Friday, December 25, 2009


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / 610-429-1113


Philadelphia, Pa. – December 14, 2009

Grammy Award Winner and Music Producer Will Ackerman tallied a triple play by producing three artists nominated for the Independent Music Awards Best New Age Album of the Year. Kori Linae Carothers, Lawrence Blatt, and Rocky Fretz all recorded their nominated albums at Ackermans Imaginary Road Studios.Independent Music Awards

New Age pianist Kori Linae Carothers CD “Trillium” maintained its # 1 position on the Zone Music Reporter Radio Play Charts for the three straight months after its release in July and she has performed on the nationally aired radio show Echoes with host John Diliberto. Kori will be featured on Echoes during a special Christmas Eve performance.

San Francisco's Lawrence Blatt delivers piercing, original compositions played on acoustic finger-style guitar on his latest release “The Color of Sunshine”. Blatt, the winner of numerous awards has studied guitar under renowned recording artists Laurence Juber, Pierre Bensusan and Brian Gore. After two self-produced solo guitar albums, “Out of the Woodwork” and “Fibonacci’s Dream”, Blatt, stretches his sound on “The Color of Sunshine” to include other musicians as well as production by legendary guitarist William Ackerman. Lawrence Blatt

Rocky Fretz is a contemporary music concert pianist with a varied repertoire with an emphasis on original new age, new acoustic piano music. With eight CDs recorded so far Rocky's recording career continues with his latest album “The Path Ahead" recently released and produced by Will Ackerman. Rocky has performed more than 5000 live shows in the last twenty-five years. Rocky Fretz

Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio is located in Windham County, Vermont. Ackerman is also the founder of Windham Hill Records. Will Ackerman

For press consideration and interviews, please contact:
Chris Franz
Razing Kane Entertainment LLC
Office: 610-429-1113
Fax: 610-429-2417

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Today started with a flurry of activity.. piano lessons. A few months ago I decided to continue my musical education with piano lessons. What can I possibly learn? I want to learn the scales. Sure I know the scales from when I was younger.. but want to know the Scales, Chords and inversions. This will help me become more rooted and comfortable when someone asks me to play in A minor natural scale, I will KNOW what they are talking about. I am also wanting to make my left hand do more "talking".. instead of just plain old broken chord accompaniment. We worked for an hour.. and I am finally feeling like I can move forward in my technical knowledge. Oh and yeah.. I am going to start playing other people's music. I MIRACLE for me.. because for so long I chose to write my own music, play my own music. I never felt motivated to learn other styles.. until the last 6 months or so.

I don't want to know theory, or how to write it all out.. I want to encourage my innate natural talent to not limit my abilities to a certain key signature. I want to have the ability to compose music anywhere on the keyboard and have this ability to add it to my already "built in sense" of what works and does not. I used to be nervous about extending myself. .but I feel I can do this.

My point of all this is, always stretch and learn about things that you have always wanted to get better at, or something you have always wanted to learn!

More to come..

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Echoes Top 25 and other fun stuffas... has announced the top 25 Albums for November and TRILLIUM has come in at number 10!

Thank you to John Diliberto and crew!

Echoes Top 25 November 2009

Also TRILLIUM did not receive a Grammy Nomination, but that is fine. I did not create the album for a nomination, that is just icing on the cake! :)

TRILLIUM did receive a Nomination for the 9th Annual Independent Music Award New Age Album.

Independent Music Awards 2009 Nominee New Age Album

More to Come...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Happenings

I hope you are doing well this fine December 1. Where did the year go? If you have not subscribed to my E*newsletter you can view it online here:

Holiday Happenings

Be sure to watch the Grammy Nomination Broadcast on CBS tomorrow December 2, 9pm ET/PT. TRILLIUM has been entered.. we are crossing our fingers!

More to come...

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Weekend

Sometimes I often wonder if time is in a vacuum. I spent a lot of energy getting ready for this past weekend. It came barreling towards us, we performed and then it was gone and now its another Manic Monday....

First of all, Saturday blew in with the arrival of Scarlet Rivera and Jeff Oster. We all met up with Dj Thornton, KSBR Morning Breeze Host, down at the Ocean Institute and boarded the "Spirit of Dana Point" Tall ship. Jeff brought his flugel horn and I brought my flutes.

This was the make up Schmooze Cruise that was supposed to happen over Labor Day Weekend..but the harbor was congested!

Then Sunday Morning came, I had all my gear loaded into the car.. mixer, keyboard stand, mic stand.. everything! I drove to the airport to pick up Lars Hidde. It was so cool to rehearse with him and work with him. He is such a pro.

