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Ambiance Evolution Joins 7522 Radio

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Ambiance Evolution is a multi-genre trio formed by pianist Katie Tall and vocalist Amelia Petrie in 2012. Originally, they came together to share their passion for music. They loved working together so much that they started collaborating on creating their own music; taking elements of their favorite musical styles. Amelia and Katie love writing songs with poetic lyrics and rich and complex harmonies. They have three hours of original music ready to perform, and if a slightly different set is needed, they pepper the originals with as many crowd-pleasing cover songs as desired (such as songs by Adele, Muse, Florence + the Machine, Stevie Nicks and Dave Matthews). In July, 2014, they expanded their sound with the addition of Jon Ward, drummer extraordinaire.

Biographies

Katie Tall, Piano/Guitar/Percussion/Back-Up Vocals…is a pianist, guitarist, percussionist, singer-songwriter, classical music composer, and teacher living in Denver, CO. Since she was very young, Katie has immersed herself in writing poetry and music, and continues to explore as many different sounds and musical genres as possible. Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Mozart, Bach, and Theloneous Monk are just a few musical geniuses that have inspired Katie to write music. Katie also writes and performs for reggae/alternative rock band The Dubterraneans, and continues playing classical music as well.

Amelia Petrie, Vocals/Guitar/Percussion…is a classically trained singer and folk guitarist. She recently began songwriting for Ambiance, and continues to teach, as she has been doing for 23 years. She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in performance and has been studying classical voice since 1986. Although she is a coloratura soprano and sings classical music, she has taught the bel canto technique to all genres with great success; particularly with lead singers of rock bands who find that the style is very hard on their voices. In the past few years, Amelia has expanded her vocal range and style to include pop, jazz, and folk melodies. Amelia is known for her clear, distinctive voice and performance charm.

Jon Ward, Drum, percussion and “things that go bump in the night”… lives in Denver, Colorado, not far from downtown. Jon has been playing drums since his teen years in North Carolina. Jon has played in several rock bands in both North Carolina and Colorado, as well as in high school and college. Most recently he’s played drums with Katie in the Dubterraneans, a rock/reggae band. He is a big fan of most styles of music and can often be found taking in the scene at The Fillmore, The Ogden, The Bluebird and (his favorite) Red Rocks. Some of his favorite bands are The Avett Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Govt Mule, Jason Isbell and many of the classic rock bands from the 70’s. He’s also a fan of Avicii, Pink, Fitz and The Tantrums and Deadmaus.

Ambiance Evolution is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.

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Jubliant Bridge Joins 7522 Radio

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A  finalist for Best Group/Duo in the 7th and 8th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) for songs from their latest CD, “Power Lines,” Jubilant Bridge is gaining increasing recognition through world-wide terrestrial and online radio airplay.

Intricate arrangements, harmonies “so tight, they pulse” (Mary Cliff—WAMU-FM), comic repartee, a repertoire ranging from critically-acclaimed originals and contemporary songs, to finger-dancing instrumentals and unexpected covers—these are the hallmarks of every Jubilant Bridge performance. The duo comes from a rich aural tradition but surprises audiences with counter melodies, changing time signatures, and well-chosen dissonance. Their instruments go beyond simple accompaniment; the arrangements and the songs themselves are meshed. They use the vocabulary, but step outside of the conventions, of folk, rock, and pop—not simply stitching together genres, but folding the seams under. Every song becomes their own.

The duo has released five recordings. Their latest CD, “Power Lines,” recorded at world-class studio Colorado Sound, features their compelling original songs as well as their unique take on songs from favorite songwriters, such as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Victory Music Review finds “an amazing level of melodic richness and complex songwriting” throughout the album, the songs “musical and lyrical tapestries that can be surprisingly deep and poetic.” The duo’s previous recordings include “Happenstance,” “Under Shattered Skies” (which Victory Music Review proclaimed “a rich aural feast”), “Another Run At the Mountain,” and “Crazy Like The Wind.” Jubilant Bridge is currently working on selecting and arranging material for their next project, a compilation of Renaissance, and pre-Renaissance, songs for the Christmas season.

