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Another Time, Another Place AV talks with Robin Spielberg
Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. With an impressive tour schedule and hundreds of thousands of recordings sold, this Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive piano technique since debuting her first recording of original solos for piano, Heal of the Hand.
Thousands of people have been both entertained and touched by Ms. Spielberg’s live concerts; her natural talent for making audiences immediately comfortable transforms what could easily be an ordinary evening at the concert hall into a very special concert Event. “Robin has such a personal and expressive way of playing, and her story-telling about the origins of the music makes the pieces come alive...the evening was both touching and mesmerizing” writes Wind & Wire Magazine of Robin’s San Francisco area concert. “Robin Spielberg has an undeniable melodic gift” says New York Concert Review of Ms. Spielberg’s Carnegie Hall debut.
A prolific composer, Spielberg has sixteen recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of Americana melodies, and a CD of lullabies.
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by Max Corbacho
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The Ocean Inside by Max Corbacho AV Spotlight CD Review
The Ocean Inside is actually a double release so that it has
the equivalent of 2 albums contained in the digital download of this project or
two CD’s if you are buying the physical product from Max. With a title like The
Ocean Inside you would be right to guess that the music contained here would be
vast in nature as well as dark and mysterious in the way that the sounds are
woven together. The music listeners will find on this album is the equivalent
of space music but from an earthbound perspective. We often forget just how
profound and mysterious that the oceans that surround us really are. We look at
the surface of the water from the comfort of a boat bobbing on the waves
drenched in sunshine while below us lies depths that very few have ever
descended to explore. Max has captured that quality in the compositions that
make up these two discs. With a total of 14 songs that runs for 2 hours and 27
minutes it is very easy to immerse yourself in this environment and feel the
cold depths of the water close in around you as you continue to sink ever
deeper into the pitch black that seems to go on forever.
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Sedna II by Asteroid Anxiety reviewed by John Shanahan of Hypnagogue
“Recorded using a Sidrassi Qin,” reads the note on Asteroid Anxiety’s Bandcamp page. If I take that as written, that Sedna II was made using only this small handcrafted synth from Meng Qi Music, then I’m doubly impressed with both the instrument and this album. Sedna II moves from deep darkness to enveloping drifts over the course of an hour. It has its challenging stretches where thick skeins of noise aggress against the listener’s ear, but that makes for a smooth balance in contrast to stretches where the sound simply runs deep and quiet.
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Letters From Far Away by Heidi Breyer reviewed by Michael Debbage of Mainly Piano
Only another two year lapse and once again we are invited to another recording from the delightful and adventurous pianist Heidi Breyer. Last time around Breyer pushed the envelope with the addition of a few vocal performances. This time out she wanted to strip it down to create her first solo piano album however decided to make it a double album concept with the second disc presenting the same songs fleshed out with various instrumentation. The results are magical.
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Next by Jeff Oster reviewed by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck of New Age Music Reviews
Ever think of what it would sound like if Pink Floyd joined forces with Miles Davis? Well that is the sound of Jeff Oster as people described him over the years. Personally I love both of those artists, they were building blocks to our musical legacy and idolized by generations of listeners. Jeff Oster is an acclaimed trumpet and flugelhorn player that has been bestowed many honors over his career. After giving his new release Next a good listen I can understand why. Somehow he has been able to take jazz, funk, ambient and new age and make it a unique and compelling sound all his own.
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Tyler Smith aka
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Imbue by Androcell aka Tyler Smith
Androcell is the enveloping, electronic dub infused music project of producer and artist, Tyler Smith. For almost two decades he has been at the controls of music production, experimenting with different styles and emotions in sonic art form. Over the last ten years under the Androcell name, Tyler has been steadily growing in awareness across the planet for his organic meets electronic musical expressions of bass drenched, effects heavy sound manipulations. Having a deep passion for blending a multitude of music styles, instruments, and cultures, he continues with his studio-as-instrument approach in creating emotional and immersive sound productions. After four full-length albums plus various compilations, EPs, and remixes to the name, the Androcell project stands as a firm embodiment of his sonic exploration.
