Jennifer DeFrayne's By a Wire is a beautiful piano-based instrumental album that expresses the emotional journey of everyday life. Sharing hopes, dreams and the stories we hold closest to our hearts, Jennifer is driven by a passion to 'connect with the wires' and an ability to speak through her music. By a Wire captures the listener with evocative performances that are heartfelt and inspirational.
"Music is the language from the heart, when you can't find the words to speak." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne
By a Wire was recorded at Imaginary Roads Studios in Vermont, with contributions from Charlie Bisharat (Yanni), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Fiona Joy, Jeff Haynes (Pat Matheny), Jeff Oster, Jill Haley, Noah Wilding, Rebecca Daniel (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Tom Eaton and Will Ackerman.
"Forged in the fires of personal loss and tempered by the inspiration of overcoming, Jennifer DeFrayne has crafted musical gold from the lead of life's challenges. Her sensitive piano melodies reflect a range of heartfelt emotions, from wistful remembrances to hope-filled dreams, and more. Co-produced by renowned Australian pianist Fiona Joy and Grammy winning Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, a number of A-list studio musicians accompany Jennifer on her profound musical journey, making this an evocative and deeply moving listening experience."
~ Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus
Jennifer grew up with a baby grand piano in the home, did not have any formal training, but fell in love with the piano at an early age, and began writing music when she was 8 years old. When she was 13 she was writing music that she would memorize and could preform for family and friends. She enjoyed sitting at the piano and just letting the music flow out, as her family and friends would listen to her improvise song after song. Most of her compositions have always come from an improvisational song writing approach, and most of the songs on "By a Wire" originated from them being improvised. She would hit record on her digital recorder when feeling creative, and would later listen back, and if they were something she wanted to keep, she memorized them. Jennifer is able to find inspiration for her music in many different areas of life, from growing up in a small town in northern Michigan, where the beautiful nature of the area inspired her, the loss of loved ones, the joys of children, to the inspirations of overcoming personal health challenges.
"The Piano is my haven amidst turmoil and loss and my happy place in times of joy. I will always run to it when I need to tap deeper into emotions. In some ways it saved my life." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne
"Jennifer DeFrayne's music comes from passion, emotion and a story worth telling. Her music is real and it is deeply touching." ~ Fiona Joy
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“One of the brightest lights in contemporary instrumental music, Fiona Joy is poised to move into stardom.”
Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records.
Australian pianist, producer & Singer Fiona Joy is known throughout the world for her melodic songs and lush arrangements, as well as her mesmerizingly ballet-like performance style on the concert stage. A prolific composer, she has always been interested in creating music that evokes images, emotions and stories; her latest series of works – the Signature collection, rolling out over the next two years – do just that in a very unique way.
Fiona’s upbringing was filled with music. She recalls that her father embracedAndrew Lloyd Webber's music, playing Jesus in the Tamworth Musical Society production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Her classical piano training is evident in her thematic and melodic compositions. Ravel's “Bolero” emerged as an early influence, she says, adding, "I loved it; I played it over and over and deconstructed every part.George Winston, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn also intrigued me.”
Fiona Joy, previously known as Fiona Joy Hawkins, is experiencing a breakout year in 2015, with multiple performances set for Australia, China and the USA in the first half of the year. No stranger to the awards circuit, her evocative piano and ethereal vocals earned her the global broadcaster’s choice as Best Instrumental Piano Album for her multi-format album 600 Years in a Moment at the 2013 ZMR Awards. She contributed a version of her song “Grace” to Winds of Samsara (Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman), an album that achieved notoriety by reaching #1 on the Billboard charts and winning a GRAMMY® for Best New Age Album in 2015. In recent years, Fiona Joy was also Runner Up for Best Instrumental Song in the International Acoustic Music Awards, nominated alongside Pete Seeger for Best LIVE Performance album in the Independent Music Awards, and an ARIA Finalist in 2008.
