Tom and Will have been very busy in Imaginary Road Studios this year.
The following are new releases since January 2013.
Fiona Joy Hawkins
“600 Years in a Moment” – piano and ensemble Co-Produced by Will and Corin Nelsen. “600 Years In A Moment” is a masterful mélange of superlative musical performance, stunning contemporary composition, and widely diversified cultural influences.” Michael Diamond
“Open Spaces” (his 5th project with us) released September 2013. Stanton has always done brilliant work with us, but this recording has a freedom and confidence that makes it his finest recording so far. Co-Produced by Will and Tom Eaton.
“All the Days of My Life” Vicente has created a contemporary piano recording for weddings and wedding celebrations. Familiar themes are brilliantly interpreted and the program is a wonderful listening experience while offering a lovely alternative to people seeking a tasteful approach to wedding music.
“Early Falls the Christmas Snow” was released in October 2013. Dominic has created a deeply personal and inspiring collection of piano works based on familiar Christmas melodies. Unique arrangements and original compositions make up this emotionally beautiful and moving recording.
“Dreaming Now” Shambhu returned to Imaginary Road Studios having recorded some basic tracks at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. The recording has more of a jazz feel than his previous recording with us. These compositions feature Shambhu’s stunning guitar work at their center. Co-Produced by Will and Tom Eaton.
Michael Diamond review: “Shambhu has created a musical masterwork that sets a new standard for music in this genre.”
“What the Winter Said” is our third recording with Kathryn who always delights and surprises with her composition and performances. This recording captures the feeling of the Christmas season without revisiting the old and well-worn standards; somewhat like the Windham Hill Winter’s Solstice recordings. “What the Winter Said” is the perfect soundtrack for the season.
Masako’s performance is of such quality that it is almost mythical.
“…an extraordinary instrumental album with every hallmark of a seasoned professional…a magnificent performance, and her arrangement design of piano with instrumental music deserves to be characterized as a world-class release.” John P. Olsen, NewAgeMusicWorld.com
Unbroken, Co-CoProduced by Will and Tom Eaton
Unbroken is the second album from Scottish-born pianist/composer Dave Kydd, following his 2010 debut, About Time. ……. this collection of eleven original piano solos is graceful, spare, and very beautiful. Kydd’s touch is warm and expressive, making each piece a gentle vignett” Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com
“The album makes a wonderful first impression as it begins with a lovely tune entitled “Summer Nights.” Its gentle melody is entrancing and draws the listener in right from the start. I also appreciated Isadar’s sense of dynamics as it builds then drops into a more minimalistic feel in the second movement………..
“Reconstructed is a formidable collection and a perfect introduction to those who may not be familiar with the work of this incredibly talented musician.
reviewer: Michael Diamond.
The River of Life, Co-Produced by Will and Tom Eaton
“After serving as piano player for the Boston Ballet for several years, Rebecca Harrold has recorded and released The River Of Life CD. Harrold fills each track with a variety of instrumental mood music. From stirring, striking themes to forlorn expressions of life’s not so happy moments. Through it all, Harrold maintains high musical integrity, sheer talent, and detailed expression.”
reviewer: Bill Copeland
Returning musicians in the studio now:
Denise Young’s long awaited follow up to her first record with Imaginary Road, “Something you Dream Of” , is entitled “Passionata.” We are adding session musicians now to this wonderful new piano project.
Ann Sweeten – In September Ann recorded the basics for her new CD “Tapestries. “ This is Ann’s 4th project with Imaginary Road and she plans a Spring 2014 release.
“The pieces have to do with time… There may be a reference to a captured moment or inspiration drawn from a particular event…”
We’re delighted that Peter Jennison will be returning to Imaginary Road Studios to work on his second project with us following his debut recording “Longing For Home” in 2010. A soldier who found solace in music, Peter’s music is profound in its perspective.
We were happy to have Paul Jensen back at Imaginary Road Studios. He and Tom worked together in August & September on a new project. www.pauljensenmusic.com
Masako – As of October, we are finishing up Masako’s 2nd CD with us. It is entitled “Call of the Mountains.” She plans to release it in January 2014.
“It’s been over eight years since I moved to a town among the northeastern mountains of the U.S. I often need to drive south to NYC…. It is a very long drive, hours through the Northern Appalachian Mountains, I’ve been making this trip for years now, and the drive never bores me. the hills, sky, and river change their appearance according to the seasons. …
This one is Co-Produced by Will and Tom Eaton. www.masako-music.com
New to the Imaginary Road Studios:
Louis Colaiannia – Louis plays sophisticated, relaxing and refined piano. www.louismusic.com
Ryan Michael Richards. Ryan’s guitar compositions are beautiful and romantic.
Angelo Rapan is an academically trained musician with exceptional skills but this has not limited his range of musical style. The combination of classical and improvisational style make a great combination.
Matteo Palmer is a 17-year-old guitarist from Vergennes, VT. His music is stunning and sessions with him have been very productive
Vin Downes drives to Vermont from New Jersey to record. We were able to record all his basics in just 4 days.
Matt & Rebecca Stuart are recording their 4th CD “New Horizon” at Imaginary Road.
Jill Haley has been a part of Imaginary Road Studios for years as our double reed session player. Jill has contributed to the majority of projects we’ve been producing for many years. Her most recent recording “Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes” was nominated by ZMR for 2012 Best Contemporary Instrumental Album . We’re grateful to have Jill working with us in the creation of her new recording which features her composition, double reeds and piano playing. Jill will be joined on the recording by her husband, David Cullen who has toured with Will for nearly 30 years.
In the studio now: Fiona Joy Hawkins is back as a producer. Fiona and Will are producing a pianist from Michigan, Jennifer DeFrayne.
Will is looking forward to working with Fiona in this new capacity.
Guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall will start his recording sessions at the studio on March 13, 2014. This will be a new recording of Trevor’s compositions.
Renee Micheles starts a piano project in March 2014
Gus Sebring, the first chair French Horn player of the Boston Symphony has become a welcome addition to the Imaginary Road family of session musicians.