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John's Pass Seafood Festival
Oct 19
Let the countdown to chaos begin. The John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival is bigger and better than ever. This year The Festival has expanded from three days to four full days. The Festival has grown so big it has busted out of the confines of John’s Pass Village and taken over the waterfront and beach as well.

In two weeks, world-famous John’s Pass Village will play host to over 200,000 seafood and music lovers from all over the country. It’s the third largest seafood festival in the country but organizers are committed to taking John’s Pass Seafood Festival to the number one spot.

For 35 years, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival has featured non-stop musical performances from some of the best bands, hundreds of craft vendors, hundreds of local businesses, amazing seafood and has always been FREE to the public.

This year Festival Chairperson, Sonny Flynn, has taken the festival to new heights.

“We’re already the largest seafood festival in Florida. But we’re more than just a place for food and music. We are an experience. Where else can you have all the fun of a festival combined with a waterfront boardwalk and white sandy beaches?”

“Village Boulevard is always hopping but if you want to get away for a break, you can sit on the boardwalk and look for schools of dolphins or head over to our new Kid Zone on the beach.” Flynn said.

“Over the years this festival has become a part of the community. It started as a way to promote our rich history in the fishing industry. But today the experience is bigger and better than ever.” Flynn said.

One of the highlights of the John’s Pass Seafood Festival for the past two years has been the Chef Showdown. The Chef Showdown is the Kick-Off event to the John’s Pass Seafood Festival, Thursday, October 27th at the Main Stage Area.

This is a chance for local restaurants to prove they’re the best and be named “Best Seafood in the County.” Local chefs will do battle head to head in an effort to showcase their talent and their restaurant.

The Chef Showdown is open to all restaurants offering a seafood item on their menu. The All-Star panel of judges will award prizes for “Best Seafood”.

“The John’s Pass Seafood Festival is celebration of our local seafood and culture. We want to showcase the fabulous culinary talent we have right in our backyard. We believe our Chef Showdown is fun way for our local chefs to demonstrate their talent and show festival goers how much work goes into creating a delicious seafood dish.” Flynn said.

New this year is the Kid Zone on Madeira Beach. Right across the street from the festival, the Kid Zone features all kinds of great attractions like rock climbing walls, bouncy houses, bungee jumps and giant slides. It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids and enjoy the white sandy beach while attending the festival.

“The Festival is always hopping but if you want to get away for a break, you can head over to our new Kid Zone on the beach. We thought long and hard about what kids want when they come to the festival. They want to play. They want to run around and enjoy the sand. So we built a Kid Zone just for them. ”

“The Seafood Festival has been growing for 35 years. We want to start grooming the next generation of festival lovers now.” Flynn said.

The John’s Pass Seafood festival includes a Halloween Block Party, featuring an Adult Costume Contest with $5,000 in cash and prizes on Friday, October 28th. The Battle of The Gulf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 29th will challenge anglers of all skill levels. On Sunday, October 30th at 12:30 we will attempt to break the official World Record Bloody Mary Toast with over a thousand participants raising their glasses.

The Festival is hosted by The John’s Pass Village Association and is always held on the last full weekend of October. This year the festival runs from October 27th through October 30th. Gates open at 10am and close at 11pm.

For parking and free shuttle service information please visit our website at or call 727.322.5217
29th Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival
Oct 11
Location: Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 GPS: 615 Hope St.
Date/Time: November 11-13, 2016; Friday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, FL: The Sponge Docks Seafood Festival will take place at 615 Hope St. on November 11-13, 2016 and will provide plenty of tasty choices to please everyone’s palate!
New this year, the event will offer complimentary remote parking and shuttle service from Dog Spash Park transporting visitors directly to (and from) the event site. Shuttle times are; 5-9:30 Friday, 2-9:30 Saturday and 2-5:30 Sunday. As always, there is no admission fee and the event is pet and family friendly.
Continuous live music is once again offered in the food court all weekend long, featuring local and regional musicians as well as local community talent. Friday’s Headliner is Jeriko Turnpike, sponsored by Great Bay Distributors.
Historic Tarpon Springs is famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country. This three day outdoor festival, hosted by The Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature tons of fresh local seafood to tempt your taste buds, an art & craft show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, continuous live music, unique retail shops and complimentary festivities for the whole family.
For general information, visit us on or call 727-322-5217
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Oct 19

Synthesizer master and multi-instrumentalist Holland Phillips has released his fifth album, Circles of 8, based on the resonances from the circles of life and the vibrations that are the building blocks of creation.

