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Douglas King | New Age Classical Keyboard: Concert Sampler: Deceptively Simple Melodies, Vol. 12

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New Age Classical Keyboard: Concert Sampler: Deceptively Simple Melodies, Vol. 12

by Douglas King

If there is such a thing as New Age Classical then this is it. Listening to Douglas King is a fusion of Liz Story, George Winston, Michael Hedges, Jean Michel Jarre, and Keith Jarrett with Franz Schubert, Chopin, Mozart and J.S. Bach.
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3. A Walk
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4. Hallucination
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5. Surprise Ending
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Album Notes
If there is such a thing as New Age Classical then this is it. Listening to Douglas King is a fusion of Liz Story, George Winston, Michael Hedges, Jean Michel Jarre, and Keith Jarrett with Gabriela Montero, Ravi Shankar, Franz Schubert, Chopin, Mozart and J.S. Bach.

This album contains ambient analog recordings of live classical performances played at different times on different pianos at different venues including: the Wisconsin conservatory; the university of Wisconsin union, Mitchell hall and music hall; the elbow room nightclub; the international student association; the Milwaukee journal television studio; and the Sanctuary Congregation Emanu-el b’ne Jeshurun. The album offers acoustic transients that manifest serendipitous harmonics.

Douglas king is a former public service CEO who returned to his love of keyboard. After attending the prestigious Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, he won awards at juried piano competitions and filled concert halls. He played on television, in clubs and for special events.

Audiences of over a thousand people attended his performances. He received standing ovations and rave reviews in the press. Those who listened said they never heard anything quite like it before. Now a niche audience of adventurous listeners around the world follows his music.

Doug has written and recorded over 250 songs on a dozen previous albums. They are all radically different in style, sound and feeling. Some are relaxed; some are intense. Some are long; some are short. Some are fast; some are slow. Some are warm; some are cool. Some are rhythmic; some are halting. Some are familiar; some are odd.

The music is an eclectic collection of genres that defies category. The melodies are mesmerizing collages that weave into your mind like musical worms. They all have one thing in common:

They are deceptively simple melodies. You will remember how they made you feel.

Relax and enjoy something you have not heard before.

Douglas has chops for miles and has created some truly engaging music.
--Michael Gallant, executive editor, keyboard magazine

We’ve all heard stereotypes about new age music — plop a dude in front of a synth, punch up a patch with assorted arpeggios and modulation, have him hold down the same chord for 20 minutes, and call it meditation on the birth of a flower. Accepting that preconception as truth, though, would mean that you’d never hear gems such as Douglas King’s delightful deceptively simple melodies series, self-described as new age, classical, ambient, acoustic keyboard music. That does pretty much sum it up. Though arrangements remain sparse and unhurried, Douglas paints his musical watercolors with shimmering synth textures that bring to mind Joe Zawinul in sound design, harmonic landscape, and skillful performance. Meditative but never sleepy or overly simplistic, these tracks make clear another, more accurate truth: Douglas has chops for miles and has created some truly engaging music for your more chilled-out moments. His conscience matches his music, too — king donates profits from CD sales and appearances to Hospicecare, an end-of-life care organization in his native Wisconsin.
--Michael Gallant – executive editor, Keyboard Magazine

This guy is just amazing. I had no idea we were going to hear this on our television show today.
--Gretchen Colnick WTMJ TV Television

Keyboard artist Douglas king wowed an audience of over a thousand people with a stunning concert of jazz married to classical themes.
--The Milwaukee Journal

Every now and again, a recording artist knows exactly how to describe his or her music. Douglas king calls his gentle way with a piano new age classical ambient acoustic keyboard music. King delivers motifs with just enough embellishment to give his miniature melodies a heft that might otherwise escape them. King calls the tunes spontaneous moments that were captured, and it's a fitting match by combining king's pianistic imagination with his audience's need for pleasant, unobtrusive background sounds for their lives. That king donates all of his CD profits to a hospice organization only sweetens the deal.
--Jamie Lee Rake, Music Reviewer, the Shepherd Express News

Douglas king might have written the next American Film Institute’s best film soundtracks. Some of these are destined to become movie themes for films that have not been made yet. --Madison Film Festival

Douglas king has won the university of Wisconsin performance competition for the second year in a row. It was a full theater of over a thousand people waiting to hear him again and he did not disappoint! There seems to be no end to his creativity on the keyboard. No other performer has ever won two competitions until now. Just who is this guy?
--The University of Wisconsin Post
While downtown be sure to catch Doug king improvising in impromptu appearances at The Elbow Room downtown just off Water Street. --The Milwaukee journal
Claiming top honors, Doug king entertained the audience with a clever variation on Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D minor. Doug king is commonly acclaimed as one of the best pianists in the university and known for his clever keyboard artistry such as his often requested summertime in Greenwich Village which also won top honors for his performance.
--The University of Wisconsin Post