Androcell reemerges yet again to bring his fourth studio album "Imbue" to the sensory surface. This latest work is a new journey of vivid sound imbued with peace, love, courage, strength, and healing for the human heart, conscious mind, and nervous system. Together, in alliance with Altar Records, this album is proudly presented as a limited-edition CD with all original cover artwork painted by artist Jack Shure and quality mastering by Colin Bennun at Stooodio Mastering, UK.
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by Doug Hammer & Amethyste
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Secret World by Doug Hammer and Amethyste AV Spotlight CD Review
This album presents listeners with an appealing contrast of
sounds on this collaborative effort between Doug Hammer and Amethyste.
Doug’s piano and Amethyste’s theremin create a sound palette quite unlike
anything that I have heard recently. Amethyste’s playing fashions a poignant
atmosphere to each of the compositions while Doug’s keyboard work is very light
and delicate never seeking to be anything but a balance and a counterpoint to
Amethyste’s playing of the theremin.
Overall the album is a serene collection of songs that
beckons listeners to surrender to the waves of tranquility that their music
seems to exude from the first song to the last. The idea of pairing Doug Hammer
and Amethyste might not be your first thought of what would constitute a great
instrumental duet but in this case it was an excellent idea that yielded some
wonderful compositions. The name of the album is Secret World which might mean
something different to just about everyone who listens to the 12 songs that
comprise this release but to me the meaning of Secret World gravitates to the
idea that the compositions on this album are born from a place that lies deep
within all of us that oftentimes we do not share with anyone else which
sometimes even includes those closest to us in this life. It is a secret world
of joys that we have experienced, hurts that have never quite seemed to heal
and deep emotions that tend to make it difficult to share them with anyone
else. The songs on this collection speak to that place deep inside and they
offer us comfort, peace and understanding for those hidden things that are
rarely revealed to others.
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AV's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases
Fire in the Rainstorm
by Kori Linae Carothers
by Rajendra Teredesai
Heart of Silence
by Peter Kater and
Michael Brant DeMaria
A Good Place to Be
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Change of Weather
by Dan Pound
by Steve Roach
by Max Corbacho
Into the Blue
by Glenn Main
by Hollan Holmes
by Zen L4nd
by Peter Edwards Ambient
by Elise Lebec
Of Those Things Left Unsaid
by Dave Fulton
Reiki Hands of Love
by Jeff Oster
Life Flows Water
by Howard Givens & Craig Padilla
by Robert Rich
Through the Gate to Nowhere
Broken Stars Through
by Numina + Zero Ohms
by Erik Wollo
Another Time, Another Place
by Robin Spielberg
State of the Ambient Union 2014
A few years back I ran several opinion pieces of those involved in the ambient/new age music industry about the state of the ambient union as it existed in 2008. As the pace of technology increases and the fact that the way we consume our music seems to be in a constant state of change I felt that perhaps it might be nice to revisit this topic again and take a look at the ground that we covered in the last 10 years or so musically speaking and what kinds of changes we might expect over the next few years in regards to ambient music creation and distribution.
The music industry has been in a state of constant change since I first started to listen to music way back when I put the needle down on my first 45 RPM record. While the changes took a little while to manifest back in the day because there was a manufacturing process that drove the music industry that had to be adhered to and it took time and lots of money to make changes from albums to 8-tracks to cassettes to CD's. Once music became separated from the physical and broadband speeds increased enough that files could be uploaded and downloaded all bets were off in regards to what the future held for the record labels and for the artists themselves.
These series of writings are not an attempt to predict the future of the music industry and the ambient/new age genres in particular as we have seen the futility of trying to do that every time a rock solid prediction (so it seemed at the time) falls flat on its face in the cold light of the future. Let's just say that these writings are musings of those who make, distribute or play it on the air. It is a time to look at where we have come from and what possibilities lie ahead for the ambient/new age artist if things continue on their present course.
