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January 15, 2020

Rising to prominence with a Bronze Medal in the 1st USA International Harp Competition in her teens and debuting as concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center not long after, harp virtuoso Kirsten Agresta Copely has just about done it all in her multi-faceted...

December 30, 2019

A seminal force in and influential and enduring treasure of new age music, pianist/composer Scott Cossu - one of the first artists on Will Ackerman’s groundbreaking Windham Hill label - was a creative force and guiding light when the genre was in its infancy. During hi...

December 14, 2019

Because composer/musicians and their fans tend to compartmentalize their passions into strict genre trappings, it’s rare to find artists bold enough to transcend commercial considerations and expectations and present all of their passions on a single project. You won’t...

December 13, 2019

In my enthusiastic write-up  review of Michael Kollwitz’s Billboard charting early 2019 release Serenity III: More Peaceful Music on the Chapman Stick® – the third in a successful annual series of relaxation collections that began in 2017 – I used terms like “mysticall...

November 24, 2019

For adventurous music fans, it happens every year when the holidays roll around. When we make our holiday playlists, we want some of our tried and true favorites – but after a while, the constant loop of those wears thin and we find ourselves on the hunt for fresh voic...

November 10, 2019

While some old school artists find reasons to lament the shift from the tactile joys of CD sales and ownership to the digital, streaming and playlist age of consumption, other, more prescient musicians are embracing full throttle the unique possibilities that this era...

November 10, 2019

As someone who writes artist bios as part of my living, I am privy to the general intent of the endeavor. It’s supposed to entice press folks to listen and in turn, help excite potential listeners to check out the music. There’s an unspoken credo to accentuate the posi...

November 7, 2019

Two intriguing questions occur to me when listening Autumn Monsoon, an intricate, hypnotic-exotic, soul-transportive collection showcasing the lush melodies, globally expansive rhythmic flow and stunning aural tapestries of New Mexico based husband and wife Suzanne Ten...

November 7, 2019

One of the great joys of a life and career spent listening to music is discovering new artists – and it often happens that those grand talents we’re hearing for the first time are actually popular veterans who somehow escaped our radar no matter our best efforts to sta...

November 3, 2019

True to the title of his remarkable, genre-transcendent collection Sempre: A New Dimension, Ian Maksin’s approach to the cello is expansive, rhythmically and culturally eclectic and truly timeless, taking us on wild journeys through a variety of moods, weather patterns...

October 27, 2019

In my earlier review of multi-flutist Monica Williams’ stirring debut album Journey of Tears, I complimented her for blissfully blending “her gorgeous flute melodies and deeply textured production with compelling storytelling throughout.”

I referred to her narrative sty...

October 17, 2019

The Further Improvisational New Age Piano-Flute Adventures by Longtime Friends and Musical Soulmates Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic

The success and wide-ranging acceptance in New Age circles of Robert Thies and Damjan Krajacic’s award-winning improvisational duo conce...

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