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Karen Olson - ViolistKaren Olson: International Musician (viola), Recording Artist, Composer and Sound Healer releases her newest album, Convergence.

Karen Olson is an internationally recognized violist, recording artist and composer. This skillful and talented artist combines her unique background as a instrumental musician, Reiki master, and intuitive holistic healer, by providing interactive, fun and inspiring concerts and programs.

Based in New York, this music professional’s newest album Convergence follows like minded official album releases; Elemental Journey, Timeless Being, Seasons of the Soul, Earth Angel, and Ellypsis feat. Karina O. & Christobal Jacques. Her music has been described as a wonderful blend of classically oriented jazz fusion that has instrumental New Age and World Music influences.

Karen Olsen is a music professional who holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School, a Master’s Degree from Yale University and a Ph.D. from New York University and she is a certified practitioner and teacher in several healing modalities including Theta Healing.

Performing for audiences all over the world, Karen Olsen is a member of the New York Pops. Her CD Timeless Being ranked #1 on multiple charts, and she edited a top-selling viola scale book for ECSchirmer. During her stellar music career Karen Olsen has performed with famous music celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minnelli. Karen plays on Thomastik-Infeld strings.

There are other renown artists who have commented about Karen. Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria, a 4-time Grammy Nominee, Sound Healing Artist and Integrative Psychologist had this to say about Karen and her abilities:

Karen Olson is much more than an extremely gifted composer and musician, she is a sound healer and visionary artist. Her compositions and music are beautiful, heartfelt and always a soulful healing balm for body, mind and spirit.       Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria

Find out more about this talented international artist by visiting Karen Olson.com. During your site visit you may sample and purchase Convergence and earlier album releases and learn more about this talented artist, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter social media pages. You may likewise schedule concerts, private instruction, and music workshops by request.

Press photos are courtesy KarenOlsen.com.

The Christmas Holiday tradition of giving gifts may be over for now, but as we move closer to the New Year’s Holiday, and into 2013, there will be many occasions for giving someone a present going forward. Choosing a suitable present him or her can be a challenge for everyone now and then so for one gift giving idea may I suggest the gift of a music CD?

While giving music isn’t suitable for every occasion, there are a number of advantages to giving a compact disc album on a variety of informal occasions. Depending on the circumstances and how much you want to spend, a music CD may be the perfect choice for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation, party favors and many more occasions.

The informal gift of music is relatively inexpensive, and can last a lifetime. Most importantly it’s a gift nearly everyone would enjoy receiving, and the extensive selection of album titles to choose from is practically limitless. While I operate a completely nonprofit site, many of the artists I represent usually offer special pricing discounts on their music in either CD or digital mp3 formats at certain times of the year.

Sale pricing and close out items is regularly available in the weeks prior to Christmas, and up to New Year’s Day. I hope to have been of assistance with one gift suggestion you can count on for any occasion to give him or her a present year around. I wish everyone the best, and I will see you January 1, 2013, when I make my recommendations for the Best Instrumental Albums from 2012, and tell you about the newest music in 2013 as the year progresses. Big Stock Photo – Alfred Cats.

The 55th GRAMMY® Award Nominations for the entire 81 music categories, including the Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category, were announced during a televised live broadcast presentation and entertainment show on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The opening presentation by The Recording Academy® shown live on the CBS Television Network began the official countdown to the 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony for 2013. The program for the evening show in Nashville publicized as “The GRAMMY Nomination Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night included past winners and nominees who gave a series of live entertainment performances.

The 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony specified at Grammy.com lists the date of February 10, 2013, when they will reveal the award-winning artists in 81 Best Album Award categories. During the awards presentation scheduled for February 10, 2013, the CBS Television Network will again broadcast the official ceremony live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

I have interviewed or written album reviews for a number of GRAMMY® Award/Nominated artists over the years. If you are new to this music blogspot there is more information about artists in this year and past years award competition in the Soundtrack, Americana, Instrumental, New Age, and World music genre categories.

The 6 Nominees for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (#57) are shown alphabetically. You may sample or purchase Nominated albums by direct links to each album at Amazon.com. Read more music news at Grammy.com and the complete category list of 81 Nominees at Grammy.com. Photos are courtesy each artist & Big Stock Photo – HelleM.

The 55th GRAMMY® Nominees – Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

1. John Williams composer – The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn Soundtrack.

2. Ludovic Bource composer – The Artist Soundtrack.

3. Hans Zimmer composer – The Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack.

4. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross composers – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack.

5. Howard Shore composer – Hugo Soundtrack.

6. Austin Wintory composer –  Journey: Official Game Soundtrack.

The 55th GRAMMY® Award Nominations for the entire 81 music categories, including the World Music genre category, were announced several days ago during a live television broadcast and entertainment presentation on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The opening presentation by The Recording Academy®, presented live on the CBS Television Network, began the official countdown to the 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony for 2013. The program for the evening show in Nashville publicized as “The GRAMMY Nomination Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night included past winners and nominees who gave a series of live entertainment performances.

