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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!

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Guest Artists!

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Chanson de l’Ange deftly combines Classical Crossover, Pop and atmospheric musical styles, drawn from the pages of Paisley’s epic Phantom of the Opera retelling. Chanson de l’Ange features original instrumental and vocal selections; with orchestrations by composer Nathan Allen Pinard, lyrics and melody by Bonnie Anne Pinard.

We are pleased to feature the talents of these guest artists!

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Welcome!

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Welcome to the official IMMORTAL ARIA website!  We hope you approve of our shiny new site and we invite you to explore the links and features, where you will discover information about the artists we work with, music samples, our store and other items of interest.

Chanson de l’Ange is the first CD under production by IMMORTAL ARIA; a CD of all original music and songs that cover several musical genres; from classical, to Gothic pop and classical crossover.

Under the pseudonym: Paisley Swan Stewart, Bonnie Anne Pinard is in the process of publishing her first novel series, Chanson de l’Ange. The Chanson de l’Ange CD will feature original music and songs that provide a soundtrack for the novel series, set for a Fall 2013 release.

We are thrilled with the artists who have recorded our original songs for this CD, and we are sure you will be too when you hear their artistry and the quality of their vocal work.

Toni Gibson, our featured artist, has recently released her first CD, now a best seller in New Zealand!  She is currently planning her first concert tour in Auckland, and from there will be branching out to Australia and the UK.  Toni is featured on 3 songs:  The Bleeding Rose, our first single now available for digital download from these outlets, the Chanson de l’Ange Aria, and Worlds Apart: a duet with Australian tenor Jay Weston.

Other artists in collaboration are:  Michele Karmin, Maria Lazareva, Carrie Shaw and Romeo Knight.  The CD will also feature several instrumental pieces composed by Nathan Allen Pinard, which we believe will create a unique listening experience when combined with the vocal tracks.

Due to working around our own busy schedules as well as the artists collaborating with us on this CD, progress is not moving as quickly as we would like, however we are confident that the time and care we take to produce this first effort will be well worth the wait!  Meanwhile, Bonnie Anne continues to compose more material inspired by the Chanson de l’Ange novel, so we are hoping to expand the original listing from 10 to 12 tracks and will perhaps be adding more artists in the next few months.

Thank you for visiting our site and have a musical day!

The AI Team