Then 3pm came really fast. We packed up our stuffas.. and drove to Soul at Home In between of all the craziness of setting up, sound checks.. etc , etc etc... I was interviewed by DJ Thornton for a documentary she is making of me. Sonya Bangston manned the camera.

People started streaming in about 5pm.. and more came as time went on. I am sure we had about 30 people there. Was a nice crowd for the small room we were in.

The concert started with my set. My hearing was so bad ( Claritin wore off) that I chose to go completely acoustic since the room was already "LIVE" enough. Adding more sound was causing me to be confused because of my hearing. Sometimes my deaf ear frustrates me! Then Jeff Oster and Lars did their set. They asked me to play on several of the tracks... talk about stretching a person's abilities. It was a good thing for me.

During the day on Sunday, Ed Bonk of Lazz Promotions called me to tell me that TRILLIUM is yet again number one on the ZoneMusicReporter charts. This is 3 months in a row! July I zoomed in there at the number 2 spot, and then we've been holding our own since then.

I say "our" with a measure of pride. Thanks to Will, Corin and everyone that worked on the album. Its quite a blessing to know that so many appreciate the music and they are supporting my efforts! Special thanks to Ed Bonk ( Lazz Promotions) and Chris Franz ( Razing Kane Entertainment)

I am sure there is way More to Come...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soul at Home Concert, Sunday November 15, 2009 5pm -7pm

This weekend is going to be a bit crazy for me! Not complaining tho because it will be a musical weekend for me. I always enjoy that when I can perform and especially performing with my friends. Each one is a blessing. They add to my music.. I wish I could go on tour with them all. I think we would have a GRAND time. I am sure that might happen sometime.. BUT for now, we can enjoy a concert this Sunday evening.

Click on the link for more information! We would LOVE to have you come and join us!

Soul At Home Concert

More to come..

Monday, November 9, 2009

Echoes Living Room Concert Broadcast

Pianist Kori Linae Carothers is joined by Windham Hill founder and guitarist Will Ackerman and flugelhornist Jeff Oster in an intimate performance of original chamber works from her CD, Trillium.

I hope you all can tune in!

More to come...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Music Review.. and a few thoughts...

Many people are enjoying the album.. I am pleased to say! Here is a link for you to read the review. Review

I also had a interesting conversation this morning with Stephen Arnold music. These guys recorded two songs of mine when I was 15. They are now a full service licensing and production company. I called them today and told them that when I recorded so long ago, it fueled my desire to become a musician... and here I am a few years later doing what I love to do! I gave "Chad" the link to Zone Music Reporter's website to show him where I have come since then. He was pleased that I called them. He forwarded my info on to Stephen Arnold. It would be fun to chat with him as well.

Stephen Arnold Music

I found my 1/4" reel tape that the music is on, and so I am in the process of getting it transferred to digital format so I can share what I sounded like at 15. Mind you, I was a kid and I recorded a "Pop" style song entitled THE LONELY ROAD that I wrote with a friend of mine Tammy Leishman, from my Minnesota days. I wrote the song, she wrote the lyrics. I also recorded an instrumental piece as well.

I remember when I recorded there, it took me weeks to come down from my cloud. In fact I think the feelings I had afterwards stayed within me even now, I remember the feelings, the nervousness, even the smell of the studio. It had this vanilla jergens scent all throughout the studio.

Thats all for now..

More to come...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Online Concerts...

This is an interesting idea I had. I perform in Second Life from time to time, and so decided to share the stream link with those that do not want to join SL. You can open up the stream in your iTunes browser. What would be fun is to get a bunch of my band mates to perform with me here at my home studio..or even at a studio that we could stream into iTunes... that is definitely something to work on.

It was very successful. Peak listening was at 55.. and that did not include those of you on iTunes listening in. So.. I am sure we were around 100. The stream can handle over 200 listeners. The way technology changes I am sure we will be able to handle more listeners. We are still working on the sound, which I am sure with time we will be able to tweak and get it better.

I will keep you posted on when and where you can tune in.

More to come...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

My current Travels..

I am currently on the road. I left on Thursday October 8th on the red eye to Boston, MA. I arrived early in the morning. The sun was coming up on the horizon.. and it was quite beautiful.. Even being in the back of the plane... literally, it was not a bad trip. I went to Hertz, and rented me a 4 wheel drive vehicle.. cuz I had a long drive up to Vermont ahead of me.

As I drove on the 90 Mass Turnpike... I was struck by the beauty of the season. Fall is upon us. The people here in this part of the country certainly know it is, the coolness of the weather, the change of the colors most definitely tells you that the new season is upon us. In Cali... we have our cool days.. but we do not get the brisk temperatures.

