Album Review: Skyline Firedance. This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. I had seen Lanz in concert at least once before this album was released and loved his live performance, but that and his previous albums did not prepare me for this one. There is still very tangible excitement in the music that is downright contagious. I shared the second book with my most advanced student, who wanted a copy, so I probably bought five and started teaching this music to my advancing students.
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His album Cristofori's Dream topped the New age music charts in Lanz attributes his interest in the piano to experiences during his childhood in the Pacific Northwest. He was inspired to play piano by his mother. Lanz started his performing career as a teenager during the s. In , he recorded an album for Mercury Records with the Canadian group Brahman. He played keyboards on the hit song " Seasons in the Sun " by Terry Jacks.
Saxophonist Robbie Jordan was added to the group after a gig in Boise, Idaho. Lanz shifted to playing solo acts in local clubs. At a nightclub in Seattle, he began to perform his own compositions and moved from rock to jazz and blues. The s saw the birth of a new type of musical talent in Lanz.
During this time, with the help of a friend, he began composing what would now be considered New Age music. From the s onward, he has released a steady stream of albums, including his ground-breaking album Heartsounds , his first solo album, which boosted the popularity of his record label, Narada. Lanz's goal is to have his music create an atmosphere of hope and enlightenment.
Lanz has said, "[The piano] is the most divinely inspired instrument on the planet. It presents a great attraction to our left-right brain relationship. My goal is to create entertainment that also provides hope and enlightenment.
In the front of his Musicbook, The David Lanz Collection , he writes: "At the piano, I'm able to communicate in a way that is very intimate and direct. My approach at music is a bit like talking to a friend. You don't have to be very complicated when you speak. If you say what's in your heart, it's usually very simple. Lanz's style spans the popular songbook as well.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. David Lanz. Archived from the original on Retrieved Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Categories : Musicians from Seattle births Living people New-age pianists Narada Productions artists People from Pittsford, New York 20th-century American pianists American male pianists 21st-century American pianists 20th-century American male musicians 21st-century American male musicians.
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