Blake Gibson aka Broken Harbour offers up his views of where the ambient community is currently and shares his thoughts on streaming, physical product and why it's a great time to be an ambient musician or listener.
aka Broken Harbour
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David & Steve Gordon
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Chakra Balance AV talks to David and Steve Gordon
David and Steve Gordon are innovators. Over the course of their 30 year career they have consistently pushed the boundaries of musical styles, and their albums have been pivotal in shaping the changing landscape of ambient music, world music and chill out electronica. Both David and Steve are award-winning producers, as well as composers, classically trained instrumentalists and the founders of Sequoia Records, which they have molded into a world-class record label since its inception 26 years ago.
Inspired by the tranquility of Sequoia National Park, David and Steve became a pioneering force in the realm of new age music by using nature sounds as a part of a musical composition to create nature music - a novel approach that had not been accomplished prior. It is David and Steve's ear for positive, culturally adventurous music, as well as their versatility and think-outside-the-box mentality that has made them the influential artists they are today, having grossed over 1.7 million units in sales worldwide. A recent N.A.R. survey listed the Gordon Brothers in the top 5 most popular artists as reported by new age music retailers, along with artists such as Enya and Loreena McKennitt, and several of their albums have charted in Billboard.
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There was a time a few decades ago that I considered myself to be in front of the audio equipment curve when it came to audio gear and how I would listen to music in my home. I didn't consider myself an audiophile as I never achieved the financial means to plop down enormous amounts of money to have the "perfect" set up to listen to my music. Having worked the retail end of music and audio sales I always mentally kept up with what was available even if I couldn't really afford to own it. But there were some advantages as I could always catch the floor models on sale as they made way for new equipment so in some ways I did have better gear than others who were in a similar situation. With names like Yamaha, Sennheiser and Cerwin Vega on my rack and floor I enjoyed my music and spent many years trying to squeeze a little bit more out of my wallet to upgrade my equipment when major innovations happened.
That was then. This is now. Perhaps it is simply because I had never crossed over the line and became a true card carrying audiophile that I find myself where I am now in regards to my listening habits. Oh I still have a nice Yamaha amp albeit one that has not been upgraded in quite a few years and I do have a pair of Yamaha floor speakers that are part of my set up along with a couple of nice desk speakers that sit on either side of my monitors and a fairly decent pair of Sennheiser headphones for more critical listening but the source of my music is now my computer and not a separate deck like a CD player or a blu ray player that handles all disc formats. There was a time not that long ago (less than 10 years give or take) when I was still getting CD's in the mail and putting them in the CD player and doing my main absorption of the music from a physical format such as a CD or DVD if the music also had visual content. The one exception I still might make to that would be something like Robert Rich's sleep concert Somnium (2004) that came out in DVD format and packed a whopping 7 hours of music onto a single disc. For that I would make an exception and listen to the original hard copy as opposed to music files.
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Lichens by Mike Howe
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New Releases and Ambient Visions in 2014
I'm going to take the time to post this to AV page just to see if we can get this down to system so that new releases can be give their time in the sun on the AV page. I have set up a new e-mail address on AV to handle just new release announcements that might find their way to me. The address to send to now is newreleases at ambientvisions dot com. I realize that spammers will probably still pick up this address but no sense making it any easier by making it an active e-mail link. Now what do I want sent to this address. Good question and I'm glad that you asked.
I always feel bad when I see a new release or
something that was a new release a couple of months ago and I heard nothing
about it until months later when I ran across it on a radio playlist from one
of the charts that I post on the website. Had I known about the release in
advance it would have been on the site either on the front page or on the new
release list for the current release year. I would like to encourage artists to
submit new release info to the above e-mail address to make sure
a release gets posted on Ambient Visions. The bare minimum of info that I would
like to have sent to me would be the artist name (believe it or not sometimes
that is difficult to tell if I have not heard the artist name before), the
album name, the release date month/day/year. I try to order the list by release
date on my new release lists to help people see what is coming out this week so
they can plan their purchases. It would be nice to know if the album is self
released or if there is a label involved. Links are nice to so that I can post
them right along with the announcement to make sure
potential listeners find their way back to your sites. Facebook, homepage,
twitter, bandcamp, soundcloud, wherever you'd like listeners to check out your
music. If you don't include them in the announcement then I may or may not have
time to go find them. If you want to promote your music please send me complete info.