Some of you are probably wondering why I am here again and why I went to Vermont. I had an opportunity to do an Echoes show with John Diliberto.. and thought it would be cool to share with Will Ackerman my producer as some of the musicians that were on the album TRILLIUM. Essentially I thought perhaps this would go down like this: Me do two songs... Will do two songs and Jeff Oster do two songs.. perhaps Eugene Friesen in the mix as well. What actually happened was amazing. The evolution of what we did was this: We taped a living room concert with my music in the mix, one of Jeff's songs "Fools Gold"... and I then we also taped a Christmas show. John interviewed me, and Will. He also talked with Jeff regarding Fools Gold. We were able to procure David Cullen, Jill Haley, Derrik Jordan, Scarlet Rivera, Jeff Oster, of course Will and I. Will invited the Echoes team up to Imaginary Road Studios and we did the taping there. Corin Nelsen and Jeff Towne did a fabulous job recording everything. Kimberly Haas is the Executive Producer.. with John Diliberto as your host.

Sunday October 11, we taped the Living Room concert... which was much fun. Will Ackerman, Me, Jeff Oster and Derrik Jordan did live renditions of songs on my album. I wish we could have done BLUE ICE and CARPE DIEM... but sometimes you can't have it all. I was amazed at the synergy.. I even got to jam with Will, Jeff and Derrik that day. What a fun memory for me to have.. I even have video. I won't be posting that... but the pics are worth a thousand words...

Monday, the rest of the musicians showed up.. and we started working and taping the Christmas show. Each song had its place in the show.. and of course we got silly and had a GREAT time!

Again, the synergy between everyone.. was amazing. John Diliberto made us all feel pretty comfortable. It was nice. All the interviews, shows etc will be broadcast(ed) in November and December on Echoes. So I hope ya'll will check the Echoes website and tune in where ever and however you can!


I would say that being in Vermont is heaven on earth. I enjoy it every time I go.

The weekend coming up.. I will be heading down to Tennessee. I will be visiting a GREAT friend of mine. She and I were college buds way back when. We have kept our friendship and have kept in touch even tho we are miles apart. She came to see my first gig at BB Kings in LA. Talk about supportive!

For those of you in the San Diego, LA/OC area, November 15, from 5pm - 7pm I will be performing here with Scarlet Rivera, Jeff Oster and Lars Hidde:

Soul at Home

As it gets closer, I will post more info.

More to come....

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pure Energy!

Kori Linae Carothers - TRILLIUM: There are many stunning moments on this fantastic multi-instrumental CD. She has a gentle, yet piercing, piano style... in other words, her music doesn't invade you with overbearing penetration... rather it's like she's breathing through her fingers for you. Her synthesizer work on the marvelous "Blue Ice" (my favorite on the album) will have you spinning the track over and over (as I did)... it's not one of those "mysterious, swami-like" things; rather, her light just shines through, & you understand in only seconds how much power illumination has! Her composition skill on "Carpe Diem" makes the CD well worth the purchase... her spirit washes over yours & lets you ascend to the very heights of the dream. The image I get is of a player who knows what she wants her music to say, and has the ultimate skill to convey it in a way that will let the listener know that they are hearing true originality. Very exciting music that will carry you through the land this extremely sensitive player lives in, & make you want to stay there for a long time... my "EQ" rating for this album is 4.94, very near the top of the 1-5 scale (& that says a lot)... pure energy! You may want to note that Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill) produced this, & plays guitar on it as well. It gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me! Get more information at Rotcod Zzaj

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wildy's World Review...

You know, the internet searches are getting better at finding key words about people. Today I went to my EPK.. ( Electronic Press Kit...) and there is this cool feature call a News Feed or Buzz about me. I never noticed that before.. but decided to click on it, and there were posts about me, links, etc.. that came up in it. This review of TRILLIUM popped up.

Its VERY cool.

Check it out:


More to come...

Thursday, September 17, 2009


TRILLIUM has done it. With the help of SO many we hit number one for the month of August!!!! Check it out!


Thank you VERY much everyone that is playing the music and supporting us!

More to come...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Variety is the Spice of Life

RJ Lannan Review

Variety is the Spice of Life

I can recall reviewing Kori Linae Carothers previous album The Road Less Traveled and feeling like this artist is really going somewhere. Her newest work Trillium proves she has just about arrived. Utilizing her well-developed compositional skills and employing the talents of producer Will Ackerman and the Imaginary Roads Studio Band, Kori along with her piano offers an exceptional album of contemporary music. Her album is not particularly themed around nature as the title suggests, but is a collection of impressions and synopses of life experiences set to music.

