Featured Artist: Raphael Groten

Raphael GrotenPeaceful Currents Radio is pleased to welcome Raphael  Groten to our music rotation, debuting his first album release ever, Journey Home.  It doesn’t take long, after listening to this album, that one becomes surprised that this would be a debut release.  There is a clear familiarity between Raphael and his music, evident in his expressive, and oftentimes emotional style of acoustic guitar.

It may be because Raphael has been playing guitar for 30 years, since he was 13 years old.  By the time be entered college at the University of Vermont, he had written over 100 songs.  After graduation, he launched his own ten-piece Latin/jazz/funk ensemble, Saudade. The group performed extensively during the late ’90s in Burlington, Vermont, and released two albums of Raphael’s own compositions.

It would be several years later in Raphael’s life when he would find is true musical “calling.”  His four-and-a-half month-old son would suffer a near fatal accident.  As his son recovered in the hospital he would play his guitar, and listen as a therapeutic harpist played for the both of them in his son’s hospital room.  He would go on to become a therapeutic instrumentalist himself, and teach music to children.

In one particular meditative moment, while Raphael was playing guitar, he became inspired to email one of his recorded tracks to Will Ackerman, Windham Hill label founder and now owner of Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.  Two months later, Groten’s debut, Journey Home, was recorded in just two days at Imaginary Road.

Raphael Groten - Journey HomeListening to Journey Home it becomes obvious these songs represent the story of Raphael’s life – from the musical influences of his family growing up and the quiet, yet emotional moments with his son in the hospital, to his fascination with the cycle of life itself and his own place in it today.

Telling a story through music without words is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks a composer of music can take on.  Those who do it well are indeed masters in their field. Raphael  Groten is one such person.  It is a pleasure to feature music from his debut album, Journey Home on Peaceful Currents Radio.

Featured Artist: David Lindsay

Photograph by Deborah Lawrence

Photograph by Deborah Lawrence

David Lindsay returns actively to the music scene with a new instrumental album: NIGHTBOUND, produced by Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios, Vermont in conjunction with co-producer and engineer Tom Eaton. Will is the founder of Windham Hill Records, a producer of 27 gold and platinum records in the U.S., and overseas, and a Grammy winner. A year ago, after David contacted the world famous musician and producer, and submitted his music, Will wrote back, saying, “… some of the best writing and playing I’ve heard in years.”

Spanning 1985 to the year 2000, David recorded and performed in concert, live radio, and television in Canada. For the past fifteen years, David practiced law, and studied lute, culminating in master classes with Robert Barto and the late Pat O’Brien, whose generosity of spirit inspired David to begin a journey back to the guitar.

NIGHTBOUND features mostly new works that were written spontaneously during the recording process. The album also features inspired contributions from Eugene Friesen, six time Grammy winning cellist with the Paul Winter Consort; Tony Levin, bassist with John Lennon, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel; Charlie Bisharat, violinist with Alanis Morissette, Elton John and Beck; Jeff Haynes, percussionist with Pat Metheny; Michael Manring on Zon Bass, and Will Ackerman, guitar. Other musical contributors include Tom Eaton, multi-instrumentalist, Jill Haley, English horn, Paul Kochanski, NS Bass, and vocals by Noah Wilding.

NIGHTBOUND  was released in November, 2015. David’s music is a synthesis of his background in classical guitar and lute studies, and in celebration and honor of the human spirit.

David lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Caroline, and two daughters, Ila and Margot. His return to the concert stage and music scene comes never too late for a man who began his music career as a boy, sneaking into his sister’s bedroom, playing her Beatles albums, and pretending to be John Lennon, complete with the bedroom mirror and a tennis racket!

Featured Artist: Angelo Rapan

angelo-rapanPeaceful Currents Radio is pleased to welcome pianist Angelo Rapan as our January Artist of the Month.

Angelo’s musical pathway is both very similar to and also completely unlike most other artists who reside under the umbrella term of “contemporary instrumental music” today. It was a road that was challenging at times and yet also filled with many rewarding moments and triumphs. More than anything else, his voyage to where (and who) he is now displays that the courage to follow your dreams, coupled with support and love from family, and fueled by passion, talent, and perseverance, can propel you to a lofty place and, with some luck along the way, make your dreams come true.

