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July 31, 2015

Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Stephen Duros To Release Highly Anticipated Concept Album ‘AEAEA’


“This sense of balance between aesthetics and virtuosity is a real measure of talent, and this album displays plenty.” - Culture Court

Oakland, CA - Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, guitar virtuoso and composer Stephen Duros will be releasing a concept album titled ‘AEAEA’ on July 31, 2015! The rippling, rhythmic sounds Stephen Duros coaxes out of his nylon string acoustic guitar has roots in the traditional sounds of flamenco, but he's developed his own style. Bluesy bent notes with a hint of Asia and the Middle East in their tone, octave melodies and rhythms that include suggestions of jazz, reggae, pop and Arab music join the familiar pulse of flamenco's gypsy rumba in his emotionally satisfying compositions.

Stephen Duros performed with Ottmar Liebert from 2006-2009. His playing is featured on Ottmar Liebert’s Grammy nominated album ‘The Scent of Light’ and on his own three solo albums ‘Miranda’, ‘Urban Flamenco’ and ‘Thira’, which won Duros a place on the Grammy Ballot for a nomination in the Best New Age Album of the year category. He has worked with Billboard top 10 World Music artist, Lawson Rollins as the associate producer on the “Urban Trilogy” section of Rollins’ newly released album ‘Traveler’. He also plays in a band called “Path of Light” with Haitian percussionist, Jeff Pierre.

Duros explains that the concept behind the album is, "to recount a musical journey or odyssey. The album tells a story, much like a book does.  Instead of songs, the album has 12 chapters that are filled with twists and turns in the place of traditional songs. If listened to continuously, all the music connects into one long piece. The album title 'AEAEA' (ee-EE-a) is actually a mythological island found in the Greek poem 'The Odyssey'.  The album isn't about that island per-se, to me it was more of a great starting point for the journey.”

On ‘AEAEA’, Duros played the flamenco, electric and bass guitars, oud, keyboards, percussion, palmas and drum programming. Andrew Reissiger played the charango and also co-produced the record along with Duros. Louis Romanos played the drums and percussion, Gary Moser played the riq and darbuka, Jeff Pierre played a conga solo and the album also features a special guest electric guitar solo by Nouveau Flamenco pioneer, Ottmar Liebert.

Says Duros, “I came up with the first 10 minutes of 'AEAEA' in late 2011, shared it with Ottmar and he was really intrigued by not only the music, but also the concept. He suggested that I continue the journey and see where it goes without worrying about staying in the traditional boundaries of song length and I loved that idea. It was total musical freedom, no boundaries and the writing process was addicting. I do most everything in my home studio from writing, playing, engineering, you name it. Some great musicians also played on some of the sections including an amazing trippy electric guitar solo by Ottmar. I was thrilled he played on the record, he’s such a great musician and friend, I’ve learned so much from him over the years.”

Duros has also been the head lighting designer for the Grammy award winning band Toto from 1999-2014. His lighting work is showcased on Toto's 35th Anniversary – Live in Poland DVD. Also an artist, his cartoon work is featured on on Steve Lukather's signature pedal ‘The Luke’ made by the award winning pedal company, ToneConcepts.

“Stephen Duros is not only one of the most gifted guitarist musicians I know, he is also a renaissance man in that everything he touches in art, music and beauty becomes his own. You hear it in his playing... and my God he is also the best rock ’n roll lighting designer I have ever worked with at the arena level.  He did the lighting for our TOTO Live in Poland DVD which went # 1 worldwide in 2014 and is a total pro with humor, love and passion screaming for his work in any and all of these areas. When I heard his music I was floored because not one person could have all this diverse talent and soul.”  - Steve Lukather, 2015

“You can dig this, people. Romanticism and the call of history, lost civilizations, dream chambers and the effigies of Kings.”   - Culture Court

To purchase Stephan Duros 'AEAEA' CD:
http://www.amazon.com/Aeaea-Stephen-Duros/dp/B00YH4XDJU
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/aeaea/id1023547179

STEPHEN DUROS - AEAEA: “Chapter II” video on Vimeo:



For more information: http://www.stephenduros.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

July 30, 2015

Featured Stream: Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann-Ciao Bella

"Ciao Bella" is translated to "Hi/Bye Beautiful," in the Italian language. The track fondly reminded me of some of great jazz music I was introduced to in the early 80's such as Al DiMeola, Lee Ritenour (Captain Fingers) and Flora Purim. The music danced in my head and made my body want to move.