Without Kori's music, I could not imagine a translucent expanse made out of sparkling crystals. Crystal Fields is a beautiful beginning to the album. Scintillating points of light are clearly projected throughout the tune, which features the talents of Eugene Friesen on cello and Jeff Oster on flugel horn accompanying Kori's memorable score. Beautiful and mesmerizing as crystals can be, we must remember that they can also distort things on occasion, so close examination is a must. After hearing this first tune, I was confident that I would like the rest of what was to come, and I was not disappointed.

I really enjoyed the synthesized tune Blue Ice. There is magic in the blue ice and I for one do not want to know the scientific reasons as to why the ice is blue. I just want to believe that in every snowflake that falls and is compressed into a massive layer of ice, a little bit of blue sky is hidden inside waiting for me to watch it melt in some other lifetime. Kori infuses enchantment into the song with the help of Tom ShinnessL on bass, Jeff Silverman on drums and programming and Corin Nielsen on chimes.

Nantucket starts out almost like a solemn hymn, but then things change. Life gets brighter, sunnier and the whole scene is propelled by Atlantic breezes with a tang of salt in the air. It’s becomes a song of optimism and joy. To me it sounded like something out of the Dave Grusin/Golden Pond songbook. That's a good thing. T Bone Wolk adds his talents on bass and accordion on this one.

There is something blatantly sad about the tune Midnight. Oster's flugel sings a bittersweet opening layered with sound. Kori's pianissimo reply is somber, yet melodic. It is a song to that magic hour when geniuses create, artists paint and musicians compose. It is the song of the night owl, the free spirit and mad scientists.

Carpe Diem with vocals by Aeone (the resplendent voice on the Mists of Avalon soundtrack) is my album favorite. It has Celtic elements with a haunting melody and nerve tingling drive. Robert B. parker once wrote that you should wake up every morning like your hair is on fire and I for one support his philosophy. It is sometimes annoying to others, but that’s just part of it, isn’t it?

Kori gets as close to smooth jazz as she might dare with the tune 3 Degrees. It is not a song of temperature, but perhaps one of direction. It is a little off center, but that is what makes it interesting. It is tune of tangents and ideas that come full circle.

Trillium is kind of like aromatherapy for the ears. You put it on and it seeps into the pores of your spirit, refreshing you, making you just a little more content. The key word for this album is diversity. Kori tackles everything from contemporary to Celtic to Native American and does it with panache. Carothers has a winner with this album and I highly recommend it.

Rating: Very Good +

- reviewed by RJ Lannan on 9/12/2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Myrtles Court August 28th, 2009

Here is a video that was taken of Scarlet, Me and John at Myrtles Court! We had SO much fun!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


Last night, I performed with John Luttrell and Scarlet Rivera. Fellow KSBR Schmooze artists. You may or may NOT be aware.. that on Sunday September 6th, John Luttrell, Me, Jeff Oster, Denise Young and Scarlet Rivera will be all on the same stage together, from 6pm - 9:30pm Pacific. This is a rare and beautiful opportunity for YOU to join us. We would love to meet you.. those of you that are supporters of our music and those of you that have yet to see us perform live. Together we can bond, share stories about how the music has touched you. How we as the artists, were touched in diverse ways to compose and create the music with the help of many others.

To KSBR: DJ and Don... I appreciate the encompassing efforts to bring us together.

Visit KSBR to buy your tickets to the Schmooze event. You will come away feeling uplifted.. ready to take on the world.

To say that the performances I have had this summer was mediocre.. has NOT been that. The moment we are on stage together are the moments of clarity, beauty and the love for our music and one another's talents are bigger than we are.

Each of us have a distinct musical voice. Songs that touches us in many diverse ways. Here are links to those of us performing.. and I HOPE you take the time to listen to each of us with open hearts and minds.

Jeff Oster

Scarlet Rivera

Denise Young

John Luttrell

Kori Linae Carothers

As I type this.. Jeff and Denise are in Nashville, at the JPF - Just Plain Folks Just Plain Folks awaiting awards, and performing.

My thanks to Will for introducing me into a world filled with musical opportunities, new friendships, and more kindred spirits than I ever thought possible.. this is NOT lost on me.

Extraodinary is the word....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Where do I begin? At the beginning? Summer was the beginning of all this craziness. I am HAPPY.. but oh... man its been nuts. Not complaining... happy to see the music doing so well.

The biggest news.. is that the album has made it to number 2 on the top 100 charts for July 2009 at the You can click on title of the blog and it will take you there very fast! Click here: ZoneMusicReporter

My sister Annette has reported to me that she has been hearing my music on Comcast's Music Choice program. We both have been very emotional about it all. I can't tell you what this project has meant to me. I have ALWAYS wanted to record my music and to have the opportunity to work with Will and Corin at Imaginary Road.. has simply been THE best experience in my life.

