Let one of contemporary instrumental music's leading artists show you the essentials of playing piano. David Lanz, renowned pianist, composer, and musical innovator, reveals his versatile style through discussions, demonstrations and performances of his beloved melodies. Lanz shares his inspirations as well as the inner processes and techniques of his compositions and performances. Lanz's music is easy for beginners, while offering opportunities for growth and development at the intermediate level. Enjoy the experience of creating musical poetry!
Born on June 28, 1950, Lanz started his performing career in his early teens playing keyboards with his rock band "The Towne Cryers". The Towne Cryers were a local hit and placed third in a field of 300 bands at the 1965 Seattle Teen Fair. (See Downloads for mp3's from The Towne Cryers)From his young teens through his late 20s, the Seattle native was a rocker with groups steeped in both classic covers and what he terms "Northwest Instrumental Rock". The talented young musician honed his skills working with an eclectic array of groups and recording projects, including playing keyboards on Terry Jack's 1974 world wide smash hit "Seasons in the Sun" and recording one album for Mercury Records with Canadian uper-group BRAHMAN in 1971.
The master new age piano pioneer took a cool and rhythmic detour in the early 2000s, working with some top smooth jazz stars to create a spirited, radio - friendly hybrid he playfully referred to as "smooth age." After returning to his roots (and his original label, Narada) with the atmospheric Spirit Romance, his 2005 dual project with flutist Gary Stroutsos, Lanz, on his beautiful and impressionistic Shanachie debut Painting the Sun, comes full - circle back to the elegant and contemplative (but still engagingly melodic) solo piano vibe that launched his career 25 years earlier. His original idea for the album title was "A Time for Peace," but taking a walk around his Seattle area home on a sunny spring day found him looking up and thinking about the artistic spirit of one's soul and energy…Dedicated to Conde Luna, Jozzie121, iceshoweronfire & alejx007, Buruchtan, Flush, Camat, Telstar, agenew, dmfm, Edmond Mach, AneL_GR, zandor, Arien, Kobra, Pete_A & all people in Love (incl. all avaxhome users.. :)) Thank you very much for all positive energy & beautiful and unique inspirationals… :)All Music
Larry Ehrlich was at end of a long day in a studio in Bristol, VA. Carter and Ralph Stanley as well as Ralph Mayo and Curley Lambert entered the studio in front of one microphone, and Ehrlich, after seeing them play hog callings, a couple of radio shows, and a barn dance, asked the band to sing some of the traditional songs they had been recording for the past 16 years. The results, completely unearthed until now, are no less than stunning. This is the Stanleys as listeners have never heard them: laid-back, relaxed, and full of recollection and goodwill, singing and playing songs as familiar to them as their upbringing.