Canada’s Juno Awards Ceremony set for March 30, 2014. The evening ceremony honors the best Canadian artists and their albums by Canada’s most coveted music award.
Much like Canada and the U.S. share a collective international border at Niagara Falls, our two countries share similar qualities when it comes to each country’s most prestigious music award ceremonies.
Scheduled on the weekend of March 29, March 30, 2014 Canada’s most prestigious music award ceremony honoring top artists will be televised live at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Much like the United States process to determine GRAMMY® Awards, Canada’s Juno Awards are decided by either a designated selection process or selections determined by voting members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).
New members are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the ceremony, which will include legendary rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The designated hosts for the ceremony are: Classified, Johnny Reid, and Serena Ryder.
Popular artists are scheduled to perform including ceremony hosts Classified and singer, songwriter Serena Ryder. Additional artists set to perform are as follows; Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Brett Kissell, Matt Mays, The Sheepdogs, Tegan and Sara, Robin Thicke, Walk off the Earth.
There are 44 Juno Award Categories this year, and comparable to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Juno awards are presented as primarily Album of the Year or Artist of the Year. This change in award category terminology, which took place in 2003, was previous phrased as Best Album or Best Artist of the Year.
The Juno Awards Ceremony is televised live on the CTV Television Network each year. It’s unclear if the majority of Americans will have televised access of the live broadcast.
On March 30, 2014 you can visit CTV.ca to see if a streaming broadcast video of the ceremony is shown live. In the past the American Television Network MTV2 broadcast previous Juno Awards Ceremonies so American satellite and cable viewers may be able to watch the ceremony on the MTV2 channel.
For Canadian persons familiar with the Juno Awards nominees the chances of selecting the correct lineup of winning artists are identical to their American counterpart trying to guess the outcome of the GRAMMY® Awards. But in equal terms is an evening celebration filled with anticipation and excitement of who will win Canada’s Artist of the Year or Album of the Year!
New Age Music Review: The Wonder Well by John Adorney.
When it comes to quality new age music the vocalist and instrumental artists on the Eversound Record Label are a reliable source for some of the finest contemporary instrumental vocal music available today.
John Adorney is recognized as one of the very best new age artists on the Eversound Record label, and a featured performer on the record label’s popular compilation releases; The Artists of Eversound LIVE!! – 15 Anniversary Concert & Eversound’s 10th Anniversary compilation albums.
The Wonder Well is the newest album by John Adorney. Judging from what others have said about his eighth album, everyone seems to be in agreement this is the best instrumental and vocal albums he has produced to date.
If you have heard The Wonder Well you would probably agree too. With 11 vocal instrumental songs The Wonder Well is the 2014 follow up to albums John Adorney & Daya – Live! In Concert, River of Breath & The Fountain. Quality driven at every turn, what a super follow-up album this is!
The theme you will hear on The Wonder Well is inspiring music fashioned by modern classic rhythms. The amazing vocalist Daya is again a featured artist, singing on four songs, along with Richard Hardy who plays bamboo flute on the last song. Every track is composed with a free flowing instrumental style, rich in depth and a wonderful melody line at every turn.
After years of reviewing John Adorney albums it never ceases to amaze me how one man can consistently create elegant music year after year. There are rare qualities in all of his albums, and I too agree this newest release is the finest I have heard. Those familiar with his music know this, and people who listen to his music for the first time will quickly discover this.
For any musician, producing one sensational album in a lifetime is an achievement, but rare is the fact John Adorney manages to produce an exceptional album every time. It’s a high goal for any artist to achieve but it’s what we have come to expect from one of the best artists at the Eversound Record Label, John Adorney.
The 11 songs on John Adorney’s newest February 11, 2014 release The Wonder Well are: In Spiritus – featuring Daya, Never Alone, The Wonder Well, At Home, Window to the West, If a Rose Could Speak – featuring Daya, Unbounded, The Cup and the Veil, The Meeting Place, Heartstrings, & Beautiful World.
To sample and purchase The Wonder Well visit JohnAdorney.com. Available on audio CD or digital MP3 formats, you may find John Adorney’s The Wonder Well at Eversound.com Record Label. Cover art design courtesy John & Nathan Adorney.
New Denise Young Album Passionata – Neo-classical new age piano with instrumentals album produced by record producer Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at the Imaginary Road Studio.
If you love classical piano and new age music combined, one of the best new collectives of the two genres is now hitting store shelves. In fact you will find the artistry and production of this album is top shelf. The marvelous sound you hear, which transcends narrowly defined genre categories into popular, easy listening music is appropriate for a wide variety of listeners.
American pianist, song writer and Steinway Recording Artist Denise Young made an impression on me after listening to her brand new neo-classical new age piano with instrumentals album titled Passionata.
Denise Young’s new 2014 follow-up album Passionata is comparable in elegance and style to her two releases in 2007 titled Time Alone & Something You Dream Of, all of which may leave you wondering if you are listening to classic piano music by an old master like Bach, Beethoven, or Brahms.
While I am far from an expert on modern classical music, I found Passionata breathtaking by the elevated emotional feel and quiet poignant phrasing on each of the 11 songs.
This new album by Denise Young also has the distinction of being produced at the Imaginary Road Studio, home of famous record producers Will Ackerman and co-producer Tom Eaton.
Beautiful by a distinct cinematic nuance, Denise Young’s Passionata is reminiscent to the style of cinematic film music producers John Williams and Michael Nyman.
The artists performing with Denise Young include: Jeff Haynes (percussion), Tom Eaton (bass), Eugene Friesen (cello), and Noah Wilding vocals). The 11 solo piano and piano with instrumental songs are: Above the Clouds, Moon Song, The Way, Starlight Melody, There, Cobblestones in the Rain, Awakened, Desire, Figure 8 & Secrets.
To sample and purchase Passionata visit DeniseYoung.com. Recently offered on digital CD or MP3 downloads formats find Denise Young’s newest album Passionata at iTunes.com and Amazon. Cover artwork and design by Matt Strieby.
New Celtic Woman CD & DVD – Celtic Woman releases new Emerald: Musical Gems and North American Tour with over 80 concert performances in progress for the popular Celtic group.
Celtic Woman is making music news this week by the release of Emerald: Musical Gems, a digital CD with 12 traditional Irish songs, which includes an additional free MP3 download version at Amazon. Released on February 25, 2014, an accompanying DVD with 18 songs by the same title is also available.
Celtic Woman’s North American Concert Tour has begun, and is expected to cover over 80 concert shows in North America. Later in the year on October 13, 2014, Celtic Woman begins their European Tour, covering cities in the countries of Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland.
It’s been quite a year for the group, having attained the Top World Album of the year at Billboard for the Celtic Woman Home For Christmas album. Billboard likewise awarded Celtic Woman the World Artist of the Year, which is the fifth year in a row for the ultra-popular vocal instrumental group.
The CD version of Emerald: Musical Gems, contains 12 song of the traditional Irish fare that has propelled Celtic Woman to modern day music celebrities, who continue to dazzle the world. The 12 song of traditional Irish favorites on the Emerald: Musical Gems CD are: Mo Ghile Mear, Dulaman. Caladonia, Amazing Grace, The New Ground, She Moved Through The Fair, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Nil Se’n La, Danny Boy, The Voice, The Parting Glass & You Raise Me Up.
