Castalia - Don Harriss - Heros Welcome
Label: Orbital Arts Multimedia - CD75003 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: New Age
In a pianistic tour-de-force, Harriss brings all the grandeur and keen sense of form from his electronic compositions to Pisze To Życie Scenariusze - SBB - Nastroje power and immediacy of the concert grand piano. His Castalia - Don Harriss - Heros Welcome solo piano CD is a sparkler. The vaguely Chopinesque pieces are tuneful and easy to listen to, Harriss's keyboard touch is confident, and the production recorded at Chick Corea's Mad Hatter studio is flawless.
Harriss has continued climbing new peaks with each album release since. With his own music, he calls upon different elements of his diverse musical background that includes his early classical training, his rock and roll history Il Sospetto - Giorgio Gaber - Rock’N’ Roll, Amore E Storie Metropolitane with Pat Travers and Ronnie Hawkins and his many scores for corporate films.
His music immediately captures you, leads you, and allows you to arrive at a place so beautifully fresh and rare you will revisit it again and again as if for the first time. In addition, many of the CDs made numerous Best of Top 10 lists compiled by radio stations and journalists as well as heavy airplay on radio chains like The Wave and The Breeze, and on syndicated shows like Hearts of Space and Soundscapes.
His latest CD, Heros Welcome, has. He has composed soundtracks for the Discovery Channel. In addition to his seven Billboard charted CDs, Don has written seven volumes of original music for the Soper Sound Music Library, and, he has produced, engineered, and mastered numerous projects for various artists in a variety of genres in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and at his Ashland, Oregon studio Orbital Arts Multimedia. This musical expertise had an early start. His father, a high school music teacher, had Don taking piano lessons at age six and playing in every school band, orchestra and choir as the accompanist from then on.
At fourteen he was playing professionally and later formed his own band playing his original material. In the early Seventies he headed to Canada where he joined famed rocker Ronnie Hawkins band previous alumni includes The Band which also included hard rock guitarist Pat Travers. Back in the United States he met up with Pat Travers again, who had become a Platinum seller with hot chart albums like Crash and Burn.
Harriss joined the Travers band as keyboardist, recorded the album Black Pearl with him, and played arenas and stadiums; touring Blacklight - Ursa Major - Blacklight EP several years on the same bill with Aerosmith, Ted Nugent.
Playing those kinds of shows had been a goal for me, Harriss remembers, so after a few years of rock and roll, I guess it had run its course. My interest returned to composing music with a wider variety of form. By the Eighties, having met this major goal in the rock and Leave Me Lonely - Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman industry, his interests returned to composition and his earlier classical training.
During these years he wrote scores for corporate, films, videos and commercials. Harriss found his voice in state-of-the-art electronics combined with acoustic piano, guitar and percussion. For the final recordings he makes use of world-class studios in Los Angeles. Dons latest release, Heros Welcome, is a solo piano tour-de-force, garnering high praise from reviewers. Described as a master of contemporary classical invention, Dons next recording project is currently underway at his studio in Castalia - Don Harriss - Heros Welcome , Oregon.
His latest CD, Heros Welcome, has been favorably reviewed in Keyboard Magazine and many industry trades Don has arranged theater music for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and performs as a staff musician for the company. Published on Jul 24, Go explore.
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