“Life is full of circles,” explains Phillips. “There’s also a theory by some scientists that 8 hertz is one of the fundamental frequencies, an inherent rhythm of life itself, that is a part of everything and makes us who we are. We all know about meeting a person and immediately feeling either good or bad vibrations, meshing with a group or not, feelings that possibly affect whether we form friendships or find love. So with this music I decided to explore those resonances that we all feel in life, and let the vibrations lead me creatively.”

On Circles of 8 Phillips starts with piano and synthesizer, and then blends in the sounds of a wide variety of other instruments including oboe, cello, violin, clarinet, trumpet, electric piano, electric bass, fretless bass, harpsichord, percussion and more. In addition, Phillips plays acoustic and electric guitar on two cuts. He also continues to explore collaborations with his longtime friend Paul Christensen (Todd Rundgren, Glass Harp, Michael Stanley Band) who plays saxophones on two numbers.

Phillips not only can bring forth the sounds of an orchestra from his synthesizers, he also enjoys at times having synthesizers sound like a synthesizer. “I collect synthesizers and keyboards, both old and new, including the original Mini-Moogs. I think that keyboards from the Seventies and Eighties give a completely different sound than more modern ones, and I pick whichever one is right for a particular song. I love the versatility of the synths and it is great that they can sound like any other instrument in the world. But they have an added dimension because they also have a very distinctive sound all their own that sounds like nothing else ever created. I love incorporating strong synth parts.”

The instrumental music that Phillips creates, which appeals to new age music lovers, also shows subtle pop, neo-classical and prog-rock influences because he spent many years studying classical music and playing in classic and progressive rock bands. “All of those experiences taught me the importance of working hard to try to write good melodies because I think it’s the melodies that move people.”

Circles of 8 on Ageless Records, and his four previous releases (Flight of the Windmill, Castles, Redemption and Daydream Alley), are available as either CDs or digital downloads (or sometimes both options) at a wide variety of online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Google Play and dozens more. For more information about Holland Phillips, visit his website at musicbyholland dot com.

Circles of 8 begins with the aptly-titled “Starting Over,” the first piece Phillips wrote for the album. “This was not only the start of a new album, but a new beginning,” explains Phillips. “The feel for the whole album flowed from that first creation.” The inspiration for the next tune, “Night Tracks,” came from “the excitement and anticipation a child feels sneaking around, running and playing games in a darkened backyard. It gave me the opportunity to explore the sound of a cello which perfectly conveyed the emotions.”

“Stephanie’s Song” is about the wife of a friend who was facing difficult times. “The oboe takes a solo and then the saxophone, and then they play together which, for me, represents hope, possibilities of the future and an appreciation of life.” Phillips looks into the future again with “The Journey” because “we all have journeys we have not taken yet, but there is always the call of the wild with new places and new adventures out there.” The composition “Strains of an Ancient Path” is a nod to the past and was especially inspired by the 1600s.

Phillips says, “There is something magical about dancers swirling around on a dance floor, and that imagery permeated the music of ‘Save the Dance’.” He explains that the album’s title tune, “Circles of 8,” is meant to give the listener an opportunity to reflect on the circles of their own life and move into a mood of contemplation. “The Moment,” a violin-synth duet, captures “the realization of those moments in life when you know you are in a special place or time. It’s about recognizing those special moments and the need to make sure you enjoy it because they are so fleeting.”

Phillips explains we are all “Marking Time” as we go through life whether it is with clocks, calendars or events, “but the important thing is to be comfortable with the decisions you have made and the direction you have decided to go.” On Phillips’ first album he wrote the tune “Classic By Nature,” and on Circles of 8 he decided to do a variation on that theme and calls it “Classic By Design.” “I rebuilt it from the ground up with the Yamaha grand piano, all different instruments, plus Paul on sax.” The album ends with “Lullabye For Us.” “It’s a lullabye for the rest of us, adults who still believe in magic.”