Yanni Studio Album Inspirato – Yanni-Wake Entertainment has released press information for Yanni’s new vocal instrumental album titled Inspirato. Included is a special news update for the Yanni Worldwide Concert Tour in 2014.
If you are a Yanni fan there is a chance you have already heard the fantastic news about the new Yanni album due for release this spring on April 29, 2014. I received a press release from the Yanni-Wake people today about this breaking news story. Included in the special news announcement is updated information for Yanni’s Worldwide Concert Tour during 2014.
Inspirato, released on the Sony Classical Label, is an album which took 4 years to complete, from composing, performing, to a final recording.
Teaming up with record producer Rick Wake and celebrity opera star Placido Domingo, Inspirato features premium vocalists from around the world. This contemporary instrumental vocal album has 13 songs with each song featuring one of twelve vocalists, whose biography can be read at Yanni.com.
Another important aspect of this master opus from Yanni is the album composition itself, taken from a deeply personal viewpoint. The creative stimulus for Inspirato is drawn from the past 30 years of his career as a celebrity artist and a true-to-life, personal story of opera star Pretty Yenda, from South Africa.
To me, its clear Yanni is at the top of his game as a professional composer and performer so this personal, “from the heart” album is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on the listener.
Fans are already expressing elation over the special announcement at Yanni’s Facebook page, and expect the anticipation to grow as we reach full bloom on the April 29, 2014 release date this spring.
In concert news, if you check Yanni.com you will also see an expansive list of new concert dates are now announced. Beginning in March 2014, Yanni will begin a worldwide tour covering over 20 countries, which includes the U.S. and Canada. And more dates will be added to this extensive tour as the year progresses, so check for more updates on the Yanni Tour page.
For many people this will be their first chance to experience the extraordinary music performed by one of the greatest international concert artists of our time.
After covering Yanni and his orchestra for years now it seems I do have a sense for developing stories about the artist. Awhile back, I remember looking at a press photo of Yanni sitting at the concert piano at Carnegie Hall. I now see the Carnegie Hall photo (top left photo) is the album art cover selected for Inspirato.
I thought there may be a news story coming up at the time, but nothing like this, so I guess everyone is a little surprised by this latest development. Considering the new album and additional tour updates for 2014, this is fantastic news indeed!
The purchase price listed for the Inspirato audio CD is $14.97, which is a real bargain price in my view. The composition and recording of this particular album is rare – plus the mega collection of the world’s finest vocal artists will surely put Inspirato at the Best Sellers Chart at Amazon and Top 10 Chart at Billboard!
Visit Yanni.com/Inspirato for details and to pre-order before April 29, 2014. You may also pre-order prior to April 29, 2014 and purchase Inspirato by Yanni at Amazon.com. Concert photos and cover art courtesy yanni-wake entertainment.
13 Italian song titles translated to English, and featured vocal artist for each song:
1. I Genitori (To Take To Hold) – Renée Fleming
2. Come Un Sospiro (Almost A Whisper) – Vittorio Grigòlo
3. Ode Alla Grecia (End Of August) – Plácido Domingo
4. L’Ombra Dell’Angelo (Nice To Meet You) – Katherine Jenkins
5. Amare Di Nuovo (Adagio in C Minor) – Nathan Pacheco
6. Hasta El Último Momento (Until The Last Moment) – Plácido Domingo & Renée Fleming
7. (Tribute) – Plácido Domingo, Nathan Pacheco, Plácido Domingo Jr., Micaëla Oeste, Chloe Lowery – Riconoscimento
8. Incanto (Enchantment) – Russell Watson
9. II Primo Tocco (First Touch) – Plácido Domingo Jr.
10. Usignolo (Nightingale) – Lauren Jelencovich
11. La Prima Luce (In The Morning Light) – Rolando Villazón
12. Ode Á L’Humanité (Ode To Humanity) – Pretty Yende
13. Nello Specchio (In The Mirror) – Katherine Jenkins & Nathan Pacheco
It’s time to Celebrate with Inspiring Music: List of 10 Award Ceremony Celebration Songs & Anthems.
When it comes to a victory party or celebration occasion to recognize a person’s hard earned achievement, there is nothing better than selecting the perfect award ceremony music.
Inspiring songs with upbeat themes are guaranteed to set the tone and atmosphere of your get-together while the award recipient basks in the sweet victory of success.
With all of the recent honors given to athletes from all nations scoring personal victories and winning medals in the Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, providing a list of award ceremony music seemed like a well-timed article to write.
In case you are wondering the song played during the Sochi Olympic Metal Award Ceremony is the national anthem of the individual person or team member’s country who won the gold medal.
Playing the gold medalist’s national anthem during the Medal Award Ceremony was also the case during the London Olympics in 2012.
In addition to the individual national anthem of the gold medalist’s country the song Chariots of Fire by Vangelis was also an official anthem played during the London Summer Olympic Medal Award Ceremonies.
The inspiring song Chariots of Fire was the perfect victory song in this case, but the classic Vangelis tune is not necessarily the best song for every special occasion.
All Olympic athletes who won a gold, silver, or bronze medal during the Sochi Winter Olympics indeed have a very good reason to celebrate, but even everyday people like you and I will have our own special occasion to celebrate.
Apart from the music played during the Olympic Games, during our special get-togethers with friends we too want to select the perfect anthem for our award ceremony music.
Depending on your award ceremony occasion, whether it is a formal educational graduation ceremony, achievement award party, or a host of other informal special occasions to celebrate with upbeat, exultant music, here is a list of 10 popular award ceremony songs and classic anthems to choose from.
There is a selection of classic songs from multiple genres suggested in this list of celebration songs including classical, rock, adult alternative, pop and Christian music.
Enjoy your latest victory, every winner knows it is fun to be number one! Big Stock Photos by YuriSamsonov & EskayLim.
10 Songs and Anthems for Award Ceremony Music:
1. Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D (Land of Hope and Glory) by Sir Edward Elgar.
2. We Are The Champions by Queen.
3. Celebration by Kool & the Gang.
4. Celebrate by Three Dog Night.
5. I Just Want To Celebrate by Rare Earth.
6. Party In The U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus.
7. Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor.
8. Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler.
9. Long Distance Runner by Degarmo & Key.
10. On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons.
Upcoming interviews with important music celebrities: Learn more about your favorite artist by three new exclusive interviews at New Age Music World.
I am pleased to announce three important artists are soon to be featured at this site. The first is with former The Pretenders drummer and founder of group Moodswings, James Hood. The second interview is with famous Celtic musician and vocalist, Loreena McKennitt. The third interview scheduled is with world-class concert and studio recording artist Yanni.
One thing I have learned over the years as an interview host is the fact fans do want to know more about their favorite artist. While I am knowledgeable about the lives of many important celebrity artists I meet and write about, I can honestly say I too enjoy learning even more about the artists myself. Needless to say, popular music celebrities live fascinating lives.
The upcoming interviews are an actual interview conducted by me, not lesser quality teaser articles or copied content consisting of a few quotes taken from another person’s interview. In other words fans and visitors can expect the full conversation comprised of original, up-to-date topics presented in each interview.
