Peter Xifaras, the creative force behind the Symphonex Orchestra®, presents a wonderful concept album 'Music That Tells A Story'. This music blends elements of Orchestral, Fusion, Classical-Crossover, New Age, Film Score and World Music. It is the first of a planned Four-Part Series, one album to be released each year between now and 2021.
Peter Xifaras is an Award Winning Guitarist/Composer whose music has topped the radio charts reaching fans around the world. Whether playing in smoke filled rock clubs, performing in classical concert halls, or creating genre-bending music in the studio, Peter's versatility is on full display with every project.
Peter's body of work ranges from Classical to Contemporary and has garnered praise for successfully crossing over musical boundaries in publications such as Guitar Player Magazine, Metaphysical Reviews, FingerStyle Guitar, Wind and Wire, and 20th Century Guitar. The album series, 'Music That Tells A Story', includes extraordinary guest artist performances with the Symphonex Orchestra in a wide range of musical styles.
The songs for the album series, Music That Tells A Story, are a collection of orchestral adventures that have inspired authors to put pen to paper, writing words to the images that this instrumental music evokes
All the music was written, arranged and produced by Peter Xifaras, except where noted.
‘Music That Tells A Story’ is delivered in 2 CD Set, first composition on Disc-1 comprises of six songs. This instrumental collection was inspired by a beautiful love story, written where the forces of fate and destiny are at play. The story continues on Disc-2 and this 2nd CD includes wonderfully narrated stories along with their own instrumental counterparts in the order they are meant to be heard. This is almost like listening to what could very well become a sensational stage musical in the future, it really is captivating from start to finish.
The styles of music vary widely from Classical Songs dating back to the 13th century, to Contemporary Classical to Progressive Rock and beyond. This album definitely won’t fit neatly into any category or genre.
Peter Xifaras is joined by six guest artists (including the author and the narrator of the story) who perform vocals (Felicia Farerre), synth (Trammell Starks), drums/percussion (Scott Jackson) and bass (Nic Xifaras); everything else was performed by Peter Xifaras.
Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano reviewed the Album:
‘Disc 1 begins with the six-part “Dreams in Bloom.” “The Encounter” opens with a poignant cello solo with shimmering synth washes behind it. About a minute into the piece, the cello continues with driving Percussion, electric guitar, keyboard and additional Strings. This track really grabs your attention and holds on, and we defy anyone to sit still while listening to it!’
‘“Falling” begins with wind-chimes and then the strings return with a beautiful but sorrowful melody. “Garden By the Sea” has a somewhat Asian flavor with Piano, Strings, and light Bells. “The Letter” is a graceful Piano piece accompanied by Strings and Chimes that overflows with tenderness and love. “The Quest” has a very cinematic quality, expressing mystery and uncertainty. “Reunion” brings the story to a happy close - romantic and contented.’
‘“Dinner With Friends” tells the story of the reunion of two friends twenty-five years after they lost touch. Energetic and playful, it’s a delightful interlude between “Dreams in Bloom” and the classical pieces that follow. The next three tracks are “Variations on a Theme of Tromboncino,” originally published in about 1500. Sung in Italian, these haunting contemporary variations include sweeping strings and piano behind the lovely vocals of Felicia Farerre.’
‘Two orchestrated “Gymnopedie Variations” are based Erik Satie’s famous solo piano work. Titled “Jaune” (Yellow) and “Blu,” both arrangements are true to the spirit of Satie’s original idea of “furniture music”. The two-part “Hevene Quene”is a modern adaptation of a composition written in the 13th century by unknown composer. The introduction is orchestral with wordless vocals and the main part of the piece has vocals sung in Middle English with strings, percussion and acoustic guitar - a moving closing to Disc 1.”’
Peter Xifaras has created an exciting and fascinating work of musical art with ‘Music That Tells A Story’. The music is gorgeous and is beautifully arranged and creates a wonderful atmosphere. A quality production that will be enjoyed by so many, Join Peter and let the music take you to a place he has created just for you, this is masterful musical journey like no other!
Music Industry Quotes:
“He combines delicate single-note melodies with harmonics, and intersperses chords with quick, melodic classical runs that fit together with tremendous cohesion.”
— Guitar Player Magazine
“Peter Xifaras treats us to a wonderful collection of works with familiar classical themes that serve as points of departure as he explores delightfully original variations.”
— Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine
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