Posts Tagged ‘ New Age ’

David W. Donner – Timeless

a4198856529_16Guitarist and multi-instrumental composer David W. Donner feels at home in the New Age genre, although his music has a relationship to smooth jazz. In earlier time he performed with some indie-rock bands before he started his solo career.

His first album was Eterna (2016). David comments: “Yet after trudging through the minutia related to those efforts, I realized my guitar work was the one thing—musically at least—that was most authentically my own.  It was also the one constant in my life, throughout those years.  In the end, it became apparent that no matter what else I did, an original solo guitar album needed to become a priority.”

His newest project is entitled Timeless (2022). The title comes from the fact that the first song on the album Grounded was also the first song he recorded when he started recording decades ago. David has composed and performed all songs. Let’s get back to the album’s opener, which David has perfected based on the experience he has gained in the meantime as a musician and producer. Grounded is based on the acoustic guitar which meanders in two complementary melodies.

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David W. Donner – Timeless

a4198856529_16David W Donner is a guitarist and multi-instrumental composer of New Age style music. He was shaped by all styles of music, bringing a unique blend of influences to his compositions. His arrangements usually center around guitar parts, layered with synth and percussive elements, but sometimes feature other instruments, such as piano or strings. David’s studies included classical, acoustic (modern fingerstyle) and electric guitar, as well as piano. Before focusing on composition as a solo artist, he played with a number of indie-rock bands.

David’s newest release Timeless brings together a collection of acoustic/electric guitar and piano tracks with contemporary instrumentals bringing the listener an enjoyable world and chill flair that is unique to David W. Donner. Music has helped David to heal after dealing with a lot of hard times. His hope is that others will find peace and healing through the music which he creates.

Timeless is available at bandcamp.

Don Latarski – The Measure of Silence

ALBUM ART Don Latarski - The Measure of SilenceGuitarist and composer Don Latarski is an American institution. His seasoned bandmates declare that nobody plays like him and with a reputation in finger style guitar circles cemented in the image of his guitar picks glued onto his fingernails—they are on to something.  

A collection of songs composed during the pandemic, these songs capture the feeling of solitude and yearning for better times, along with hope, introspection, and contemplation. Each tune will envelop the listener with a pure melodic hug, and are singable, lingering in the mind’s ear long after the music stops.

The Measure of Silence is a follow-up to Don’s previous two releases on Heart Dance Records – River and Frozen Moments, both of which received numerous nominations, reviews by Vintage Guitar Magazine, and airplay on Echoes, SXM, and hundreds of acoustic and New Age radio stations around the globe.

The Measure of Silence is available on CD as well as streaming platforms, iTunes, Amazon Music, and Bandcamp.

Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton – Brothers

a2849930055_16A quiet acoustic album that will remind you of the finest of the Windham Hill releases. It comes by its pedigree rightly, as Will Ackerman is the founder of Windham Hill Records. It combines Will Ackerman’s Grammy® Award winning acoustic guitar, Jeff Oster’s signature and soulful flugelhorn and trumpet, with Tom Eaton’s textural artistry on piano, keyboards, percussion and electric, acoustic and bass guitars.

A perfect addition to your acoustic, New Age, and early morning and late evening chill personal playlists.

Buy the album at bandcamp.

Brian Culbertson – Soundscapes

In Brian’s own words: “This project is a journey into film music, something I’ve always been fascinated with. It is also meant to calm and help reconnect with nature.

NOTE: Total length is exactly 25 minutes. However, the last track (“Silence”) is 2:19 of nothing, total silence. This is of course on purpose. After listening to the first 5 tracks (which all meld into one another), I did not want it to either immediately start over from the beginning, nor did I want another random song to start playing as that would have ruined the ‘total relaxation’ that you’re feeling. I find it similar to the end of a yoga session when you’re lying in corpse pose for a few minutes before getting up.”

Get the album here.

Rob Mullins – Winter Dreams III

Rob Mullins is a versatile keyboardist capable of playing both crossover and bop. Born in Enid, OK, Mullins spent time in Ontario, CA, before moving with his family to Denver when he was 14. He began playing drums when he was 11, but three years later when his leg was broken in a car accident, Mullins began playing piano. Mullins’ parents loved jazz, so he was well acquainted with the music when at 16 he formed a jazz combo. He attended the University of Northern Colorado for a period, studied with George Russell in New York, and in Denver started his own record company (RMC Records), cutting four albums that sold very well in the region.