The 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony specified at Grammy.com lists the date of February 10, 2013, when they will reveal the award-winning artists in 81 Best Album Award categories. During the music awards presentation scheduled for February 10, 2013, the CBS Television Network will broadcast the official ceremony live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

I have interviewed or written album reviews for a number of GRAMMY® Award/Nominated artists over the years. If you are new to this music blogspot there is more information to read about artists in this year and past years award competition in the New Age, Instrumental, Americana, Soundtrack, and World music genre categories.

The 5 Nominees in the World Music category (#51) are shown alphabetically. You may sample or purchase the Nominated albums for every artist by direct links to each album at Amazon.com. Read more music news at Grammy.com and the complete category list of 81 Nominees at Grammy.com. Photos are courtesy each artist & Big Stock Photo – HelleM.

The 55th GRAMMY® Nominees – World Music Album Category are:

1. Folila by Amadou & Mariam. Sample or purchase Folila at Amazon.com.

2. On A Gentle Island Breeze by Daniel Ho. Sample or purchase On a Gentle Island Breeze at Amazon.com.

3. Jabulani by Hugh Masekela. Sample or purchase Jabulani at Amazon.com.

4. Traveller by Anoushka Shankar. Sample or purchase Traveller at Amazon.com.

5. The Living Room Sessions Part 1 by Ravi Shankar. Find The Living Room Sessions at Amazon.com.

The 55th GRAMMY® Award Nominations for the entire 81 music categories, including the New Age Music genre category, were announced hours ago during a television broadcast presentation and live entertainment event on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The opening presentation by The Recording Academy®, presented live on the CBS Television Network, began the official countdown to the 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony for 2013. The program for the evening show in Nashville publicized as “The GRAMMY Nomination Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night included past winners and nominees who gave a series of dazzling entertainment performances.

The 55th GRAMMY® Awards Ceremony specified at Grammy.com lists the date of February 10, 2013, when they will reveal the award-winning artists in 81 Best Album Award categories. During the upcoming awards presentation on February 10, 2013, the CBS Television Network will once more broadcast the official ceremony live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California at 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

I have interviewed or written album reviews for a number of GRAMMY® Award/Nominated artists over the years so visitors new to this music blogspot can read information about artists in this year and past years award competition in the New Age, Instrumental, Americana, Soundtrack, and World music genre categories.

The 6 Nominees in the new age music category (#30) are shown alphabetically. I have sampled all 6 albums and can say they are all great releases worthy of the world’s most prestigious award. You may sample or purchase each Artist’s Nominated album by direct links to each album at Amazon.com. Read more music news at Grammy.com and the complete category list of 81 Nominees at Grammy.com. Photos are courtesy each artist & Big Stock Photo – HelleM.

The 55th GRAMMY® Nominees – New Age Album Category are:

1. Echoes Of Love by Omar Akram. Sample or purchase Echoes Of Love at Amazon.com.

2. Live Ananda by Krishna Das. Sample or purchase Live Ananda at Amazon.com.

3. Bindu by Michael Brant DeMaria. Sample or purchase Bindu at Amazon.com.

4. Deep Alpha by Steven Halpern. Sample or purchase Deep Alpha at Amazon.com.

5. Light Body by Peter Kater. Sample or purchase Light Body at Amazon.com.

6. Troubadours On The Rhine by Loreena McKennitt. Troubadours On The Rhine at Amazon.com.

When selecting music for yourself or for another as a gift, it’s obvious from an auditory point of view the album cover artwork has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the quality of music you are about to purchase. For many consumers however the visual qualities of album cover artwork created by a designer or photographer can make a difference. In some cases the visual features of an album cover can influence a consumer, and may even prevent a shopper from making a purchase.

Cover artwork for any music genre is in effect, an artistic statement to the contents inside like an advertisement. The Rolling Stones Magazine published a reader’s poll of the best album covers of all time last year. Listed in order, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon & Nirvana’s Nevermind album, were the top 3 best album cover art picks.

If you visit Rolling Stones Magazine, you will most likely recognize the album artwork in their publication. The Rolling Stone Magazine’s list, chosen by readers was often selected based on their notoriety or artwork created for superstar artists or famous celebrities.

The Rolling Stones (band) Sticky Fingers album with a working zipper and a painting by Andy Warhol are two more famous album covers readers selected the best album covers in Rolling Stone’s Top 100 list. There is even a GRAMMY® Award for Best Recording Package, which began in 1959 with the first award given to Frank Sinatra for the LP vinyl record cover Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely.

When selecting the Best Album Cover Artwork below, I decided to go a step further by choosing 16 visually and audibly appealing album covers in the Instrumental, New Age, Progressive Rock, and World music genres. While each organization makes their selections for the best album cover art based on different rules or guidelines, in terms of aesthetic value, the cover art collection I selected gives you get the best of both worlds, so sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy the music!

Read the RollingStone.com publication Reader’s Poll: The Best Album Covers of all time, along with the Wikipedia page for Best Recording Package. The cover artwork shown is courtesy of each artist. Big Stock Photo – Dogi78.