I work hard for an artist’s fans to cover interesting topics and ask artists relevant questions so each all-inclusive interview is unique and contains the most current news content available. Currently there are 33 exclusive interviews to read at this site. Below is a list of artists I have interviewed so far. The popularity of this site has never been greater so watch for more interviews with major music artists presented to visitors in the near future. Select from the musician’s names shown below and read about your favorite artist in my Interview Section or Interview Category. Big Stock Photo by Viperagp.
33 Popular Music Artists with Interviews:
1. Moya Brennan – Legendary Celtic vocalist, harpist, Clannad group member from Ireland.
2. Diane Arkenstone – Popular vocalist, instrumental new age, world music recording artist.
3. Chuck Wild – Composer and founder of Liquid Mind Musical Healthcare® Experience.
4. Peter Kater – Multi-platinum selling new age music composer and concert pianist.
5. Nicholas Gunn – Multi-platinum, best-selling instrumental flutist and EDM producer.
6. David Lanz – Legendary new age music composer, studio recording and concert pianist.
7. Eric Tingstad – GRAMMY® Award-Winning guitarist and record label owner and producer.
8. Will Ackerman – GRAMMY® Award-winner, guitarist, and Windham Hill Records producer.
9. Kitaro – GRAMMY® and Golden Globe Award-Winning recording and concert musician.
10. AOMusic – New age, world fusion group with humanitarian message and organization.
11. Al Conti – New age, world music composer, studio recording, GRAMMY® Nominee.
12. David Arkenstone – Award-winning Top 10 Billboard charting multi-instrumentalist.
13. Jim Brickman – Gold and multi-platinum selling Top 10 Billboard Chart concert pianist.
14. Suzanne Doucet – Award-winning music composer, recording artist and TV personality.
15. Colburn Tuller – New age music recording artist and inventor of The Tones instrument.
16. Fionnuala Sherry – Ireland based violin soloist and leading member of Secret Garden.
17. Randy & Pamela Copus – New age music artists, Billboard Charting music group 2002.
18. Jon Anderson – Former vocalist of group YES, solo concert and studio recording artist.
19. Gandalf – Internationally acclaimed concert and instrumental composer from Austria.
20. Steve Orchard – New age music composer and instrumental recording artist from the UK.
21. Davol Tedder – Electronic new age music composer of inspiring contemporary music.
22. Bryan El – Classical electronic composer of symphonic new age music based in Belgium.
23. Clifford White – Multi-media producer and instrumental electronic composer based in UK.
24. David Wahler – Award-winning, U.S. based electronic and instrumental music composer.
25. Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria – New age composer, flutist, clinical psychologist and author.
26. John Adorney – Contemporary instrumental new age, world music composer producer.
27. Mars Lasar – Award-winning electronic, instrumental music and film score composer.
28. Paul Sills – UK based electronic and instrumental keyboardist, new age music composer.
29. Cadence Spalding – Multi-talented new age singer, songwriter and stage performer.
30.Oscar Aguayo – Electronic new age, neo-classic, ethnic music composer and keyboardist.
31. Salva Moreno – Electronic music composer from Spain with artist title Psicodreamics.
32. Vicki Logan – Multi-talented singer, flutist, new age instrumental and electronic composer.
33. Colin O’Donohoe – Director of Pangean Orchestra and new age, world music composer.
Official Olympic Music for 2014: Sample or purchase the new Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games with 13 songs.
If you are a fan of the Olympic Games, and you would like to sample or purchase the official sanctioned album of the 2014 Olympic Games, this year proves to be a winning combination. Official albums are periodic over the years, but I am happy to report the inspiring 2014 Olympic Album is available.
This release titled; Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, was issued February 3, 2014. The release with 13 songs includes anthems, pop songs, electronic dance music and classic hits, primarily up-tempo and sung in the Russian language. There are countless Olympic album imitations, so significant is the fact this is an official release now made accessible to the public by officials of the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sample or purchase the 13 song MP3 album or digital song downloads of the new Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at Amazon.co.uk and other European music stores. Find the Sochi Olympic Album at iTunes.
Official Album of Sochi 2014 Olympic Games – Artists and Songs:
1. Song: Anthem of Olympic Games 2014 by Artists: Valeriya, Dima Bilan, Sofiya Rotaru, Filipp Kirkorov, Yuliya Savicheva, Vladimir Presnyakov, Maks Pokrovskiy, Timati & Banda
2. Song: Olympic Dance by Artist: Alina Artts
3. Song: The Sky Has Us by Artists: Elka & Zmey
4. Song: Once More in Russia by Artists: Anna Sulitsyna & Valeriya
5. Song: Anthem of Olympic Games by Artists: Kirill Ukhanov & Dmitriy Koldun
6. Song: Olympic Games by Artists: Olesya Khalme & Alena Sviridova
7. Song: Time of Victories by Artists: Teni & Vladimir Presnyakov
8. Song: Olympic by Artists: Nafa & Buranovskie Babushki
9. Song: Olympic Flame by Artists: Sergey Ivanov & Zhanna Friske
10. Song: Hello, Olympic Games by Artists: Sergey Demin & Zhasmin
11. Song: Olympic Games in Sochi by Artists: Nikola Stasyuk Band & Korni
12. Song: Olympic Dream by Artists: Sergey Konkov & Aleksandr Buynov
13. Song: Light the Fire of Game On All the Earth by Artists: Anna Maslova & Denis Maydanov
Best Electronic Songs Review: Collection of 100 Songs by electronic orchestral music artists, Audiomachine.
If you love the intense, heart pounding sound of masterfully crafted cinematic music, Audiomachine has produced some of today’s best electronic orchestral songs in the cinematic music genre.
For a couple of years I have been listening to the powerful, epic songs composed by Audiomachine. I have a deep admiration for every album Audiomachine has produced, and I am certain their fans would agree.
The pair of artists Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix has acquired a huge following by producing music for motion picture advertising, including songs for the film and television industries, theatrical trailers, video game advertising and official music for the Olympic Games.
Since their introduction in August of 2005 their work has become so prevalent I would be willing to say you have heard their music played in television commercials or a movie trailer in the theater.
If you watch the Olympic Games you have most likely heard songs by Audiomachine since they produced the promo music heard in television network NBC and Olympic Games promotional campaigns.
Two of Audiomachine’s fan favorite songs were played in this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics, plus two songs were selected as the official promotional music for the London Summer Olympic Games in 2012 and Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010.
The newest EP album for 2014 by Audiomachine is Champions Will Rise: Epic Music From The 2014 Winter Olympics. The 4 songs on Champions Will Rise are an impressive mix too, having been selected as the official music by the International Olympic Committee and NBC during their worldwide promotional campaigns for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Audiomachine’s first album Chronicles with 28 epic songs was the first marketed release that began procuring the substantial fan base they have acquired today. The team’s second and third albums Epica, with 12 songs, and Helios, with 13 songs, is a wonderful collection of equally impressive songs created in their bold signature style.
The fourth 2013 album by Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix, with 26 songs, Tree of Life and 2013 album Existence, with 18 songs, are skillfully created masterpieces. Another EP album with 3 songs released in 2013 is titled Trilogy. These 6 albums combined make up one of the best collections of epic, electronic orchestral songs to date.