Angelo started taking piano lessons at a very early age. His mother, a classical musician herself, began tutoring him at age 4. By the age of 6, following in his sister’s footsteps, he was accepted into the prestigious George Enescu Music Academy in his native Romania where he was a pupil of Cristina Georgescu. Six years later, he won his first piano competition, a national one at that, in Bucharest, Romania. Over the next several years, he took first and second place at competitions in Romania, Spain and Belgium.

Râpan quickly ascended to higher heights in the classical music world in Europe and, after moving to America, in the United States as well. He has served as musical director for a variety of organizations in Belgium, New York, Hong Kong, and in his adopted home town of Memphis, Tennessee, where he now resides with his wife. His musical repertoire reaches far beyond his classical roots, encompassing music theatre, opera, dance repertoire, Argentinian tango, world music, and with the latest chapter in his life, contemporary instrumental music of a reflective, soothing nature.

This latest page in the book of his life has culminated in his collaboration with the acclaimed production/engineering team of Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.  The album that resulted from his visit to Vermont, Songs of Leaving, represents a return of sorts for the once shy Romanian boy who was more comfortable playing his own music at the piano than talking. He began an inner journey to explore music as a way of telling his life’s story, communicating what it was like for him to endure his early struggles and finally find peace and fulfillment.


Featured Artist: Jeff Gold

jeff_goldWhen selecting music for airplay on PCR, I often find myself torn between my two favorite instruments – piano and guitar.  It’s not often I hear them come together in a single piece of music.  Then I recently discovered the amazingly beautiful music of Jeff Gould, and found more than I had bargained for.  Jeff is nothing short of a master on the 12-string guitar.  which is often featured prominently on his recordings.  He doesn’t stop there, however.  Many of his songs also feature piano along with an occasional cello, flute, and other instruments.  Together, Jeff has founded sound that is a very welcome addition to the PCR music library.

Jeff composes and arranges all of his music, and plays all of the instruments heard in his recordings.  He also does his own mixing, editing and mastering; skills he perfected as a television editor for shows like MTV’s Making the Video, Baywatch, MadTV and The Office.

Jeff is a contributing writer and music adviser to EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT resorts, located throughout Europe and Asia, researching and writing articles on the physical, mental and therapeutic effects that are possible with music.  He has also teamed up with hypnotherapist, Janet Montgomery to produce seven guided imagery CD’s for “The Live Well Series.” Topics include sleeping soundly, stress management, and coping with cancer treatment.

Jeff has released three CD’s, Simple Treasures in 2012, Escapes in 2009 and Soul of a Mountain in 2006; each one a soothing and relaxing collection of melodies featuring beautifully arranged acoustic guitars, piano, strings and flutes.

I am pleased to welcome the multi-talented Jeff Gold to Peaceful Currents Radio as our October Artist of the Month.

Featured Artist: Patrick Curtin

Patrick CurtinFor September, I am pleased to welcome Patrick Curtin as our Featured Artist on Peaceful Currents Radio.  This also serves as a debut for Patrick in our music rotation, with his just released (August 5, 2015) EP, Guitar Tales.  An adventure into alternate tunings, percussive harmonics, skillful finger picking, and modes of faraway places, Guitar Tales is an album I immediately took to.  If his name sounds familiar, it may be because his wife, Joey Curtin (whose piano compositions are also featured on PCR), is producer on the EP.

Patrick Curtin grew up in the foothills of Northern California with his guitar as a constant companion. Primarily a self-taught musician, his biggest influences were Jimmy Page and Leo Kottke. Patrick is always exploring alternate tunings, modes, harmonics, intricate finger picking, and percussive rhythms. His instrumental stories have a sense of adventure. Due to his ancestry, Patrick plays with the passion of an Irishman and the beauty of an Italian painter.  His music has taken him on travels throughout Europe and Asia.

We are pleased to welcome Patrick Curtin as our September Featured Artist, on Peaceful Currents Radio.