From e1 Entertainment we bring you Anne Akiko Meyers “Fantasia”. She is a beautiful classical violinist. The record will make the hair on your arm stand up straight – it’s so powerful! This album has a very interesting backstory.
The concept begins with one of the last works written by the late composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, who passed away just this summer.
Meyers, a lifelong fan of the composer, had reached out to Rautavaara’s publisher during the spring of 2015 with the idea of a 15-minute fantasy, a free-form piece. To her delight he soon accepted, and at the end of summer she received a handwritten score. She immediately ran to the studio to play it through.
Meyers performed the piece for Rautavaara near the end of 2015 in Helsinki, and he remarked to her that “I wrote such beautiful music.”
Rautavaara composed music of a wide range of styles over his 87 years, but a recurring description of his work is “mystical.” Meyers says this fantasy for violin and orchestra is ethereal and soulful, with overtones of his Symphony No. 7, “Angel of Light.”
Sadly, he died before the record was released.
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Debbie Williams is on the fabulous label, 335 Records. Not too shabby when you consider 335 is also home to Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto – both grammy award winners.
Debbie is a Cabaret genre Jazz Singer who can really “belt it out”….so much, the ground will move! She has a wonderful Christmas single you can get on Amazon, here.
Be sure to check out our newest Spotify playlist: “Alternative Facts.” It’s filled with alternative rock artists spanning from the classic music of Nirvana to brand new tunes from our friends at Jon Campos & the Incurables.
This playlist is collaborative and we would love for you to add your favorite alt-rock songs! Also, don’t forget to follow the playlist as well as our Web ‘n Retail channel on Spotify so we can keep you updated with all the latest and greatest musical trends. Check out the playlist here:
This Grammy Award Winning record (won in 2016 at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards) came to us from Emmy Award Winning Composer Laura Karpman who commissioned the works of Langston Hughes 1961 epic Poem at Carnegie Center. It covers all geographics and the native genre of music of each. It features: The Roots, Nnenna Freelon, Ben Wendel, Monet Owens, Taura Stinson, Medusa, Janai Brugger, Angela Brown, Bart Samolis, MB Gordy & The San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.
You can buy it on iTunes.
Ricky came to us through the amazing artist, Wouter (pronounced “Voo-ter”) Kellerman who he has collaborated with on various projects. Because we were/are so impressed by his work, we included his album Shanti Samsara in our November 2016 Holiday Music Guide. This amazing “world” album takes you on a journey of 40 different countries and utilizes the talent of over 500 musicians including Steward Copeland (The Police), The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary), Philip Lawrence (Bruno Mars), Patti Austin and of course, Wouter Kellerman.
This is no ordinary musician. He’s a legend. Here’s what a couple fans had to say on iTunes:
A Marvelous Creation (by El Cerrito Records)
Ricky Kej is with no doubt one of the most important Composers of our generation, and Shanti Samsara is one of Ricky Kej’s masterpieces…
An Epic Masterpiece (by Hazine’s World)
Grammy winner Ricky Kej has done it again, and has taken his passion for environmental consciousness through music to a whole new level. Collaborating with 500 musicians (for real!) in 40 countries, each piece on this record is a plea for unification, for awareness, for love and compassion…
Buy the Album on iTunes, here
Deep Touch is a brand new trio from the LA area that crosses several genres depending on which track you are listening to – their music crosses disco, dance, indie, electro and synth pop. They are truly a one-of-a-kind act with a very promising future based on our office staffs’ opinions as well as recent reviews like these: Abduction Radio , Swedish Music blog LYSSNA and Indie Shuffle. Their artwork is awesome and the guys are very smart in the way they choose to market their music.
You can stream all their tracks for free on Spotify at: http://bit.ly/DT-Spotify AND, get a free download of a track from the new album on noisetrade here: http://bit.ly/DT-FreeSong + follow them on Facebook here: http://bit.ly/Facebook-DT
Daniel is a very talented folk singer-songwriter who has many years experience honing his craft. Fred Schmale of Real Roots Café Dutch Music Magazine is quoted as saying: “Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine & Tom Paxton”. A pretty substantial recommendation for any folk music lover.
Hear several of the tracks off of “These Houses” on YouTube (static videos)
“Mama’s Radio” – https://youtu.be/4wwR3wItu1E
“Dad’s Garage” – https://youtu.be/Vyg5b26h3G4
“Leadbelly, Woody & Pete” – https://youtu.be/MpfDAQ5PM5A
Or see Daniel perform “I Brought the War with Me” live, here – https://youtu.be/VwL0HZELwNY
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