To give you an idea of how accepted the high-profile music produced by Paul and Kevin has become today, ratings and reviews at Amazon are continually given 5 stars by nearly every album reviewer who has purchased their songs or albums. Similarly their Facebook likes are presently at 63, 876, after joining the social site several years ago.
Best-selling albums at CDBaby, listed the soundtrack music of the group Immediate Music, Hans Zimmer, and new age music artists Two Steps From Hell similar in style to Audiomachine.
I have listened to the soundtrack genre groups Epic North and Future World Music is likewise comparable in some respects, but non-victorious over the two titans of electronic orchestral music, Audiomachine. Knowing their Olympic status and impressive fan base, selecting Audiomachine for Best Electronic Music in 2013 was well, automatic.
Visit AudioMachine.com to hear their official Olympic music album Champions Will Rise, and listen to songs on these albums by Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix. Listen to all 100 songs, available as digital downloads at Amazon.com and read more in my section dedicated to Audiomachine. Cover art courtesy audiomachine.com. Big Stock Photos by YuriSamsonov.
6 Audiomachine Albums with 100 Songs:
1. Chronicles – 2012 Release with 28 Songs
2. Epica – 2012 Release with 12 Songs
3. Helois – 2012 Release with 13 Songs
4. Tree of Life – 2013 Release with 26 Songs
5. Existance – 2013 Release with 18 Songs
6. Trilogy – 2013 Release with 3 Songs
Olympic Album Review: Champions Will Rise by Audiomachine: Official Promotional Music for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
After writing about the Olympic Games several consecutive years, I have found there is an incredible amount of interest in the musicians and songs played during the spectacular performances at official Olympic ceremonies.
This is especially true with the festive Opening and Closing Ceremonies. At times I write reviews for inspiring tribute albums, but I also write album reviews about the official music for both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Audiomachine is not only one of the best producers of epic, cinematic music in the electronic orchestral category, but the two artists of Audiomachine produced the official promotional music for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The U.S. based team of artists consisting of Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix create inspiring music for the film and television industries, theatrical trailers, video game advertising, and promotional campaigns.
Champions Will Rise: Epic Music From The 2014 Winter Olympics is the full title of Audiomachine’s 2014 EP album. This album is a special release from the team since all 4 songs on Champions Will Rise were selected by the International Olympic Committee and television media giant NBC during their worldwide promotional campaigns for the Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee selected two songs by Audiomachine from the album for this year’s Sochi Winter Olympic promotional campaign. NBC Network played three songs from the album for commercial promos for the Sochi Games. Between the two an estimated 50 million people have heard the songs on this exclusive EP album by Audiomachine.
Along with the worldwide publicity and extensive airtime their songs received for the Sochi Winter Olympics, two songs by Audiomachine were selected as the official promotional music for the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Clearly, the International Olympic Committee and NBC find the epic, orchestral music by Audiomachine inspiring. For years I have been impressed with the precision music this winning team of artists can produce like clockwork, and I believe you will too.
Visit AudioMachine.com to hear Champions Will Rise, and listen to additional albums by Paul Dinletir and Kevin Rix. You may also listen to Champions Will Rise at Amazon.com and read more in my section dedicated to Audiomachine. Cover artwork courtesy audiomachine.com. Big Stock Photo by YuriSamsonov.
List of Official Olympic Songs, Artist Names and Events already released prior to the Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony.
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony now over, nearly a billion people will be watching the international athletic sporting events held in, and around various locations near the host city of Sochi, Russia in 2014.
News about the official announcement of the music and artists who performed during the sporting events are likewise, of special interest as the first music performance during the Olympic Opening Ceremony on February 7, 2014 highlight the historic 22nd Winter Games in Russia.
The Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC) didn’t release the official list of artists and their songs prior to the music events, which includes the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, and Medal Awards ceremonies, but the good news is that there is a list of official songs and anthems released well before the extravagant Opening Ceremony.
Hits of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is a song compilation album released earlier, and are likely to be performed at an official venue.
Another song already released is the anthem for the Olympic Torch Relay titled We Are All Under the Sky. The official anthem by the band Kasta was performed by two singers from Russia named Elka and Anton Mishenin.
This anthem was played during Olympic Torch Relay festivals in 2,900 Russian towns and villages. There is also the Sochi Olympic Theme Song titled Reach For The Top, sung by musicians Dima Bilan and Julia Savicheva.
In addition NBC’s coverage of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics included a song by American singer Danielle Bradbery. The song by Danielle Bradbery is titled My Day.
In addition a Russian music group named Red Rocks has been performing live during their nationwide concert tour comprised of 17 Russian cities.
Leading news publishers have implied classical music will be the theme, while another major Russian news source said we can expect a contemporary music theme.
One other news source said the music act Tatu is among the performing artists. Tatu is an international female Russian duo with a pop hit All The Things She Said.
Until the complete list of songs and artists who performed during the Olympic Opening Ceremony are known worldwide and officially announced by the SOC and IOC, here is a preview of official songs already released for the 22nd Winter Games and music to be performed at cultural events during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In an earlier article about music related to the Sochi Olympics I let visitors know there are also inspirational songs available on the Olympic YouTube Channel. Most of the music backing the videos is upbeat, electronic songs but there is a lot of inspiring instrumental music played in the videos too.
If you are one of the estimated one million persons who plan to attend the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games there is also a list of artists who will be performing live music and cultural events in and around Sochi.
Beginning February 5, 2014 to February 22, 2014, as part of Russia’s Cultural Olympiad, instrumental soloists, vocalists, and quartets are performing.
Other cultural events already scheduled are recitals and concert performances by several symphony orchestras and Russian folk ensembles at the Zimniy Theatre in Sochi, Adler Concert Hall, Organ Hall, in addition to other venues.
For complete schedule information on these live concert performances and events visit Culture.Sochi2014.com. For music played during previous Olympic and Paralympic Games visit my category section titled Official Olympic Songs. Big Stock Photos by HelleM – Stayanov – Cobalt88.
New Age Music Review: Renowned percussionist for band The Pretenders and Moodswings originator James Hood releases 2014 solo instrumental album titled Ceremony.
If you take the time to listen close enough, synthetic and natural ambient sounds surround us daily. Some sounds are preferable over others, and making the distinction of whether the sound you are listening to is one of beauty or not is naturally up to the beholder. This is especially true when it comes to the diverse forms of music.
Composer, producer and percussionist James Hood is a respected artist who possesses, and has delivered a versatile repertoire of sound to millions throughout his lengthy music career.
If you have heard and are a fan of the popular, ambient electronic group Moodswings, you can thank the group’s originator James Hood for the beautiful melodies he has produced since 1992, to present day.
The ambient electronic song Spiritual High (State of Independence) from the Moodfood album is a fan favorite of the group Moodswings, featuring vocalist Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders.
Likewise, if you admire the musical sounds produced by music icons Jeff Beck and the pop new wave band The Pretenders, you also have James Hood to thank, having been a band member of these popular bands, each with millions of fans worldwide.