Phillips grew up in Connecticut and started on piano when he was just a few years old, and picked up guitar when he was eight. He soon began playing whatever instruments his mother, a music teacher, brought home -- trombone, tuba, flute, percussion. He also thought it was fun to simply pick up an instrument, play a few notes and then start writing a song using it. “I started learning lots of instruments as a child because we always had them laying around,” Phillips explains. “As a music composition major, I had a professor who requested I play all the instruments in a symphony orchestra before writing scores for them. So I worked my way through dozens of instruments. I think it helps me compose better because when I use a synthesizer to recreate a specific instrument, I have already studied it, how it phrases, how much breath or bowing is needed, just what possibilities it offers.”

He remembers being influenced by Top 40 and Big band music when he was young, but moved on to rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Styx, Rush, Kansas and many more when he was in high school. Phillips spent four years earning his BA Degree in Music Composition while continuing to take piano and classical guitar lessons. “I immersed myself in classical music, especially Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and Tchaikovsky,” he remembers. “I had to analyze everything from the classics to pop music, and then write symphonies, etudes and sonatas. For a couple of my finals I had a full orchestra play one of my pieces and a choir sing one of my compositions. It’s something I hope to do again on a future album.”

After graduation Phillips spent some time in a folk duo in New York City where he attended guitar workshops taught by Paul Simon and a variety of guests including Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie). Phillips went on to join a Southern Rock band, then a classic rock group, then an ensemble that specialized in show tunes. “I always tried to immerse myself in whatever situation I was in, learn that style thoroughly and become proficient playing that type of music.” After many long tours of the United States and Canada, he decided to settle down in Ohio and concentrate on studio work and became an active and in-demand session player. “I always liked a variety of music whether it was Yes, Journey or Beck. I was especially influenced by Rick Wakeman and his series of solo albums, and by Alan Parsons as a producer and arranger. I found Wakeman, Vangelis and Wendy Carlos interesting because they were doing electronic instrumental music before almost anyone else. They led me to start recording instrumental albums,” states Phillips.

“In the end I think the three most important things in music are the melody, the harmonics and the spaces between the notes. That’s where the emotion is.”
Music CD Release
Oct 19

Hans Christian Andersen once wrote, “Where words fail, music speaks.”

With the release of his sixth album, Beyond Words, pianist/composer Dan Chadburn elegantly expresses the unique voice that instrumental music has both to inspire and to heal. Serving as an antidote to the stresses of daily life, Chadburn’s latest recording for solo piano is a beautiful anthology celebrating life and love.

“As a shy kid growing up, words often failed me. Music has always been, quite simply, the easiest language for me to communicate my innermost thoughts.” Deeply inspired by the people and events that shape our world, Dan composed pieces for this album, each of which captures a moment in time, a memory, an emotion, a hope, a desire. As an entire collection, Dan hopes the music will stir the listeners to take their own journeys, allowing them the freedom to create their own stories.

Beyond Words and Dan Chadburn’s previous albums -- Solo Piano, Reflections, Nocturnes, Whispers the Falling Snow and Keys of Light -- are available at his website (DanChadburn dot com) and as CDs and digital downloads at a variety of online sales sites including CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others.

Having received worldwide marketing and extensive airplay, each of Dan’s last three recordings went Top 10 on the international Zone Music Reporter Top 100 chart, and Top 5 on the international One World Music Radio chart (with Keys of Light being the first album to ever debut at #1 on OWMR). Whispers the Falling Snow was named by both ZMR and OWMR as one of the Top 5 Solo Piano Music albums of the Year. OWMR also named Keys of Light as #2 among the 10 best Albums of the Year and #2 among the 10 best Piano with Instrumentation albums.

Beyond Words begins with “Awakening,” a piece representing “that exact moment in time when you suddenly remember someone or something from earlier in life, perhaps even childhood…and the strong emotions once felt are still very much here.” This is followed by the upbeat “Joyful Morning.” As Dan describes on his website, “imagine children, without a care in the world, having the time of their young lives while jumping and playing in rain puddles.”

