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Secret Space Program

by George Koller

original songs and covers, alternative, bluesy, jazzy and spacey
Genre: Pop: Ambient Pop
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1. Where Did They Go
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2. What Might Have Been
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3. City of Forgiveness
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4. Cool Water
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5. My Favourite Flower Is a Daisy
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6. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
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7. Desire
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8. Marie (Live)
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9. Compassion Blues / Child Eyes
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10. One Little Word
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11. Tranquillo
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12. Everybody Loves Somebody
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

“secret space program is just f—ing beautiful... what a beautifully personal album... and it's not technically jazz to me... it's just music... very impressed” Michael Wrycraft (juno award winning art designer and promoter of music)
“ drove around and listened to the cd .....It's beautiful and simple and real ...love the vocals.... it's a very cool cd and you're cool and the world is a cool place to be a cool person in.”
Marc Jordan (legendary songwriter/performer)
“I can hear the heart in you, in the heart of the songs. I give thanks for that heart, wherever it is found.
Jeff Bien (poet and writer extraordinaire)
“You establish a world that is yours my friend.Truly, this body of work is an open doorway to your heart
and soul” Dominic Mancuso (juno award winning singer and writer)
George Koller: vocals, acoustic bass, guitar, piano, sitar, diruba, producer, composer
George has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing, touring and recording credits in his expansive musical career. He has performed/ toured / recorded with Peter Gabriel, Holly Cole, Loreena McKennitt, Ian Tyson, David Clayton-Thomas, Phil Woods, The Shuffle Demons, Olivia Newton-John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Joe Sealy, Sharlene Wallace, John McDermott....just to name a few.


A prolific composer and producer and bassist, George also plays a variety of instruments; many of them featured on his award winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD entitled “ Music for Plants, Animals and Humans” He also has 9 solo recordings on the Solitudes/Avalon/Reflections labels (Cello by the Sea, India, Bali, Breathing for Relaxation, Peaceful Harmony, Zen Tranquility, Zen Harmony, Zen Serenity, Rest Well) . He has performer/bassist/ producer credits on over 1000 cd’s in all styles.
 George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “Bassist of the Year”

He has a Toronto Star Critics award and 2 “Porcupine” awards

Multiple film credits including “Such a Long Journey”, “Possible Worlds” , “Away from her” -George plays Sitar, Sarode, Dilruba, Tanpura and bass on these films

tracklist description:
(1) “ WHERE DID THEY GO ” music: George Koller, lyrics: David Clayton-Thomas originally written for the charity album “World Jazz for Haiti”...a song about news media, human behaviour around disasters, repetitive news reels, photos, breaking stories... until boredom sets in and the cameras look elsewhere. this is the most uptempo, jazzy tune on the record with cameo appearances from Mike Janzen (piano) , Ben Riley (drums), Steve Kennedy (sax)..GK on bass and vocal
(2) “WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN” music: George Koller, lyrics: David Clayton-Thomas during the making of David Clayton-Thomas’ cd “Combo”, George and David wrote this song....the mood is reflective and intimate...just solo piano and voice
(3) “CITY OF FORGIVENESS” music: George Koller, lyrics: GK and Daisy DeBolt
the song is about my experiences in Hiroshima...the sign says: “city of peace” as you enter town. The melody coming from looking out of a rainy hotel window. The true story of being given a forgiveness ceremony, the inclusion of Nagasaki as forever linked and never forgotten, all tied together with words that can be interpreted in different ways. Japanese songstress “Hisaka” joined me in singing the whole song, providing an east/ west texture and bridge.
(4) “COOL WATER” music: Bob Nolan
-an old cowboy tune about a prospector and his donkey “Dan” lost in the desert
and facing a waterless journey...the lyric narrator in the chorus encourages Dan to keep going and not to let his master be fooled by the mirages. The legendary Guido Basso (trumpet) joins George (bass and voice) on this spacious, impressionistic performance.
(5) “MY FAVOURITE FLOWER IS A DAISY” music: GK, lyric: GK and Jake DeBolt -when much loved singer /songwriter Daisy Debolt passed on, all of her friends were most certainly grieving for a long time...as she was full of fire and an inspirational presence in all the lives of those close to her. I wrote the lyrics back and forth online one day with her only son Jake...then set it to music, It was my medicine for healing and a tribute to an icon and friend Daisy Debolt.
(6) “I WISH I DIDN”T LOVE YOU SO” words and music by Frank Loesser
- I’ve always loved this song. I took a few liberties with some small details to help it fit the bass/voice only format...this was recorded in Thunder Bay while on a Rita Chiarelli session in 2007
(7) “DESIRE” music:GK. lyric: Trudy Artman
-an intimate, romantic, beachfront mood in a folk/pop setting.. Trudy Artman's lyrics came first, and I set the chords and melody around them...with a feeling of ocean waves and a light breeze with a campfire on the waterfront sand.
(8)”MARIE”(live) words and music: Randy Newman
-when I was asked to participate in the Randy Newman tribute at Hugh’s Room, Michael Wrycraft (curator/promoter) asked me to find a couple songs. This was one of the songs I chose...I love it...and I was able to include that very live performance on this album.
(9) “COMPASSION BLUES/CHILD EYES” music: GK, and Doc Doug Riley
-I’ve been playing classical Indian instruments all my life, and I adore the sound and tradition. My tune and Doug’s song are both full of different chord changes in their original versions. I decided to put our melodies over a drone only...to see what would happen...an Indian master vocalist suggested a few subtle note changes to make them work in the “Raga” domain....this is the result...Sitar with overdubbed dilruba in a duet.
(10) “ONE LITTLE WORD” music and lyric: Ian Thomas
playing with Ian Thomas over the last 10 years has been a true delight...this song was always one of my favourites..and apparently it was once a huge hit in Estonia...Ian said that he loved my cover of his tune and was fascinated by how the chords were easy to hear within the bass/voice only format.
(11) “TRANQUILLO” music: George Koller
this is a song that was composed on the beach with my Yamaha silent guitar..
going for a melodic shape over a groovy yet peaceful latin rhythm. This was recorded in one take on Ray Montford’s classical guitar.
(12) EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY” music/lyric: Coslow/Taylor/Lane
-since discovering the opening introductory verse in a Japanese book of standards,I was intrigued by what would happen if the song was slowed down and played with bass and voice only..I just love the melody and the vibe...so I do what i love
www.georgekoller.com
for interview requests or additional information please contact: Jane Harbury jane@harbury.ca Jane Harbury Publicity 416.960.1568



