James Sera | Reality of the Fantasy

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Reality of the Fantasy

by James Sera

Emotionally driven solo acoustic guitar soundscapes. Instrumental music that crosses many genres. Atmospheric, Ambient, Psychedelic, Neo-Folk, Neo-Classical and a dash of American Primitive are a few words that can be used to describe the music.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wish
6:32 $0.99
2. The Ascension
6:46 $0.99
3. Day of Celebration
4:10 $0.99
4. A Moment in Time
6:26 $0.99
5. Chemistry in Motion
5:22 $0.99
6. Awakenings
7:11 $0.99
7. In the Evening
5:37 $0.99
8. Reality of the Fantasy
6:35 $0.99
9. Someway, Somehow
5:45 $0.99
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
On his debut disc, James Sera takes the art of solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar in bold new directions.

Sera is an accomplished player who is also a guitar instructor. However, he is also adept at spinning compelling six-string yarns.

The compositions are intricate and delicate, but they also have an edge that is often not found in this kind of recording. This is due to Sera's use of alternate tunings and his unique arrangement of intros, bridges, and chord progressions.

Often, Sera's smooth, effortless playing will draw you in and set you up to think you know what's coming up next. That's where Sera shakes things up, charting unexpected paths that are ultimately satisfying and thrilling.

This is definitely an acoustic excursion worth taking, especially for enthusiasts of solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Flowers in a musical garden can grow from many kinds of seeds. Some are seeds of love, joy, and bright sunny days, while some are seeds of shadow, sorrow, and searching. The music on James Sera’s album Reality of the Fantasy is like a mixed bouquet grown from a diversity of seeds. Having been deeply influenced by many of the well-known acoustic solo instrumentalists who have graced the Windham Hill label, it was like a dream come true for James when Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman heard potential in the tracks James sent him and he was invited to the producer’s famed Imaginary Roads Studio to record with him and Grammy winning engineer Corin Nelsen.

The opening track, entitled, “Wish,” serves as an introduction and the albums’ “once upon a time…” With gentle fingerstyle guitar picking, James sets a light dreamy tone. I liked that the piece was not locked into a common verse, chorus, bridge arrangement and had an organic flow with sometimes unexpected turns. On the next song, “The Ascension,” different colors from James emotional palate are portrayed in slightly darker more muted tones, evoking a pensive, searching feel in comparison to the go-with-the- flow vibe of the preceding piece. However, the clouds part and the sun comes out again on “Day of Celebration,” which for James signifies the feeling of “the joy of a birth or a first dance at wedding – a moment of love.” One of my favorite tracks was a song called “Awakenings,” which employed some exotic chord voicings that created an evocative ambience as it wandered through a forest of feelings. The melodies in the title track, “Reality of the Fantasy,” are not always what we would expect, and sometimes digress in surprising ways. James has a characteristic arpeggiated fingerpicking style that is woven throughout his music, yet with variations in tempo, chord changes, motifs, and emotions. The album was created a tumultuous time in James’ life, and the music expresses the ebb and flow of his journey. With songwriting for his next album already underway, it will be interesting to see what the future holds musically for talented guitarist James Sera.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www..michaeldiamondmusic.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Reality of the Fantasy" is the debut solo acoustic guitar album by James Sera, a New York-based graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology. A devoted and passionate guitarist from a very young age, Sera’s maturing style of finger-picking is lush and intimate - sometimes folkish, sometimes more ambient or new age, always uniquely his own. The music for Reality of the Fantasy was crafted in collaboration with Grammy-award winning producer/engineer Corin Nelson at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont after in-depth consultations with Ackerman himself. Drawing his inspiration from his own experiences as well as inner reflection, Sera’s music is deeply personal, conveying emotions such as melancholy and anger as well the frustrations of everyday life. Reality of the Fantasy is also a quest to find harmony in a world of dissonance and discord, giving the music a calming, hypnotic quality. All nine tracks are 5-7 minutes long, giving each piece time to develop and the listener time to get lost in the magic of the music.

"Reality of the Fantasy" begins with “Wish,” a silky-smooth piece that feels like a warm, peaceful daydream. Although there are no guitar pyrotechnics, it is obvious that Sera is a master of his instrument as he plays several voices at once, sounding more like an guitar duo or trio than just one artist. Okay, I’m hooked! “The Ascension” slows the tempo and goes a bit darker and more intense. Very introspective and almost mournful at times, this piece is a beauty (and a favorite!). “Day of Celebration” lifts the mood considerably, evoking images of rural Americana and perhaps a guitarist sitting on the porch, expressing his innermost thoughts with his guitar. “A Moment in Time” is another favorite. Again rather moody and reflective, the strong melody and wonderful guitar playing go right to the heart. I also really like “Chemistry in Motion,” which has a lightness to the touch and an easy-going tempo, but is actually rather dark and moody. It was apparently inspired by Sera’s love of horror movie music! In the CD liner notes, the title track reiterates the adage, “Hope for the best....prepare for the worst,” so it’s no surprise that this piece expresses a variety of moods and emotions with a certain amount of drama. “Someway, Somehow” is a song of hope. Uplifting and optimistic while remaining grounded, it’s a beautiful closing to an exceptional debut!

If you like solo acoustic guitar music that tells a story and comes from the heart, but sure to check this one out! Recommended!