Lena Natalia is a Chicago-based pianist and composer whose album, “Rendezvous in Paris”, is the follow-up to her debut release, “Sundays in Paris”. Classically trained since the age of four, she has stayed true to her classical roots, crafting original piano compositions within a more minimalist framework, also explored by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm and Philip Glass. Inspired by her time living in Paris before returning to the United States, the twelve compositions on “Rendezvous in Paris” are energetically imbued with a French mystique.


Follow the River Home is the highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning album With Evening Above by Indiana-based ambient guitarist, Jeff Pearce. Mastered by Tom Eaton for Imaginary Road studios, the album is comprised entirely of electric guitars that often resemble a surround-sound of both guitars and synthesizers resonating throughout a cathedral.



“Legends” is the seventh album from Sequential Dreams, an electronic musical project by Kuutana who has also released more ambient solo works, as well as a chillout musical project titled Sundown Café. Also contributing to this album is ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl on guitar and violin, as well as Ryo Utasato on synthesizer-arrangements, with piano contributions by Kori Linae Carothers on a couple of tracks. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning nearly eighty minutes total, “Legends” takes the listener on a thematic musical excursion inspired by individual tales.

 

May 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs



“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

 

“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.

April 2016 playlists for our weekly one-hour programs

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.

“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.

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