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Dreams for a Better Tomorrow

by Alejandro Santoyo

Alejandro Santoyo's combination of depth, beauty, harmony, and emotion in this beautiful album will uplift the listener's soul, and bring hope through his gorgeous music, for a better tomorrow. It comprises heartfelt piano solos and full-orchestra tunes.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Legends of Love
4:18 album only
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2. New World
4:01 album only
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3. Leaving Behind
3:29 album only
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4. Home Again
4:26 album only
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5. Nostalgia
3:19 album only
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6. Amor
2:58 album only
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7. Hope
5:03 album only
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8. Awakening
4:02 album only
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9. Lullaby
4:13 album only
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10. Nenita
3:31 album only
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11. Soft Touch
3:02 album only
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12. Morning Light
3:31 album only
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13. The March of Time
3:55 album only
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14. Embrace
3:38 album only
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15. It's All Right
3:19 album only
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16. Happenstance
3:45 album only
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17. Just Us
3:53 album only
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18. The Miracle of Life
8:06 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As he demonstrates on his new album, Dreams for a Better Tomorrow, Alejandro Santoyo is not only a world-class pianist, but also an exceptional composer, arranger and producer. This multi-talented musician does it all on this passionate full-length recording, whether playing solo piano pieces, compositions backing his piano with select instrumentation, or large-scale ensemble modern-orchestrations. The common threads in each type of arrangement are his heartfelt piano playing and his memorable melodies which are utterly beautiful.

Santoyo is an internationally-acclaimed musician who has developed his own unique sound. His music’s special energy carries the listener into a deeply evocative journey, inviting his audience to write their own story, to create their own images as they listen. Santoyo’s sound projects hope, passion and deep emotion. It also can be very moving, gentle and romantic. Most importantly, his soulful sounds and piano playing gently caress and uplift the listeners soul.

Santoyo studied at the prestigious Berkley College of Music in Boston and has obtained his Master’s Degree in Musical Theory and Composition from the University of New Mexico. He has performed solo concerts to enthusiastic audiences, including large venues such as the International Mayan Festival in Yucatan, and the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City. In the US, he has written music for PBS-TV, and composed music for Shakespeare dramas, such as Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet, which he performed live during the performances. Santoyo’s Symphony, “Child’s Play”, was premiered on Dec. 12, 2018, by the DMA symphonic orchestra at the Baldwin Auditorium of Duke University in NC, and received a standing ovation.

Santoyo’s music is positive, stirring, joyful, and emotional: “Through my music, I want to instill hope in a positive future for all of us. I am a dreamer and an idealist; imagining a better tomorrow is the first step before turning it into reality. Hence, the intent of this album is to generate positive and profound emotions, encourage introspection as well as deep empathy. It is meant to remind us, through the magic of sound, of a universal goal of acceptance, kindness, and respect.

With “Dreams for a Better Tomorrow” Santoyo pushes that message forcefully. “I have a self-imposed responsibility to help build a better consciousness. This is my philosophy. I want to bring my contribution by lifting people’s spirits, generating a peaceful and loving feeling in their minds. I have been working toward this idea since the beginning.”

You can follow this journey of hope, determination, love, energy and emotion throughout “Dreams for a Better Tomorrow”, where each mood is conveyed in a different song.


Story Behind the Songs

The album begins with a powerful and orchestral piece, “Legends of Love”, in which Santoyo revisits “a mythical and romantic Romeo and Juliet story, where everything plays against two lovers. However, in this case, love is actually triumphant.” The composition “New World” with its dynamic piano, horns and drums reflects Santoyo’s belief that humanity is heading towards “a united consciousness and a new way of perceiving, thinking, loving, and forgiving.” For this to happen, there has to be a time of “Leaving Behind” our mistakes, which Santoyo evokes in his next mystifying piano solo piece.

The uplifting tune “Home Again” was inspired by Santoyo’s encounter with a homeless woman who shared with him an essential wisdom: The only place that will make you happy and feel at home, is a mental one, where one can feel whole and in peace. In “Nostalgia”, beautiful piano and guitar intertwine and evoke “unforgettable moments that have touched our souls”. Santoyo calls the graceful solo piano piece “Amor” a “hymn to pure, tender love.” The vigorous piano music of “Hope” embodies “my desire for a better unified future”. “Awaken”, is a rhythmic, pulsating tune about “the magic we’re capable of when people work in harmony.”