I want to thank those of you that are on the album. Jeff Silverman.. you rock! Will and Corin.. thank you . I am sure throughout my life I will continue to thank you.. because we all will be working together again. Katja, Tania and Deb... thank you... I will never be able to thank everyone properly for the hard work, the love they put into the music.. for helping me, for becoming my friend for life. All of you.. Jeff Oster, Jeff Silverman, Aeone, Will, Corin, Scarlet Rivera, Tom Shinness, Eugene Friesen, Jeff Haynes, David Cullen, T Bone Wolk, Malcolm Dalglish, Derrik Jordan, Jim McCarty, Chris Bahnsen, Ian Blanch and Skip Saylor.

Jace Vek.. thanks for your recommendations... look what you did! LOL

Words cannot EVER express.. my thanks....

Thursday, August 6, 2009


After what seems like years of being away... I am home. I went to Vermont to work at Imaginary Road Studios... to mix in Surround Sound. I am quite happy how the music turned out. I think we have a few more tweaks here and there.. but other than that, I will have surround mixes of Trillium. I took my 10 year old daughter with me... and we had a great time just hanging out with one another. Seeing Imaginary Road and staying there in the summer time was FUN! Jane had fun "planting" sticks around the area. I met Rocky Fretz and his lovely wife.. and of course hung out with Will and Susan. Corin as always, did a rockn job mixing/mastering the surround mixes. We took many pictures of the Vermont area.. mostly of the Stickney Brook and the West River. They have had SO much rain and the bugs were out in force. I have NEVER seen ants as big as there were in VT! lol I even got bit by some no-see-ums. In fact.. I was the main course.

After Vermont, Jane and I drove back to Boston on Saturday the 1st of August. We drove down the 2 East. Which was a beautiful drive. I must confess New England is one of my favorite places to visit. We hung out at our Hotel because of being ultra tired. Sunday morning came roaring in.. we did our laundry, etc. The mundane things of life. I met Bill Bernardi the maker of the Lyricon. Google that.. and I guarantee an interesting read.

Then... I had an interview on WICN Tonal Vision show with Karen Mungal. We drove to Worcester pronounced by the locals Woosta... Its not Wor chester. its Woosta.. rhymes with Rooster. Many of the locals had a good laugh at how I thought it was supposed to be pronounced. The concert was amazing. As with any concert..if I don't remember to take pictures it ain't gonna happen .. and it didn't! *sigh*... I was too focused on playing the music.. and staying in a mode where I could perform. I met some wonderful people and the studio that I performed in was fabulous. Karen is a lovely woman.. and I enjoyed talking with her.

We drove back to our hotel.. and I think Jane and I ended up going to bed at 11pm Eastern. I was exhausted and slept soundly. We woke up Monday morning and got ready to fly from Boston to Minneapolis. OF course there was NOT a direct flight on American.. so we had to fly to Chicago.. make a MAD dash to connect to our flight to Minneapolis. Imagine... us running in the Chicago Airport going from the K concourse to the L concourse.. "Home Alone" comes to mind... we barely made it.

What is the chance in life that you have friends in two different states that have the same last name? Well... Will Ackerman... of course in Vermont. My best friend and her family live in Minneapolis.. and their last name is Ackerman!!!! NO relation there.. but it makes an interesting story. We arrived in Minneapolis in the evening.. the sun was still up.. and it was SUPER to see Kathy and her family. We have not seen each other in a while... so it was a good visit. They took us to the Mall of America on Tuesday. THAT place was wild. I met Bill Binkelman there.. and that was cool. VERY nice guy. I enjoyed talking with him.

Wednesday came all too soon. We flew from Minneapolis to Chicago.. then Chicago to LAX. It was hard to be done.. but I told Jane to be happy instead of being sad. Happy for the experience she had.

Its been a very interesting summer. Fraught with challenges. Who doesn't have them right? Mine seem to hang by a thread at times.. and I am often perplexed at what to choose.. and where to go.

Many of my choices tho lately.. have been good for me on many levels. I have chosen to never let the negative bring me down. Sure.. I can wallow in it and make myself unhappy in that choice.. but I choose to enjoy what life hands me. Not saying I don't have my down days.. but I tend to decide to stay positive to matter what.

