Greetings! I'm excited to announce the release of my solo album, SANCTUARY. Over 2 years in the making, this has been, by far, the most ambitious project I've ever embarked upon, but finally I have a product that I feel best represents my musical passion more than anything I've ever done. Most people know me as a sideman drummer, so this album may be a bit of a surprise, as it displays my composing, arranging, producing, and mixing skills. I've personally and meticulously crafted each stage of the process: every melody line, chord voicing, string arrangement, and bass line, to every EQ setting, compression setting, reverb setting, and volume fader. This has been no easy task, as some of the songs are epic and involve almost 100 tracks! Furthermore, I couldn't have done it without the fine musicianship of those who played on the album, of which there are more than 25 musicians.
Sanctuary is a 10 song album of instrumental compositions. Stylistically, the closest category that it falls under is "world music - new age". The spark came from an amazing South American band that I started playing with in 2010. I set out to write some original tunes that would blend with their traditional Andean repertoire, and from there, I ventured beyond into other worldly influences from Brazil, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and even the Middle East. On one hand, I have a deep appreciation for groove and feel, which is clearly represented on Sanctuary. However, there is a prevailing tapestry of lush harmonies and soaring melodies, giving almost every song an almost cinematic quality.
The album is now available, slated for official release in March, 2017. Feel free to give a listen to the excerpts below:
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