Ceremony is the new solo album by James Hood, officially released today on February 4, 2014. To say this album is an exploration in sound is somewhat of an understatement. Everything about Ceremony expresses a definitive statement in relation to beauty and sound creativity.
What makes this new release special is the performance by James Hood on a relatively new percussion instrument named PanArt Hang. The sound effect of the instrument, classified as a directly struck, or hand played idiophone is one of peace and tranquility.
This exclusive percussion instrument is related to the more recognizable steel drum, but the musical sound qualities are much smoother and produce, in my opinion, a richer less metallic sound texture.
James Hood is a versatile artist whose creative achievements for producing musical sounds of beauty just took an enormous leap forward. The sounds performed on Ceremony are designed to be inherently relaxing, and the result is a remarkably effective one.
Another quality is a cinematic effect, making it a good instrument for movie or film scores. No matter how you perceive this new album, you will be hearing more about percussionist James Hood and his Ceremony album going forward.
Although this is a solo album, the unique sound structure of the PanArt Hang would blend well with an orchestra too. Either way I hope you take the time to listen to James Hood’s newest adventure in sound production.
The 2 disc Ceremony CD’s 11 songs are: Metal Ambulance, Sonic Ashram, Faerie God, Cherry Mandala, Friendly Alien, Angelica, Imaginary Friend, Sweet Acceptance, Fey Bedouin, Biorythmetic & A Goat Called Lavender.
Music News: Domo Music Group announces a special symphonic concert season for new age music star Kitaro in 2014 with the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra.
GRAMMY® Award and Golden Globe-Winning new age artist Kitaro, is preparing to initiate his 2014 concert season. This piece of music news is a good reason for Kitaro fans to celebrate but this year, as it turns out, was destined to be special one!
In addition to Kitaro’s multiple Nominations, including this year’s 56th GRAMMY® Awards in the Best New Age Album category, Kitaro will be performing with a full orchestra during this concert season. In a press release at Domo Music Group the song playlist will include songs from the albums Silk Road, Kojiki & Heaven and Earth.
The new age superstar’s concert season billed as, “Kitaro Symphonic World Tour in 2014,” is comprised of historic cities in Eastern Europe.
The first live symphony production for this special tour begins in Santa Rosa, California on February 14, 2014, and transverses through Eastern Europe cities of Warsaw, Poland, St Petersburg, Russia, Moscow, Russia, Kiev, Ukraine, Bucharest, Hungary, and Istanbul, Turkey.
The premiere performance with the Santa Rosa Symphony orchestra begins on February 14th in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. The Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra conductor is Stephen Small.
Kitaro is an important artist who has performed with an impressive list of equally important celebrity artists, and this upcoming concert series with the Santa Rosa Symphony is sure to be a once in a lifetime event. I hope to see you there!
For information and concert updates visit the Domo Music Group Kitaro page, and you may purchase tickets at SantaRosaSymphony.com. Please note, for news complete updates, including the most accurate concert information visit DomoMusicGroup.com.
To read my recent interview with Kitaro, album reviews and additional articles, take a minute to visit my Kitaro section. Watch the Kitaro Concert Video below. Photos courtesy domomusicgroup.com.
Kitaro 2014 Symphonic World Tour Dates:
February 14, 2014 – Rohnert Park, California – Weill Hall, Green Music Center
February 19, 2014 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Bkz Hall
February 22, 2014 – Warsaw, Poland – Congress Hall
February 24, 2014 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus City Hall
February 26, 2014 – Kiev, Ukraine – Oktyabrsky Concert Hall
March 2, 2014 – Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatilui
March 4, 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey – Halic Congress Center
March 5, 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey – Halic Congress Center
March 7, 2014 – Baku, Azerbaijan – Hayder Aliyev Sarayi
Presenting A List Of New Electronic And Instrumental Albums & Best New Age Music Albums So Far In 2014.
January 1, 2014 was a date in time when PR persons, promoters and independent artists began sending me their newest electronic and instrumental albums and new age music for review each year.
In past years at New Age Music World the newest CD albums sent to me each year numbered into the hundreds, and that’s not including numerous digital downloads sent by email promotions. With so much new music to choose from it was a challenge to determine which new albums visitors would agree should be selected best.
Selecting the best new electronic and instrumental albums in 2014 won’t be any different. There will be hundreds of new age electronic, instrumental, progressive rock, and world music albums. Plus there are subcategories like contemporary instrumental, neo-classical, ambient, solo piano, relaxation, chill out, groove and vocal albums.
The album cover art shown below is a sample of the newest music CDs sent to me for review consideration so far this month in 2014. More will be added as I am more active at my non-profit blog, but from the albums listed below I typically select for my pre-release album reviews, news articles and best new music in 2014 publications in various categories.
It appears to be another exciting year of the finest new music produced by some of today’s top electronic, instrumental and new age musicians. Later in the year many of the releases below will make the top 10 radio charts, top 100 radio charts, Billboard, and IMAs in addition to best song, and best album awards by hosts at various music blogs.
I can almost guarantee some new releases at this site will eventually win the world’s most prestigious music awards. Independent artists, promoters and PR persons can find detailed information to submit a new 2014 album for possible review at New Age Music World on my profile page.
Until the top music awards are given find album reviews for the best new releases in 2014 on my main pages, and find the Top 10 new age albums at iTunes.com and new music releases at Amazon.com. Big Stock Photo by EvgenaD & Aysarts.
Best New Music Album Releases during 2014:
Music News: Laura Sullivan, 56th GRAMMY® Award- winning recipient for Best New Age Music Album titled Love’s River.
The 56th GRAMMY® Award winners have been announced on January 26th, 2014, and as expected, there were a few surprises on this year’s recipients of the highly prized music award.
Best New Age Album Award recipient Laura Sullivan is a solo and concert pianist whose award really didn’t come as a surprise to me at all. Laura’s piano and instrumental new age album Love’s River happened to be the first album review I wrote in 2013, and I just knew the eleven songs on her newest album were something special.
Laura Sullivan’s award-winning album Love’s River, on the Sentient Spirit Records Label, is a piano and instrumental album featuring pianist Laura Sullivan and other top music professionals including Will Ackerman, Nancy Rumbel, Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley and Jeff Oster.
The ensemble of award-winning music professionals performing their instrumentals on various songs are Nancy Rumbel playing Oboe and English Horn, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English Horn, Jeff Oster on trumpet and flugel horn. Record Producer Will Ackerman produced 4 songs and played acoustic guitar on the song titled Blessed.
Laura Sullivan is truly a gifted composer and pianist with many achievements as a soloist and concert pianist throughout her illustrious career, and I am pleased to see her win a GRAMMY® Award in 2014.
In the album review I wrote I stated it was exciting to be one of the first to review Laura Sullivan’s newest album Love’s River. I also stated I felt it was destined to be a popular album in 2013. For everyone who knows Laura personally, they may be in agreement that in this case Laura Sullivan’s latest achievement was not one of the few surprises!
The 11 songs on Love’s River are Secrets from the Deep, Wishing on a Dandelion, Awakening to Love, Blessed, Holding Heaven, Moonlight Passage, Love’s River, Calligraphy, River to the Sea, Story of the Rain & Snowfall on Water.
