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At The End Of The Day
Now Playing: on and CLOUD365 at
Topic: Carolyn Southworth
There's nothing more fulfilling than closing a musically diverse year with a complete work of art. Carolyn Southworth's "At the End of the Day" has the fragile beauty and soulful depth of a painting; every note is a graceful stroke of the brush. Labels such as "New Age" or "jazz" cannot aptly describe the haunting, evocative qualities of these gorgeous instrumentals. Southworth's stunningly rich piano playing already dazzles from the beginning, the poignant melodies that transform the title track into a transcendent, magical piece. What makes Southworth's piano playing so engrossing is the emotional pull they create; they simply draw you in unlike many of her peers who keep their distance, letting us admire the sounds they create but not feel them. --Adam Harrington, Whisperin & Hollerin (UK), December 2006 Southworth's piano is smooth, soothing and fresh from the opening title track to the reverent "Nocturne." Each work is melodic and catchy but also deep with emotion and musicality. Southworth has created a CD that will appeal to fans of healing new-age music. But it also set the bar high for fan's expectations. It can stand alongside such new-age artists as David Lanz, Suzanne Ciani and Tingstad & Rumbel. --Scott Iwasaki, Deseret Morning News, Music Editor, October 27, 2006 | LISTEN to tracks at

Posted by Editor at 3:59 PM CDT
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Topic: Jeff Oster
Melody and pulse spin outward in a fusion of vibrant musical dialogue that soars through spatial imagination and passion to create astonishing dimensional compositions. Jeff Oster's new CD True is the brilliant formation of this congruent expedition... Oster's musical expression of flugelhorn and trumpet opened up an original sphere in the New Age/ World-Jazz genre last year, with his debut CD entitled Released. A CD infused with harmonious structure and moving, fluid sound captivated fans and critics alike. True embarks on a deeper exploration of Oster's innovative musical style, with an accompaniment of premiere musicians and co-writers. The line-up includes phenomenal musician and producer Will Ackerman, of Windham Hill, who produced True... World-class musicians include Keith Carlock, drums; T. Bone Wolk, guitar and bass; Philip Aaberg on piano, synthesizer; and Michael Manring, bass. In addition, Oster also enlisted the incomparable vocal talents of Melissa R. Kaplan, Ugandan artist Samite and Noah Wilding... True conveys multiple music configurations, yet seamlessly arrives in a cohesive expression. The album's tracks stratify from cosmos to world ethos with varying intensity, intonation and beat. Consumer Information


Posted by Editor at 8:29 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007 9:56 AM CDT
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Topic: Tom Salvatori
Review A perfect musical marriage. I love Iris's compostions and piano playing and Tom's compositions and guitar playing so putting the 2 together is for me perfection. - Reviewer: Dr Catherine Galatola --website posting

Review When Evening Falls, by Salvatori and Litchfield was quite relaxing and wonderful. I bought the CD When Evening Falls, to play in my fourth grade classroom during quiet times as background music. Very nice, very relaxing and inobtrusive. The students began asking for it to be played. After school I found myself playing it while grading, and other teachers wandering in to ask what CD that was. I have not found a CD by Tom Salvatori that I didn't like! - Reviewer: Denise Aiani --website posting

Tom Salvatori and Iris Litchfield (Artist), Salvatori - Litchfield (Composer), n/a (Conductor), Classical Guitar; Grand Piano and Cello (Orchestra), Tom Salvatori; Iris Litchfield; John Catchings (Performer)

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Topic: Matthew Labarge
The music on in small hours is both deeper and more sophisticated than Labarge's previous release, first fall night. Work began on it shortly after first fall night was released in 2002, so it has been five years in the making. in small hours is a concept album that starts with the descent of evening and moves gradually through the night. The conclusion describes the dawn and advent of a clear spring morning, and ends with a love song. in small hours was engineered and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Corin Nelsen at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studio, and mastered by legendary mastering engineer Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Included in this release is a bonus CD. It contains a twelve minute electronic piece with drums titled five midnights, composed and performed by Matthew Labarge. GOOGLE LINKS | BIO | BUY Matthew Labarge

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Topic: James Filkins

Easy listening acoustic finger style...

guitar selections that relaxes and meditates the imagination. He writes "Playing guitar has been a part of my life for over 30 years. My brother got me started and I have tried to measure up to him ever since. I am relatively new to fingerstyle guitar. Somewhere back 2001 or 2002 I began to dabble with alternative tunings and quickly found myself headed down the path that has resulted in my CD Borderline Normal. In the process I have eschewed the plectrum and begun thinking about my fingernails far too much. The tunes on my debut CD have evolved over the past few years and were recorded in our home in various rooms; A homegrown project all the way around ".   Filkins is a core artist at  which means his music is heard regularly on the worldwide radio service.