I will be posting pictures! Onwards and Upwards!
Today is turning out to be very busy... I am drowning! lol.... sheesh

Friday, July 24, 2009

Is getting ready for a crazy weekend.. filled with music on Saturday evening, and traveling Sunday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Sunset on Lake Superior - Madeline Island, WI

I am preparing to return to Vermont. This time we will be mixing in Surround Sound. I am looking forward to seeing what summertime looks like there at Imaginary Road. I've been there in the late Fall, Winter and Spring. I have loved all the different changes that were brought to this beautiful part of the world.

After I work there.. will drive down to Boston and stay there a few days. Then, I fly out to Minneapolis. I am looking forward to seeing my old "stomping grounds". Minnesota, the place I loved as a child. I remember freezing my butt off and I also have some fun memories of an old farmhouse we moved to in the southwestern part of Minnesota. I remember the trips to Madeline Island, WI. A magical place that seems to haunt me to this day.

Many of the fun cliffs at Madeline Island

More Beautiful spots at MI ( Madeline Island)

One of many Ferry Boats.. cars drive onto the boat and then it takes you to La Pointe, WI on Madeline Island. SUCH a fun place to vaction.

The one place that totally makes me remember this place.. that is also magical.. is Big Sur. The water.. the cabins.. I don't know.. they both hold a magical feeling for me.

I will post pics from my trip out east.. and will blog about it all. Have a fun summer!

More to come...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Whats with the silence?

Well the summer is in full swing. I have lots going on that I cannot talk about yet. I will tell you that I am going to Vermont again end of this month to mix Trillium in Surround Sound. I will also be in Boston, and then I will end up in Minneapolis in August then home.

August is going to be insane. I have a few concerts scheduled.. and then September and October are barreling towards us.

Once I know more about the fun stuff.. I'll be posting it. I am going to return to my scheduled summer now...

Enjoy yours!

More to come...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Trillium Status, Interview and Concerts...

Album is in my possession! Soon,, and iTunes will go live in the next week or so.

On my website you can order the album and download mp3 files.



I created an interesting tunepak from ReverbNation to showecase a few musicians. Jeff Oster is one of many musicians that is featured. He is on four songs which are:

Crystal Fields
Dancing in the Clouds
A Roses Tale

Click on the link below to listen.

Songs that Feature Jeff Oster

On my website and on Myspace, you can keep up with concerts I will be performing at, and interviews.


Sunday June 28th, I will be on KSBR 88.5 Jazz FM The Morning Breeze Program hosted by DJ Thornton from 10 am Pacific to 11am Pacific. We will be talking about the album, and giving away a few of the new CDs! So tune in!!!


Thank YOU so much for your support!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pins and Needles...

I am about to climb the wall... I am sitting here working on legal stuff.. paper work and waiiiiiiiting for UPS to come. Waiting for 5 boxes filled with Trillium, to come. I think I need some music... and now I have Michael Hedges album "Aerial Boundaries" playing. This guy's music is so amazing. He plays a guitar like no one else. He passed on in 1997. I do miss hearing from him. If you want to watch a beautiful movie that is a tribute to him and his style of guitar, watch "August Rush".... its an amazing story.

So.. now that I have the music playing.. I suppose I am calming down!!! Where is the UPS GUY? LOL...

As soon as I know something.. I will Twitter as soon as I get the album(s)!

More to come...

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Tomorrow the album is going to be shipped! Hooray! After 2 1/2 to 3 years of working my butt off, the final product will be in my hands. I am So SO excited.. so proud... of all of the hard work that everyone contributed to making the album what it is.

More as I know it!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Website: Additions, New Shop Page and Links Page

Have some exciting things to tell you.

1. We have been hard at work adding a "Links" page which is now live.

2. A new "shop" page and "music" page has gone live tonight! The shop page is powered by Nimbit. You can shop on the website without leaving the page. Which really makes purchasing downloads easier, and hassle free. I buy many of music CDs through Nimbit and I have liked the option to do that. T-shirts and wristbands are available too.

The Music page has links to Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes and so you can still purchase my music via these sites as well.

3. We have finally added everyone that is on the album on the Collaborations page.. which you can click on this link:

Trillium Guest Musicians

I will also be performing with fellow musician and friend John Luttrell on Saturday June 6th on the Myrtles Court Stage at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine! If you live in the SoCal area.. would be cool to have you along.

Keep on eye on my website and updates... for when Trillium is available!

More to come...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A time to celebrate...

Right now, right this minute "Trillium" is at DiscMakers. Getting ready to manufacture the album/artwork.. everything. I am proud of the whole album. Everyone that contributed their musical voices, and expertise to help make this album become what it is, thank you!

