the music…a melody or theme, then Charlee comes up with some evocative lyrics that complete the musical thought I have,” says Arkenstone.

Adds Brooks, “Overall, this record is very sweet, of course, with its deeper moments. The lush strings and arranging that David did on both the originals and covers really move it to another level. When he writes, the lyrics are almost unnecessary as the music itself evokes so much on its own. The additional strings added by David Davidson complemented the tracks so well, he is an amazing violinist. Many of these songs are written from the female's perspective, especially the main title, ‘Inamorata.' This piece in particular is written from a place of longing to be somebody's everything. A reassurance to them that they will be there forever.”

“ ‘Inamorata’ was the first track we wrote and it set the tone for the rest of the album,” says Arkenstone. Brooks continues, “Inamorata is an Italian term for a person's female lover. Lyrically and melodically, this album takes you through many emotional journeys. I feel that everyone has experienced some interpretation of love, whether it was great or just a passing moment.”


Celebrating the 25th year of his impressive recording career that includes more than 40 albums, 20 Billboard hits, film & TV soundtracks and game scores, three-time GRAMMY®-nominee David Arkenstone has established himself as one of the best contemporary instrumental musicians of our time. This visionary continues to create distinctive tracks that inspire the imagination. A musical storyteller, Arkenstone is passionate about taking his listeners on a journey, creating sonic tapestries that evoke every emotion. “I envision a place where I would like to go, or an adventure I would like to take, and let my imagination run free,” says Arkenstone.

Drawn to music and the arts at a very young age, Brooks began singing and dancing at age 3, accompanied by her father on his guitar and other instruments that her grandfather carved by hand. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, Brooks’ parents encouraged her to participate in all live theater productions, which led to a guest appearance on Carnival Cruise lines at age 11.  At 17, Brooks moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. A gifted audio engineer, she met Arkenstone while recording his tracks for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion. This chance meeting led to their collaboration on numerous songs and ultimately their epic orchestral album, Lovéren. 

Enjoy behind the scenes videos, and discussion about Inamorata, whici is available on Amazon and iTunes