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by Laura Sullivan
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Love's River by Laura Sullivan AV Spotlight CD Review
Listening to Laura Sullivan reminds me of why I fell in love
with piano music in the first place. Her new album is called Love’s River and
it is marvelous entry into her growing catalog of musical works. While it is
true that she had a little help on this album including the likes of Will
Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Nancy Rumbel and Suzanne Doucet there is no doubt as to
who is the focus and the heart of her latest release. With help of that caliber
it might even explain why I felt transported to my early days of exploring the
new age and ambient music that Windham Hill and Narada used to put out as I
listened to the beautiful compositions that poured out of my speakers.
I want to apologize to Laura for taking so long to deliver a
review of her work that obviously deserves all the praise that everyone has
given it including mine being added in this review. There was a feeling and a spirit that characterized the
music that came out in the early 90’s from those labels mentioned above and it
made that music special in my mind and the songs have endured in my heart to
this very day. Laura’s playing on Love’s River is as close as I have heard
anyone come in a long time. There is an innocence that Laura has captured in
her poignant compositions that immediately reach out and touch your heart. Not
in a heavy handed way but with a soft caress that stirs your emotions and
brings them right to the surface in no time at all. The music that she has
created on Love’s River is delicate and skillfully woven into a blanket of
sound that you just want to wrap yourself up in and sit quietly gazing out the
window and being in the moment.
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Artist Spotlight on Paul Avgerinos
When Paul Avgerinos graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1980, as a full scholarship honors student, he had already performed as a bassist with Isaac Stern, Jean Pierre Rampal, The Beaux Arts Trio, Baryshnikov and many other great classical artists. He also has won scholarships to play and study at music festivals in Tanglewood, Aspen, Grand Teton, Taos, and Spoleto (Italy). After graduation, Paul served as principal bass of several major symphony orchestras around the world, and gave solo recitals as well.
Expanding into more popular genres, Avgerinos toured as a bassist with Charles Aznavour, Liza Minelli, and the jazz legend Buddy Rich. Seeking to further his original composition and develop his childhood passion for electronic music, Paul built Studio Unicorn, a comprehensive digital/analog recording studio, in 1984. Nine solo CDs in the New Age genre followed, including Muse of the Round Sky on the Hearts of Space label. Muse was nominated for a Grammy and is played on more than 2,000 radio stations around the world in addition to syndicated shows such as Music from the Hearts of Space and John Diliberto's Echoes. Two thirty minute features with the latter are added to his credits along with his many other radio interviews. Paul's music is currently being played on Sirius XM Satellite radio & DMX as well as Music Choice SoundScapes.
He has appeared on fourteen sampler CDs and as a guest artist on albums by Joanie Madden, Faruk Tekbilek, Joaquin Lievano, Brian Keane and others. Paul records and produces many popular albums as well and has worked with artists as diverse as Jewel, Willie Nelson, Deana Carter, Richie Havens, Run DMC, and the Celtic Tenors . Avgerinos always makes time for scoring and has worked on many Film, Commercial, TV, and Cable projects for all of the major and minor networks. Paul's work on Peter Kater's Red Moon earned A 2004 Grammy Nomination. Paul's album GNOSIS placed #1 on the New Age & World Radio Chart and his latest, Garden of Delight, won an award for the Best World Album of 2007. Keeping busy creating original music for a variety of interesting and rewarding projects is a way of life.
Currently, Paul lives and works in his Studio Unicorn, Redding, Connecticut, where the deer pass by his studio windows and the hawks and eagles give inspiration from above .
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