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  • Posted 18 days ago in Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer DEEPER IMAGININGS
    New Age Artists Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer To Release DEEPER IMAGININGS on November 15, 2019DEEPER IMAGINGS by Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer is a follow up to 2015's IMAGININGS Bringing together some of the worlds most accomplished musicians, DEEPER IMAGININGS by Paul Adams and Elizabeth Geyer is a follow up to 2015's IMAGININGS which debuted #1 on the iTunes new age chart and was the Zone Music Reporter's best Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year. It was a journey of happenstance, whimsy and the joy of sharing music and love between cultures. Elizabeth came all the way from Australia. Pravin Godkhindi played bansuri flute in India. Alp Akmaz who played the balaban (similar to duduk) is from Turkey. Former trumpet soloist and arranger David Hoffman is based in Illinois, and Gary Green of the legendary UK band Gentle Giant added gentle guitar.Adams, with over 102 million streams on Pandora has shown that walking the road less traveled can work. “We all love to create much like a painter. The choice of color and hue is from the artist's whim and is independent from corporate dictate. I was thrilled to be able to use some of the instruments I built in my earlier years as a luthier. Guitars, dulcimer and electric sitar was blended with the natural genius of Elizabeth Geyer's piano, flugelhorn and voice, used in a textural and ambient way. Her ear is stunning and her musical intuition and training in jazz blended well with my rather improvised gentle folk approach, as well as training in ethnomusicology”For Adams and Geyer, meeting Pravin Godkhindi on YouTube and Alp Akmaz on Instagram seems appropriate given today’s ease of technology. The fact that the musical co-operation was so natural shows what a tool it is to embrace and grow as the world shrinks around us. Adams comments that “there was an intuitive vibe in connecting with these musicians. A lot of freedom was encouraged. We had faith that each knew the best way to fill their role, and they really did.”  DEEPER IMAGININGS can be found on the web and all digital sites like iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify and PandoraTo purchase:BANDCAMP https://pauladams.bandcamp.com/album/deeper-imaginingsApple Music https://music.apple.com/us/album/deeper-imaginings/1485285377  Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Deeper-Imaginings-Adams-Elizabeth-Geyer/dp/B07ZPFN6TW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=Deeper+Imaginings+by+Paul+Adams+%26+Elizabeth+Geyer&qid=1573581928&sr=8-1-fkmr0CD Baby https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/pauladams20Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/4Mg8vqlYLOadYJVgNpBGbwFor more information, promo copies and interview requests contact:Paul Adams at [email protected] PH: 1-309-688-0267www.pauladams.org  / www.elizabethgeyer.com  Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 1-828-350-8158, [email protected]
  • Posted 1 year ago in Yagull Releases New Album "Yuna"
    NYC Acoustic Duo Yagull's New Album “Yuna” - Marriage of Piano & Guitar - Cinematic, Lyrical, Truly Intimate RecordingSet for release on December 2, Distributed by MoonJune RecordsNew York - Yagull represents an ethereal beauty that takes you on a transformative journey. Throughout the course of the band’s discography, Sasha Markovic and Kana Kamitsubo have smoothly blended the guitar and piano, respectively, to produce exquisite splendor in melody and mood. One feels the music of Yagull in a spiritual, emotional intensity that is rarely equaled. A metamorphosis occurs for the listener.“Yuna,” the band's newest endeavor, was created and recorded over a period of two years. Apart from one track, Sasha and Kana are the only musicians on the album - a departure from previous efforts. It is a truly intimate recording for the couple, and this is immediately evident as the aural gorgeousness flows over the senses. Says Sahash, “As a storyteller myself, I can attest that music is one of the great conduits for stories. Yagull has shared some personal tales within these compositions.”“Muse” is especially meaningful for Yagull. The song grew out of Kana having to deal with the turbulent emotions associated with the experiences of two miscarriages over the period during which the album was recorded. Throughout this difficult time, Kana felt a presence of a spirit - a muse - inside of her. The plaintive, simple melodies on the track exhibit the sadness of what had happened, but they also morph into an optimistic strain of respect and honor for that muse.The album's title song is closely related. “Yuna” would have been the name of the first - and then second - baby that the couple lost; hence, the muse's name is Yuna. This track is more joyful in its tribute to the muse, and the addition of a backing vocal elevates the music to a higher plane. To enhance the piece, Sasha and Kana decided to work with Ayumi Ueda, a member of Women of the World, after they heard her divine voice at a Carnegie Hall performance. “101” is a bit of a departure for Yagull. While most of Kana's compositions are gentle and often jazzy, this one is more explosive. Kana admits that the song became a catharsis for her, as it evoked an image of herself as a young woman at a time when she underwent a traumatic event. If anything by Yagull on piano and acoustic guitar could be classified as “hard rock,” this might be it. It begins with surging piano arpeggios and then develops into aggressive rhythms when Sasha joins in. Dynamic stuff! The title came from Sasha, who often mischievously dubs Yagull's tunes with non sequiturs.Finally, the band considers the song “Searching for the Moon” to be a gift, as the entire piece was composed within five minutes. They had been asked to “play something” during a photo shoot, and the tune was an improvisation. Bookending the album, the track offers a playful, yet mysterious melody that is simple in structure. It is perhaps the theme song for a dream.