Relationships and chance encounters is the background for the formation of US act Visual Cliff. Rob Perez (guitars) had become aquainted with Rick Mals (drums) in the 80's, and in the early 90's with Rob Klan (keyboards). In both cases circumstances saw to it that they drifted apart though, but in 1999 Perez sought out Rick with some ideas in mind in terms of creating music together, and a chance encounter with Klas in a restaurant and then later in the year hooking up with Eric Fuller (bass) resulted in a band forming - more or less. A demo was made at first, but as Fuller had an education to finish, as well as getting married, concrete results didn't appear until 2003, with the release of Visual Cliff's debut album "Lyrics For The Living"…
This is a unique musical performance series, driven by famous recording artists who write their own songs, blended with professional song poets who write for other artists. "Legends & Lyrics" is currently airing on PBS on a weekly basis. Installments include artist performances, "Out Of The Box" interviews, "Did You Know?" historical facts addressing the origins of today's commercial music, "Rising Stars" featuring undiscovered talent, and "Tips Of The Week" for aspiring song poets. Shot in an intimate classical performance hall in HD and Surround Sound, the series honors the true creators of the most popular genres of commercial music. "Volume 2" showcases Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, 3 Doors Down, and Nathen Lee.
Settings of A. Blok's poems occupy a special place in Georgi Sviridov's work. For many years the composer has addressed his favourite poet discovering still newer facets of Alexander Blok's poetry. G. Sviridov has the honour of discovering another great poet of Russia, Sergei Esenin, for music. One of these discovering was "Cast Off Russia".
There is no Esenin's work of the same name. Poetical images created a kind of a large fresco which the composer so masterfully sets in motion with the rhvthms of his music. Music and melody enhance Esenin's poetry, full of images, which is like a song not in genre or form, but as an inherent creative pulse, as an irresistible urge to pour out his feelings in a song.
"Five Choruses to Lyrics by Russian Poets" are five small poems. "Poem in Memory of Sergei Esenin" is one of the 20th-century's major musical compositions. The "Poem" is a highly original composition both in its concept and its artistic embodiment, with a lot of new discoveries. G. Sviridov interpreted anew one of the greatest Russian poetic works of the 20th century. He was able not only to see in Esenin a fine lyricist but a truly national poet, who shared his country's lot during the fateful years of its history. Addressing himself to Esenin. Sviridov was the first to speak seriously in music of the fate of Russian people during the revolution.
Drummer Dan Brubeck, son of the late Dave Brubeck, pays homage to his parents in a most appropriate way. He puts the proper frame around the songbook created by his mother and father over their 70-year performance career. Using the saxophone quartet format his father blazed jazz trails with, Brubeck leads his quartet through 14 Brubeck originals at Vancouver's Cellar recorded in August 2013. Bassist Adam Thomas proves to be a fine vocalist for the special material, never obscuring the pieces with technical attempts to impress. Urbane and amiable, this collection has been a long time coming and now that it is here, we can fully appreciate the art of Dave and Iola Brubeck.