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Classical Crossover Music: The Angel’s Song!

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Classical Crossover Music to Feed the Soul

Immortal Aria’s debut album “The Angel’s Song” is now available for purchase! This album features many talented classical crossover artists performing original works! We thank you for your support, and hope to continue creating our unique brand of music in the years to come. The Angel’s Song, is the first production by IMMORTAL ARIA: A collection of original music inspired by the novel “Chanson de l’ange” by author, Paisley Swan Stewart. The Angel’s Song, deftly combines Classical Crossover, Pop and atmospheric musical styles, drawn from the pages of Paisley’s epic Phantom of the Opera retelling.

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Throwback Thursday~The Shepherd’s Call

One of the greatest joys a musician can have is participating in the creation of music. For composers, songs and music find various pathways into the listening world. Some argue that writing music is a technical process which involves a certain mechanism of the human brain…but there are some melodies that when first heard, resonate so richly in the heart and the ear that you may think you have heard them before-or that they have always been.

I can think of several well known melodies which fit that description: “O Danny Boy” comes immediately to mind; “Silent Night”; Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, and for fans of classical music, well known arias like “O Mio Babbio Caro”. These pieces are imbued with an emotional component that, depending on your personal taste in music, can easily evoke a special time or place in your life.

This was my experience when I first heard Nathan’s composition The Shepherd’s Call. I remember hearing the first strains of this Celtic inspired piece years ago wafting up from our basement home studio. I literally stopped what I was doing and drew in my breath at the beauty of it. And not just the beauty of it, but the haunting familiarity of it; as if I had heard that melody before, long ago-like the resonating sweetness of a beautiful dream one faintly remembers upon waking up. I listened as Nathan orchestrated the track then recorded the solo part on a 10 dollar penny whistle. I racked my brain trying to recall where I had heard that music before and figured it was from some popular film soundtrack. It was instantly hummable and it delicately hurt my heart-but in that good way music can sometimes hurt.

Later when I questioned Nathan about what he had been playing, when he told me it was his own composition I was floored. Not that I didn’t think him already capable of writing gorgeous music. I just didn’t know he could write THAT kind of gorgeous music.

Although the piece has been performed live twice; once by a full college orchestra and once by a small church orchestra-The Shepherd’s Call has been under wraps for a number of years, just waiting for the world to discover it. Our intention for this piece is to turn it into an actual song to be recorded by Celtic vocalist http://siobhanowen.com

The lyric has not even been written yet, and who knows if it will even retain the working title of The Shepherd’s Call, but please enjoy this rare recording of the instrumental version, certain to transport you to a familiar, heart tugging moment in time…and have a musical day!

Bonnie Anne~the IA team

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In The Beginning … There Was Music!

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Concept cover graphic done in the early years of the writing of Chanson de l’Ange.

Have you ever read a book and heard a soundtrack in your head as you scanned through the pages?  Some books just seem to demand music behind the story, and even for those folks who have no musical talent or background, they may recall a piece of music or a song that could fit right in with a favorite novel.

In the writing of her novel Chanson de l’Ange, from the very first Bonnie Anne could “hear” music as she typed the words; music that heightened the atmosphere of a certain scene or moment in the story, making it come more alive.  Given that her novel takes place in the musical world of opera, song lyrics and theatrical performances are threaded throughout the unfolding plot-so it was only natural that she take song lyrics from the book and compose melodies, in addition to writing songs inspired by characters in the novel.

Long before Immortal Aria was founded, Nathan and Bonnie Anne were a song writing team.  As recorded on the “ABOUT” page, prior to Chanson de l’Ange they had collaborated on a number of projects, so in 2006 when Bonnie Anne wrote the Chanson de l’Ange aria (later recorded by Toni Gibson for the CD), Nathan agreed to orchestrate.

Soon after, based on specific scenes from the novel, he composed a couple of instrumental scene music pieces with a cinematic flair, and this led Bonnie Anne to compose more songs as they came up with the idea for a full CD of original music; a companion to the novel.

Although the first song was composed in 2006, with real life schedules and other personal issues getting in the way, the project didn’t really get off the ground until this year, and Immortal Aria is thrilled that the Chanson de l’Ange CD production is finally in full gear!

Over the past year, in working with the artists collaborating on the Chanson project, Nathan and Bonnie Anne began to see the potential for other independent projects outside the Chanson de l’Ange CD, so in the spring of 2013 they decided to form their own “group” and named it Immortal Aria.

Immortal Aria is now looking ahead to writing and composing future CDs; working with other musicians and recording artists to create the kind of music they love.

We hope you will follow us along this journey…and we wish you a musical day!

