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#1059012 - 03/15/07 07:18 PM New Age Artists  
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I'm somewhat new to "new age" music and was wondering what artists people recommend listening to in this genre. So I thought I'd create a thread to list new age artists people recommend listening to. I compiled this initial list from the thread A new New Age thread... .

If anyone has other suggestions / changes to the list just post a reply and I'll edit this list so the complete reference is always at the top.

  • Philip Aaberg
  • Craig Armstrong
  • Jim Brickman
  • Suzanne Ciani
  • Ludovico Einaudi
  • Andre Gagnon
  • Philip Glass
  • Kevin Kern
  • Kostia
  • David Lanz
  • David Nevue
  • Michael Nyman
  • Jon Schmidt
  • Liz Story
  • John Tesh
  • Tiersen
  • Vangelis
  • George Winston
  • Yanni


A bunch listed by Jeanne W in this post below
  • John Boswel
  • Dan Chadburn
  • Peter Kater
  • Keiko Matsui
  • Wayne Gratz
  • Jennifer Thomas
  • Dmitry Krasnoukhov
  • Linda Kerby


Possibly
  • Ligeti
  • Poulenc
  • Stockhausen


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#1059013 - 03/15/07 07:23 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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I'm curious, do the following have any connection to the music people call "new age"?

Ligeti
Poulenc
Stockhausen

? These are constantly in my changer these days, and I think the material seems connected to the concept of new age music...although generally far more complex....

#1059014 - 03/15/07 07:50 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Dare I say John Tesh??, BTW, his wife connie selleca is HOT!

#1059015 - 03/15/07 07:58 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Hey J. Mark, since we know you're a lefty, I'm interested in your list. I tried a little Stockhausen on iTunes and it sounds like stuff my wife will definitely kill me if I get. Perhaps you should recommend a couple of specific albums.

And haven't we found a new word for "New Age?" That always just seems like synths droning on for minutes or worse, jazzy electronic heck music. Like what you'd hear on Mars if Wal-Mart tried to create a luxury resort.

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#1059016 - 03/15/07 09:15 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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You forgot Ludovico Einaudi!

"New age" is a stupid name indeed, but I can't think of a better label for it that works.


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#1059017 - 03/15/07 09:17 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Maybe it's my age and that I've been used to New Age as a label for so long, but it doesn't bother me any more than most labels do. I'm not a big fan of classifying music as some of my favorite artists are all over the map in style, so putting them in one category is unfair and may put some people off. OTOH, it gives a starting point for discussion.


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#1059018 - 03/15/07 09:18 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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J. Mark-

Poulenc... Hmmm, I guess I can sort of see it.


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#1059019 - 03/15/07 09:24 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Didn't mean to make you think I was put off by your New Age catagory. Please proceed! wink I just think of us piano enthusists as enjoying tasteful, sometimes atmospheric, hopefully somewhat melodic music and it's rarely what I think of as new age. New age is the sound you hear when they encounter a mysterious, lush, green new planet on Star Trek.

#1059020 - 03/15/07 09:27 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Hey J. Mark, since we know you're a lefty, I'm interested in your list. I tried a little Stockhausen on iTunes and it sounds like stuff my wife will definitely kill me if I get. Perhaps you should recommend a couple of specific albums.

And haven't we found a new word for "New Age?" That always just seems like synths droning on for minutes or worse, jazzy electronic heck music. Like what you'd hear on Mars if Wal-Mart tried to create a luxury resort.
Well, understand I'm just now getting exposed to these composers, so I don't know very much. So I just bought collections, mostly. I have Ligeti's complete piano works recorded by Frederik Ullen, Poulenc complete works for piano by Erik Parkin, and Stockhausen's Klavierstucke, Aloys Kontarsky. These are all very good, imo.

But...why would your wife kill you for buying this stuff? Sounds quite dramatic. I suspect the composers would be pleased!

#1059021 - 03/15/07 09:28 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Poulenc... Hmmm, I guess I can sort of see it.
Ok...now what's *that* supposed to mean? confused

#1059022 - 03/15/07 09:36 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Yeah, for my wife - dramatic = annoying. I've been killing her with classical lately. It's too "dramatic" of a departure from what we usually listen to. But then again I listen to a LOT more music than she does. She's also 6 years younger than me, so I guess I'm just gettin' old.

#1059023 - 03/15/07 09:42 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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My wife is a lot younger than me than 6 years. She listens to "jazz." Whatever the heck that is. Me, I listen to bluegrass, and classical...whatever the heck those are. smile It all annoys her. All the more reason to listen to it. wink

#1059024 - 03/15/07 09:51 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Let me clarify that a little - I'm so piano freaked out at the moment that I mean classical SOLO piano. Too many of those other freakin' instruments messes it all up. I'll get over it.

Bluegrass, huh? Hey my great uncle is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I ain't lyin' either. You never heard of him though. Before your time. And just about everybody else on this forum too. His name was Clayton McMichen. Fiddle Champion of the 20s.

#1059025 - 03/15/07 09:51 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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I tried a little Stockhausen on iTunes and it sounds like stuff my wife will definitely kill me if I get.
Reminds me of a Sir Thomas Beecham quote.

"Have you heard any Stockhausen?" Beecham was asked. "No, but I believe I have stepped in some."

:p


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Can't leave out Yanni !

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#1059027 - 03/15/07 10:00 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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You mean...the Skillet Lickers?

