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Peter Kater

Peter Kater

Peter Kater (Youtube Sample)

10 x Grammy Award nominee / Multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer, Peter Kater, has been a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over 3 decades. He's performed all over the world including at the United Nations and Carnegie Hall and has released over 60 critically acclaimed CD's and scored the music for over 100 television and film productions including the Olympics and 11 On and Off-Broadway dramatic plays. Peter has collaborated with many of the worlds most talented musicians, actors and directors and is a proud recipient of many awards and honors including the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.

Ricky Kej and Woulter Kellerman

Ricky Kej and Woulter Kellerman Ricky Kej (Youtube Sample) Ricky Kej is a composer and music producer of Indian origin. He is best known for a Grammy Award Nomination at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with South African flutist Wouter Kellerman. Kej and Kellerman were announced as nominees on December 5, 2014, in the Best New Age Album category. The project, his 14th studio album, had made a debut at #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart earlier in the year in August 2014, a first for a person of Indian origin.The album also peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014.

Ricky Kej is a true wizard of the keyboard, manuscript page, and recording studio. Kej has earned multiple awards and honors for his composition and production exploits. His projects include creating music for 5 feature films, 12 albums released by Universal Music, and over 2000 commercials seen by audiences around the world. A student of both Western and Indian classical music, Kej composed original works for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2012, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the ceremony was telecast to over 200 countries and widely heralded for its artistry and execution. For such efforts, Kej was declared an "India Rules Artist" by VH1 in 2013 and "National Youth Icon" in 2012.

Ricky Kej and Woulter Kellerman

Woulter Kellerman (Youtube Sample)

Woulter Kellerman received a Grammy Nomination at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for his 2014 album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Winds Of Samsara reached #1 on the US Billboard New Age Albums Chart and also peaked at #1 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in the month of July 2014.

Kellerman's album Two Voices won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award, equivalent to the American Grammy) for 'Best Instrumental Album', reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. A true crossover artist, Kellerman thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures and colours that his magic flute is capable of painting, and creatively blending them with other instrumentation and vocal sounds.

Wouter has travelled extensively over the last few years, performing around the globe in places like Berlin, Shanghai, New York and Sydney and most recently at a sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Grammy Museum in LA. His 2012 U.S. tour included appearances at the prestigious Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, at Summerstage and Joe’s Pub in New York City, and at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In 2010 he performed at the FIFA Soccer World Cup Closing Ceremony to a global television audience of 700-million people.

Kellerman performed his composition 'The Long Road' - a flute solo for Nelson Mandela, - on Nelson Mandela Day in South Africa for a stadium of 80,000 people and a television audience in August 2013. He has also performed at the opening of MIDEM in Cannes, France; MIDEM is the world's largest music conference and festival and Kellerman was part of a Department of Arts and Culture delegation, representing South Africa.

Kellerman's 2013 album Mzansi spent 6 months in the Top 40 of the international ZMR charts, (peaking at nr 4) as well as 18 weeks in the Top 40 of the CMJ New World charts. It won the 2014 IMA (Independent Music Award) Vox Pop award in the USA for 'Best World Beat Album'.

Tina Malia

Tina Malia

Tina Malia (Youtube Sample)

Tina Malia's prodigious talent spans many musical genres and disciplines. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer she has distinguished herself in styles ranging from pop to world devotional to electronic. Her own diverse and growing catalog of albums is complemented by studio and live work with iconic artists such as Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jai Uttal, Kenny Loggins, India.Arie, Idan Raichel and Bassnectar.

There are two unifying factors in all of this. One is Tina's remarkable voice. An instrument of exceptional purity, it can be as tender as an angel's sigh or as powerful as a deep ocean current. The other unifying factor in Tina’s musical universe is her vision — an all-encompassing artistic perspective that embraces many of the world’s musical cultures, languages and spiritual traditions.