A poignantly spare solo version of Fiona’s song “Grace” is featured on her forthcoming album Signature – Solo, to be released in the U.S. by Tiny Island Records, a division of Blue Coast Records. Fiona recently signed to Blue Coast Records for high-fidelity recordings, as owner/producer Cookie Marenco has partnered with Sony Music to deliver hi-resolution music to discerning audiophile consumers. On choosing to record and market Fiona’s music, Marenco says, "Fiona's melodic solo piano and masterful performances are the perfect music to debut the kind of clarity double DSD audio brings to the home listener. Her music is a cross between George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication."
Concert reviewer Michael Diamond attended Fiona’s 2014 Throckmorton Theatre concert in San Francisco, writing “What I appreciated most was being able to listen and watch Fiona at the piano. The passion and elegance in her performance was breathtaking, as her flawless technique combined with pure emotional expression.”
Fiona enjoys musical collaborations, and has worked with Will Ackerman, T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Metheny), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Heather Rankin, Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax), Rebecca Daniel (ACO), plus many others.
Will Ackerman, founder of both Windham Hill Records and Imaginary Road Studios, has embraced and encouraged Fiona’s music stating, “Fiona’s Blue Dream album was the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35 year career of GRAMMY® Awards and gold /platinum records.”
Moving beyond co-producing her own recordings, in 2014, she and Ackerman co-produced the successful debut album of Jennifer DeFrayne, titled By a Wire. Jennifer was nominated as Best New Artist in the 2015 ZMR Awards.
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“Fiona’s Blue Dream album was the most ambitious project of my entire career and resulted in one of the most remarkable collaborations this genre has ever known. Blue Dream is unique and I’m as proud of it as anything I’ve ever worked on in my 35 year career of Grammy Awards and gold /platinum records.” Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
“Blue Dream represents the very best of this music genre and follows in the great tradition of artists such as George Winston. This beautifully crafted album has already been hailed in the US as a work of pure genius”. ABC Music Australia
“Hawkins enters the realm of masterfull” Smoothjazz FM.
“Kori's ‘Trillium’ project is a brilliant coalescence of acoustic and electronic music that carries the listener through an array of cinematic imageries to pure dancing in the aisles”.
Corin Nelsen - Imaginary Road Studio, Windham Hill
“There are many stunning moments on this fantastic multi-instrumental CD. Kori has a gentle, yet strident, piano style... in other words, her music doesn't invade you with overbearing penetration... rather it's like she's breathing through her fingers for you”.
Dick Metcalf - September 2009
“Kori Carothers is, without question a brilliant pianist and composer. What sets her apart, however, is the broad range of styles she utilizes so gracefully. Kori moves between the worlds of achingly beautiful acoustic piano composition and lavish keyboard production with remarkable ease. The result ‘Trillium’ a cohesive collection of compositions of stunning breadth and dynamic range, confidently held together by her singular musical voice”.
Will Ackerman - Founder of Windham Hill Records.
Produced by Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman
Mixed by the legendary engineer Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson,
Count Basie, Duke Ellington), Grammy Award winner Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios and Bryan Carrigan (Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt)
Mastered by Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering)
Chosen as a Top 25 CD for 2007 by both Echoes’ Listeners and Producers. WINNER - 2008 Independent Music Award - Best New Age Song ( Saturn Calling) On “True”, Oster’s flugelhorn and trumpet expands and goes beyond the themes of “Released”. Once again produced by guitarist and Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman, “True” maintains many of the characteristics of “Released” with sophisticated electronic looping, harmonized and multi-tracked flugelhorn lines and textured, ambient arrangements.
With its illusory edges and blurring of electric and acoustic textures provided by sound designer Brian Carrigan, “True” is deftly sequenced. It accommodates dark film noir moods on "This Place" along with the jubilant, uplifting "Mumbai”, a triumphant ode with a surging drum loop, Melissa R. Kaplan's wailing wordless vocals and Oster's clarion flugelhorn cries sounding the charge.
“There have been a million recordings of horn players, some of them utterly brilliant, but in all these recordings there has never been anyone who incorporates so many influences or blurs genres or traditions as gracefully as Jeff Oster does. The elements are familiar, but the synthesis is unique. This is a milestone recording”.
Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)
“Oster has an incredible talent for writing lush, visual music..”
R J Lannan - New Age Reporter