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Persephone's Dream

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From Hard/Dark To Ethereal

The Pittsburgh based band Persephone's Dream has released their CD Opposition, which spans a number of genres but could be described as neo-progressive. Reviewers have described their music as having a new age feel, while being heavy and hard - if it seems like a contradiction, well, maybe it is. Even though influences of Rush, Yes and Genesis can be heard, the CD on the whole is not particularly guitaristic in nature (there are plenty of guitars from Rowen Poole, they just don't stand out in the way a guitar lover might prefer). Vocalist Karin Nicely seems to carry the show here; on the other hand, the instrumentation is creative and challenging, and a guitarist looking for 'outside' influences and arrangement concepts could get some excellent ideas here. For an all-around solid progressive rock album, fronted by talented female vocalists, give Persephone's Dream a listen.

alb Persephone's Dream was formed in 1993 when Rowen Poole (guitar/lyrics) and Chris Siegle (bass) began to play and write music together. They recorded their first CD "Evening Mirage" in 1997, and one cut was used repeatedly on the US soap opera "The Guiding Light". In 1998-99, the band added drummer Ed Wiancko and vocalist Karin Nicely and released their second CD "Moonspell". Later adding two more musicians, the band's first live performance was at the 2000 PowerMad. Their current CD has garnered favorable reviews, feature stories and reports of extensive airplay.

In addition to recording the band's CD, Poole and Siegle have recorded and released three other band's albums in their own studio, StarGlider Studios. Currently, they are working on an intensive project with a band called The Grimm, who hopes to have their album out sometime this year.

Contact Information
Pup-in-a-Cup Productions
P.O. Box 23611
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States

E-mail: Persephone's Dream
Web site: www.persephonesdream.com

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Gold Coast

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Fusing Latin, Caribbean and North African Influences

Latitudes is the debut CD from Gold Coast (guitarist Jon Coleman, percussionist John Pickell and bassist John Ugarte), a release which blends melodic compositions and arrangments with natural acoustic elements. Also appearing on the CD are Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Ndugu Chandler and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Gerald Albright on saxes and flute, and many others. Their smooth jazz style blends influences such as Caribbean, North African and Latin - kind of like if late-'90s era Rippingtons focused their style several notches deeper into world music. The track "Dunes" for example, conjures up a journey south from Morrocco, while the tropical-rainforest feel of "Gold Coast" is quite refreshing and will take you to the island paradise of your choosing. Coleman is an excellent, sensitive guitar player and seems to know exactly the phrasing to deliver an evocative statement. Of note, a portion of the proceeds from sales of their CD will be donated to cancer research projects.

pic Coleman, Pickell and Ugarte have composed, recorded and performed together since the 1980's throughout Los Angeles' jazz circuit, and most notably as the house band at The Lighthouse in southern California's South Bay area. Coleman, named Best Jazz Guitarist at the 2000 Los Angeles Music Awards, discovered his talent at age 11. He took classical guitar lessons for 15 years, then studied music and played in the early '70s while attending college. Colman hooked up with Pickell in 1980, then started the band Abracadabra with Ugarte, playing their final performance under that name in 1986. They reformed many years later to create Gold Coast, with all three band members participating in the writing and arranging work.

Coleman, for his part, would love to land a contract with a major music company. Thirty-five years of guitar playing have taken him this far, so certainly anything is possible.

Contact Information
Kam Kaminske
10304 Riverside Dr., Ste. 2
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
United States

E-mail: Gold Coast
Web site: www.goldcoastmusic.net

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