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Beautiful Day

by Peter Janson (& Friends)

A gorgeous fusion of acoustic guitar, exotic hand percussion, acoustic and electric bass, keys and synthesizers. Subtle virtuosity.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mantra For Mieka
4:11 $1.29
2. Spirit Dances
10:43 $1.29
3. Beautiful Day
2:29 $1.29
4. Waterfall
4:31 $1.29
5. December Morning Sun
9:57 $1.29
6. Welcome Guests
7:10 $1.29
7. Dragonfly
7:18 $1.29
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Album Notes
For this album, American acoustic guitarist Peter Janson chose to record with a variety of world-class musicians from a variety of musical genres – Jamie Bonk (Smooth Jazz Canada “Guitarist of the Year” nominee); Steve Hunt (keyboardist with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, Alan Holdsworth); John Lockwood (bassist with Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Boston Pops); Raymond Gonzalez (performed with John Renbourn, Peter Lang, Ellis Paul); Bertram Lehmann (performed with Joe Zawinul, Rebecca Paris, Natraj); Chris Lopes (bassist with Nina Ott, Jeff Parker); Henrik Bridger (bassist with Makoto Takenaka); Julie Woods (performed with Roberta Flack, Livingston Taylor, Jeffrey Osborne).

Peter Janson, primarily a solo guitarist, created Beautiful Day, the first in a series of Peter Janson & Friends albums, as an artistic rendition of his belief that if we are to achieve true peace and joy in the world we must all learn to caringly and creatively work together. In addition to the captivating instrumentation, the vocalists only sing vowels and a few consonants, as a gesture of the recognition of the universal connections we all have in our most important form of communication, spoken language, and as a symbol of the hope that we can indeed have a future of beautiful days.


Peter's Bio:

A "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" (Dirty Linen), Peter Janson brings world-class acoustic guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of new and traditional tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired compositions. Reminiscent of American folk guitar, Celtic guitar, and American roots music, his original and compelling contemporary style is filled with artistry, superb technical mastery, and heartfelt passion: weaving songs about Celtic kings, lost love and sad dogs, memory, life, and the heart.

Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen. His early influences were eclectic - from Django Reinhardt, Andres’ Segovia, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Les Paul, and Grant Green, to Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Brian Eno, and more – and remain so to this day. While attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston he focused on early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical and contemporary classical composition. It was at this time that becoming his own artist, through intense study of a variety of music from his interests as well as his heritages, ignited in his soul and his style of guitar music that "falls in the space between the personal and the universal" began to reveal itself: his passion for folk, world, and traditional music, especially Celtic, was formed and since that time his performances have mostly been as a soloist playing steel-string guitar and, more recently, singing.

As an experienced independent performer having played across the US and Canada, from the legendary Freight & Salvage in Berkley CA, to the guitar shows at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, to the iconic Club Passim in Boston MA, he’s had the privilege of performing with a variety of acoustic artists including American Guitar Masters tours with Larry Pattis and Steve Davison, Artistry of the Guitar tours with Ken Bonfield, String Songs concerts with luminaries Tim Farrell and Michael Manring, Friends concerts with Steve Hunt, Henrik Bridger and Bertram Lehmann, and has shared stages and co-bills with Ed Gerhard, Alex DeGrassi, Dakota Dave Hull, Chris Proctor, Jamie Bonk, singer-songwriters Brooks Williams, Shane Jackman, Greg Greenway, and Tim Harrison, Ugandan artist Kinobe and Celtic artists Aine Minogue, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O'Connell, and others.

His blending of technical virtuosity with heartfelt spirit has earned him critical acclaim such as “perfection ... highly creative,” “a true artist’s soul,” and “absolutely one of the best heartfelt acoustic players today” from reviewers and industry peers alike, and there’s no doubt he has bridged a gap bringing together the every-day music fan with die-hard guitar fans. Peter won an NAR Lifestyle Music Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his Beautiful Day CD, and Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album Acoustic awards for his co-writing and performing on Jamie Bonk’s My World CD. He has composed and recorded music on 14 national and international CDs including six CDs under his name, music for video games, and music that has been featured on a variety of regional and national documentaries including CBS News' "Living in the Shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking." All of his CDs have been featured on PBS, commercial and college radio, syndicated radio, Sirius/XM, Music Choice TV, Pandora, Spotify, and in-flight programming resulting in over 1/2 million BMI verified broadcasts.

His solo recordings include Firelight Moonlight, Winter Gifts, Across the Bridge, Sometimes From Here, Compass Rose, and his newly released CD titled A Long Road: Tunes From Celtic Lands.

"Acoustic Guitarists Astonish!" ~ The Orion, Chico CA.



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Heather S.

Peaceful and Uplifting
I love the variety of this CD which ranges from calming and peaceful to uplifting and enlivening.

NAR, Both Sides Now, September 2006

Beautiful Day is a stunning album, to say the least. ...easily one of the best releases of recent years. ~ Bill Binkelman

NAR, Both Sides Now, September 2006

..brilliant album that will add just the right musical ambience for just about any positive occasion. The music is that good. ~ RJ Lannan

The Minor 7th, January/February 2007

In the 1980s the Windham Hill label assumed stewardship of a meditative acoustic sound which was often simplistic in composition but soaring in spirit. Although Michael Hedges (who was a label-mate) referred tongue-in-cheek to Windham Hill's new age music as "California Hot Tub Music," artists such as Liz Story and George Winston really did prove the converse to the prevailing truism in jazz that dazzling musical complexity need be a prerequisite to evoke artistic mysticism. Peter Janson has rediscovered Windham Hill's vibe on "Beautiful Day," an elemental and atmospheric collection of world-jazz fingerstyle songs. The vibe succeeds not only because of a consistent deference to introspection, but because of Janson's collaboration with well-chosen sidemen. Steve Hunt is on keyboards, bringing with him a resumé that includes stints with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke and Allan Holdsworth. Bertram Lehmann on percussion has played with Joe Zawinul, John Lockwood on bass with Pat Metheny. Jamie Bonk (on second guitar) has been nominated as "guitarist of the year" by Smooth Jazz Canada. There is a drone-like beauty to the aptly-named opening track, "Mantra for Mieka." "Waterfall" opens with sounds of placid water... to be replaced by torrents of guitar lines played with a sinusoidal urgency. "December Morning Sun" begins like an ambient overture from Brian Eno and remains on-theme as a somewhat formless tone poem even as more traditional instruments assume control. "Beautiful Day" is beautifully captivating in a way that a state of nirvana must willingly claim an ascetic practitioner.
~ © Alan Fark