Relax with the soothing acoustic keyboard soungs of artist Douglas king. The musician combines elements of jazz, classical, eastern and Native American to create mellow melodies that are worth a listen
--Editors, Wisconsin Trails Magazine

We listened to it in its entirety one Saturday morning over coffee. Wow! I had no idea there would be so many different styles of music on one CD. We enjoyed it immensely. I am anxious to keep following Doug's music, please let me know when he releases more music. Really I am just so thankful to have been exposed to your artistic talents. Doug, your music evokes so many different feelings in people and that is what makes it just unforgettable. This is an exceptional CD! We love it!
--Jean Schneider

We like your wonderful music very much and enjoy it with our friends here in Germany.
--Christine and Duo Brumming

Your music is beautiful. You have touched a soul and a spirit.
--Georgiana Hopf

Really, I am just so thankful to have been exposed to your music. It is just unforgettable. This music is exceptional!
--Jean Schneider

On behalf of our patients and their families, thank you. Your CDs help us to continue our strong service to the community in caring for terminally ill patients and their families.
--Susan Derse Phillips, Hospicecare
We like your wonderful CD very much and enjoy this music with our friends here in Germany.
--Christin and Udo Brumming

How cool! I love this music!
--Susan Ruhde

I listened to your CDs all the way home. I love the music. I’ve been playing them back and forth in the car all week.
--Pat Kane

Your CDs are beautiful beyond belief!
--Pat Lohr

What extraordinary music. I absolutely love it!
--CherI Phillmore

Your CDs are wonderful!
--Dr. Laurel Robson

I listen to your CDs in the evenings to sooth the hectic day down before bed…it seems to work. I really love them.
--Nila Weldon

Your CD is wow – what great mood music!
--Pat Kandziora

I really enjoy listening to your CDs. Thanks for sharing your music.
--Peter Olson

The CD – it is fantastic!
--Claire Geiger

Nice! The CDs match the ambiance of our cozy relaxing den.
-- Rosie Wetsch

Your keyboard music is wonderful. We have been playing the as background music in our class at the community school all week.
--Sally Flood

What a talented man!
--Jean Schneider

Doug, your music is calming and awe inspiring.
--Dana Krepsky

This CD is wonderful.
--Dr. Kurt schuebel

You can definitely pat yourself on the back for this one. This is a phenomenal CD.
--Gerald Szafranski

A wonderful CD. I really, really enjoyed this CD! This music is so beautiful and relaxing! You have touched a soul and a spirit. I always knew Doug was a talented guy, but I did not know how talented! I have listened to it and it is absolutely beautiful
--Georgianna Hopf

I am glad you are still crazy enough to do this. A great CD!
--Steve Ventura

I put it into my Itunes and it is really very nice – kind of new age listening. It’s great!
--John Laub

This stuff is great! What a pleasant surprise! While growing up I was exposed to music at all levels. Thanks ever so much for this pleasant surprise.
--Sandy and Rita Sandsnes

Thank you for this wonderful CD. You are so very talented.
--Mary and Jim Richard

I remembered you said you were a keyboardist, but I had no idea what kind of keyboardist! Wow!
--Mike Koutnick

Your CD is fabulous! We especially love tracks 11 and 15 and the track called three blue mice!
--Sue and Shelby Kopp

I play it in my store for my customers to listen to every day.
--Marlee Van Camp

I simply cannot describe what it is that I am listening to! It is absolutely amazing!
--Arden Sandsnes

What an unexpected delight it was to enjoy your new CD of deceptively simple melodies.
--Terrance Ladwig

I knew from the snippets i'd heard that it was good listening, but only by hearing the entire CD am I realizing how talented a composer/performer you are, Doug.
--Helen Ladwig

You are a very talented man! Even my 12-year-old son, who is just now getting into pop music, said: hey, this guy is not half bad! if one can elicit this type of response from a pre-teen, you know you have it going!
--Dr. Kurt Schuebel

I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your CD. I listen to it a lot of times in my office and it helps me to stay relaxed! I am so happy for you in following your musical aspirations. You truly have a gift that many will enjoy!
--Lily Paquett

I just love this CD. It is so relaxing. I play it in the car on the way home.
--Carol Savage

Your CDs brought great interest and conversation among my friends. They were very popular with them. We have all been singing your praises!
--Ann Barrett

You said not bad? Hardly. It is not even good. It is outstanding! An intriguing juxtaposition of classical harmonics with solid chromatic jazz. I really like it!
--Keyboardist, Madison Symphony Orchestra

it is a pretty cool CD. Lots of nice movie themes. Makes great background music too. We have been playing it all afternoon.
--Madison Film Festival staff

Thank you so much for the copy of your CD. I have enjoyed it very much and I play it in the car to and from work.
--Susan Buckingham

Doug’s piano music is keeping me company. I really do like this CD. It should become very popular. It is a real keepsake.
--Patty Paquett