The ocean has long-served people as “Healing Waters.” According to Chadburn, “The sound of gentle waves has always brought me peace, and there is something cathartic about an early morning swim before it gets too hot or crowded at the seashore.” “Crossroads” contains several intersections of contrasts in music, symbolic of life’s journey which is not without questions and paths to choose. “Shelton Rain” was originally composed and recorded as a piano improvisation during a rainstorm in Shelton, Washington.

“Tears of Angels” was composed in memory of those shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. All proceeds from the sale of this track will benefit the OneOrlando Fund (, a group committed to providing 100% of all money raised directly to victims' families and survivors.

“Love is Love” is an expression of hope “that everyone in the world will eventually have the right to love and marry whomever they wish.” “Falling Forward” represents “those times when the only option of overcoming an obstacle or unknown is to step forward -- and be willing to fall in the process.”

“Lazy Sky Afternoon” invites a respite from the rush of the day (“Look to the sky and its clouds and daydream the afternoon away.”).

The lovely melody for “Kal-Boy” was written in memory of Dan’s twenty-year-old cat, Kal, the evening Kal crossed the rainbow bridge. “Heroes” is dedicated to all who have lived to serve and protect others. The light and airy “Country Harvest” was inspired by Chadburn’s childhood in Oregon, where he spent many summers helping harvest crops on a nearby farm. “An Evening in Florence” is also a nod to Oregon, composed as a piano improvisation during a benefit concert for the Oregon Coast Humane Society. Dedicated to Chadburn’s parents, the album ends with “Lullaby for Peace,” not only symbolizing the human need for sleep at the end of each day, but also serving as a prayer of hope for all humanity to learn to live together.

A native of Oregon, Dan began taking piano lessons when he was nine years old and continued through high school where he also served as the accompanist for the choral groups and stage plays. Several times in junior high and high school, he was selected as an Oregon Music Teacher's Association (O.M.T.A.) syllabus winner, which resulted in his performing in recitals on the state level. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Pacific Lutheran University, where he also began playing electronic synthesized keyboards. Chadburn moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Film Scoring Program at UCLA. Soon he was scoring for film and television and working as a session musician.

Wanting to further expand his musical vision, Dan moved to London to study electroacoustic composition with two pioneers in the field, Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson. “I was very grateful for the opportunity to learn from these two masters in the genre and grow as a composer.” Considered by some to be on the outskirts of avant-garde, electroacoustic music is commonly void of traditional instruments and melody. Chadburn earned his Masters of Music in Electroacoustic Composition from London’s City University.

After moving to the Washington, DC, area, Chadburn began writing and recording hundreds of improvisational piano themes which led to his first album, Solo Piano, which received regional accolades. His second recording, Reflections, featured other musicians on viola, French horn, flute and english horn, as well as the vocals of Tom Nichols, Chadburn’s longtime musical partner and producer. Chadburn's Whispers the Falling Snow is seasonal solo piano pieces, while Nocturnes and Keys of Light contain additional instrumentation on most of the tracks. Chadburn’s compositions most often start as improvisations, sometimes recorded in the studio as they happen, but other times conceived elsewhere and gently refined before the final recording.

Chadburn has been featured (alongside other pianists such as Suzanne Ciani, Spencer Brewer and Robin Spielberg) on several compilation recordings produced for charitable causes, including The Heart Aid Project which benefited the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and their families. Other Chadburn music has benefited The Boys & Girls Clubs, the Sitar Arts Center in Washington (an after-school youth organization for the arts), The National Family Resiliency Center (“to preserve a sense of family and foster healthy relationships”), and humane societies.

Chadburn’s performance venues have included Carnegie Hall in New York City, Symphony Hall in Boston and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Additionally, his choral compositions have been recorded and performed in the Concert Hall of The Kennedy Center.

“I’m incredibly grateful, beyond words, for this life I have been given, and for my family and friends who continue to believe with me that music has the power to heal and inspire.”
Music CD Release
Oct 19

Deuter, who received the prestigious Zone Music Reporter “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016, has created Immortelle, a new album inspired by nature and dedicated to healing. Deuter named each tune on the album after a medicinal plant that has helped humanity for millennia.

