Hello all ! I have been working very hard on a new album in collaboration with Vladimir Khrobystov. This album transcends time and region. A combination or world music, sound healing, meditation, tribal and ambient art. Please have a listen ! the album will be available on Dec 2nd via ITunes etc.
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Pirates Bay is the latest musical confection from the German Nouveau Flamenco group, Luna Blanca. Helmed by classical guitarist Richard Hecks and co-written with pianist/organist Helmut Graebe, Luna Blanca has become one of the most popular World Music bands on the planet. Their 2012 release, El Dorado, was the recipient of the Best World Album award by Zone Music Reporter for that year, and it’s likely that Pirates Bay will receive similar accolades and recognition. In addition to outstanding performances, this music overflows with joy, adventure, and a strong sense of fun. In addition to Hecks and Graebe, Luna Blanca includes Bino Dola on rhythm and lead guitar and Clemens Paskert on bass, percussion and keyboards. Guest artists are Uwe Gronau on organ on two tracks, Davina-Carolin on piano on one track, and Gundy and Davina-Carolin the singing mermaids on the only track that includes vocals. A few pieces include nature and other sounds to further illustrate the story.
Pirates Bay begins with “Carolina,” a wonderful opener with a swaying Latin rhythm that evokes images of warm, tropical breezes, wide sandy beaches, and plenty of relaxing sunshine. The title track is a favorite. Infectious energy, great organ work by Gronau, and soaring guitar by Hecks send this one into the stratosphere. “Fighting Jack” cranks the energy level up another notch and adds a danceable rhythm that makes this a fantastic party song. Are we having fun yet? You better believe it! “Pina Colada” has more of a slow-dance feeling with a gentle rhythm and beautiful guitars creating a peaceful ambiance. Guitars and keyboards paint a picture of the perfect afternoon basking in “Sunshine” and watching the world go by. “Let Me Tell You” reminds me of some favorite instrumentals from the 1960s - rhythmic and peaceful with a gorgeous melody. “Pirates and Mermaids” is likely the most radio-friendly track with female voices taking the role of sirens luring the sailors with the only vocals on the album. Catchy rhythms, more beautiful guitar playing, and the haunting vocals make this one a stand out. “Black Pearl” is another favorite with more incredible organ playing by Gronau, a strong rock beat that makes it impossible to sit still, high energy guitar, and haunting keyboards that come together for an unforgettable piece of music-making at its best. Love it! “Hopeless Chance” ends this excellent album with a poignant, wistful guitar ensemble piece that touches the heart.
Pirates Bay will very likely be on my list of Favorites for 2014, so be sure to check this one out! It is available from www.LunaBlancaMusic.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!
Kathy Parsons - MainlyPiano.com
Review page: http://www.mainlypiano.com/2014_Reviews/Luna_Blanca-Pirates_Bay.html
Hi folks, since the beginning of the year is now available, my album "Symphony of silence and humility". A tribute to the life and evolution. The Symphony, a 74-minute approx Suit, is my biggest and most important work, which has already received many positive reviews. 3 magnificent guest musicians found themselves in the course of the production on this album and gave it their own personal touch. 2 years proven work on this album. Audio samples are available on my website www.matzumi.de
Who says you have to spend years in a conservatory in order to play the piano. Not pianist and online teacher Edward Weiss who says it's a lot easier to play piano by chords and promises to teach anyone how to play in 30-days or less.
Mr. Weiss has developed a ‘new age’ approach to playing piano that, according to this eclectic teacher, can have anyone not only playing piano in less than a month, but also create their own music.
When asked how he accomplishes this remarkable feat, Edward Weiss comments:
“I have my students learn something called the ‘open position chord’ first. It’s a special chord structure that allows the complete beginner to play piano with both hands right away. Not only that, it’s a modern sounding chord structure. Most teachers start students off with triads. And while these are still used, they aren’t very modern sounding. My approach bypasses the antiquated classical method to get students improvising and creating on their own, usually, in just a few hours.”
Not the usual method of instruction to say the least, Mr. Weiss’s course has been online for over 10 years and thousands have taken it. The goal, according to this New Age piano teacher is to focus in and enjoy the process of creating while letting go of the outcome or need to produce a finished product. This process oriented approach is intended to ‘free up ‘ the student’s intuition and allow them to express themselves quickly and easily at the piano.
To learn more and to sign up for the course, visit http://www.Quiescencemusic.com
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