En la Cima
Lannie Battistini returns with his second full Latin Jazz CD Album release: El La Cima (At the Top), which was released to major online music retailers on April 15, 2011. This album is comprised of nine original Latin Jazz songs, all composed, arranged, and produced by Lannie himself: the follow up to his 2009 debut release, Lannie Battistini, Hands In Motion. "It is evident. Music is his life. His heterogeneous musical gifts can only come from God. From his intense passion, Lannie Battistini composes with brilliance, arranges with magnificence and using both sides of his brain, at the same time as he whales at the keys with his melodic rhythms, he hears the entire arrangement inside his head before he picks up the pencil to write...This disk, features Lannie as the multifaceted Artist-Musician-Producer that he is. You will meet his warm side face to face. You can't help but to sense his heart when you listen to "Fionna" which was inspired by his only daughter or fall in love all over again when you listen to "Si tu no estas," He takes you on a journey connecting you with his true "Latino" roots from his beloved Island of Puerto Rico with melodies such as, "Pa'l Caribe." and "Aguinaldo Jazzeao." During a very crucial time in his life he wrote "En la Cima" (at the top). In his heart, he knew that what ever the circumstances might seem, we just have to see ourselves "at the top" of everything! One thing is certain, since his early Berklee years, he never quit; he kept evolving and managed to stay true to his gifts." I should know.... - Neysa Rodriguez-Battistini, Manager and Publicist BIOGRAPHY Landin 'Lannie' Battistini was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Naturally loved music from the tender age of 5 and developed his gift when his grandmother bought him a toy piano in which he would play all the tunes he heard on the radio. By the age of 15 and never having taken one music lesson, his mother was booking him to entertain guests at Hotels and private parties. By the time he was 19 yrs. Of age, he was accepted at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and by 23 yrs. Of age, he completed his studies majoring in Arranging, Composition with minor in Film scoring and piano as his main instrument. His Jazz roots were inspired by some of the "greats" such as Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarett. Following his Latin heritage, he is known for his unique eclectic style incorporating Latin rhythms to his original compositions as well as with other Jazz standards. Throughout the years, he has performed either as guest artist or with his Hands In Motion Latin Jazz Band in many jazz festivals and concert series such as, the, Borinquen Jazz Fest, Heineken Jazz Fest, Rumbeando Jazz Concert Series, Picante Jazz Concert series & Jazz del Patio Concerts in Puerto Rico. In Florida, the St. Pete Fridays Jazz Concert Series, (WSJT 91.4) Clearwater Jazz Holiday Fest, St. Armand Jazz Fest of Sarasota, Florida Summer Fest 2008, the Florida State Fair 2008 and 2009 and "Viva la Musica", at Seaworld in Orlando, and in Busch Gardens, just to mention a few. In his 28 years dedicated to his music, he has won numerous recognitions, certificates and awards for his song-writing abilities as well as performances. He has had the honor to share live stages as pianist/keyboardist with known legendary artists and groups such as: Batacumbele, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Papo Vazquez, Rie Akagi (The magic Flute from Japan), Humberto Ramírez, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Pedro Guzman, Charlie Sepulveda, Anthony Carrillo, Paoli Mejias, and Jose Feliciano, to name a few. Also toured throughout the US and Latin America for Internationally known Latin Pop artists such as; Ednita Nazario, Victor Manuel and Olga Tañon. While touring with Olga for a couple of years, Lannie was the keyboardist who participated in the Grammy Winning Live CD Album recording of, "Olga Viva, Viva Olga", at the "House of Blues" in the Merengue category of 2001 Grammy's and nominated the year before for the same. For a while, he also lived in Los Angeles where he was involved with Kenny Passarelli, bassist for Elton John and producing certain songs for the record label, Acid Jazz Records. In 1994, he opened the Hands in Motion Music Production studio as a freelance producer for Independent recording artist's & jingle producer for Ad agency's, Radio and TV stations. Since then, he has spent most of his time producing, composing, arranging, and applying his song-writing abilities for over 25 recording artists including his own original theme songs which were included in the Classic CD Album, "Jibaro Jazz" Vol. 6 of the virtuoso, "Cuatro Player" Pedro Guzman. At present, he is living in the Tampa Bay area and headquartered his business, the Hands In Motion Music Production Studio and Ad Media Agency. Finally, after many years of not making 'the time,' Lannie's came out with his 2nd CD, 'En la Cima' (At the Top) which was release in April 15, 2011 and following his First CD, "Hands In Motion" which was released in 2009 - both released through his own label, Hands In Motion Music, Inc. His collection of original and cover songs, not only demonstrate his God-given talent as arranger, composer, songwriter and pianist, but also conveys to the listener the true meaning of letting the love for music flow from his Creator through his fingertips.