16 Best Album Cover Artwork:

Best Cover Art Award – Albums & Artists:

1. Believe album by 2002 – 2002Music.com

2. Island Paradise album by Hennie Bekker – HennieBekker.com

3. El Dorado album by Luna Blanca – LunaBlancaMusic.com

4. Elysium album by Jo Blankenburg – JoBlankenburg.com

5. Floating on a Melody album by Christopher Boscole – ChristopherBoscole.com

6. Great and Terrible Potions album by Ben Craven – BenCraven.com

7. The Memory of Trees album by Enya – Enya.com

8. Altitudes album by Fredziak – Arts21.net

9. Forest Piano album by Dan Gibson – Solitudes.com

10. Guitarrista album by Ciro Hurtado – CiroHurtado.com

11. Sacred Journey Vol. 4 album by Kitaro – Kitaro.com

12. Logical Drift album by Logical Drift – LogicalDrift.com

13. The Fusion Syndicate album by Billy Sherwood – BillySherwoodhq.com

14. Ambient Monkeys album by Tangerine Dream – TangerineDream-Music.com

15. Soul Food album by Raven Wolf – PugDogRecords.com

16. Relayer album by Yes – YesWorld.com

Sarah Brightman News – Dreamchaser World Concert Tour, Dreamchaser Album & Upcoming Spaceflight to ISS in 2013 Announced.

When describing the life and career of international celebrity Sarah Brightman, one can describe her amazing career of singer, actress, songwriter and dancer as an out of this world superstar in every respect. We now have another reason to place Sarah Brightman in the star celebrity category. Already an interstellar idol for many persons, she is about to embark on the intrepid journey of a lifetime.

Days ago on October 10, 2012 Sarah Brightman released a press announcement about her upcoming spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) for a 10 day interstellar excursion.  After having passed evaluation tests she is now approved by the ISS to begin training for her Russian Space Federation flight aboard a Soyuz Space Rocket.

The exact spaceflight schedule date after her aeronautical training is completed will be determined by the International Space Station team partners at a forthcoming date. During the news statement video Sarah Brightman told of her current flight status, and also gave details about her newest album entitled Dreamchaser, which has a release date of April 16, 2013.

Concert information for the Sarah Brightman World Concert Tour in 2013 was also provided during the live news conference. Her 2013 World Tour, with over 100 concert dates originates in the North American continent on September 13, 2013 in the Canadian province of Hamilton, Ontario, covering 5 continents with concert tickets and VIP packages taking place.

During the course of her professional career, Sarah Brightman has acquired 180 Gold and Platinum awards in over 40 countries worldwide, and reached over 30 million in album sales.

Already a brilliant star in every sense by the accomplishment of many firsts during her career, her ambitious intercontinental World Concert Tour in 2013, and upcoming travel destination of the International Space Station will give new meaning to the expression superstar!

Visit the new SarahBrightman.com website for more news and for World Concert Tour 2013 ticket information. Below is the official YouTube video of the live news broadcast she provided in Moscow, Russia. Space Shuttle photo courtesy NASA – Big Stock Photo Rkasprzak.

NewAgeMusicWorld.com is an official music blogspot!

John P. Olsen is your host during your visit today, and your return visits tomorrow. Some of you may already know me since I was a contributing partner with friend and colleague B.T. Fasmer, at his industry respected NewAgeMusic.nu.

New Age Music World is a non-profit affiliate with NewAgeMusic.nu so I will be bringing you new content and up to date coverage of the best New Age music the industry has to offer, serving visitors and musicians alike.

You are invited to take a few minutes to make a brief tour to become acquainted with NewAgeMusicWorld.com. My Profile Page provides more details, and I am excited about this new opportunity to deliver a fresh perspective in regards to the musicians who define the New Age music genre.

You can take a look at the Interviews & Album Reviews I have written regarding some of the great producers and top artists.  You can sample the music I write about at Amazon.com, CDBaby.com, Rhapsody.com and other outlets. Many songs in my album reviews receive airtime on 365 Stars Radio and Sky.Fm internet radio stations.

I hope you will quickly recognize this blog-spot as a reliable source for news and information regarding the top artists I cover, so that you bookmark and become a regular visitor to my music blogspot.

I would like to publicly thank B.T. Fasmer for his technical assistance during website construction. For those who know B.T. and his dedication to the fans and artists in the New Age genre, here is yet another reason hold him in high regard.

                    John P. Olsen

Editor/Host for NewAgeMusicWorld.Com.

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New Age Music Blog Host John OlsenMessage to Artists, Promoters and PR persons:
On March 16, 2014 I made the decision to permanently cease all writing activities at this site. New Age Music World can now be considered permanently inactive. My duties now are only limited to the capacities of maintaining a quality site and keeping a fully operational site for my visitors.
For the artists, record labels, and everyone who has a working link to my site, please know that I will continue to maintain all links to your site, and keep New Age Music World operational for an indefinite period of time. Everyone will continue to have exclusive access to their articles, reviews or interview publications by your official website link to New Age Music World.
Thank you for your friendship and by permitting me to assist you, or represent your client during their promotion.  It has truly been an honor and a memorable experience!  Your friend and host, John.
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