Album Review of “Secret Garden” by Monica Logani

“Secret Garden” is the debut album from Monica Logani, a pianist, composer and amazing photographer. She classically trained in piano as a child but didn’t return to the instrument until well into adulthood. Initially inspired by a gardener who passed away, “Secret Garden” is comprised of twelve compositions spanning thirty-five minutes total. Monica is joined on various tracks by Gregg Zubowicz on vintage acoustic and electric guitar, Maria Grigg on violin and Lyudmila Kadybaeva on cello.

Album Review of “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite" & "Singularities” by Keith Richie

Having previously reviewed as well as being completely awestruck by Keith Richie’s album “Ambient Highways”, I received “The Maestoso Interstellar Suite” with great enthusiasm. The two-hour remastered edition of this album, originally released ten years prior, has been cleaned-up, enhanced and extended onto a second disc of completely new material for a whole new listening experience! Weaving symphonic electronic, ambient and space music elements together, notable comparisons can be drawn to Tangerine Dream, Christopher Franke, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Carbon Based Lifeforms, all of whom Keith cites as musical influences.

Album Review of "A New Dream" by Lynn Tredeau

“A New Dream” is the third album from Idaho-based pianist and composer Lynn Tredeau. Having received her first piano at the age of six and subsequently mastering classical music, Lynn eventually found her calling in the realm of new age piano music when she later discovered the music of fellow pianist-composer Michele McLaughlin. Following in the musical footsteps of her two previously award-nominated albums, “A New Dream” is comprised of thirteen solo piano compositions that are largely inspired by dreams, musings and memories.

Playlists for April 2016

April 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

Album Review of "Scattering Stars" by Michelle Qureshi

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Michelle Qureshi, creates an enthralling blend of musical styles on her album “Scattering Stars”. A classically trained guitarist with an interest in Sufi mysticism, Michelle’s studio consists of acoustic, electric, classical, and 12-string guitars, as well an array of synthesizers, indigenous world and exotic percussive instruments. Her musical influences include the likes of Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Pat Metheny, Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman and Philip Glass among others, as the compositions on “Scattering Stars” emit echoes of her many artistic inspirations throughout.

Album Review of "In The Garden" by Seay

“In the Garden” is the fourth release from Seay (pronounced ‘say’) – a highly gifted musician, composer and singer who plays piano and keyboard, as well as provides all vocals on this album. Produced, arranged and written by Seay, she is joined by other musical talents that include Rob Beaton, Leon Bisquera, Butto, Erik Darken, Jules Delgado, Scott W. Hallgren, Varsha Gowda, Ricky Kej and The Raevolution Orchestra, Wouter Kellerman, Karthik K, Geoff Koch, Stephen Peppos, Jeff Silverman, Jonathan Smith, Bret Teegarden, Pat Thomi, Vanil Veigas, Jerry Watts Jr and Hitoshi Yamaguchi.

Album Review of "Radio God" by Get Tribal

“Radio God” is Get Tribal’s follow-up to the award-nominated debut, “God of Drum”, a globally-inspired project by composer Kari Hohne. Drawing upon world mythologies and diverse cultures, as well as inspiration from music and films spanning several decades, she weaves these concepts into a blend of both ancient and modern rhythms within an electronic musical framework.

Album Review of "Southern Cross" by Jim Ottaway

“Southern Cross” is the follow-up to electronic music composer Jim Ottaway’s highly energetic “Invisible Vortex” album. Named for a distinctive constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, “Southern Cross” is Jim’s first intrinsically ambient-space album since “Liquid Moon”, which was originally released in Australia in 2011, and later internationally in 2014. Comprised of six tracks spanning seventy minutes total, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim, as well as lovingly dedicated to the memory of his mother Madge who passed away in 2015.

Album Review of Interstellar Love by Darren Rogers

 

Darren Rogers’ album Interstellar Love is based upon a theme of two soulmates in search of one another as they behold the celestial night sky. Consisting of seven compositions spanning fifty-two minutes, the album explores the hidden depths and desires of the heart – and how it potentially relates to a greater cosmic design.


 

Album Review of “Distant Horseman” by Timothy Wenzel

“Distant Horseman” is the fifth album from composer and keyboardist Timothy Wenzel. A former research scientist with a chemistry background, the music of Timothy is inspired by his fascination with both the musings of life and the physical world around him. Joining Timothy on this album on all but two of the twelve compositions is violinist Josie Quick – also a member of the groups Perpetual Motion, The Coyote Poets of the Universe and the Frontera String Quartet.

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