So much more to come.. keep your eyes here and on my website for forthcoming updates!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


What does it mean to me? Music is my first love. It doesn’t hurt me, it doesn’t talk back to me. It does not tell me lies, it does not judge me, and forgets who I am. It just is. It helps me when I am lost. Music helps me get lost when I need to soar on my own. Music belongs to my soul, belongs to my heart. It does not give me conditions. It is always there, no matter what mood I am in. Music makes me live, breathe and be. I could not live without it. The sounds the moods, the love music gives helps me feel like I belong in this world.

Music has gives me the will to go on when things are not at their best. Music helps me celebrate my life with others, and other musicians celebrate with me. I am nothing without my music....

More to come...

Monday, April 27, 2009


I am back from Vermont. I left last Sunday and came home last night. I had all day on Monday April 20th to recover from the red eye I flew on. Note to self: Make sure to book a flight on a bigger plane if doing red eye. A 767 or 757 plane is MUCH better for those LONG cross country flights to Boston. Yes.. I flew there.

Anyway... I got to Boston, had a little fun at the Hertz Rental Center. The lady that helped me get my car.. etc, wanted me to play a joke on her Boss. Flo is her name, she was a happy person.. and I must say her Boss was pretty good natured, and had the most outrageous scholarly Boston accent. They treated me quite well. They made sure I had a fast pass for the Massachuesettes Turn PIke. That road is insane. I ended up driving on the 2 West to the 91. The 91 takes you into Vermont.

I stayed at the Four Columns Inn. IF you EVER stay in Southern Vermont, I recommend them highly. The Four Columns Inn They treated me like gold. I had a fabulous time staying there. ONE problem I had tho.. NO cell coverage. Verizon... you need to fix that!

Tues April 21, Wed., April 22 and Thursday Aprill 23rd, I went and worked at Imaginary Road Studios to hopefully finish up the album. On the 21st and the 22nd.. I stayed at Will's place called the Dream Garage. I would have stayed there all week, but another artist came in on Thursday.. they stayed till Saturday. So.. I went back to the Four Columns Inn.

Tuesday I decided to put down some vocal colors on The Long View and Will suggested to put some down on Nez Perce too. Which I did! It all turned out great! Wednesday we worked till 7pm, got the isrc codes from RIAA and also the UPC code for Trillium as well. I did a lot of paper work. I still have LOTS to do. I finally understand the publishing info from BMI... and I need to fill all that out! Doing all of this myself has been a pain in the butt.. however, I am glad I know what I need to do now.

Thursday, Will spent some time going over the songs.. and trying to put the songs in sequence on the album.. was a puzzle. I am just glad we were able to figure it out. You wouldn't think there was a science to sequenced songs on albums.. well, it IS in the New Age genre. The flow of the album depends on it. Especially mine. Its is a VERY dynamic album. Gutsy.. and it does push the envelope on many levels in the New Age Genre.. WHY it is called that?.. ARGH. I am hoping we can change the face/name to ElectrA Coustic Instrumental or ElectrACoustic.. EA pronounced with a long E. We'll see how that goes.

Friday was a day off.. I mostly explored the area.. LOTS of pictures to upload for you to look at. I did go up to Will's.. but decided I better explore around in Newfane. Saturday I spent most of the day with a friend of mine from Connecticut. Went exploring. It was SO hot over the weekend there! lol... All the trees were pushing out their leaves. It was fun!

I will tell you, that the room at the Inn was great. The food was fabulous and the owners are amazing people. Debbie and Bruce Pfander. The restaurant is out of this world. I hope you all get a chance to stay there.

Sunday Morning the 26th.. I woke up to lots of birds chirping. The church bells rang around 9am. That was fun! I am telling you.. that Newfane is the most quiet town I have ever stayed at! lol.. I suppose I am around noise 24/7 that it was just so noticeable to me.

I went over to Will and Susan's and hung out for the morning until I had to drive myself down to Boston. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. Susan showed me the gardens.. and all the plants that were coming up. I love to garden.. and it was fun to see all the various spring flowers in bloom. The hyacinths, small pansies, wild violets, all the different daffodils.

I then drove to Boston, got there in time to sit for about 15 minutes until we boarded. Got on a HUGE 767.. and did some work on the laptop, ate, slept, read.. and finally got to LAX. I had someone come pick me up and drive me home. We got home in great time!

Will keep you posted on the release date of the CD.. etc.

More to come...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tune In

On Saturday April 18, 2009 at 8am Pacific. I will being joining John Luttrell and DJ Thornton on the KSBR Morning Breeze show. It it is early for you... get some coffee.. if its late for you.. drink your favorite beverage and listen. Would love to have you along!

Here is the link for the instructions to tune in:

KSBR 88.5 Jazz FM Radio

More to come..

