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One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is now a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s Echoes of Love, which won Best NewAge Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013.
laraina_c is a vocalist, recording artist, woodwindist and mix engineer. Since 12, when the school’s band teacher gave her a mouthpiece to take home and learn to blow, music has found its way to laraina_c. Never one to look a gift mouthpiece in the reed, laraina_c taught herself the clarinet in a week, and by the time she finished middle school she had learned to play the saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon. Away from music for many years, she found her way back and is growing as a woodwindist. Recently, she completed a degree in IT and is blossoming into a vocal performer and recording artist, while exploring her digital audio workstation. She understands that communication is an incredibly powerful tool and her deepest desire is to utilize the communicative power of music to connect with people, move them meaningfully, and provide aural escapes in which her listeners can experience peace and regeneration. Certified as a Master in Writing and Producing from Berklee College of Music, and a member of both the Recording Academy and Audio Engineering Society, laraina_c continues to study music theory and ear training, and plans to further her musical career by performing with live bands, becoming a leading audio Mix Engineer, and completing her first CD, My First Time. Her song Change The Life has been submitted for a Grammy nomination, along with the compilation CD it is featured on – Women in Jazz South Florida Music Collection IV.
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Some musicians have the ability to transform your very being with the gifts of their artistry. Master pianist and composer, David Lanz, is that kind of force. The Grammy nominated pianist, has enthralled music lovers around the world for decades with his engaging playing style and original compositions. Ahead of his time, the visionary Grammy-nominated and chart-topping pianist has remained a pioneer in the genre of New Age music. Nominated for a Grammy in 2000, he is well known as a top instrumental recording and concert artist, reaching worldwide prominence with his number one Billboard hit, Cristofori’s Dream.
His unique impressionistic style is emulated by countless pianists, and his compositions and arrangements are performed and studied around the world. His release, Cristofori’s Dream was a million-selling musical thank you note to Bartolomeo Cristofori, the man who invented the piano in the 17th century. It resonated with a wide array of listeners and topped Billboard’s Adult Alternative/New Age chart for months. For over thirty years, the visionary recordings and live performances of David Lanz have served to heal, to inspire, to provide spiritual nourishment to diverse audiences around the globe.
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Prolific Bassist/Composer Kyle Eastwoodchannels his earliest Jazz influences on The View From Here,
available March 12 on JazzVillage
It has been 15 years since bassist Kyle Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There To Here. At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he’s the son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases – 2004′s Paris Blue, 2005′s Now, 2009′s Metropolitan and 2011′s Songs from the Chateau – Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles. With his sixth release as a leader, The View From Here on the JazzVillage label, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. “I’ve always loved music from other countries,” says the Carmel, California native who has resided in Paris for the past eight years. “Living in France, you hear a lot of North African and Middle Eastern music, and you can hear some of those influences on this new recording.”
Noted composer Dr. Trevor Weston of Drew University drops in discuss his career both as a performer and teacher of music. Weston will open the Community Symposium Series of the Colour of Music Festival, which will be held October 22-26 in Charleston, SC.
His talk will focus on Charleston's contributions to classical music around the world.
During the broadcast, will feature some of his works, including his Magnificat.
Weston began his musical training as a choirboy at the prestigious St. Thomas Choir School in New York City at the age of ten. During high school, he continued his musical development with organ and carillon lessons in Plainfield, NJ. Composition became his primary focus at Tufts University while studying with T.J. Anderson and completing a double major in music and history. Weston completed his graduate work at theUniversity of California, Berkeley where he studied with Richard Felciano and Andrew Imbrie for his M. A. and Olly Wilson, his primary teacher, for his Ph.D.
Weston is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
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Jamie Kay, a guitarist, vocalist and song composer. Kay's style croses many genres. In 1979 while performing in Westport, Connecticut he was introduced to Darius Brubeck, son of Dave, the great jazz pianist. To follow would be recording sessions in Brubeck’s studio and shows in Greenwich Village, Kay has performed in venue from New Orleans to Portland, Maine. He has shared the stage with musical icons, Pete Seeger and Bo Diddley, crossing folk and rock boundaries. And has recorded with a host of other musical greats, such as Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears.
The Charlotte Examiner writes:: “A lot has been written about Jamie over his 35 year career as a singer-songwriter. The fact that he has been an active part of American music for that many years speaks volumes about his talent.
iZLER (pronounced "eye-zler") is a Czech born, English raised composer and multi instrumentalist.Selected in 2008 to be one of six up and coming composers invited to the Sundance Film Composer's Lab in Utah, he is responsible for scores to movies such as the acclaimed Humboldt County, Sundance backed documentary Whatever It Takes and J Van Tulleken's BAFTA nominated thriller Off Season.He has worked in conjunction with several other composers including Tim Jones and Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami, as well as writing songs for numerous films and TV shows including Revenge, Shameless, ER, My Best Friend's Girl, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, This Revolution, and Thief.
Born and raised on the west side of Chicago, Cedric Ford was introduced to the world of gospel music at a very young age. Early on, people began to recognize his innate musical abilities. At the tender age of 13, Cedric served as the Minister of Music of his grandfather’s church where he served in this post for 14 years while nurturing and developing his incredible gifts.
Cedric credits the shaping of his talents musically, to his parents (Elder Collin and Evangelist Emma J. Ford). His musical influences are, Rance Allen, Commission, Stevie Wonder, The Clark Sisters, Donnie Hathaway, and many others.
This time in his life undoubtedly prepared him for his recognized work with the Stellar Award Nominated, Shekinah Glory Ministry where Ford produced, sang and wrote, songs on two of their highly successful CDs, “Praise Is What I Do” and “Shekinah Glory Live”.
During this same time, Cedric began to expand his ministry and was called upon to contribute to the projects by gospel music legend Dorothy Norwood and the GMWA’s Men’s Choir. Cedric's deep gospel roots and soulful sound has allowed him to share the stage and pulpit alongside some of the greatest names in the Gospel Industry today such as; Donnie McClurkin, Dorothy Norwood, Albertina Walker, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Ron Kenoly, and many more.
Thank you to our sponsor Orangeberry Book Tours and get involved with the Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo starting August 1st. Listen to Andi's music here and on YouTube He is a pianist and guitar player with a classical background, which developed into a love of jazz in his teens. In his pursuit of a career as a film composer he is currently half way through a three year BA (Hons) in Commercial Music degree course at the University of Westminster in London.
Find out more about Andy on his website.
Actor and Composer Michael Christopher will be on to discuss his epic career, including being "The Hare Krishna Zombie" in the ORIGINAL Dawn of the Dead (1978) as well as some of his other films like Night of the Living Dead: Genesis (2014), A Few Brains More (2012), Die Die Delta Pi (2013) and more!
We will be reviewing Scream Factory's The Battery as well as Intervision's The Burning Moon.
We will also be featuring several bands in our Metal Blade Spotlight!
Host Cyrus Webb welcomes film composer Brandon Visel to Conversations LIVE to talk about his love of telling stories through music and what's next for him.
Aaron A. Kaplan is a symphonic film composer as well as an orchestrator, pianist, and songwriter. His music can be heard on radio, television, and film and his musical portraits continue to be widely acclaimed. Kaplan's fame as a composer continues to spread as his works are performed throughout North America, the Orient, and Europe. Although he is noted for romantic scores and melodic symphonic works, he also can compose music for any style or genre and his music has been used in a wide variety of movie and documentary film scores.
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