1) Where Did They Go
music: George Koller, lyric: David Clayton-Thomas
voice/bass: George Koller
piano/organ: Mike Janzen
drums: Ben Riley
sax: Steve Kennedy
recorded at #9 studios by Bernie Cisternas

2) What Might Have Been
music: George Koller, lyric: David Clayton Thomas
voice/piano: George Koller
recorded at #9 studios by Bernie Cisternas

3) City Of Forgiveness
music: George Koller, lyric: George Koller and Daisy Debolt
voice/guitar: George Koller
backing voice: hisaka
recorded at #9 studios by Bernie Cisternas

4) Cool Water
music/lyric: Bob Nolan
voice/basses: George Koller
trumpet: Guido Basso
recorded at #9 studios by Jason Steidman
remixed by Bernie Cisternas

5) My Favourite Flower Is a Daisy
music: George Koller, lyric: George Koller and Jake DeBolt
guitar/vocals: George Koller
recorded at #9 studios by Bernie Cisternas

6) I Wish I Didn't Love You So
music/lyric: Frank Loesser
bass/voice: George Koller
recorded in thunder bay(2007) by Paul Benedict

7) Desire
music: George Koller, lyric: Trudy Artman
guitar/voice: George Koller
recorded at #9 studios by Bernie Cisternas

8) Marie(live)
music /lyric: Randy Newman
voice/bass: George Koller
recorded live at Hugh's room by David Lang

9) Compassion Blues/ Child Eyes
music: George Koller(compassion blues)/ Doug Riley (child eyes)
sitar/dilruba: George Koller
recorded at #9 studios by Jason Steidman

10) One Little Word
music/lyrics: Ian Thomas
voice/bass: George Koller
recorded in thunder bay (2007) by Paul Benedict

11) Tranquillo
music: George Koller
guitar: George Koller
recorded at soundhole studio by Ray Montford

12) Everybody Loves Somebody
music/lyric: Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor and Ken Lane
voice/bass: George Koller
recorded in thunder bay (2007) by Paul Benedict

album cover design: Tomori Nagamoto
mastered by Bernardo Francisco Cisternas at #9 audio
ZSAN records 0017

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George Koller : Producer, Bassist, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Promoter

George has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing, touring and recording credits in his expansive musical career. He has performed/ toured / recorded with Peter Gabriel, Holly Cole, Loreena McKennitt, Ian Tyson, David Clayton-Thomas, Phil Woods, The Shuffle Demons, Olivia Newton-John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Harris, Eartha Kitt, Laila Biali, Eliana Cuevas, Bruce Cockburn, Valdy, Joe Sealy, Sharlene Wallace, John Mcdermott....just to name a few.

A prolific composer and producer and bassist, George also plays a variety of instruments; many of them featured on his award winning (HMV “fresh blood” grand prize) solo CD entitled “ Music for Plants, Animals and Humans” He also has 9 solo
recordings on the Solitudes/Avalon/Reflections labels (Cello by the Sea, India, Bali, Breathing for Relaxation, Peaceful Harmony, Zen Tranquility, Zen Harmony, Zen Serenity, Rest Well) . He has performer/bassist/ producer credits on over 800 cd’s.

George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for “Bassist of the Year”
He has a Toronto Star Critics award and 2 “Porcupine” awards
Multiple film credits including “Such a Long Journey”, “Possible Worlds” , “Away from her” -George plays Sitar, Sarode, Dilruba, Tanpura and bass on these films

Selected Producer Credits:
Big Miller…. Live in Calgary INDIE 1982
Toronto Tabla Ensemble…. Toronto Tabla Ensemble INDIE 1990
Molly Johnson…. Live at the Senator
Koller/Michels…. Singing Naked ZSAN 1994
George Koller…Music for Plants, Animals, Humans ZSAN 1993
Deanna Knight…. Shadow of a Star INDIE 1995
Ken Whiteley…. Listening BOREALIS 1997
Patricia O'Callaghan…. Naked Beauty MARQUIS 2004
Amanda Martinez…. Sola INDIE 2006
Hali Schwartz…. Sadhana, Nitya Mukt INDIE 2006
Eliana Cuevas…. Vidas INDIE 2008
DK Ibomeka… I'm Your Man Wychwood 2008
Songs of the World’s Children DIXON HALL MUSIC SCHOOL 2009
Rita Chiarelli Sweet Paradise
Koller Michels Bass and Voice
Fern Lindzon Two Kites (Juno Nominee)
Fern Lindzon Like a Circle in a Spiral
Shuffle Demons ClusterFunk
Turbo Street Funk To the Street
World Jazz For Haiti double album fundraiser for Haiti----23 artists
Maple Leaf Rising Sun album fundraiser for Japan
Laila Biali Tracing Light (Juno Nominee)


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