are generally frightened by diversity", states Luthier, Composer,
and Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Adams. "It does have its commercial
setbacks, but it's natural for me. I love the idea of unity within
diversity, so I try to encompass many cultures and traditions in music."
Adams was aa student of Ethnomusicology under
Dr. Joel Maring at Southern Illinois University where he became
interested in building ethnic and exotic musical instruments. Having
received commissions from folks like Daryl Hall, members
of Stevie Wonder, The Pointer Sisters, and others
was a rich reward in itself but, "making music was really my
first love. It was during this period that he began composing commercials
for such companies as The Siemans Corporation, Subaru, Motorola,
Caterpillar, John Deer, Bryant Air conditioning, Nordica Ski Boots,
Chrysler and others.
Next came his critically acclaimed debut album
Waves. Various' marriage of Jazz, New Age, World Music,
and other Ethnic traditions struck the right chord with many fans
and critics alike!! It was placed in the TOP FIVE of new releases
for 1990 by Musical Starstreams, the largest commercially syndicated
instrumental radio show in America.
Next came the World and rhythm Fusion oriented
Dancing On Global Bop, a fusion of elements that also
include Flamenco, Jazz, and a touch of Bluegrass. "John Deliberto
from the syndicated radio show ECHO's was an integral part
in it's success." Following was the acoustic fingerstyle guitar
View From The Plain. "This CD is my ode to the Prairie,
as well as a nod to folks like Aaron Copeland, John Fahey, Leo Kottke,
and David Grissman.
When Adams' friend Dave Hoffman left
for his world tour as Ray Charles' Trumpet/Flugelhorn soloist,
he dropped off a bag full of DAT tapes and the result was Hoffman's
absolutely beautiful From
Energy To Stillness . Adams said, "it's soulful,
organic, and honest. It's where I wish smooth jazz would have gone.
A large part of the artistic process is growth
and risk, and his album In
The Land Where I Come From was the next progressive
step. "I wanted the album to swing, and integrate my poetry
in a mystical/musical context. So, using harmonies with my voice
was the most logical choice." His
PROPERTY OF WATER was created with a sense of healing.
It's vehicle is meant to be a meditative journey AND won the best
album of the year award from WIND ANDWIRE
Magazine in 1998. Adams album
CHRISTMAS came next.. "I wanted to
keep the mood steady and acoustic throughout, so I focused primarily
on acoustic instruments such as Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, and Dulcimer.
created a band called THE
NEURONS with David Hoffman. It's prime motive was to
create a fusion of Dance, Movement, and Groove, using elements of
improvisation using ethinic and traditional instruments. SMOOTH
VIBES Magazine in Germany says "From
time to time I find music which is unusual, unique and original.
Not a copy of anything, a pathfinder and pioneer. Music that realizes
new ideas, instruments or styles.. That's THE NEURONS."
His love of the voice
of The Native American Flute resulted in FLUTE
MEDITATIONS For DREAMING CLOUDS. This meditative and
serene album utilizes traditional Natve Flute with middle eastern
sensibilities. This album has been downloaded 50,000 times since
being placed on the web site (Although available, it has not yet
been officially released.)
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