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Rayon Vert is an internet collaboration group that decided to make it official. We all have similar yet varying musical styles and tastes that are inspired by the classical, classic rock, and progressive rock greats of the past. We've found, when combined, our ideas create some interesting music. We think you'll find our songs entertaining and interesting also! Rayon Vert members are: Gary Carciello - Finland - elctric guitars plus Influences: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Toto, Deep Purple, Eric Johnson, and Frank Marino Quote: Finally I started to use PC in recording.Things go pretty smoothly now...learning curve was pretty hard....basically I am still a blues based rock player who wants to try new found dimensions of making music. Rob Grant - USA - bass guitar plus Influences: Beatles, Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd, Pendragon, Jazz-Rock Fusion, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Gentle Giant. Quote: I am primarily a bass player but love fooling around with all instruments. I was never a songwriter nor a vocalist in the band days. Thanks to technology that's changed. I can build songs and get my ideas across just the way I want them to be and.....to the best of my personal ability. DrC - All kinds of Keyboards, production plus Influences: Classical music, 70's classic rock, and folk music. Quote: I like the idea of blending different styles, musical techniques and approaches together. Even though I have been fiercely criticized for my 'experiments', I do not consider my tracks experimental in any way. I simply believe that the great Bach could sound very well in hard rock, and that music from the Caucasus Mountains and Mississippi delta could merge to form an exciting track. Farrell Jackson - acoustic guitar, vocals, plus Influences: The Beatles, The Stones, Traffic/ Dave Mason, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, The Allman Bros., and CSNY. Quote: I love great sounding acoustic guitars, mixed with tasteful electrics, a Hammond B3, melodic vocals, and vibrant harmonies. In my eyes, this recipe makes a great rockin' collaboration! Rayon Vert: About the name..... Green flashes and green rays are rare optical phenomenon that occur shortly after sunset or before sunrise, when a green spot is visible for a short period of time above the sun, or a green ray shoots up from the sunset point. It is usually observed from a low altitude where there is an unobstructed view of the horizon, such as on the ocean. Jules Verne wrote a book about it in 1882 called Le Rayon Vert. The idea in the novel is if one can predict where and when to observe the green flash and once seen....true love is found. We are four musicians that have seen the green flash in music. Through coincidental circumstances we've been drawn together via Internet collaborations for the purpose of sharing our love of music, much like the green flash phenomenum. In that same green flash vein, Rayon Vert hopes that once you hear our music you will truly love it. If not.......well, while listening to our songs, please stare at the green flash on the album until you do, LOL! Rayon Vert.