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  • Posted 2 months ago in Los Angeles Based Sun Soul Orchestra Debut CD
    For Immediate ReleaseLos Angeles Based Sun Soul Orchestra Prepares To Release Their Long Awaited Full-Length CD Debut “What Matters Most” Worldwide on April 28th, 2015Los Angeles, CA - Sun Soul Orchestra is an inspired project that features a rotating collection of artists performing original music and covers arranged by Stevo Théard and Ginger Murphy. Their debut album,What Matters Most has been a labor of love over the past 5 years and finally releases worldwide, physically and digitally on April 28th, 2015. On the surface it would seem that Los Angeles, California based Stevo and Ginger could not come from more disparate planets in the musical universe. Ginger came up in the highly structured, extremely regimented world of classical music training, while Stevo got most of his training on the job – at first playing nightclubs and gigging locally, then graduating into the world of international touring and recording. Stevo and Ginger are both working musicians and have hundreds of amazing credits including working with many superstars throughout their careers. Stevo has worked with Amel Larrieux, Mandy Moore, Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Patti Austin, Anita Baker, Vanessa Williams,Brian McKnight, Bobby Brown, Terence Trent D'Arby, New Edition, Johnny Mathis, Keb Mo', Sheila E. & The E Family, Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Branford Marsalis, and Patrice Rushen to name a few. Ginger has recorded and/or performed with: Kendrick Lamar, Christina Aguilera, Pat Benatar, George Benson,Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, P Diddy, Cee Lo Green, Faith Evans, Placido Domingo,One Republic, Pharrell, Barbra Streisand, Macy Gray, Josh Groban, Mos Def, Rihanna, Usher, Kanye West, Steve Wonder, Wu-Tang Clan, Olivia Newton John, Blake Shelton and so many more.This album features many world class musicians that appear throughout the album. Rastine Calhoun, who plays sax on a handful of tracks, has worked with legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Babyface. Also featured, Greg “Gee Mack” Dalton who has worked with Stevie Wonder,Mary J. Blige, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and L.L. Cool J. Michael Hunter plays flugelhorn on a track. Michael is a world-class soloist who has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Rick James, and James Brown. Kamasi Washington is a young lion who has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Raphael Saadiq, Mos Def, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones and Stanley Clarke. Chris Woods is an amazingly gifted violinist who has worked withJustin Timberlake, Faith Evans, Outkast and The Black Eyed Peas. Chris Gray has worked with Earth Wind and Fire and Idina Menzel, and has been in the pit orchestras of The Academy Awards and Dancing With The Stars. What Matters Most also features Katisse Buckingham who has worked with Prince, Dr. Dre,Herbie Hancock and Poncho Sanchez. Everyone brings the heat on this one! For a full list of players featured on What Matters Most check out http://sunsoulorchestra.com/playersWhen Stevo and Ginger first met at the historic Capitol Records Studio A in Hollywood, they discovered that they had much more in common than a casual observer might expect. She grew up in Chicago with a great love for Blues, Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop and R&B. He grew up in Los Angeles with eclectic musical tastes that included Rock, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop, and even a love for the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. They also found that they shared a deeply passionate appreciation for great cuisine from all corners of the world (especially Sushi), and so their journey began. The first seed of Sun Soul Orchestra was planted when Stevo volunteered to write an arrangement for a string quartet that Ginger was a part of. Stevo’s idea was to combine the string quartet with drums and percussion, and Ginger suggested the song I Wanna Know as a good potential cover. Even though Stevo had no experience writing for strings, he dove in and quickly discovered that he had a knack for putting the arrangements together. When they began writing original music together, they became truly inspired, and committed themselves to the project now known as Sun Soul Orchestra. The mission of Sun Soul Orchestra is to create soulful music with the best musicians and vocalists available, and to combine the strengths that Ginger and Stevo each bring to the table, along with all of their invited guests.What Matters Most, the first offering from Sun Soul Orchestra, is about tapping into what Stevo and Ginger both value most about music: the emotional content of it, and the ability of music to communicate on a deeply spiritual level. With two singles already in frequent rotation on dozens of radio stations across the US, What Matters Mostreleases physically and digitally worldwide on April 28th, 2015. SSO will be performing a few select shows around the Los Angeles area to support the album’s release.For more information on CD release parties, new music samples, or to join the mailing list visit the SSO website http://sunsoulorchestra.com/ Check out the video for their cover of the Rolling Stones’ Waiting On A Friendhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXxZ3QnEoaAFor Physical Distribution Inquiries please contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective at 415-292-7007 or via e-mail sales@independentdistro.com For Digital Distribution Inquiries contact Jerome Forney at IDCDigital at 415-292-7007 or via e-mailjerome@independentdistro.com For Press and Radio Inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at 828-350-8158glassonyonpr@gmail.comFor Information on Booking Sun Soul Orchestra contact Gumbo Child Productions sunsoulorchestra@yahoo.com
  • Posted 10 months ago in Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty Form New Band!
