1. Why are you a musician?
My earliest memories are as a toddler sitting on the piano bench and just improvising. As a child during the Vietnam War Era, playing the piano was my safe space from the rest of the world and I was delighted when I learned that you could also play other people’s music.
After stints in high school rock n’ roll bands and studying classical piano, I made a conscious decision to become a career composer and a music major at UCLA. In those rare times when I actually attempted to leave music as a profession, fatalistic circumstances have always intervened to redirect me back to the path of music.
2. Who are your musical inspirations?
Igor Stravinsky, John Williams, Paul Winter, John Adams, Hildegard of Bingen
3. What is your practice routine?
Usually starting intuitively in the evening, working through the night following creative binges. Late morning is good for technical review.
4. Why did you make this album?
Shamanic Journey is digital soundtrack album remastered in 5.1 for the purposes of producing a three movement music film, Shamanic Journey (Continuous Mix): I. A Tutu Pele Goddess II. Echoes of Lemuria III. Shaman Journey.
5. What were the biggest obstacles in making this album?
The original recordings had overlapping compositions. In order to produce the music film and music videos based on the music, we needed to remaster the pieces with different fade-outs and fade-ins, in 5.1 surround sound for digital cinema projection and new ISRC numbers and metadata. We worked with the audio distributor, CD Baby and post film production house, DCP Simple, to produce the new album with the required specs.
6. Who is featured on this album?
- Paul Horn, David Darling, Darlene Koldenhoven, Randy Crenshaw, Ed Zajac, Grayhawk David Gibney
7. Where may we find you online?