In time, Mullins moved to Los Angeles, became a fixture in local clubs, and recorded one best-selling CD after another, primarily for Nova, RME, and most recently for Zebra. Rob Mullins has worked with Branford Marsalis, Kirk Whalum, Ronnie Laws, Spike Robinson, Brian Bromberg, the Crusaders (touring in Joe Sample’s former spot for three years), the Rippingtons, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin, and many others, including his own band of local all-stars.

His newest offer is the album Winter Dreams III, a solo piano album with dreamy melodies. You can buy this album here.

David Lanz – Water Sign

“Most of my life, I have lived near bodies of water. Small lakes, the Great Lakes, streams, canals, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and now the Mediterranean Sea. I grew up in Seattle, which has quite a reputation for it’s rainfall and I was born under the astrological sign of Cancer, which is of course known as one of the water signs. I’ve written songs with titles like Rain Forest, Behind The Waterfall, Desert Rain, Water from the Moon, Norwegian Rain and here, the six pieces from the Water Sign Suite: Wonder Wave, Rain Dancer Returns, As Rivers Flow, The Water Bearer, Moonlight Lake, and Neptune Dancing.

Living now on the island of Cyprus, the sun plays a role in my musical life as a source of inspiration. But water and the flow of life speaks to me at the deepest level. I am truly all about flow. So with that in mind, I offer the WATER SIGN album…inspired by the sun, the moon, family, romantic love and of course water.”

The new album Water Sign is available for pre-order on David’s website.

Michael Whalen – Sacred Spaces

Michael Whalen is an internationally known recording artist. His soaring melodies and beautiful ambient spaces are beloved by fans throughout the world. From New Age/ambient to classical to pop to jazz/fusion to his many soundtrack recordings, Michael’s catalog of music is deep, rich and filled with beauty. As a producer, Michael has worked with over a hundred artists creating gorgeous projects for: Stephen Sondheim, The Bala Brothers, Jim Brickman, Andiamo, Mary McLaughlin, Chris Botti and many others. Explore Michael’s vast collection and fall in love with the perfect soundtrack for your life.

2020 release. Sacred Spaces has been an album many years in the making. First, it started as a classical project in the late 2000s. Michael thought that he would write a “string symphony” based on his search for spiritual path. A three-movement piece was plotted and a number of musical themes were developed… and then nothing for years. In 2018, Michael picked-up the project again but decided to put the classical treatment aside in favor of a large scale electronic project. He picked some of the existing melodic material to work on for the recording. He then started to create sounds for the project. Over three months, he created over 800 sounds, textures, loops and timbres. “After working on thousands commercials for over 30 years” Michael says, “I am not sure how many of my listeners know how much sound design work I have done. Honestly, sound design is a skill that is at the same level as my melodic skills – I think. I am surprised how many new timbres I made that I had never created before. A whole new palette. Once I had the sounds all set, the album happened very quickly.”

Get this album at Amazon.com.

David Bach – Perficiendi

Keyboardist David Bach will not be known to most readers. With his official biography, which is peppered with many references to awards and recognitions like 2016 Maryland Music Awards Best Jazz Artist, Maryland State Art Performance Award and a Maryland State Art Composition Award he does not make it easier to come across his real career.

However, I like him already by the fact that he worked with Crystal Waters, the Basement Boys, Exodus Quartet, Thievery Corporation, Everything but the Girl, Fishbelly Black and Enrique Eglesias.  This musician therefore disposes of a healthy mixture of intuition for the elitist and financial stability. The one does not always exclude the other.

More about his releases is to find in his discography. Window On The West (1998), 5Thousand Words (2001), A Deep Breath (2005), Live at Baker Park (2008), Otherworld (2013) are listed as his solo records. His newest project Perficiendi (2020) is just released on Polyphemus Records.

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Robert Christa – Smooth World

German pianist and composer Robert Christa is a musician you really should have on the radar. Since his debut Nightflight To Rio (2015) and his sophomore project City Lights in 2017 he has come out as an insider tip in the smooth jazz genre. This impression is convincingly confirmed by his third album Smooth World (2019).

Robert Christa performs on his new album keys, backing vocals and programming. He is joined on selected tracks by Robert Friedl (sax), Tom Reif (guitar), Bernd Hemminger (bass), Josiah Ruff, Stephanie Forryan, Mel Kamper (vocals), Mattias Hase (acoustic guitar), Llioba Bruns (cello), Natascha Weber, Lyn Conary, Daniana (backing vocals).

The album opens with Rise & Shine which reveals Christa’s penchant for perfect construction with a great opening. Saxophonist Robert Friedl and guitarist Tom Reif get plenty of opportunity to bring their own ideas to the play.

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