Vocalist and guitarist Carol Van Alstine provides JubilantBridge with most of its distinctive original songs. She comes to songwriting by way of poetry. Often inspired by dreams, and musical and lyrical phrases that take her unexpected places, her emotionally wise songs depict states of mind and heart and the conflicts between them. Her awards include Silver and the BMI Songwriter Award for the song “Power Lines” in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, one of the longest-running song competitions in the nation, and several Honorable Mentions in the Billboard World Song Contest, an international songwriting competition. With a voice that has been described as “striking,” “ethereal,” and “far purer than Michael Jackson’s fondness for gloves,” she is often asked after a show, “How does such a big voice come out of such a small person?” Her musical experiences range from performing at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to singing soprano in Renaissance choirs.

Mountain dulcimer wizard and vocalist Willie Jaeger takes what is often thought of as a “simple” folk instrument and discovers its complexity. He strums, he fingerpicks, he flatpicks, he plays lead, and recently he’s been experimenting with electric dulcimer. His unique style of playing, and his popularity as a teacher at the renowned Swallow Hill School of Music, inspired Westword, Denver’s alternative weekly, to vote him Denver’s “Best Local Folkie.” He was a finalist (Silver) in the national mountain dulcimer championship at Winfield, Kansas, and in 2009 he won a Gold Medal for Best Original Instrumental Composition at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. An engaging singer with a lyrical baritone, he also plays hammered dulcimer and guitar, and composes instrumentals and the occasional song.

Jubiant Bridge is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.

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Jubliant Bridge Releases Their Newest Album, A Bell A Bird A Star On 7522 Radio

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Jubilant Bridge is proud to announce the release of their new recording,  A Bell A Bird A Star, a collection of songs for the Christmas season. It is very much a listening experience, filled with beautiful songs not often heard except by choral ensembles. But here, the songs are arranged by the duo for two voices, guitar, dulcimer and feature the intricate harmonies and arrangements the duo is known for.

The CD begins with Carol Van Alstine’s original, A Bell A Bird A Star, which she wrote for the project. But when she opened it, she was gifted with another song, My Mother Gave the World to Me, the closing track.
Three original instrumentals, composed by Willie Jaeger, grace the collection: Winterlude, Dancing Foxes Drifting Snow, and Nighthawks Grace the Frozen Moon.

The heart of the CD consists of songs by 20th-century composers, traditional carols in several languages and two Latin pieces. Three songs based on medieval texts grace the recording: Gustav Holst’s Lullay My
Liking, Boris Ord’s Adam Lay Ybounden, and Benjamin Britten’s Balulalow. Personent Hodie and Gaudete, from the 1582 songbook Piae Cantiones, also have medieval origins. Sydney Carter’s Every Star Shall Sing a Carol is a 20th-century song for the earth and the cosmos.

And there are many carols from around the world: the Spanish lullaby, A La Nanita Nana; the beautiful French carol, Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable; the Russian, Carol of the Russian Children; the traditional
Appalachian, The World Is Old; and English favorites, The Holly and The Ivy, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, and Gloucestershire Wassail.

Jubilant Bridge has five previous recordings. In their last CD, Power Lines, which featured their compelling award-winning original songs as well as their unique take on songs from favorite songwriters,Victory Music Review found “an amazing level of melodic richness and complex songwriting”, the songs “musical and lyrical tapestries that can be surprisingly deep and poetic.”

Carol received a BMI Songwriter Award for the title track, and the duo was a two-time Finalist for Best Group/Duo in the International Acoustic Music Awards for three songs from the CD.

Jubiant Bridge is excited that their music is heard on 7522 Radio.

Listen to Jubliant Bridge’s 7522 Music Channel with their music albums.