Always Near: A Romantic Collection is a collection of fourteen of pianist/composer Kevin Kern's most beautiful and romantic pieces. Kern began his recording career with Real Music in 1996 and recorded ten albums on the label, not counting the many compilations that incorporate his music. Beloved around the world — and especially in Korea — Kern is one of the best and most expressive pianists on the planet. Some of his music sounds deceptively simple, but it takes a master to say so much with so little. Seeing Kern perform live will leave just about anyone breathless!
AquaEssence: An Ocean of Calm is Amberfern’s third release on the Real Music label, following Quiescence: A World At Peace (2011) and Mediterranean (2012). Recorded and mixed along the southwest coastline of England, Amberfern (Dr. Clive Brooks) performs on Shakuhachi flute, acoustic and electric guitars, grand piano, electric piano, congas, hand percussion, Celtic harp, bass guitars, synthesizers, and the sounds of ocean waves. Dedicated to his daughter and her new husband, this album is just over an hour of peaceful, calming music.
Daytime Dreamer is the fifth Real Music release from Omar Akram and the follow-up to his 2012 Grammy-winning Echoes of Love. Performing on piano, keyboards and synthesizers, Omar is joined by an impressive roster of supporting musicians that includes David Arana, Pedro Eustache, Ramon Stagnaro, Charlie Bisharat, and Gregg Karukas. As the title implies, this music is warm and dreamy, sometimes gently flowing and sometimes a bit more upbeat and lively. Six of the eleven tracks are new, and five are previously released.
Day of Life is Bernward Koch’s sixth album of soothing, silky-smooth instrumental music on the Real Music label. The thirteen original pieces are mostly piano/keyboard-based and evoke images of a perfect day. Warm, dreamy, and very relaxing, this could very well be my favorite of Koch’s albums. Not quite a solo effort, Koch’s wife, Christiane Bohm, appears on flute and piccolo on several tracks; and Christoph Koch, Annina Struve, and Johannes Anders play various hand percussion instruments on the closing track.
Dreamweaver, Gandalf’s latest release on the Real Music label, is essentially a return to his musical roots. When he began his career in the 1980’s, Gandalf’s music was performed with a small number of guitars, a keyboard and sometimes percussion. Over the years his productions have become bigger and more elaborate and his tours have included many keyboards and synths as well as a full band.