John Pedersen is a contemporary instrumental artist based in San Diego, CA who has released five excellent albums featuring his considerable keyboard skills and infectious melodies on piano and synthesizer. John usually includes guest musicians on his releases who play sax, flute, guitar, bass, percussion and drums to create a deeper dimension to the mix. 'White Owl' was released in June 1997 after seven months of recording at Mark Sarno's 'Session Artists' Studios in Escondido, CA. Using state of the art synths like the Kurzweil K2500 as well as the retro-analog sound of the Roland JX8P, John created a synergistic sound featuring old and new. The Emu Proformance Piano Module, Roland JV-880, Roland W-30 and the Kork X-3 were also used. Mark Sarno's live drums added more of an organic feel to the album, to complement John's electronic arsenal. Native American flute and beautiful strings were weaved into the fabric of this masterpiece. This was a concept album based on a short story written by John Pedersen entitled, 'The Story of White Owl'. It describes an encounter with an angelic shaman by the name of 'White Owl' and how this being was able to help a troubled person through some difficult times. The story, loosely based on events in John's life, was written to make sense out of the confusing maze that we call 'life'. The story is available by e-mailing John Pedersen. In addition to the co-production and graphic design services of Mark Sarno, a drawing by Escondido (CA) artist, Cynthia Zimmerman, ended up on the cover of the album. The album charted on the New Age Voice Top 100 at a peak position of #78 for several months and had considerable airplay on new age radio stations. With the release of John's fourth CD, 'Paradise', and the recent 2007 release, 'Groovidi', White Owl is winning over new fans as indicated by increasing internet sales, especially on iTunes. Monad FM, Mystic Age Radio, KCCK and WTUL-FM (New Orleans) have continued to play tracks from the album even 12 years after it's release. Additionally, 'Generally Gentle Radio' began airing, 'Free Flight', in Spring of 2008. Airplay on various 'new age' stations has persisted well into 2009, including inclusion on the cable based, MUSIC CHOICE. Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire Magazine wrote, 'White Owl is a well done blend of genres...a musical collage that holds together remarkably well. It's a recording that wears more than a few hats and does them all with flair and style'. Prior to White Owl's release, John and drummer Mark Sarno performed on New Year's Eve 1996 and previewed a spirited version of 'Free Flight' in the San Diego (CA) area. After the album was out, John performed at a number of street fairs and churches to promote the CD. John performed a number of 'White Owl' tunes at several concerts in 2006 resulting in additional sales. More shows followed in 2007/2008 at small venues, including BORDERS, with tunes from 'White Owl' being well received. Please listen to the audio samples of this classic new age album and discover what 'White Owl' can do for you, and then purchase this wonderful CD.
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