To my friends and followers:
As many of you know, I love to have a very diverse and challenging musical palette and this year I can present three very different and very personal releases.
“The Music Of Montalvo” is my gift to you-my ardent supporters who loved “Orchestral Stories” and all the other projects I have done with symphony orchestras and young musicians. “The Songs Of Montalvo” were all composed during my residency at Villa Montalvo, the historic arboretum located in the hills of Saratoga, California. This EP will be available for purchase online (physical as well as digital distribution), with a release date of May 1, 2017.
- My composition “Bikeride”, a choral work for orchestra and boy’s chorus, is a deeply personal piece drawing inspiration from my childhood.
- “Journey Of The Endeavour” is a short symphonic ballet set to the journey the spaceship Endeavour took through the crowded streets of Los Angeles on its way to its final resting place.
My second release this year “The Steinway Sessions” coming out of Steinway Records, is my first ever solo piano record. It only took 4o years of making records to finally achieve another milestone in my career. And yes, this year marks the 40th year that I have been making recorded commercial music. My first record album was released in 1977! Can you believe it?
“The Steinway Sessions” include many of my “evergreen” songs-songs that are closely associated with me and songs that many of you will recognize joué ici en format solo. What I’m most proud of are “The Etudes”, a collection of piano studies notated throughout with little to almost no improvisation. These studies I composed (also while an artist-in resident) are available in print at Sheet Music Plus.
And finally, this also marks the release of a new CD “So Nice!” with French jazz guitarist, Marc Antoine on the Shanachie label. It’s a collection of original Bossa Nova-inspired compositions by Marc and myself and 2 very popular Brazilian standards. For this record, I re-unite with some dear friends and top call studio musicians, John “JR” Robinson, Ken Wild and Luis Conte.