Deuter -- who lives and works in the forested mountains just beyond the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico -- gets much inspiration from nature on a daily basis. When he was younger, the German-born musician traveled extensively around the world studying people, places, cultures, plants, music and alternative healing therapies.

“Nature has always been an inspiration for me,” says Deuter. “Its influence can be heard directly on my CDs when I have included the sounds of bird songs, crickets, mountain streams and ocean waves. The title of the new CD as well as the titles of the individual tracks are all names of plants and flowers which have, with their healing powers, helped humans for thousands of years. The plants also always made life a little more pleasant with their aroma.”

For Immortelle, Deuter plays a variety of instruments including the flutes, keyboards, cello, piano and guitar. He also softly mixes in his own voice as an extra instrument to add humanness and touch the hearts of listeners. Some of the other sounds he creates for this album include violin, strings, harpsichord, chimes, harp and hand drums.

Deuter has released more than 60 albums during his career. Immortelle and many others can be found as CDs in music stores and new age lifestyle shops across the United States as well as online, while digital downloads of his music are available at all the major internet stores such as iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Deuter and his recordings, go to NewEarthRecords dot com or DeuterMusic dot com. Recent Deuter albums have gone high on the international Zone Music Reporter Chart.

Deuter is one of the founding fathers of new age music with his first album released in 1971. The majority of his works are intended to accompany various healing and spiritual practices such as yoga, Reiki, meditation, dreaming and massage. Through feeling, awareness and experience, as well as constant inspiration from the natural world around him, he creates music that transports the listener to a space of peacefulness and well-being.

“In my understanding, music is a horizontal journey. It needs time to unfold and it is also limited by time. But in addition, good music creates a vertical journey where it transcends time and keeps on going indefinitely into higher octaves,” Deuter explains.

“‘Immortelle’ is a word that few may know. It was unknown to me until I first went to Corsica where I became acquainted with this wonderful medicinal plant, the aroma of its oil and its strong invigorating effect. I enjoyed helping my friends distill an essential oil from it that provides protection, healing and renewal of the skin. The fragrance still brings back memories of mountains, warm rocks and views of the sea in Corsica,” remembers Deuter.

The tune “Monarda,” with its lovely cello part, is named after a mint plant also known as “bee balm,” “horsemint” or “Oswego tea.” The leaves give spicy fragrant essential oil used for stomach ailments, fever and as an antiseptic for mouth infections. “Sonnenbraut,” also known as “sneezeweed” and “Ruby Tuesday,” has some herbal uses in small doses. The ten-minute piece on the album with the same name features several flute parts and a beautiful violin solo. “Traubensilberkerze” is a flowering herb (also known as “black snakeroot” or “bugbane”) long used for menopause symptoms.

“Lily of the Valley” is a herbaceous poisonous plant used very carefully for folk remedies. Because of its bell-shaped flowers it is also called “Mary’s Tears” or “May Bells.” The tune “Vervain,” which focuses on flute and strings, is named after a plant with a bitter taste used for congestion, back pain and arthritis. The “Binsuga” plant is listed in Hildegaard von Bingen’s famous 12th Century writings on healing plants, and Deuter’s musical tribute is very slow and ambient. “Cumara” is a tree that can live more than a thousand years, but it also is in the pea family and produces seeds known as tonka beans that are used as a vanilla substitute. The “Cumara” music has piano, synth and wordless vocals.

Born in Falkenhagen, Germany, Deuter (pronounced doy-tur) remembers that “one of the nicer memories I have was the first time I heard someone play the flute. It was like a light coming from the heavens. For one of my birthdays I was given a flute and that was the beginning for me.” He taught himself to play the flute, guitar, harmonica and just about every instrument I could get my hands on. Deuter experimented early on with combining acoustic and electronic elements with ethnic instrumentation and nature sounds, such as whale and bird songs, ocean waves, wind in the trees, and more. “I was born in the countryside and my first memories are of nature, of sitting in the woods and enjoying being alive. I started to record the sounds of nature, then mix them together. The next logical step was to play an instrument on top of it. This was the type of music I wanted to hear -- relaxing, soothing and harmonious -- but I could not find it anywhere, so I started to make this style of music myself.” His first album in 1971, titled D, helped define the emerging genre of music known as new age, and showed the beginning of Deuter’s spiritual path.

