First Light is the latest music project from New York City-based composer/performer/keyboardist Peter Calandra. You may not know his name, but chances are that you’ve heard his original music, his film or television scores, his sports anthems, or his Broadway performances. He has been immersed in music for most of his life; he has scored over 50 films, written over 2000 compositions for television broadcast (including over 40 theme packages for nationally broadcast sports shows, the most recent being ESPN’s theme for the Special Olympics World Games) and performed as a musician in the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon (for 10 years), The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Amidst this busy musical life, Calandra has composed, produced, recorded and released six albums of imaginative instrumental music encompassing touches of new age, jazz, contemporary instrumental, classical, and refined pop. His most recent album, First Light, debuted in September 2015.
First Light is a refreshing take on instrumental music. It features bright, melodious keyboard, luscious strings, and occasional rhythms that are all woven together with a score that speaks volumes without words. Peter envisions his compositions the same way a painter may envision a blank canvas. “My goal is to create music that people love, while also fulfilling my artistic vision. I like painting pictures in sound. It is finding that space where craft and art converge that makes something memorable.” First Light is definitely a work of art to be experienced again and again.
Beginning this month, Peaceful Currents Radio brings you a new feature, our Featured Album of the month. Here, you will discover newly-released works, or unique albums that I have discovered on my musical journey of programming this station.
This month’s Featured Album fits the latter category. In doing some research for a listener on another album, I discovered this album produced by David Arkenstone in 2004, titled Caribbean Dreams. Part of a 5-album collection of Caribbean-themed albums on the Green Hill Music label, Caribbean Dreams is everything the title suggests. Eleven relaxing selections with plenty of reggae, calypso, and other island influences that quickly wisk you away to a better place… Perfect for warming up on a cold North American winter day!