It is with great pleasure I am featuring Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann and a track off their new release Beyond Borders. When you look at the cover of the CD it says so much and it expresses how music has no prejudice and anyone in the world can listen and relate to it.

"Ciao Bella" just floats along on a cloud of notes with beautiful female vocalizations and smooth jazz and world fusion elements. It is a highlight of the new release to be sure.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck Rating 5/5



 More About Beyond Borders:

 http://www.randyarmstrong.com

Inspired by their love of music and cultures, Randy Armstrong & Volker Nahrmann  tour and travel extensively, drawing inspiration from the world’s diversity. Their compositions take you on a global voyage, from the streets of Havana and Rio de Janeiro, the evocative traditions of India and the Middle East, to the romantic café and cinema music of France and Italy, the haunting sounds of the Native American pow wow, and the worldbeat rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean, all blended with contemporary jazz, western classical, and folk music influences.

Several songs on Beyond Borders are tributes: to jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Beatle George Harrison. The songs also feature many former members of Do’a and Unu Mondo, joined by outstanding world-class musicians from many countries. Five years in the making, Beyond Borders is a “Magnum Opus” for Armstrong and Nahrmann, a collection of songs composed over a 40-year span of creative output, dedicated to the belief that music has the power to uplift the human spirit and be a catalyst for change in the world.

July 27, 2015

Featured Track: Kerani - Equilibrium

Kerani composes and performs Neo Classical New Age music. 

"Equilibrium" which is also the title of her latest release, is the focus here. The title says it all. We need balance and peace in our lives to be sensitive and aware human beings.

I listened to the track before embarking on my daily life and I can say very strongly that it did help me get in a good frame of mind and relax me to help face the coming day's challenges. I can also see how it would help me wind down once the day was through as well.

Listen to  "Equilibrium" you will be glad that you did!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck Rating 5/5


More About Kerani:

http://www.kerani.nl/index.html

Using her piano and synthesizers in conjunction with an array of orchestral instruments played by accomplished European musicians, Kerani creates musical storytelling that captures people, places, moments in history and passionate feelings. Occasionally she adds subtle vocalizations to further create a mood. With Equilibrium, her fourth album, she solidifies her position as one of the top keyboardists, composers and arrangers in the neo-classical and new age music genres. Her previous album, Arctic Sunrise, went to #2 on the international Zone Music Reporter Chart for this type of music, got airplay on hundreds of radio stations worldwide, was a Top 10 album on the annual ZMR rankings and won the ZMR Neo-Classical Album of the Year Award.

July 15, 2015

Con Funk Shun Percussionist D. Edward To Release New Single and Video “Hold On”


Oakland, CA – Following the release of his critically acclaimed new single “Show Me”, Con Funk Shun percussionist D. Edward is releasing a new single and video titled “Hold On”! The song is taken from his 'Love Is' album which was released worldwide on October 21st, 2014. Two years in the making, the album features catchy hooks and grooves with a familiar, yet unique and modern pop and retro soul sound. D. Edward has the ability to sound different on every song yet maintain his own signature style throughout.

