Gregor Theelen was born in a family of musicians. He studied at the Music College ofHilversum, Holland; he worked with several well-known artists, he composed, arranged, wrote musicals as well as pieces for string quartets and film music. He is a recording engineer, he teaches and writes for piano. He makes movies and produces for theatre. And, by the way, he plays the piano, the accordion and the guitar.
This double cd pack is more than a simple anthology. It starts with a complete John Cale-overseen remaster of the long out-of-print 1982 album "Music for a new society", along with 3 exclusive new tracks. But the real meat of the work is M:Fans, a complete reworking of the entire original 1982 album, to which the remastered "Music for a new society" serves merely as preface. "John Cale re-contextualises the original songs into radical new forms to resonate with the digital age. Includes a new recording of 'Back To The End' - a previously lost track from the original session."
Sir Thomas Beecham was acknowledged as the finest interpreter of Delius' music during the last century. The composer's friend and biographer, his performances remain a benchmark against which all must be judged. This invaluable anthology contains some of the finest he taped for EMI in the 1940's and 50's. The first two discs contain all those works he recorded in stereo. They comprise a selection of shorter works, the complete Florida Suite and a wonderful 'Songs of Sunset' - settings of 'fin du siecle' poems by Ernest Dowson - splendidly sung by John Cameron and Maureen Forrester.
Henri Seroka, born in Brussels and from Polish origin, started his musical career at a very early age. He is not only a very known composer but sings just as eassily in quite a lot of different languages. He composed various songs for children, like the world gamous theme for the "Smurfs"-cartoon. Seroka is a multi-talented composer. He composed musical themes for advertising campaigns and music for films and TV-productions. Ralph Benatar was in born in Lubumbashi, Zaire. He studied piano at the Royal Music Academy in Brussels. His musical career started with composing and arranging for various rock groups. He wrote the original music for the "Spirou & Fantasio"-cartoon (Robbedoes) and arranges film music for Henri Seroka. In the eighties Ralph Benatar was based in Los Angeles where he produced albums for well-known artists, such as Billy Preston, De Barge and Viktor Laszlo.
The music of Encased in Amber tells it's stories through an intricate mesh of melodies and texture. Described as downtempo, ambient, and dreamy, Encased in Amber puts forth the concept that each time a piece of music is written it crystallizes what was felt and processed in that moment of time, like a fossil caught in amber. The 'Parallel Worlds' project is intended as an audio-visual experience. The artwork of Jeroen Advocaat sets the scene with themes of distance, longing, and the alternative paths forged by the choices we make with our every decision. Told in ten movements over thirty minutes, producer and musician Bryan Gilstein sets genre aside in an attempt to sculpt a distinct and authentic musical voice.