Yanni and his Orchestra – World Concert Tour Dates for 2014.
International concert and recording artist Yanni and his orchestra have released new tour date information for the 2014 concert season. Following a successful “World Without Borders” Tour in 2013, and recent Brazil Concert Tour, Yanni and his elite orchestra again take the stage to bring professional live entertainment to many parts of the world.
This year the Yanni 2014 World Concert Tour converges around the globe, touching down in the countries of Chile, Argentina, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, and United States.
More concert venues and dates will be added as the year progresses, so hopefully you will have a chance to see the professional team of entertainers perform. The quality of musicians and vocalists he selects for his tours each concert season are unsurpassed and legendary, recognized as some of the world’s finest artists.
If you have ever read one of many Yanni concert reviews, you know the atmosphere and song playlist for a Yanni concert is unique each season, but classic songs favorites can be expected this year too. There will be additional melodies performed during the 2014 concert season, including songs from two of his most recent albums.
Songs from the album Yanni-Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico from 2012, and an original studio album composition from 2011 titled Truth Of Touch will be performed this year too.
The Yanni Concert Tour for 2014 is designed to showcase the international artists and talented professionals that perform with the celebrity and complete the ultimate concert experience.
If you would like to read more about the leading musicians and vocalists who perform live in concert with Yanni, there is a page at Yanni.com where you can read the biography for each artist.
The orchestra member’s name credits are: Charles Adams: drums, Benedikt Brydern: violin, Jason Carder: trumpet and flugelhorn, Yoel Del Sol: percussion, Victor Espinola: harp, Ming Freeman: keyboards, James Mattos: French horn, Sarah O’Brien: cello, Mary Simpson: violin, Dana Teboe: trombone, Gabriel Vivas: bass, Samvel Yervinyan: violin, Alexander Zhiroff: cello. The vocalists are; Lauren Jelencovich, and Lisa Lavie.
In every sense concertgoers can expect to see something new this concert season, yet unchanged for 2014 is the fact Yanni and his elite orchestra remain one of the most popular international new age music artists in the world! See you there!
For news and information visit Yanni.com. Shown below is the current Yanni concert schedule. Please note the dates shown are subject to change. For complete updates and the most accurate concert info check the Yanni Concert Tour 2014 page. For more information read my concert reviews, album reviews, and webcast Yanni interview in my pages dedicated to Yanni. Photos and concert schedule courtesy Yanni – Wake Entertainment.
Yanni World Concert Tour 2014:
March 15, 2014 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
March 18, 2014 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Luna Park
March 20, 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Ginasio Do Ibirapuera
March 21, 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Ginasio Do Ibirapuera
March 22, 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Ginasio Do Ibirapuera
March 23, 2014 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Ginasio Do Ibirapuera
March 25, 2014 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Teatro do Sesi
March 27, 2014 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Vivo Rio
April 23, 2014 – London, United Kingdom – Royal Albert Hall
April 26, 2014 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Elctric Hall
April 28, 2014 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom Berlin
April 30, 2014 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
May 2, 2014 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tipsport Arena
May 12, 2014 – Odessa, Ukraine – Opera Theatre
May 16, 2014 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – BKZ Oktyabrsky
May 19, 2014 – Krasnodar, Russia – Music Theatre
May 21, 2014 – Rostov-on-Don, Russia – Music Theatre
May 24, 2014 – Minsk, Belarus – Sport Palace
May 26, 2014 – Kiev, Ukraine – Palace Ukraine
May 28, 2014 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus City Hall
June 4, 2014 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Nokia Arena
August 13, 2014 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
August 19, 2014 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
August 20, 2014 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
For news, information and complete tour schedule updates visit Yanni.com.
View Inspiring Videos at YouTube Olympic Video Channel.
If you are a fan of the Olympics and Paralympics then you know there is already a lot of news and information available to everyone prior to the official start of the upcoming 22nd Olympic Winter Games on February 7, 2014.
The first worldwide music fest planned for the Opening Ceremony begins on February 7, 2014, with televised coverage up to the games end and Closing Ceremony on February 23, 2014. Until then, videos with inspiring songs as the background music are available on the official Olympic Channel at YouTube.
I listened to many upbeat songs among the videos with music I sampled. Some video categories to watch include Countdown to Sochi 2014, Olympic Records, 90 Seconds Of The Olympics, Olympic History, Higher Faster Stronger, Olympic Quizzes and Athlete Profiles. There are also past event videos with background music, sponsor and information about the IOC.
Music is an important aspect of the Olympics so watch for more news on the artists and songs selected for the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Visit the official Olympic Video Channel at YouTube. Big Stock Photo credit – Chrisroll.
Olympic Tribute Music to Sochi Winter Games performed by Karl Jenkins and his new age music group Adiemus.
In light of the dramatic news coming out of Russia lately, anticipation for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia outshines the dark news of late. For the athletes that will be performing during this historic event their opportunity to achieve excellence and rise above will be a bright visible test of the human spirit.
The official music to be performed during the Opening, Closing and Medal Ceremonies has not been announced by the International Olympic Committee yet but more news about the artists and their songs to be played during the ceremonies will be coming soon.
New age artist Vangelis and his inspiring Chariots of Fire song was a key song played during the London Olympic Games in 2012, so given the inspirational fortitude of the genre, new age music compositions may again be selected for this year’s ceremonies.
Interest in the Olympic Games has never been greater, and for many people the official music is likewise a point of interest. There are tribute songs available you can listen to right now. One tribute song is by Karl Jenkins and his new age group Adiemus. Composed and conducted by Karl Jenkins, Adiemus is a fusion of new age and world music, with choir vocals in many songs.
Adiemus is often compared to Enigma and Deep Forest, and I always felt the young boys choir Libera, directed by Robert Prizeman, should be included too. Regardless of the comparison, Karl Jenkins and the group Adiemus perform uplifting songs designed to rekindle the human spirit, fitting of the athletes goal and their upcoming challenge to light up the world. The self-titled song video by Karl Jenkin’s group Adiemus is one of nine from the Songs Of Sanctuary album.
For more information about the inspiring music of Adiemus visit KarlJenkins.com.
YouTube song video produced by MrFryDeep. Big Stock Photo photo credit – HelleM.
Publicist and blog host John P. Olsen had an opportunity to interview famed singer, harpist and instrumental recording artist from Ireland, Moya Brennan.
During this interview taking place during the summer of 2013, a variety of in-depth topics are covered. Included is a conversation about her new vocal and instrumental album with professional harpist Cormac De Barra titled Affinity. Moya Brennan also details aspects of her life and solo career, and of the Celtic music group Clannad.
Recognized as the First Lady of Celtic Music, and The Voice of Clannad, today I am pleased to present an informative interview conversation with the famed Irish musician, Moya Brennan.
John P. Olsen: Thank you for accepting my interview invitation Moya! Interest in your music has grown tremendously over the years, and you have a wonderful story to share. Like your fans, I am a longtime admirer of the music you have produced too, so it’s a privilege to host your newest interview for fans and visitors in 2013, here at New Age Music World.