Says D. Edward, “ 'Hold On' is a a retro soul inspired love song with big horns and heartfelt vocals. I originally wrote it as a singer/songwriter, piano and vocal song titled 'Just You and Me' but I wasn't satisfied with the 'hook', so I continued to work on it until I came up with 'Hold On'. At that point, I got the inspiration to rework the song into what it is now. It was the song that set the pace for the overall style of 'Love Is' the album. It’s one of my favorite songs on the album and I’m happy we are releasing it as a single to radio along with an epic video.”

Check out the “Hold On” video and audio here:
Video:


Audio:



An Oakland California native, D. Edward began his musical journey growing up in an eclectic musical household, influenced by what his parents and older brothers were listening to on the radio and on records. These influences included old school R&B/Funk, Soul, Pop, Hip Hop, Country, Latin and African music, as well as crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

D. Edward’s career thrived in the 90’s San Francisco Acid Jazz scene for many years playing percussion and keyboards, and he co-produced 2 CDs with a group called Know Jazz. During this time D. Edward recorded with celebrity DJs Jay-J and Julius Papp on 'The Shuffle - EP Vol. 1'.

He is an accomplished percussionist and currently tours and records with legendary R&B/Funk group Con Funk Shun. He is also currently working with Grammy winner Laura Sullivan on her new 900 Voices project as well as Latin Grammy and Emmy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam band on their new album "Adelante". He has also worked with Genevieve Goings from Disney’s Choo Choo Soul, Actress/Singer Brely Evans, and Grammy nominated producer PC Muñoz.

His first solo CD 'Little Red Box' gained radio airplay around the USA. His song Truly broke the Top 20 of the FMQB Adult Contemporary Chart and his album topped out at number 21 on the SmoothJazz.com Top 50 Radar Chart.

D. Edward is also on the Board of the Keep Music Rockin' Foundation, which helps to raise funds and offers educational clinics to the music student/programs of the San Leandro Unified School District.

Here's what's being said about D. Edward:

“Yes! Beautiful Music, Real Instruments! Refreshing! Great quality music and Great songwriting!” - Maxine Jones of En Vogue

“Your tone is like a combination of Lionel Richie, Huey Lewis, Ray Parker Jr. & Darius Rucker. Nice sound!” - Larry Batiste, Grammy Board of Trustee and Grammy Show Orchestra Conductor

“A small, handful of singers have such distinctive character to their voices, that list would include Darryl Hall, Robbie Robertson, Darius Rucker and perhaps more current, Ray LaMontagne… soulful, rugged and sexy!” - Sandy Shore, CEO SmoothJazz.com

“The vocals are a delight, and when all the pieces come together, as they do on ‘Hold On’ and ‘I Love The Way’, you just have to sit back and admire the handiwork… this is a winner from top to bottom” - Rocker UK Review

D. Edward's 'Love Is' was released direct-to-fans on September 16th, 2014, via D. Edward’s Bandcamp page and worldwide on October 21st, 2014.

To purchase D. Edward's 'Love Is':
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-is/id925560860
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Is-D-Edward/dp/B00NIITPCU

Official “Love Is” Music Video:


For more information: http://DEdwardMusic.com

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

July 10, 2015

Looking For Liam - Take What You Need




Here is the long awaiting video from Looking for Liam on their latest track 'Take What You Need'

Brilliantly self-produced, the track above is a great example of their layered and intricate approach to songwriting, with heavier moments acting as punctuation to the more contemplative sections. It’s hugely impressive work from a band who are still only in their late teens, but show a great deal of maturity in their music.

www.lookingforliam.com

Go Primitive Ready For Impact With New EP ‘100 Ways’



Five track collection due for release July 13th

A four piece from the UK, Go Primitive are a band who specialise in contemporary rock with a unique twist, following in the footsteps of groups like Foo Fighters and Twin Atlantic while forging their very own sound. It’s an approach which is paying dividends, with previous tracks being fast-tracked onto BBC Introducing shows within a week of uploading.