Posted by Editor at 6:53 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007 7:01 PM CDT
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Healing Music of the Southwestern USA
Now Playing: Triumph of the Spirit
Topic: Jeffrey Fisher

Jeffrey Fisher is a very talented composer, but also a highly respected spiritual teacher, Tai Chi master and painter. His album "Triumph of the Spirit" is inspiring and enlightening. "Triumph of the Spirit" marked an evolution in Jeffrey Fisher's career as a composer, presenting music born of an unprecedented collaboration with Taos, NM-based painter Charles Collins and his "Between Worlds" collection of paintings. With this album, Fisher delivers five breathtaking works, including the title song "Triumph of the Spirit", creating symphonic poetry, enlivening Collin's paintings with sound.

Jeffrey Fisher on CDs

Posted by Editor at 3:41 PM CDT
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Solo Piano....
Now Playing: ...Music From My Heart
Topic: Margie Balter

In MUSIC FROM MY HEART, Margie paints a portrait of self-expression and moving heartfelt emotion She says, “I love it when songs just come to me, and I love it when they come in dreams. I enjoy the challenge of trying to solve the puzzle of what I almost hear, the chipping away of the idea to get it right. I really love collaborating and have written songs with a large number of super talented players and writers. I feel very blessed about this and about sweet inspiration, because I have zillions of ideas that are always buzzing around. Music is for everyone. It has been a thrill to teach, compose, play, and, I hope through music, speak directly from my heart.”


Posted by Editor at 3:33 PM CDT
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eMotive non profit compilation album
Now Playing: making music...saving lives

Editorial Reviews
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Non Profit Music (NPM), a privately owned record label, was born with the vision of helping people through humanitarian programs using the music sales of new emerging artists in the New Age and Contemporary Instrumental genres. Non Profit Music started in the Nineties when several indie music portals, such as, provided many artists the opportunity of sharing their music while obtaining revenues from their digital downloads. As part of a personal self-commitment to humanitarian causes, one of these artists, Jorge Grundman, donated all proceeds obtained from royalties for music downloads on to Doctors Without Borders (DWB) in Spain. After a resounding success on the Internet, Grundman decided in 2002 to create the Non Profit Music record label to officially launch his artistic career by releasing his first album We are the forthcoming past, take care of it. He also donated all profits from the sales of his album to DWB and opened new horizons to artists with similar interests. Non Profit Music artists have had continuous success online since the creation of the label. They have appeared on many mainstream TV shows, on radio and in press interviews in Spain and also internationally in Europe, Japan and, with the help of Only New Age Music, in the USA. NPM has been featured on many panels in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) to present and explain the NPM philosophy and achievements with the support of the Spanish retail chain FNAC Music Superstores. In 2005, Non Profit Music signed an agreement of collaboration with Doctors Without Borders in Spain, and NPM made a formal donation to DWB. In addition, several humanitarian promotional activities were established including the permission to use the DWB logo on the NPM products packaging and the production of ongoing benefit concerts. Non Profit Music also has created the NPM Foundation, with a broader scope in its aim of music promotion and humanitarian help. Thus, a number of solidarity concerts have taken place with renowned artists such as Ara Malikian; and, in addition, the NPM Chamber Orchestra has been formed. Their album, Tears of Beauty, was launched in 2006, as well as the audiobook Con Los Nueve Sentidos (With the Nine Senses). This compilation, eMotive, is a selection of the most representative works of Non Profit Music artists, including music from already released albums as well as new tracks from upcoming releases.

Posted by Editor at 3:25 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007 3:26 PM CDT
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Topic: Sean Mahnken
Reviewed by Kathy Parsons

Patternsis Sean Mahnken’s debut CD of original piano solos. Richly varied in moods and emotions, this CD was fifteen years in the making. An electrical engineer who minored in music at Utah State University, Mahnken began composing at the age of eighteen as an outlet for his emotions. He started piano lessons at the age of eight, but quit after three years. In college, he became frustrated by not being able to play the popular music of the time, so he started making up his own music, finding chords and harmonic patterns that worked for him. Mahnken’s playing style is very natural and expressive, but his piano doesn’t quite keep up with him on some tracks, sounding a bit metallic, as digital pianos do. A few of the tracks have some additional keyboard accompaniment, but most are solo piano. “Patterns” is a very solid first recording.

Pianist Sean Mahnken on CD

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Topic: Rettward von Doernberg
Rettward von Doernberg,,

Film Composer and Ambient Electronica Artist Rettward von Doernberg Releases New Track »Night Drive«

Berlin, Germany - May 1, 2007

Rettward von Doernberg, composer of the film music for the award winning animation short »Manic Moondays« and contributor to many other film, music and art projects has released a new Ambient Electronica track called »Night Drive«. Like all his other projects it is available as an MP3 download at major online music stores such as the iTunes Music Store, Napster, eMusic and Rhapsody.

»Night Drive« is a well-balanced combination of soundscapes, ethnic vocals, nice beats, a light symphonic touch and wide-open spaces. It is already playing on various radio stations (HBR1, Subsonic Temple, Epiphany Radio and many more [complete list]) and has been included in popular podcasts (Spacemusic, Idyllic Music; Caribbean Chill - coming up). DJs and listeners alike have described it as relaxing, colorful -- and simply beautiful.

Free high quality Mp3s (192 kBits, VBR, best quality) of »Night Drive« and the other tracks may be downloaded here
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