David Nevue

David Nevue

David Nevue  (Youtube Sample)

David Nevue (pronounced NEV-Yoo) is a self-taught pianist who resides in Eugene, Oregon. In 1992, David released his first album of piano works called "The Tower," written as a soundtrack for one of his short stories. In the years since, he has released over a dozen other albums including his most recent, "Open Sky." David's 2005 album, "Overcome", won "Best Instrumental Piano Album of 2005" at the ZMR Awards. All told, David has had seven albums chart in the top five at ZMR, including his album "Adoration," which made it to #1. In addition to his work as a recording artist, David is the creator and program director for Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio. Founded in 2003, Whisperings was the first broadcast of it's kind to feature solo piano music exclusively.

Matteo Palmer

Fiona Joy

Matteo Palmer (Youtube Sample)

Matteo first picked up a guitar around the age of 8, and he focused on the riffs of blues and rock legends. At 14, he had the opportunity to sit front and center at an Alex de Grassi performance at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT. After hearing the mesmerizing sound of an acoustic guitar, Matteo was off on a new journey, exploring the music of Alex de Grassi, Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, and other legendary artists from the Windham Hill Label.

By the age of 15, Matteo was writing his own compositions, and he soon organized a benefit show for his local opera house. He invited his hero, Will Ackerman, and they performed a duet on Will’s piece, “Hawk Circle”. Will then offered to mentor Matteo, and in November of 2013, he released his debut album, “Out Of Nothing”. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios and produced by Will Ackerman, the album features 11 of Matteo’s original compositions, ranging from slow, heartfelt melodies to fast, driving rhythms.

Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce

Jeff Pearce (Youtube Sample)

Since 1993, Jeff Pearce has been well known to the ambient/new age music community for his unique approach to the electric guitar. He has been called "one of the top two electronic guitarists of all time" by the AllMusic Guide, and his music can be heard worldwide on "The Weather Channel", as well as on the "Music from the Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" syndicated radio programs. Jeff's album, "Rainshadow Sky", was voted "ZMR 2008 Album of the Year", while his most recent album, "With Evening Above", was the #1 ZMR Airplay Album of 2014.

Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion Perpetual Motion (Youtube Sample) The unlikely pairing of a classically trained chamber musician and a rock guitarist has yielded "Perpetual Motion", a jazz ensemble known for moving through genres to create one eclectic sound.

The duo, comprised of violinist Josie Quick and guitarist Tom Carleno, has found their niche with acoustic world fusion, a vibrant blend of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, and blues. Toss in some classic rock and gypsy swing, and you have an evening filled with musical adventure.

Guitarist Tom Carleno, whose debut CD “Perfect Imperfection” won Best Instrumental Album,-Acoustic in the 2014 ZMR awards, has an innovative and intriguing songwriting style. Augmented by violinist Josie Quick’s passionate melodies and fiery improvisations, their music results in a truly imaginative and masterful sound. Their original music and unique arrangements of classic rock favorites are reminiscent of Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Hedges, Stephane Grappelli and Laurence Juber.

Tigerforest w/ Amethyste

To be Announced

Tigerforest (Youtube Sample)

Gunnar Spardel is the musician behind Tigerforest. The name is a play on the Taiga forests that cover much of the far northern hemisphere, extending into the Arctic Circle. Spardel is German, but lives in New Hampshire now, where he sculpts expansive electronic soundscapes inspired by nature's deepest mysteries. A largely self-taught musician who has played synthesizers since age 12, Spardel has a remarkable command of orchestration, arrangement and dynamics, as revealed through his compositions. Spardel's desire is into creating visionary atmospheres mixing lush instrumentation and thick-layered synthesizers for a sound that lies somewhere between '80s dream pop and modern electronica in the tradition of teutonic sound-pioneers.

To be Announced

Amethyste (Youtube Sample)

Amethyste was born in Montreal / Canada. She began singing in school choirs around the Montreal region and discovered a deep passion for vocal art at a very early age. It can be quite a difficult task trying to classify her music into a specific genre. Amethyste's style of vocals are of an Ethereal, Seductive and Dreamy nature. Her influence is a blend of classical, pop and ambient. Her music is heavily inspired by nature, life events, very uplifting and soothing to the soul.

Besides singing, she also plays the theremin (an early electronic instrument) to translate her feelings into a different sound other than her voice. She has released 4 vocal albums and one theremin / piano duo recording along with pianist Doug Hammer. Her music draws you in to close your eyes, and let yourself be transported to a serene world where you can dream and escape even if only for a brief moment...

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