During the 1970s and 1980s Deuter, after travelling extensively in Asia in search of spiritual and creative inspiration, settled for a long time in Pune, India, for spiritual study. While there he produced a series of music tapes to be used in active meditations, in which he merged Indian classical motifs, fiery drums, loops, synthesizers, bells and pastoral acoustic passages. In 1985 he relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he signed with New Earth Records and furthered his ascension into the top ranks of new age musicians worldwide.

Deuter’s recordings are too many to list here, but include early classics such as Kundalini Meditation Music (1975), Tea from an Empty Cup (1975), Ecstasy (1978), Silence Is the Answer (1981), Cicada (1982) and Nirvana Road (1984) as well as more recent best-sellers including Inside Hypno Relaxation (1994), Terra Magica: Planet of Light (1994), Wind & Mountain (1995), Nada Himalaya Tibetan Bells (1997), Reiki Hands of Light (1998), Like the Wind in the Trees (2002), Koyasan: Reiki Sound Healing (2007), Spiritual Healing (2008), Notes From a Planet (2009), Mystery of Light (2010), Flowers of Silence (2012), Dream Time (2013), Reiki Hands of Love (2015) and Illumination of the Heart (2015).

Deuter creates his music in his home studio hidden deep in the New Mexico forest that he shares with birds, deer, bears, roadrunners, snakes and coyotes. The sound of wind chimes and bees fill the air because Deuter also is a beekeeper. Between studio sessions, he spends his time reshaping his pond or crafting zen-like furniture in his workshop. Deuter describes himself as a hermit/monk/wolf living in the wild and enjoying it, staying close to nature. He designed his house using the principles of Feng Shui. The studio, with its large windows and views of the forest, is both a sanctuary and a laboratory for music-making that includes instruments from all over the world. He continues to learn and master an ever-expanding array of instruments including piano, various keyboards and synthesizers, guitars, shakuhachi flute, cello, koto, sitar, tabla, Turkish sasz, Persian tar, santoor, bazuki, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, drums, ethnic percussion and more. “For me all the instruments I’m using are basically like colors in a painting,” states Deuter. “I’m not focused on one instrument specifically. I use many sounds and instruments so that it is like painting with sound.”

He also says, “My Immortelle album is an expression of gratitude to the nature of our planet with the understanding that the smallest flower may have healing powers.”
Music CD Release
Aug 24

Ghost Stations, the ninth studio album by UK-based Marconi Union, combines many aspects of their classic electronic sound with some new musical elements that take the music in exciting and unexpected directions and is released on the UK ambient label, Just Music.

After fourteen years of writing and performing, the trio – founder members Richard Talbot and Jamie Crossley with keyboard player Duncan Meadows – are thought to be “amongst today's most talented musicians” according to London's Sunday Times. They have continually steadily developed and refined a unique musical identity, evoking emotions by gracefully blending elements of dub, jazz, ambience and electronica within their richly melodic compositions.

With Ghost Stations, Marconi Union’s music continues to straddle the worlds of artistic credibility and musical accessibility. They were not afraid to accept the challenge of making new music rather than just repeating their earlier work and were well aware of the risk of trying new things.

“People who have bought our previous records may think we've gone too far in this direction or that direction or that we don't do enough of some particular aspect anymore, but we've already done those things in our previous work and we have to keep pushing our boundaries otherwise what is the point? We want people to hear Ghost Stations and say “'What the fk is that' either in a good or bad way!”

Before making a record, Marconi Union usually have a clear idea about its ultimate direction. But this time, they decided to set aside any preconceptions, they spent the last two years experimenting with playing, programming, editing, re-editing, (agreeing and disagreeing) until Ghost Stations naturally evolved. Once the title was decided upon, everything fell into place connecting ideas of abandonment, empty spaces and dereliction.

“We always want to move forward and try new things, there's no point in just treading water, so it was great to use a couple of guest musicians [Digitonal's Andy Dobson on clarinet and Giorgio Li Calzi on trumpet]. Sometimes you need real playing, especially when it comes to feel.”