“Yuna” is full of other sagas, both enigmatic and wonderful. Along with the inherent lyricism of Yagull's music, there is also the occasional bit of humor. If the band's rendition of Black Sabbath's “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” doesn't make you smile, nothing will. So, sit back, open your ears and your mind, and allow the sinuous, endless beauty of Yagull to move you. It will be a profound journey, and you will come out on the other side… changed.Liner notes by Raymond Benson  Musicians:Kana Kamitsubo – pianoSasha Markovic – guitar, mandolinAyumi Ueda (Women Of The World) – vocal on track 9Produced by Sasha MarkovicTrack Listing:1. Searching for the Moon (2:32)2. Dawn (4:13)3. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (4:04)4. Muse (3:55)5. 101 (5:34)6. Fall Winter (2:53)7. Riverwas (3:39)8. Mori  (Forest Song) (4:06)9. Yuna (4:17)10. Kiri (5:08)Here's what the press has said about Yagull:“These richly evocative instrumentals achieve a transporting, cinematic quality” - TIME OUT NEW YORK“Simply beautiful interplay between two musicians” - JAZZMUSIC ARCHIVE“Tasteful intelligent music to dream away on” - MOORS MAGAZINE, NETHERLANDS“Beautiful music. Deep and well played” - ON TOP AUDIO, FRANCEALBUM PRE-ORDER AND FIRST SINGLE “MUSE” AVAILABLE NOW: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yuna/1440320585To purchase Yagull's music:  ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/yuna/1440320585Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Yuna-Yagull/dp/B07JQ8R21SBandcamp https://yagull.bandcamp.com/album/yuna CDBaby https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Yagull1Connect with Yagull:www.yagull.comwww.facebook.com/yagullwww.instagram.com/yagull_nycwww.moonjune.comWatch Yagull “Searching For The Moon” video: https://youtu.be/OiKWJhVELCYWatch Yagull “Dark” video: https://youtu.be/WwDG51WGVnsYagull EPK: https://bit.ly/2F8xKJdLabel inquiries: MoonJune Records, [email protected] inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), [email protected]
  • Posted 1 year ago in Guitarist Jon Durant Releases Solo Guitar Album
    For Immediate ReleaseInnovative Guitarist Jon Durant Releases Solo Guitar Album “Parting Is”Boston, MA - Following three acclaimed CDs with his group Burnt Belief, Jon Durant has returned with his first solo album since 2011's “Dance of the Shadow Planets.” Unlike his previous solo albums, however, “Parting Is” is a completely solo guitar album. A deeply emotional and personal record, “Parting Is” takes the idea of a solo guitar album and transforms it into a stunning sonic landscape of texture and color. Many of the sounds on the album bear no relationship with traditional guitar, but there are no synthesizers employed at all. Everything is played by Jon Durant on guitars (with Durant also playing fretless bass on four pieces). Durant commented: “In recent years, I have been spending a lot of time away from people and places I love very much. My two boys are out of the house, one graduated college and the other is a senior in college this year. We have a wonderful time when I get to see them, but then they go away and there is a bit of a pang as we part. Also, we have a second home on the other side of the country (Portland, OR) where I spend a fair bit of time, and is also where much of this album began. Frequently my wife will join me for a long weekend, and I will stay on for another week or so, and of course there's the sadness when we part. What is reflected in this music is the sweet sorrow that comes from this parting - recognizing that it's temporary but still longing for more time together.” About the music, Durant stated: “On most days, one of the first things I do is grab a cup of tea or coffee, and begin to experiment with my guitar. The music that comes out is not done with any intention of becoming a composition, or a recording, but is rather more of a meditation. However, a friend heard a brief recording of one such piece and asked why I didn't record more of them. When I began to do so, I felt a pattern was emerging that might be worth exploring.“Many pieces begin as loops that I would play a melodic lead over. I recorded several of these, then began to deconstruct the loops and record the various parts as separate components which could become less loop like and more dynamic and flowing. The track, 'Open Window' is a perfect example of how that played out.” That track, “Open Window” also provides an opportunity to explore the unusual sound and textures that Durant creates. The primary guitar which began as a loop is an electric 12 string. From there, multiple electric 12 string parts were layered in a minimalistic way. The melodic guitar is a fretless electric guitar, and the low tones (which sound a bit like the old Moog Bass Pedals) are generated from the fretless guitar. Also, swirling around in the background are Jon's unique cloud guitar sounds, notes which hang in the air like clouds with no discernable beginnings or endings. There are three solo cloud guitar pieces (“Clouds in Advance”, “Before the Rain Falls” and “Willamette Fog”) and two pieces which remained as a loop with lead guitar over the top. “The Room Where She Waits” is a loop of electric 12 String and the lead is fretless guitar. On “Evolve in Place”, the loop is an electric guitar with fretless guitar over the top.Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. Alongside Durant's six solo albums and three Burnt Belief records (with Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree), Alchemy has also released albums by artists Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Leni Stern/Wayne Krantz and others. To Purchase Jon Durant's “Parting Is”:https://www.amazon.com/Parting-Jon-Durant/dp/B077319LXV/ref=sr_1_19?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1509713148&sr=1-19&keywords=Jon+Duranthttps://burningshed.comVideo for Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxr375VDpPAVideo for Burnt Belief, “Dissemble”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eJ4vg-ZyTIVideo for Burnt Belief, “Semazen”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKDdZ8um-G0Jon Durant's official website: http://www.jondurant.comPress inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (US), [email protected]

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