#1059028 - 03/15/07 10:04 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Das dem.

#1059029 - 03/15/07 10:07 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Pretty cool. There was a time when I wouldn't listen to anything but pre-1960 country or bluegrass. I was at Union Grove a few years back in the early 70's. Kenny Baker was always my favorite fiddler. Gotta big photograph of him on my music room wall. smile

Wow...talk about hijacking a thread. LOL! New Age...bluegrass...hey, it's all related!

#1059030 - 03/15/07 10:15 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Wait, you mean we've hijacked two tonight? I liked where that one about the kids was going! cool At this rate I'll be a 1000 post member and have to change my log in name out of embarassment.

#1059031 - 03/15/07 10:24 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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WOW Irish Mak, your a GENIOUS. This is just perfect.

Mak, a few replies before yours, Monika stated that "new-age" sounds a little goofy indeed. I could'nt agree more.

Then she stated she wished there was a better name for this type of music. The answer came out in your opening words in your reply........"My Age"!.

What a great name for this type of music if you think about it. "Music for My Age"!. Not kiddie bubble gum, clubbin' hip hop, techno, rap etc, but music that fits "My Age".

So how about calling it "My Age music". Somewhat signifying a hint of maturity as opposed to middle aged. (I know, this coming from me! :p ).

Anyway, maybe its not the best name, but it's got to be better than goofy "New-Aged" right?

Got a better name for it?

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Neo-classical is sounding better and better.


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#1059033 - 03/15/07 10:57 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Actually, to be honest, "Neo-classical' sounds the best to me as well.

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Philip Aaberg
Craig Armstrong
Jim Brickman
Andre Gagnon
Philip Glass
Kevin Kern
Kostia
David Lanz
David Nevue
Michael Nyman
Jon Schmidt
Tiersen
George Winston
Mr Super Hunky


What?? :rolleyes:

#1059035 - 03/16/07 08:59 AM Re: New Age Artists  
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I know what everyone is saying about the New Age label. However, I think that new comers to New Age music (like me) will know it by the name New Age, so at least this would come up on a search.

I updated the list, although I'm waiting for confirmation on the addition of Mr Super Hunky... wink


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#1059036 - 03/16/07 09:05 AM Re: New Age Artists  
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On Rhapsody I just saw a couple of "New Age" artists listed, Liz Story and Suzanne Ciani.

From the little bit I listened it sounds like they could I guess, but it's back to that problem of classifying artists.

Anyone familiar with them ? Should they go on the list ?


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#1059037 - 03/16/07 10:26 AM Re: New Age Artists  
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[b] J. Mark-

Poulenc... Hmmm, I guess I can sort of see it.
Ok...now what's *that* supposed to mean? confused [/b]
Sorry- I guess that was not a very informative reply, was it? smile

I guess it's just that a lot of Poulenc's music can be seen as somewhat similar to some New Age music in the melodic aspects and the overall listenability of it. Tho, as you say, there is much more complexity in there than most New Age music, and a more "modern" classical feel to a lot of it. There are also certainly pieces that have more percussive aspects and dissonance than you generally find in New Age music, as well. I've always thought of his Gloria as very ethereal, which can be applied to some New Age artists, also.

Sorry for the vagueness.


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#1059038 - 03/16/07 10:32 AM Re: New Age Artists  
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Definitely, to both Ciani and Story. Liz Story's music tends to be more piano-centric and along the lines of George Winston and perhaps Philip Aaberg, while Ciani tends to more use synthesizers and has a more "space music" feel to it (which is a sub-genre of New Age). It's very atmospheric, but still extremely listenable. Try Ciani's "Velocity of Love" or Story's "Unaccountable Effect" or her Christmas album, which is really nice.


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WOW Irish Mak, your a GENIOUS. This is just perfect.
Thank you! I was waiting for someone to notice... wink wink wink :p


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Got a better name for it?
Unfortunately, I don't. But I'm not over fond of "Neo-classical," either. That one, to me, implies a "relation" of sorts, to what is considered standard classical music, and then what do you do with those often classed in with New Age recordings who are more jazz or world music or whatever else inspired? I'm thinking of people like Michael Manring or Scott Cossu or the group Checkfield, who are all too often grouped in with New Age artists? It's the "label" problem- the need to pigeonhole everything and give a name or a class. And with so many musicians crossing boundaries, so to speak, these days, it gets harder and harder to contain them in one classification.


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#1059040 - 03/16/07 12:03 PM Re: New Age Artists  
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Hey Mak, I'm just curious; what would your genre definition of Manheim steamroller be?

I know you love them as do I. I have the entire "fresh Aire" series of music that I stated collecting back in 1982 but when people hear it, they ask "what kind of music is that".

All I can say is nice music!

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If you are asking where to find Mannheim Steamroller in a store or wherever, they are usually classed with New Age. If you are asking what I, personally, think, then I would have to say that I think I agree with Chip Davis, who calls it "18th century classical rock." Of course, they are one of "those" groups that are hard to classify. You can hear a lot of influences in MH music: the early stuff, of course, rock, a bit of jazz, a bit of classical, and a whole lot of Chip Davis. And they are a prime example of why I don't like labels to begin with: many people will dismiss them when they see the CDs filed under "New Age." But if you play the music, those same people would really like it.

As for the CDs, themselves, I quit the Christmas ones after Christmas in the Aire, and have to admit to not having picked up Fresh Aire 8 yet...


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