Shall we begin our conversation with the topic of your brand new album with Cormac de Barra titled Affinity. Your newest album is now available at your Voices & Harps website, and currently available at major music stores like Amazon and iTunes. I have been listening to Affinity non-stop, and consider it to be one of your best albums yet. It makes me curious to know if others share the same view as I. What is the feedback you have received so far on your newest album, and is the response what you expected?
Moya Brennan: John, thank you for your kind words about Affinity and I’m so glad you are enjoying it. You’ll be pleased to hear that you are not alone in reacting to Affinity in such a way. Feedback has been really positive (and sometimes verging on the superlative!) To say that this is what we hoped for would be spot on but what we expected? I’m not sure.
Of course we are supremely proud of the album but I have been working for long enough to know that you can emerge from the bubble of the studio thinking you have redefined the musical universe, only to discover that the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily share your feelings. All I know is that the musical partnership I have developed with Cormac is far greater than the sum of the parts and that our song choices, arrangements and performances are of the best we both have to offer.
John: Affinity is the follow-up album of your earlier release with harpist Cormac De Barra titled; Voices & Harps. Another fine release I might add. What would you say are the distinctions in theme and melody in comparison to your newest release?
Moya Brennan: To give you some background, Voices & Harps was recorded on an inspired whim! That’s not to say we didn’t put our hearts into it. More that it was something we’d been talking about doing for several years and a little three-week window opened up early 2011, which we jumped through and emerged with our first V&H album. We sat back and listened to it in the cold light of day and were thrilled to have achieved so much in such a short space of time.
As with Affinity, I think we surprised a few people – and ourselves. Cormac has been quite a significant force for me rediscovering the beauty and purity of my traditional roots. In my solo work I have explored quite a lot of contemporary forms along with musical influences from around the world – for instance Eastern Europe and Africa. Cormac’s repertoire and knowledge of the Irish tradition is incredible so this was always our starting point.
The theme of Voices & Harps was as simple as the title. I arrived with my voice (and harp) while Cormac arrived with his harp (and voice). Sounds funny but we both came to each other with the same skills, albeit with different emphasis respectively. We chose some songs and tunes that we both had been performing already, some which we had always wanted to record and we wrote others which encompassed my approach to atmospheric vocal layers with a harp foundation.
When we came to record (what turned out to be titled Affinity) the approach was similar but with attitude made bolder by our happiness and reaction to our first album. We were actually going to call it Voices & Harps II but realized that the title, Affinity, once again, summed up our performing relationship and the blending of our musical skills.
John: What is the creative drive behind your newest album composition Affinity?
Moya Brennan: Echoing what I said previously, our creative inspiration is a bringing together of what we do well! Maybe, more than anything though we let ourselves go a bit more than before. Sure, there are absolutely beautiful songs which we both of learned from our grandparents – Ardaigh Cuan from my grandmother and Seoithin Seo from Cormac’s – but we felt we had the confidence to write new songs as well.
While we both grew up surrounded by traditional music we have also been open to a wide range of musical influences. So there is the dreamy, trancy ambience of song Suas Sios, and a contemporary slant to Worlds Collide and I Feel You Breathe.
I should also mention The Lass of Aughrim, from Affinity. I was invited to perform at a Galway alumni dinner in New York last year. The Galway Association were to honor Angelica Houston as part of the ceremonials. I had always been moved by her part in the John Houston movie, The Dead, based on a James Joyce short story.
This song appears at one of the most poignant moments in the film and I heard that she loved the song. It brought her to tears at the dinner and afterwards she said that we must record it. So we did and have her to thank for encouraging us.
John: The chart topping hit song Sailing by Christopher Cross is a lead single on Afffinity. I read in a press release the cover song Sailing holds special meaning to you on a personal level. What is the personal significance of the song Sailing?
Moya Brennan: Hey, I think what I said is that it was part of the soundtrack of my youth. So in the respect that it will forever bring me back to that stage in my life I’m not saying it has any emotional or cosmic significance! It’s a beautiful song and an unusual song. Cormac and I had been toying with the idea of doing a cover song and we were nearing the end of the process of choosing our final selection.
I was driving back from a concert in Cork and just as I pulled into the house in Dublin Sailing came on the radio. I had my daughter, Aisling (my band guitarist and album studio engineer), in the car and we sat and heard it out. I wondered how it would translate to harp and vocals but when Cormac came in the next morning he played around with the intro on the harp (some devilish key changes) and eventually broke through to provide the song with familiar, but new, bedrock.
Lyrically, it’s a song of hope and dreams – subjects that I love to visit in songs anyway. As you can imagine, our cover of this song has surprised a lot of people but nobody has said that it feels out of place among the others.
John: Harpist and television host Cormac De Barra is also a member of your band and the group Clannad. In addition to the numerous albums you and Cormac have produced together you each have achieved successful solo careers. How did you and Cormac meet and form a professional team Voices & Harps?
Moya Brennan: In 2004 I recorded my Two Horizons album. This, more than any other recording I have made, was a concept album. Starting with the Thomas Moore song, The Harp that Once Through Tara’s Hill, I developed a story line bringing a mythical harp through the ages, through slavery in Africa and emigration to the wilds of an American desert populated by native women played the harp in their traditional ceremonials.
My (then) musical director Fionan De Barra, introduced me to his brother, Cormac, whose harp playing instantly provided a fullness to my stage setup. We have worked together ever since and discovered an interesting fact that less is more. It is such a resonant and powerful instrument that often, very little else is needed.
John: During the course of your music career you have toured extensively in many parts of the world. Would it be fair to say you simply adore the personal interaction with an audience while performing live shows?
Moya Brennan: I absolutely love it. My father spent his life on stage – firstly in a traveling show band and then as host in his own music pub in County Donegal – and I’m convinced that I take after him. I love the way that you can engage an audience and draw them into your world – even if they are unfamiliar with your work. I love bringing people to another place in shows (even for ninety minutes) and hearing how afterwards how they were able to shake off their stress and troubles for that short period as they became absorbed in what was coming from the stage.
John: Even today you perform live concerts, and recently gave a Voices & Harps Workshop last month. Could you tell everyone about your live performances and provide details about the workshops?
Moya Brennan: Cormac and I do the workshop every June and have just completed our third year running. This year was a sell out! We keep to limited numbers in order to give everyone direct and personal attention. I work through a choice of songs with some and Cormac works on harp tunes with others. At the end of the weekend the two meet in a thrilling showcase. I say thrilling deliberately because I see people who have walked in on the Friday with virtually no experience singing and playing on stage for the first time and literally going through a life changing experience.
John: What song selections can a concert attendee expect to hear during a live concert with Moya Brennan?
Moya Brennan: I think I gave a taste of that in an earlier question. I like to create an atmosphere which frees the mind and spirit of an audience. But in a more practical sense Cormac and I obviously play much of our Voices & Harps repertoire, I have a number of solo favorites and, of course, I do visit some of the Clannad classics from time to time. There’s a bit of everything – from quiet atmosphere to rousing Irish trad sets.
John: Music has been a part of your life from the beginning, with many notable achievements along the way. What would you say was the turning point where you knew you were a career musician with a professional career ahead of you?