Santoyo’s album also captures the intimate side of life -- family, women, children, beauty, softness and warmth. “Lullaby”, with its lush and dreamy arrangement, leads us to soothing relaxation and rejuvenation. “Nenita” is “a delicate piano solo hymn to all women and their gentle spirit and beauty.” “Soft Touch”, with dainty piano, strings and guitar, represents those moments of bliss in our lives. “I imagine the love of God as he reaches down to gently touch our souls with love, like the Michelangelo’s painting The Creation of Adam.” Santoyo’s inspiration for the graceful piano solo tune “Morning Light” was “that magical and tranquil moment when the sun gently comes in through the window in the morning...”

The album continues with “The March of Time”, which slowly builds up with a full string orchestra and drums. There, Santoyo explores the inescapability of time : “It is undeniable and unstoppable, but if we accept its unavoidable “march” and passing, then we might find that everything is moving forward as it should”. Hence, the forceful piano tune “Embrace” is an encouragement to acceptance and forgiveness, leading to the next inspiring song “It’s All Right”. The next number on the album titled ‘Happenstance’ is a romantic piano solo piece celebrating our synchronicity with the universe. The composition “Just Us” is about unity and peace when we all come together. The album ends powerfully with “The Miracle of Life,” a breathtaking and haunting eight-minute symphony that draws on piano and full orchestra as a celebration of “our greatest gift: the life we have been given”. It's an enduring hymn that has no wish to end, like life itself..."

Bio:

Santoyo was first introduced to the violin and guitar when he was five years old. Yet at seven, when his mother bought him a piano, it was a revelation: “When I sat at the piano for the first time, I felt like I was in front of a huge kingdom with endless sound combination possibilities…” Soon after that, he started composing. Santoyo’s musical influences come from a wide range of composers such as the classics: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, film music composers Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone, jazz pianists Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea, pop artists Sting and Adam Levine, and new age musicians Yanni, Vangelis, and Enigma.

Born in the United States, Alejandro (pronounced ah-le-hahn’-dro) has also lived in Latin America and Europe, and speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently. As a teenager, Santoyo was a member of the famed boys band “Microchips.” He toured extensively and performed regularly on Spanish-language television broadcasts throughout North and Central America. He moved on to performing in a prominent rock band in Mexico City and jammed with famous bands such as Guns N Roses and Poison. After his Master’s degree, Santoyo decided to focus on his lyrical creative side and started producing his own music. He has released five Albums including a Christmas one last December 2018, and his compositions have been commissioned by dance and theater companies such as Shalleigh Dance Works (NC) and Naropa University Theatre (CO). Recently, Santoyo was commissioned to write the full score for a six-part PBS television documentary, Fiesta Quinceañera (the full film version was broadcast nationally on the TV program ‘Real South’, on April, 2019). Santoyo also gives solo concerts internationally.

More information on Alejandro Santoyo is available on his website alejandrosantoyo.com. “Dreams for a Better Tomorrow”, is available at all major online sales sites such as CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, etc. You can also follow the artist on Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Google Play, his Youtube Channel “Alejandro Santoyo (Pianist and Composer)”, and Instagram and Facebook: @alesantoyopiano





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Helena Dee

ALEJANDRO SANTOYO ALBUM OFFERS EVERYTHING FROM PIANO SOLOS TO ORCHESTRATIONS
The new album (Dreams For A Better Tomorrow) by pianist and keyboardist ALEJANDRO SANTOYO shows the scope and extensive breadth of his talent. First is the fact that nearly half of the 18 instrumental tunes are solo piano, so very melodic and simply beautiful. The other half of the recording features piano with other instrumentation (full orchestra or a string section, horns, woodwinds, bass, drums, electric guitar, harp, percussion, synth and more!). This artist does it all -- soft-and-slow, uptempo-and-vibrant, gently romantic or grandiose-uplifting -- everything with a powerful feeling. And, as you can tell by the album title, Santoyo also feels strongly about making the world a better place. This album is highly recommended.
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A J Smith

Gorgeous Album! Highly Recommend!!!
Beautiful !!! The whole album is wonderful, every song, from beginning to end. Every track is a delight to listen to.
I highly recommend this album to anybody who enjoys beautiful instrumental music. It will uplift you!
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Eduardo Maldonado

DREAMS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
THIS MAGNIFICENT ALBUM really took me to a new world, a better world. It is vibrant and it touches the soul. I went from willing to dance to a deep awakening of new insights. THE MARCH OF TIME actualy opened several doors or a new door several times to other world.
Great performance, great sensitivity and limitless creativity from Alejandro Santoyo. Thank you for this new Album, a Great Album!
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