Doug, you can definitely pat yourself on the back for this one. I received your new CD in the mail early this week and have enjoyed it tremendously. I copied the CD to my Ipod and have been enjoying the background music at work. This is a phenomenal CD. I've even had 2 or 3 people ask where I got the CD and I gave them the links to the Itunes store.
--Gerald Szafranski

Thank you so much for sharing your music. I love how you played with so many classical themes. Continue having fun with your little adventure. As they say, do something you love and you will never work a day in your life.
--Pastor Jeff Jacobs

Your music is simply amazing. The CD is such easy listening, so relaxing,
Just makes your mind wander and feel content. I just don't know the
Right words to express the joyful feeling I get when listening to your
Music.
--Ken and Darlene Thompson

Douglas king makes art by stripping away all of the unnecessary; not by adding more.
--Keyboardist, Madison symphony orchestra
Douglas king crafts music as Chopin did with his short little preludes, which are definitely deceptively simple melodies! People have been humming them for hundreds of years.
--Keyboard Arts
Doug king ignores the restrictions of the twelve tone scale. It seems he plays between the cracks of the keys.
--Wisconsin Music Festival box office

Doug’s CDs, ahhhhhh………they certainly add ambience to a lazy mornings.
--Nancy Wolfgram

I was doing a healing service in my churches and I was casting about for some appropriate mood music to play while people came forward for anointing and prayer. Your music fit the bill perfectly, both calm and uplifting.
--Pastor Jeff Jacobs

We played your music for my husband’s funeral and it was beautiful.
--Nancy Bruno

We selected your music to play during visitations at our Ellestad-Camacho funeral homes. It has provided comfort to help us provide creative, personalized, and meaningful ways for all members of our community to honor the dead, celebrate a life well-lived, and move toward healing.
--Diego Camacho

Your CD is wow – what great mood music!
--Pat Kandziora

We just heard the clip of one of his songs and it is just beautiful. We have been playing it over and over all day long.
--Dexter and Cynthia Jones

We love this music.
--Dr. And Mrs. Robert Glinert

I played your new CD over and over for three days until my husband finally made me turn it off!
--Helen Ladwig

I play your music as a centering and calming backdrop in the morning. You are so instinctive and creative with your chords and voicing.
--Leigh Leonard

Simply amazing! I play it as background music in my classroom for my students.
--Cynthia Jefko

A wonderful CD. This music is so beautiful and relaxing! You have touched a soul and a spirit. I always knew Doug was a talented guy, but I did not know how talented! I have listened to it and it is absolutely beautiful
--Georgianna Hopf

The music was very pleasant and enjoyable. The CD is so professional. I never knew you were at the Wisconsin conservatory. Would you sign my CD?
--Pat Kandziora and Rosie Wetsch

This is a wonderful CD. It is all you said it would be and more. I am anxious to take it with me to Door County for my sister to listen to.
--Marilyin Cummins

Wow! I did not think you could get sounds like that…! I hope Hospicecare benefits greatly!
--Pastor Jeff Jacobs

immense thanks for reaching out and sharing your special magical gift of creating music. Your CD is truly a delight and very lovely.
--Kathleen May

I am really enjoying the sampler CD! You are really a great artist. Enclosed is a donation to support future CDs and Hospicecare. Keep up the great work!
--Carol Ames

I will enjoy this CD for years to come! Junie loves you!
--June Gander

I play it in my car on the way home. I love tracks 17, 19 and 22!
--Maudie Houston

I have enjoyed your CD immensely. Your music is passionate! Good for you yoda, good for you!
--Roxanne Moore

I played your new CD over and over for three days until my husband finally made me turn it off!
--Helen Ladwig

This CD is very pleasant and we play it in the car on our trips. The other CD well, you hit that one out of the park!
--Gerald SzafranskI & Alan Snopek

I have played Doug's wonderful CD over and over, while guests were here, and just while I was working or reading. The music is so soothing and pleasant – it seems to speak of having a nice day. How exciting to know that other people feel connected to your music!
--Patricia Paquett

I enjoy your CD very much. It is very relaxing.
--Pat Clark

it is a pretty cool CD. Lots of nice movie themes. Makes great background music too. We have been playing it all afternoon.
--Madison Film Festival staff

Thanks for your wonderfully strange and alluring music.
--illinois john fever

Doug, you can definitely pat yourself on the back for this one. I received your new CD in the mail early this week and have enjoyed it tremendously. I copied the CD to my ipod and have been enjoying the background music at work. This is a phenomenal CD. I've even had 2 or 3 people ask where I got the CD and I gave them the links to the Itunes store.
--Gerald Szafranski

Thank you so much for sharing your music. I love how you played with so many classical themes. Continue having fun with your little adventure. As they say, do something you love and you will never work a day in your life.
--Pastor Jeff Jacobs

On behalf of our patients and their families, thank you. Your CDs help support Hospicecare allowing us to continue our strong service to the community in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Your generosity will help us meet the costs of caring for those individuals and their families who lack adequate insurance or personal resources.
--Susan Derse Phillips, Hospicecare



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