Over the last fourteen years, their studio albums, Under Wires and Searchlights (2003) [“sonically immaculate” -- Uncut], Distance (2005) [“one of the most successful ambient albums of recent years” -- The Sunday Times], A Lost Connection (2010) [“minimal, introspective, ethereal electronica – gorgeous” -- The Guardian], Beautifully Falling Apart (2011) [“places MU firmly in the vanguard of acts making atmospheric, ambient music” --Music OMH], Different Colours (2012) [“a work of bewitching beauty” -- DMC], and their last album, Weightless (2014) [“an ethereal sense of free flowing dimensions” -- DJ Mag], have brought them to the attention of ever-larger audiences and international critical acclaim.

Marconi Union have accepted Festival invitations from Brian Eno. They also have collaborated with the Marina Abramovic Institute and recorded “Weightless,” now hailed as the “most relaxing song ever,” with its tens-of-millions of streams and You Tube views, (even earning the accolade of being named as one of the “Best Inventions Of The Year” by Time Magazine). Their music has been selected to accompany art installations, independent arts-based projects, and theatre and ballet, and to serve as the beautiful musical backdrop to television commercials, drama and documentary films worldwide.

01 Sleeper
02 Remnants / Shadow Scheme
03 Abandoned / In Silence
04 Riser


Marconi Union’s music -- CDs, vinyl albums and digital downloads -- are available both in record stores and at many of the main worldwide Internet sales websites. More information about the group and their music is available at their website (the group’s name dot com) or at their record company’s website (Just Music dot co dot uk).

Note: Marconi Union is considered one of the most creative and top electronic and ambient groups in the world based on sales, acclaim and online viewing/listening.
Music CD Release
Aug 17

Kindled by an awareness of divine guidance and conscious connection with spirit, new age singer/songwriter and Music Medicine Woman Kimberly Haynes delivers her debut album, Awaken Me, which brings forth an uplifting invitation to discover a sacred space deep within the heart. The spectrum of her eclectic and enlightening vocal performances evokes both the tenderness of a mother’s touch and the ancient feminine power of a tribal priestess singing her truth for the betterment of the community. The album, subtitled “Songs From the Heart of a Seeker,” is a musical journey of discovery, healing, personal growth and devotion.

“My songs are my prayers,” explains Haynes. “It is truly a privilege to carry those prayers into the world. It is my hope that they will be a blessing to all who hear them. So I raise my voice in song to awaken a place deep within myself and in others where we can collectively begin to remember our own sacred hearts, our sacred connection to Creation, and the sacredness in each other.”

This is harmonious music that blends new age, world-fusion, gentle folk and soft pop into a well-crafted production of 11 devotional songs cultivated by accomplished producer and multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli (a recording artist in his own right). Gregoli co-produced and co-arranged with Haynes. On the recording Gregoli performs on a vast array of instruments such as guitars (steel and nylon-string acoustic, electric, 6 and 12-string, and the South American charango), bass, mandolin, sitar, banjo, piano, electric piano, synth, udu, drums, percussion, bells, Native American flute and other flutes, gopichand and kalimba. Haynes additionally adds backing vocals, hand drums and percussion.

The album also unifies brilliant special guest performances by some distinguished and well-respected musicians such as pianist Peter Kater, vocalists Tina Malia and Ken Stacey, drummer/percussionist Christo Pellani, violinist Jesus Florido, tabla player Cooper Madison Lanier, dulcimer performer Joellen Lapidus, players of Native American flutes Gareth Laffely and Al Jewer, accordionist Andy Mitran, didjeridu player Stephen Kent, hang-drummer Aeb Byrne, frame-drum/percussionist Byron Metcalf, vocalist Aeone and others. The result is a rich tapestry of sound combining ethnic instruments from around the world with traditional Western ones to conceive a true world-fusion flavor.

The focus of the album is the pure, sensitive, spiritual voice of Kimberly Haynes. Her major influences include Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan. Haynes’ voice showcases her original music and inspirational, poetic lyrics. Each song shares a unique story born from a life of tremendous trials and blessed tribulations, all flowing from a heart expressing love of music and life. “I write and sing from the depths of my own life experience. It’s a powerful thing to do this from a place of personal truth,” states Haynes.