The IA team

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InRandom.com: The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

A good friend of ours over at InRandom.com wrote an article about us. Check it out here, or click on the link leading to the article at InRandom.com.

http://inrandom.com/immortal-aria-the-words-of-chanson-de-lange-intricately-woven-into-orchestral-works/

About inRandom: “Angie and I decided to create inRandom when we wanted a place to express ourselves as mothers, as wives and as women; a place we could go to open ourselves up when the world felt claustrophobic. inRandom began as a word that referred to acts of kindness, which were without intention or expectation. Now it has expanded to encompass many things about ourselves: our stories, our hopes, our ideas, passions, beliefs and vision. “

 

The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

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I believe there are people who are born to imbue us with beauty through artistic talent. As if it is a part of their nature to create the ebb and flow of the universe into something tangible that we can see, touch, smell, taste or hear. I’ve always been slightly envious of these creators, especially those that have become pieces in my life.

Nathan Pinard and I bumped into each other while I was spending time in the Machinima community where many artists used their skills to create movies from MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game). I had shared about his original pieces in Gemini Rue last year. He has a natural talent for evoking emotion through his music that is awe inspiring, but it wasn’t until he had recently asked me to take a peek at his new website that I really grasped the magnitude of his art. The soundtrack for Gemini Rue was incredible, but I honestly think that his new work for Immortal Aria brings out his essence and true artistic capabilities.

Immortal Aria is a collaboration of Nathan and Bonne Anne Pinard’s talents. Bonne Anne is not only a talented musician and songwriter, but she is also known as Paisley Swan Stewart, the author of Chanson de l’Ange – a 3 part series re-telling of Phantom of the Opera. After noticing that her son Nathan had a gift for orchestrating music, she encouraged him in his art and together they had created Immortal Aria. Their first CD, The Bleeding Rose, is based on the original songs and story from her novels.

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Vocalists & Musicians Featured on The Bleeding Rose is:

To showcase the incredible talent of Immortal Aria, here is a featured lyrical video of The Bleeding Rose, with vocalist Toni Gibson and violinist Maria Lazareva. This specific piece is inspired and based on the 2nd book in Chanson de l’Ange of the same name.

“The Bleeding Rose continues Christine’s journey into an unorthodox attachment to her invisible teacher, and a bond of obsession and music is forged as her dark Angel methodically makes himself known. Through the illusory dreams of her adolescent desires, Christine will discover that not all angels have wings and not all devils are what they seem to be…for there are two sides to the Angel’s enchanted mirror.”

I believe The Bleeding Rose orchestral and operatic piece is an elegant compliment to the inspired vision of the original Phantom of the Opera. The lyrics come directly from The Bleeding Rose novel and are sung with such poetic passion that it makes you ache. I hadn’t heard of the 3-part series until being introduced to Immortal Aria, but after hearing the words dancing in the air it makes you want to consume the story along with the music. What better way to spend an evening then reading by candlelight with a glass of wine while Immortal Aria whisks you away into some other realm of beauty?

Take a moment to listen. These are incredibly talented and gifted creators and musicians, but most endearing is that they are also family. We strive to push our children towards their dreams, to uplift and inspire them to become what they desire above all things and I feel that Bonne Anne Pinard & Nathan Pinard, with their creation of Immortal Aria, is the manifestation of that hope.

Connect: You can find more information about Immortal Aria and upcoming releases by visiting their Facebook Page and/or @ImmortalAria on Twitter. You can listen to available tracks on their Youtube Channel and find more information on the inspired novels by Paisley Swan Stewart on Chanson de l’Ange.

Purchase: You can purchase the single The Bleeding Rose on iTunes & CDBaby.

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Throwback Thursday~A Performance From 1974

In the spirit of the internet sensation, Throwback Thursday, Immortal Aria will be sharing photos, videos and music every Thursday to celebrate (or be embarrassed by) our past accomplishments.  This week’s #tbt is a performance by Bonnie Anne Pinard at her high school senior spring concert, where she sang this aria from Leonard Bernstein’s MASS.  Bonnie was eighteen at the time and way back then they did not have cell phones or portable video recorders, so please excuse the stagnant image!

Years later, Bonnie was informed by her choir director’s wife that a very special guest had been sitting in the audience that night.  The guest was Robert DeCormier, (http://www.singers.com/arrangers/Robert-DeCormier) a personal friend of the choir director.

When Mr DeCormier thumbed through the program and saw that a high school student was attempting to sing this very challenging piece of music, he was overheard to say that no high school student could pull it off.  Following Bonnie’s performance, he went backstage to the choir directer and expressed his shock and pleasure that the soloist could have been taken for a college student, and that she had indeed performed the song beautifully.

Enjoy!