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Window to the World

by Laurie Z.

Laurie's masterful debut album of original upbeat songs features upbeat orchestration, sonic excellence, and has a strong melodic flow that engages you from the first song. A sweetly passionate blend of classical, modern jazz and new age.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Explorer
4:31 $0.99
2. Summerland
4:27 $0.99
3. A Reflection of Ourselves
7:19 $0.99
4. It's a Jungle in Here
5:22 $0.99
5. A Night at the Improv
5:46 $0.99
6. Window to the World
3:33 $0.99
7. Folk Hero
4:33 $0.99
8. City Lights
3:41 $0.99
9. The Waterfall
5:58 $0.99
10. Just Beachy
3:39 $0.99
11. Promise to Forever
5:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Window To The World is energetic, lushly stylized synth music by a virtuoso artist with a lifetime of music to back her imagination. Laurie Z.'s classical background is beautifully evident while she introduces original melodies and a broad spectrum of synth sounds within a mellow jazz aura. Wonderful wild synth that never becomes discordant; always rich, moving and upbeat. Wonderfully rich instrumental music composed and arranged with all the instruments performed on keyboard by Laurie Z. is equally suited for active listening or as an enriching complement for any occasion. Recommended if you like Yanni, George Winston, Suzanne Ciani.

Classically trained from the age of 4, influenced by Beethoven, Mozart, Beatles, Alan Parsons, Elton John and Bruce Hornsby, Laurie is remembered for the memorable melodies in her compositions.

\"The rhythms are upbeat, the songs original, the recording rich and sensual. An enormous talent.\"
~ J. Lou, The Secret Guide To Music

\"Energetic, lushly stylized synth music by a virtuoso artist with a lifetime of music to back her imagination. Her classical background is beautifully evident in \"A Reflection of Ourselves\", featuring piano keyboard interweaving with acoustic guitar rhythms. It\'s hard to tell that these are synth and not acoustic instruments. The subtle flowing beauty of Laurie\'s compositions is showcased in \"The Waterfall\" with delicate phrases, a beautiful closing to a richly satisfying album. She keeps the sound layers in a perfect balance, creating richness without chaos or loss of the integrity of each sound and rhythm... Always rich, moving, upbeat.\"
~ Acacia, Heartsong Review

\"I can see why this album is among CMC\'s most popular. Laurie Z. is an artist with popular appeal, creating a tuneful blend of classical, modern jazz and new age. I listened to \"Promise to Forever\" about eight times in a row when the CD first arrived! All the tracks from this CD are in rotation at WSUP.\"
~ Steven Olaf Dahlquist, WSUP Radio

\"This soothing release draws the listener into a sonic environment that flows seamlessly from one theme to another... Laurie Z. is creating expansive, texturally rich new age soundscapes.\"
~ Music Access Monthly

\"Laurie Z., on multi-synthesizers, weaves sophisticated compositions pulsating with heart and rhythmic vitality.\"
~ Carol Wright, NAPRA Journal

\"I find myself playing it over and over again, never getting tired, and always wanting more. From a musical point of view, the use of instruments is exceptional. Sounds flow smoothly, mix perfectly, and have an excellent touch of realism.\"
~ Ron Wallace, Aftertouch Magazine



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G.M. Grena

Open the Window of your Spirit!!! Listen to Laurie Z.!!!
Prepare your spirit for take-off!!! Your musical journey begins with The Explorer, an electronic, finger-snapping adventure to a place you never want to leave... at least until the next song, Summerland, where you can play on your own private beach & not have to worry about sharks or sunburn! Visit a lush, tropical garden during It's A Jungle In Here; spend an evening dancing for joy to the melodies of A Night At The Improv, Just Beachy, & City Lights; let The Waterfall of songs carry your cares away!

Sheryl Roush

I feel “nurtured” listening to it!
"I find myself gravitating toward Window To The World....over and over. When I’m working, it’s soothing and uplifting, in the background, having a calming yet inspiring feeling for me. I feel “nurtured” listening to it! Yet it’s fine in the workplace without distracting productivity!"
~ Sheryl Roush - Author and Motivational Speaker

Larry W.

very good CD, brought back fine memories of Louisville, thanks

Kathy Parsons

Laurie's Amazing Debut
Laurie Z.’s first solo album is a fascinating study of both her earlier compositions and the keyboard technology that was available in the late 80’s. The CD opens with the buoyant and somewhat-funky “The Explorer” - upbeat and fun! “A Reflection of Ourselves” is amazing - I couldn’t believe it when I learned that the guitar is actually synth - a feat accomplished by great sampling AND keeping the playing within a guitar’s realistic tonal range. Technical aspects aside, this is a beautiful piece! “It’s a Jungle In Here” is also a lot of fun with a catchy percussion track and a great combination of synth voices. The title track is a real favorite - a sweet little intro breaks into toe-tapping rhythm and a terrific melody that combines rock and funk elements. I also love “City Lights” - an R&B/jazz number that is mind-blowing from the fact that one woman did all of the sounds on synth - a little red-headed soul! Laurie Z. is one of my favorite artists, and this first CD is a very important part of her musical evolution. Highly recommended!