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Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight

Armenian born keyboardist Vahagn Stepanyan follows the call of smooth jazz. After his study at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory he toured in some States in America having the opportunity to perform with Eric Marienthal, Nathan East, Don Moen, Greg Adams, Melvin Lee Davis and more.

Although still residing in Armenia Vahagn Stepanyan is focused on the American music market. Here he sees his future. Encouraged by the successful crowdfunding of his debut album Moonlight he plans a sophomore project especially in connection with the modern possibilities of Internet and to move to the United States to build there his career. A bold venture given the current state of the music market and particularly the smooth jazz genre.

His debut album Moonlight (2015) shows collaborations with Eric Marienthal (sax), Adam Hawley (guitar), Melvin Lee Davis (bass), Anthony Crawford (bass), Cleverson Silva (drums), Tony Guerrero (trumpet) to name a few.

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Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight

image description Vahagn Stepanyan (born July 10, 1985) is a gifted Armenian-born keyboardist, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. His musical journey started at the early age of eight when he enrolled into a music school for classical piano lessons. Vahagn’s quest carried him from Yerevan Tchaikovsky High School, a special school for music, on to Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory where he earned a bachelor’s degree in classical music. Immediately following his graduation from conservatory, Vahagn began scoring music arrangements for film soundtracks. Vahagn’s musical passions and endeavors gave him the experience he needed to compose music and write songs for famous artists at an early age.

In 2010, Vahagn produced a Christmas project entitled “Peace On Earth” with American-born recording artist/singer, Eric Lige. In 2011, Vahagn collaborated with Grammy-Nominated artist Carolyn Malachi where he performed on the hit single “Beautiful Dreamer”. In 2014, Vahagn produced The Ethnos Project: Volume One. This project featured various artists & musicians from around the globe. The project was featured and reviewed in July/August by the prominent American publication, Worship Leader Magazine. In 2015, Vahagn debuted his project, Moonlight. It infuses the musical styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from USA, Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Slovenia and Germany. “Moonlight” was musically produced by Vahagn in his home country of Armenia and mixed in the neighboring country of Turkey by one of Istanbul’s top mixing engineers, Alen Konakoğlu. Grammy-Winning mastering engineer Evren Göknar at Capitol Studio’s Hollywood CA mastered Moonlight, making this recording a global top music project indeed. This album is available at Amazon.

Steve Cole – Moonlight

Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and scored four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits. With five CDs in his catalog for Atlantic, Warner Brothers and Narada Jazz, Cole kicks off a new multiple-album deal with Mack Avenue Records/Artistry Music by releasing Moonlight, a collection of classic pop songs and standards set against an orchestral backdrop. The project includes such iconic songs as Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love, the classic torch song Cry Me a River, Lennon/McCartney’s The Long and Winding Road, the Guess Who’s Undun and James Taylor’s Close Your Eyes.

With his gorgeous, classically trained tone and an ear for lyrical melody, Cole most closely resembles a vocalist, emphasizing interpretive phrasing and direct emotion. On Moonlight, he has found the perfect setting for this bel canto technique-a symphonic orchestra playing inspired arrangements by Michael Cunningham, making his splashy major-label debut as an orchestral arranger. In addition to the strings, the arrangements include tastefully placed harp, woodwinds and tempered brass. The supporting rhythm section is composed of Mike Logan (Will Downing) on keyboards, Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) on piano and Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group) on bass.

At the heart of this project is the title track, which appeared in the 1995 film Sabrina. “I saw the movie a few years ago and heard that song,” Cole says, “and it was just delightful-after all, it was written by [legendary film composer and arranger] John Williams, and I thought, ‘This has all the elements I’m looking for.’ So I just sort of indexed it away, and when I started thinking about this project, I was searching for music that would be warm and enveloping. That’s when I remembered this song.” (Few others did; this is its debut cover recording). Continue reading

Steve Cole – Moonlight

Steve Cole has five CDs in his catalog and has previously recorded for Atlantic, Warner Brothers and Narada Jazz. Recently Steve signed a multiple album deal with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music. The first project for the label entitled Moonlight is a collection of classic pop songs and standards set amidst an orchestral backdrop.

The project includes such iconic songs as the Bacharach & David penned The Look of Love, folk songs Cry Me a River, Shenandoah, The Long and Winding Road (Beatles), Undun (Guess Who) and Close Your Eyes (James Taylor) to name a few. In addition to the strings, the arrangements include tastefully placed harp, woodwinds and tempered brass.

The supporting rhythm section is comprised of Mike Logan (Will Downing) on keyboards, Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets) piano and Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group) on bass. With a gorgeous classically-trained tone and an ear for lyrical melody, Cole most closely resembles a vocalist, emphasizing interpretive phrasing and direct emotion.

For this new album Moonlight, Steve has found the perfect setting for this bel canto technique – a symphonic orchestra playing inspired arrangements by Michael Cunningham, making his splashy major-label debut as an orchestral arranger. At the heart of this project is the title track, which appeared in the 1995 film Sabrina. “I saw the movie a few years ago and heard that song,” Cole says, “and it was just delightful – after all, it was written by John Williams” [the legendary film composer and arranger], and I thought, ‘This has all the elements I’m looking for. So I just sort of indexed it away, and when I started thinking about this project, I was searching for music that would communicate a big warm blanket – a record that would be enveloping and that’s when I remembered this song.” (Few others did: this is its debut cover recording.)
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