More information on Kimberly Haynes and her music is available at her website (MusicMedicineWoman dot com). Her album is available as a CD or as digital download tracks at a variety of online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others.

“The title of the album, Awaken Me, comes from the song of the same name and seemed appropriate because it is such an important starting point,” says Haynes. “Each of us has the daily opportunity to awaken to our personal destiny -- to who we truly are and what we each have to give, and to the sacredness of both our individual and our collective journey. This song was born out of my yearning for clarity for the betterment of my own life and all those I touch. It is a universal need. The song ‘My Heart Knows The Way’ is about finding my own way, my own truth and personal freedom, and to live by that truth. It’s about recognizing that we are all free to do that because deep inside each of our hearts is the knowledge and the courage we need to meet every moment of our lives authentically.”

In the “Great Divide,” Haynes sings about the distance she felt when performing for an audience, and how that changed when she began doing personalized sound healing and recognized that connecting with other hearts is the goal. “To touch the heart is the miracle and where all separation dissolves.” Similarly Haynes wrote the song “Light Of My Soul” when she had a powerful spiritual insight. “The truth is in everyone’s heart. Everything we need is inside of us, and we all have access to it through daily practice, connecting with our Spirit, with the Creator and with all life-forms around us. It is an on-going process of awakening, healing, strengthening and fine-tuning our direction.”

Other songs with similar themes include “The Pathless Path” (which contains the line “in my heart is the holy spark”), “The Dream” (“You are not alone; Grace will guide you; Faith protects you; Love is in you”), and “The Jewel” (“don’t let the moment slip by, the jewel is waiting inside”).

Her path to music started early. A young Kimberly (adopted when she was three days old) was featured in gospel church choirs from the moment she was old enough to participate, and began studying voice, guitar and songwriting in her early teens which lead to placement in a gifted music program in high school. By the age of 17 she began studio singing and had been featured in television appearances and radio interviews within her Christian community. Her formative years paved the path for a powerful journey deep into self-discovery, greatly influenced by tragedies and loss, addictions and recoveries, joys, wonders, and victories. “Having risen from my own ashes multiple times, it is my mission to carry music of the heart into the world. My life and my music are richer and deeper for the challenges I have overcome, and my songs are a reflection of my personal journey from brokenness to wholeness,” she conveys.

Motivated by fond childhood memories of being mesmerized by the talents of musical greats such as Doris Day, Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, she shifted into the world of jazz and big band music. Kimberly developed an extensive performance background in her early twenties as she took part in a multitude of recording projects as well as performing in Japan, Denmark and a variety of Los Angeles nightclubs. She attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood to study jazz vocals, vocal improvisation and songwriting. Eventually Haynes became a sought-after vocal coach herself. She often composes on guitar.

In 1999, Haynes was guided to connect with Spirit in a deeper way. She married and started a family. In revisiting the gift of being part of a spiritual community, she wanted to give her own children a container in which to discern Spirit. In 2004, she began an apprenticeship as a cantorial soloist and started leading the prayer services alongside the rabbi for a local synagogue, which she now continues to do once or twice a month. Kimberly shares, “It was here that I first learned what it means to be the one who raises their voice on behalf of the community, inviting the Divine into their midst.”

Haynes then began 15 years of intense study of sacred music from around the world. She simultaneously completed five years of sound healing apprenticeship, while discovering the world of Peruvian shamanic practices and ceremony in the process. Through this discipline, she spent five years in her own deep healing process and learned to use her voice along with sacred instruments with the intention to facilitate healing for others. This powerful work led to the beginning of a multi-faceted private practice, combining voice lessons with shamanic practices and private healing sessions. The past ten years she has helped her husband with an illness and they explored alternative healing through plant-based medicines and supplements, diet, sound healing and shamanic energy healing.

Whether Kimberly is leading prayer services for her community, facilitating voice workshops and sacred ceremonies, performing at musical venues, or simply gathering her family and friends for a sacred meal, it’s all done with a fierce passion and commitment to connecting with Spirit and with the hearts of those present.
Music CD Release

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