Moya Brennan: You’re right, it started early! I used to go off to Scotland with my father’s band at the age of seven to perform on St. Patrick’s Day. There were two significant moments in our (Clannad’s) career which convinced us that we had this calling. In 1970 we came first in the prestigious Letterkenny Folk Festival. The prize was to record an album which turned out to be Clannad 1.
Our music was almost exclusively in the Irish language and, strange as it may seem now, nobody in Ireland wanted to listen to songs in their native language. So we’d go off to Germany in a battered van and drive up and down the autobahns playing to audiences who couldn’t get enough of it! Yes, bizarre!
In 1978, during a German tour, we received a standing ovation in the classic Bremen Town Hall. As we glowed in the dressing room after the show we suddenly realized we could do this as a career and returned to Ireland as a professional band.
John: There are a number of original songs on Affinity sung in Gaelic, which is the native Irish language. It is in part a reason for the surge in popularity taking place during your solo career, and of the group Clannad, in which you are a founding member. What is it about the Gaelic dialect, blended with melodic themes that have generated so much interest?
Moya Brennan: As I said above, there was a time when we were actively discouraged from singing Gaeilge songs. Ireland of the seventies was only forward looking and chose not to think about its traditional culture. Thankfully, things changed slowly and we are so pleased we stuck to our principles and language. Irish is a very different to other European languages.
It allows us to reflect images of our natural surroundings in a true way. Many of our songs celebrate the sea, mountains and ruggedness of our native Donegal. I’m so proud of my language and it combines beautifully with my music.
John: Clannad’s influence on the merging of traditional Celtic and pop music, including Celtic Fusion in the 1980s and 1990s cannot be overstated. I read at the Clannad.ie website that a new follow-up album to Clannad at Christ Church Cathedral CD & DVD is scheduled for release in September of 2013. Can you provide any news or information regarding the new Clannad album for 2013?
Moya Brennan: I do believe we were pioneers in bringing Celtic music to a wider audience with contemporary influences and instrumentation. Although it didn’t make us popular with the trad community at the time, it’s interesting to see how the form has been followed, imitated and developed into a distinct musical genre. We have just finished recording a new Clannad album – the first studio album since 1997. It will be released in September this year and the title is under wraps for now.
John: You have enjoyed a stellar music career with many successes, awards and recognition along the way Moya. What do you find most rewarding intrinsically as a professional concert and studio musician?
Moya Brennan: It has to be winning the Letterkenny Folk Festival in 1970. I know there have been many other incredible moments but this probably changed my life more than any other.
John: Would you like to tell us about your charitable endeavors and work as a goodwill ambassador, and why is philanthropy important to you on a personal level?
Moya Brennan: I hope that what I do comes from my heart and in that applies equally to my music and my charity work. Like anyone else, I am seriously humbled by those who dedicate their entire lives to helping the disadvantaged and downtrodden. I do get asked to be involved in far more than I am able to take on so one thing I have chosen is to broaden awareness of the disability charity, CBM.
Although they originally set out to work with blindness they have come to realize that lack of sight is just one of a number of common disabilities in the developing world which leaves its sufferers as marginalized and hidden in their communities. As a Goodwill Ambassador I have traveled in Africa and South America to see CBM’s amazing work and bring back my experiences to remind people how fortunate they are and how much needs to be done to provide decency and respect for the disabled.
John: I know for a fact that artists at various stages of their music careers will read our interview Moya. One question I always like to ask a highly successful artist like yourself is; would be willing to offer any helpful suggestions about the music business, or offer some words of advice to artists just beginning their music careers?
Moya Brennan: The music business has changed so much since I started. There was once a time when we could survive quite well just on record sales. Those days have gone and it has become far more important to get on stage and engage your audience in a live setting.
But the universal truths still remain: Believe in what you’re doing, don’t be discouraged by rejection, remain true to your art, practice your instrument (or voice), share ideas with others you trust and learn how to express them to a wider audience.
John: As a publicist I like to report on current music news information when I can, so I would like to ask if you have any press information you would care to pass along about additional album projects or upcoming special events you plan to make public soon?
Moya Brennan: I am currently planning a Christmas tour in the USA in December. Final details have yet to be settled but will appear on my website in due course. I recorded a Christmas album a few years ago and, amazingly, it hasn’t dated over the years. I normally tour it in Europe so this will be the first time American audiences will experience An Irish Christmas.
John: I look forward to providing more information when available Moya, and must say you have experienced a fascinating life and career. It has been a privilege to host your newest interview in 2013 and I wish you continued success in the years ahead. I hope we have a chance to visit again to update everyone on the current news about you. In closing for now, is there anything you would like to express to our readers, and fans that have supported you throughout your career?
Moya Brennan: Nothing but immense thanks and appreciation for letting me do what I enjoy and share it with fans. Their loyalty, friendship and encouragement are what keep me going.
Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra’s new album Affinity is currently available in physical CD format and Mp3 format, or single song downloads at VoicesAndHarps.com. You may sample and purchase the 12 songs on Affinity at Amazon.com and find the album or single song downloads for Affinity at iTunes.
Find albums and concert info at MoyaBrennan.com. Interview photos courtesy moyabrennan.com & voicesandharps.com.
Affinity Album Review: New vocal and instrumental album by legendary vocalist Moya Brennan and harpist Cormac De Barra.
Two legendary international musicians, Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra, have proven yet again the unification of top Irish talents is assured to become an endearing vocal and instrumental album like no other.
Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra are gifted musicians of the highest caliber from Ireland, each with successful solo careers and so in this respect their enduring careers as music professionals have without surprise, emboldened the lovely melodic songs they convey to the world.
Recognized as the First Lady of Celtic Music, and The Voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan brings her skillful vocal talent to the forefront, while brilliant harpist Cormac De Barra delivers a divine instrumental fusion on their new release for 2013 entitled Affinity. Their newest release follows another exceptional vocal instrumental album from 2011 titled Voices & Harps.
Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra both are famous for their proficiency as vocalist and harpist respectively, which is unmistakable on their newest. Together the Voices & Harps team is supported by a specialized lineup of professional back-up singers and orchestral artists performing on keyboard, guitars, flutes, fiddle, cello, percussion, and more.
While some tracks of 12 songs total contain song lyrics performed in English, including a cover song by Christopher Cross titled Sailing; several songs are performed in their native Gaeilge language, similar in style to songs heard on albums by the group Clannad.
As one would hope Affinity by like minded definition of the word itself, shines by its beauty and refinement, embracing the wide ranging cultural influence of world music and the beloved Celtic melodies of Ireland that have transported them into the limelight of international fame and prominence.
If you are looking for one of the finest vocal instrumental albums fulfilling a wide range of musical tastes, especially in the Celtic and world music category look to the professionally driven leaders, and their new album named Affinity.
The 12 songs on Affinity are: Intro (Suas Sios), Sailing, The Lass of Aughrim, Worlds Collide, I Feel You Breathe, Cruiscin Lan, Captain O’Kane, Seoithin Seo, Stoirin Rua, When the Morning Breaks, Ardaigh Cuan & Suas Sios.
Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra’s new album Affinity is currently available exclusively in physical CD format and Mp3 format, or purchase single song downloads at VoicesAndHarps.com. Prior to the June 25th release date sample or pre-order Affinity at Amazon.com or sample and pre-order Affinity at iTunes.