    For Immediate ReleaseMusic Legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty Announce Formation of New Music Ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band!Los Angeles, CA - Music legends Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty announce the formation of a new ensemble - The Anderson Ponty Band! YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International jazz superstar Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music icons form a musical synergy that is unparalleled!“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God” - Jon AndersonThe Anderson Ponty Band also includes Jamie Dunlap on guitars - well known as a film and television composer, most notably 'South Park'; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Jones and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band will visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy, while creating new compositions as well.The Anderson Ponty Band have been writing and arranging old favorites during the past three months. They will be in residence for three weeks in September at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado rehearsing, recording and playing a public performance on Saturday September 20th. An album will be finished in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Also, a videography documenting the making of the album will be released as well as videos and performances. A world tour beginning in March 2015 is in the planning stages.The Anderson Ponty Band announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign today July 25th beginning at 2PM Eastern. The campaign will encourage fans and friends to become a stakeholder in the project. Numerous tiers of donations will be rewarded by album downloads, premium CD/DVD packages, VIP ticket access, merchandising, special one of a kind collectibles, special meet and greets with the band and much more.Kickstarter campaign: http://bit.ly/apband2014Anderson Ponty Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontybandJon Anderson official website: www.jonanderson.comJean-Luc Ponty official website: www.ponty.comManager: Jim Lewis, andersonpontyband@gmail.comPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com
  • Posted 1 year ago in Visionary Pianist & Composer Sean Wayland New CD
    For Immediate ReleaseVisionary Pianist & Composer Sean Wayland Releases His 23rd Album, 'Barrenjoey'New York, NY - Australian-born pianist, composer and keyboardist Sean Wayland has released the 23rd studio album of his prolific career, a magnificent and stylized take on jazz and funk with roots in Australian rock. In fact, this album, 'Barrenjoey', takes its name from Wayland’s homeland in Australia (not, as those familiar with the New York jazz scene might think, from famous local drummer Joey Baron). This album tells a different story, and one that’s highly personal to Wayland.“I was inspired by surfing in Australia, New South Wales Coast, and Australian rock circa 1980,” says Wayland. “The title track is about a tombolo, or tied island, attached to palm Beach, the most northerly point of the Sydney region.” It’s not difficult to hear these inspirations shine through, particularly on the title track. With drumbeats that crash like waves, the landscape and the lighthouse the lyrics speak of come to life through the song. The passionate musicality and life of this album will transport listeners to the Australia of Wayland’s youth.As a composer, Wayland is deeply rooted in the jazz piano tradition, and this is highly evident in all his work. He is a graduate of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, where he won the Jack Chrostowski Piano Award. He established himself as a creative star of the Sydney jazz scene before relocating to the States and making himself a fixture of New York City’s jazz scene. After moving to the city 14 years ago, Wayland has been recording at a staggering pace. Now, with Barrenjoey, he explores broadened stylistic territory in jazz and funk, while simultaneously harkening back to his roots. “Better Down South” is a memory, an autobiographical piece about surfing in the Ulladulla and Jervis Bay regions of Australia when Wayland was young. Stories like these, told through his carefully constructed musical harmonies and rhythms, are close to the artist’s heart. “It’s a stylized, personalized take on various musical traditions including Australian rock, jazz and funk,” Wayland says. “There is a musical message that is hard to put into words.” Listeners to this album will certainly find the message easy to hear: a personal journey drawing from the music and recollections of Wayland’s past.'Barrenjoey' features a number of other talented musicians and performers, including Keith Carlock on drums, James Muller and Nate Wood on guitar, and Jeff Harley on bass. Virna Sanzone lends her beautiful vocals to complement Wayland’s singing throughout the album.'Barrenjoey' is available for download now on Sean Wayland’s Bandcamp page.For more information on Sean Wayland, please visit SeanWayland.comPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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