Always working hard on new material, their next release sees them on rollicking form with new EP ‘100 Ways’, a five song collection inspired by the many obstacles placed in front of independent musicians. Lead single ‘Breathe in, Bleed out’ sees them on typical top form, showing Go Primitive’s rock credentials in all their glory and going all out to bust through those obstacles…




Produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Twin Atlantic, Motorhead, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine,  Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon), the EP is unsurprisingly dazzling in its depth of quality. The attention to detail that has gone into infusing these studio tracks with the energy of a live show is what will set them apart. That same attention to detail has also been extended to the excellent artwork, produced by Kids in Glass Houses front man Aled Phillips.

That Go Primitive are associated with such names goes a long way to proving their credentials as they climb the independent music ladder. They have already supported The Subways, We Are The Ocean and others, getting a fantastic response from the big crowds along the way. This, along with the fact that they can count The Editors as fans, has given Go Primitive great confidence that they are on the right track.

It’s that confidence which has given rise in large part to the ‘100 Ways’ EP. In the band’s own words:
“The E.P is a show of our strength to overcome the struggles and constant roadblocks put in front of many bands at our stage. We hope that after countless efforts, this will be the E.P that makes our name stand up to the bigger acts out there and pushes us further in our musical journey.”

A perfect blend of four personalities all fighting for the same goal, the current line up of Go Primitive has moved through various iterations to land in its final configuration. With each band member bringing their own musical background and experiences from different bands and projects, this is one band with all the tools and the grit to break through in 2015.

The ‘100 Ways’ EP is released July 13th.

Live Dates:
1 August - Atherstone Festival - Atherstone
5th September - Welfest - Welford Upon Avon
19th September - The Pig and Drum - Worcester
24th September - Big show to be announced
26th September - Homegrown Festival - Oxford
October 30th - The Zephyr Lounge - Leamington

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July 1, 2015

Featured Track: Kwame Binea - Hang On

Kwame Binea sings with a purpose and plenty of emotion on his upcoming release Shakedown. "Hang On" is a great example of what to expect on the upcoming album. 

"Hang On" is full of hope and positive energy. There is nothing about this music or artist that suggests any sort of negativity, its all upbeat and straight forward.

Good music is not something that is a given, it is hard to find with so many artists to choose from. Trust me, Kwame Binea has got it together and he knows how to deliver a song.





More About  Kwame Binea:

http://www.kwamebineashakedown.com

According to legend or myth (depending on who tells the story) the band earned its name Uptown Shakedown because the walls in Kwame’s apartment in Harlem used to shake when they rehearsed there. It was later truncated to just Shakedown.KwameinfusesalotoftheBritish rock elements of the legendary rockers that inspired him to become a rocker such as; Rod Stewart, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zepplin. He was also heavily influenced by soul singers Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, the iconic Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, (both whom were revered in England) blues greats Buddy Guy and Robert Johnson, funk pioneers Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic, and South African world music giant Fela Kuti.

He has fed his recording and live endeavors with an unyielding spirit and intestinal fortitude that is strikingly visible in his artistic growth. He continues to draw a legion of loyal fans with electrifying and inspirational performances at most of New York City’s most celebrated venues including Brooklyn Bowl, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Sullivan Hall, The Bitter End and Joe’s Pub. He also has a Summer Residency at Arlene’s Grocery and he’s continually expanding into other major markets on the East Coast.

Simultaneously, he has incrementally built his growing fan base digitally with several well- received videos helmed by noted Director Jamal Joseph and a couple he self-produced/directed with Joel Davenport (“Little Lady and “Hang On”). He has also accumulated nearly 2 million hits via all his social media sites (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter) in the past several years and has netted a cumulative 800,000 views on Youtube from a handful of videos over the past year alone.

Kwame Binea Shakedown…is primed and ready to really SHAKE UP things…break through some walls…and you heard it here first.