Sunday, April 12, 2009

OC Register Write Up...

I am so excited to share with you, that I have my first news write up in the Entertainment section of the OC Register. So much is going on, that it is getting very difficult to keep up with everything. SO, I hired a publicist. His name is Chris Franz from Razing Kane Entertainment. He was very essential getting this together! Thanks Chris! Luv ya!

Click on the Title to this post and it will take you there!

Thank you all for your support!

More to come...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


The big question today from many of you is: WHEN? When is my album "Trillium" going to be done.

Well, I have no idea! LOL... I have jinxed the release date about 3 or 4 times in the past year and so I am VERY reluctant to give you an exact date.

The album was supposed to have been done by November or 2008.. but as you all know, that didn't happen. Well if you are wondering.. I will tell you.

Earlier in 2008, I decided to follow a HUGE dream by working with Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road Studios. They were booked up pretty heavy and so November is when I went to work there. I was VERY lucky to go back in January to finish up several songs, so that is one of the things that set us back. There were other things I didn't think would crop up, but did and so we had to set the release schedule back further. I may need to go back in April.. we shall see.

Right now I am searching for artwork to put in the CD booklet. My "Director of Graphics" is Debra Silverman. So she will be helping to put it all together once I get all the artwork in place and done. I will also have photos put on the front cover and back, as well as a tiny Trillium flower placed somewhere interesting. I have a few people helping me by suggesting people they know, or some even do fabulous work themselves.

I am looking for artwork similar to this style:


I would love to use that picture.. but I don't know the artist who did this. Trying to find the one that did that, is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So... now you know.

I will guestimate early in the summer. Keep your fingers crossed and come by and visit here, facebook or my website to comment! I always enjoy the emails you send me.

And remember favorite adult beverages are allowed! ; )

More to come...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Musical Stories

I am listening to the Best of 2008 by Mystic Soundscapes. While listening, I felt inspired to write about a song I wrote when I was 14. It is called Nez Perce.

When I was in Junior High just yesterday, I saw a movie called "I Will Fight No More Forever". It is about the Nez Perce Nation in the Wallowa Valley. The US Government in their need for land grabbing, forced the Nation out of their home. Chief Joseph's goal was to go to Canada and continue their long and rich tradition of living their lives. Unfortunately the tribe did not make it to Canada.. except for a few. Their story touched my young heart and I felt I needed to express my feelings about their saga. I wrote the piano part long ago, then 2 years ago, I acquired a Native American flute in Blanding, UT. After a year of learning the flute, I bought another Native Flute from Stephen DeRuby.

To build the song, I put down keyboard tracks, and then I went into Sonikwire Studios to record the flute parts. That was last summer in July. I then sent the song to Jeff Silverman for him to mix and do the sound design for it. It is going through more mixing at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.

This song has taken a long journey to get to this point of expression. I hope you enjoy listening to the rough mix of it.. and continue to watch for the final mixes.

More to come...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Home From Vermont

I am unbelievably tired. Not complaining... its just that I have learned so much more about recording from Will Ackerman and Corin Nelsen and it was so much information for myself to take in. The work was incredibly draining.. yet extremely fulfilling.
I flew to Boston, MA on January 6th. I had to drive like a maniac to Brattleboro, VT in order to be at the DG “Dream Garage” before a huge snow storm hit.

To be quite honest... I am a big wimp. Driving in snow makes me nervous...I’ve not been in snow since 1980. Yes I know, I grew up in Minnesota, but my family uprooted us and brought us to Texas. My Minnesota blood thinned out and my memory of driving in snow/slush has been reduced exactly what it is.. a memory. My driving skills are not all that great. Good news though, with a 4 wheel drive SUV vehicle on my side, and GPS made it only slightly tolerable. We were snowed in for a few days and I was mildly freaked out by all the snow the storm dumped on us!

I stayed at the DG for the whole time I was there. It was a VERY creative place to be. I could not sleep much of the time I was there, because my brain was in overdrive at all the work we needed to accomplish.

I finally ventured out on my own.. I really pushed myself to drive out in that winter wonderland. I actually did fine.. and I should have gone out on my own much sooner.

I could write more.. but it would be an immense job, so like I did last time, I will write and post a blog everyday in order to tell you about my time working with Will.

Let me leave you with observations... Will is fabulous. The man knows his craft. He opened up his heart to my music.. and so did all of the musicians that came to lend their talents to the songs. The music is going through some changes, we are blending the Electronic and the Acoustic so that they are balanced. InSync was scratched from the album.. and replaced with a new song “The Long View”.

This opportunity to become a better musician, has been SUCH an eye opener. I will never be the same, nor will my music.

More to come...