Intelligent Music Project III Releases New Single & Video MIND PROJECTION feat. John Payne & Drum Legend Simon Phillips From Forthcoming “Touching the Divine” Album


Sofia, Bulgaria - A year after releasing the all-star project “My Kind O' Lovin'” producer and composer Milen Vrabevski returns to fulfill, as earlier claimed, his promise and ambition with Intelligent Music Project III - “Touching the Divine”. The new album features session legends Simon Phillips and Tim Pierce, and Nathan East courtesy of YEG. Тhe production concept relies again on two project launchers - guest stars John Payne (ex-Asia) and Toto's Joseph Williams. Says Joseph, “It's wonderful to explore working with Milen. The project has a wonderful message, accompanied with some beautiful music and some great rock 'n' roll – the musicians in this project are top-noch.”

Musically “Touching the Divine” delivers a thrilling example of straightforward songwriting combined with rich and layered sound and gently executed dynamic spins. The first single MIND PROJECTION is a melodic and energetic slice of AOR, scored with John Payne's powerful vocal arrangement and virtuoso instrumental charge, that lets you in deeper to the magic ingredient of this sophisticated project. Bass great Nathan East and fabulous Simon Phillips stamp their own authority in this piece, as well on the record throughout.

Watch the video:


Full creative input by all guest stars in the project. Recording sessions took place at Simon Phillips' Phantom recordings (Williams, Pierce, Phillips and East) and at Intelligent Music Studios in Sofia (Payne, Pierce and vocals from Carl Sentance, recently appointed as Nazareth's lead singer). Says Simon, “Music is an universal language. It's really a blessing to have the opportunity to work with musicians from around the world.”

MIND PROJECTION brings together once again the positive idea of the producer and composer Milen Vrabevski, that following the true excitement of our hearts and souls will give us the key to living a conscious live and to spiritual satisfaction, we often call happiness. Says Nathan, “This project is very special to me, because of the nature of the message of the project. I was very inspired and happy with the idea, because the message has value and meaning and I am about that. The word 'inspirational' is what I use to describe this project.”

John Payne, who continues his 14 year legacy as “ASIA Featuring John Payne” says, “Doing this project with Milen - it has been great, really - these songs have a lot of structure and melody. It's a very mature project, it's a very intelligent project for the mind.”

Says Milen Vrabevski, “I believe we managed to deliver an astonishing sound once again and it will delight the ears and sound systems of hardcore rockers all around the world. Bearing in mind the top-noch level of our guest stars, I allowed myself mainly to record the acoustic guitar of the first single MIND PROJECTION. The video was shot in Bulgaria by Vasil Stefanov, a very prolific and talented video director. The explicit idea was to show the level of collaboration and collective effort of all featuring musicians, which I believe, would be one of the most intriguing aspects for the music fans.”

Says Tim Pierce, “My DNA is 'a rock player'. Musically, this project is fun, because it travels a lot of different places.”

“I really enjoyed working with Milen in his studio. There is a great sense of depth in his songs. We tried to get the best of my voice.” (Carl Sentance)

Intelligent Music Project III – “Touching the Divine” is coming out in late September 2015.

“The coming album is to bring us to the subject of the essence of life. It directs to searching for this special place within our souls that brings the spiritual satisfaction we often call happiness. It is our source of love and creation, balance and harmony. This place is the Divine in us all…” (Milen Vrabevski, MD)

Intelligent Music Project III - “Touching the Divine”
Author and producer - Milen Vrabevski, MD
Featuring:
Simon Phillips - drums and percussion
Nathan East (appears courtesy of Yamaha Entertainment Group) - bass
John Payne - lead & backing vocals
Joseph Williams - lead & backing vocals
Carl Sentance - backing vocals & ad-lib, lead vocal part on 7
Tim Pierce - guitars
All: Invaluable full creative input!

Previous albums by the same author, featuring Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams & John Lawton are IMP I & II, respectively titled  “ The Power of Mind ”  &  “ My Kind O'Lovin'  ”

For more information:  http://intelligent-music.com/productions/touchingthedivine/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com