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True

True

  • Door Zel
  • Release 21-7-2009
  • Muziekgenre International
  • Media-indeling CD
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The music of Zel is hypnotic and spellbinding combination of both ancient and modern sounds - the timeless sounds of flamenco guitar combined with ethereal keyboards that have it be unmistakably modern. His debut album, True, is a masterful piece of work that is stunning for it's virtuosity and command of both his instrument and his expression of it. It's the music of a man who has journeyed long and far to be where he is today, and is making the most of it. A practicing physician for years, Zel, who was born and raised in Dubrovnik, Croatia, began playing the guitar as a child. "My parents bought the guitar for my brother," he remembers, "but I picked it up instead." Dubrovnik is an ancient town with a rich cultural history, and Zel absorbed it all - the folk melodies passed down over the centuries, the compositions of Francisco Tarrega, as well as the sound of Jimi Hendrix and the flamenco of Paco DeLucia. After getting his medical degree in Croatia, Zel came to the United States to do his residency, and he's been here ever since. Despite his busy schedule as a practicing physician, Zel studied flamenco with the Spanish guitarist Enrique Vargas, which was hugely influential on Zel. He says, "A lot of my influences with technique are from flamenco, and when I studied with Enrique, it was a profound experience." But simply studying and becoming increasingly masterful with the guitar was not sufficient for Zel - making an album was next for him, and with that, the seed of what would become True, was planted. Self-produced by Zel, with every instrument on the album played by him, True resonates with a spirit of discovery, of Zel communicating everything he's learned and loves about the guitar and about music itself. Zel intended to make a statement, and indeed, the songs are a declaration of Zel's philosophy of what to play, how to play it, and how to distinguish himself from the vast number of guitarists. "A lot of guitar records sound the same," notices Zel. "What was important for me was to express my own sound." You can hear that singular sound on every song on True, from the title track, to the "melodic mood guitar" style of "Kingdom," which showcases Zel's emphasis on the melodic. He explains, "I sacrifice everything for melody - there's nothing more important and I think that's something that's been lost in a lot of music today." "Light" features Zel's interpretation of Alegrias, a flamenco form and "First," which is based on an old Croatian folk song, hearkens back to Zel's boyhood, while adding his flamenco touches, making it completely Zel's. True has come into being for all the right reasons -because of Zel's all-encompassing passion for music, and his expression of it. "This album is the logical result of my life in music. When I think about it, this album has been in the works forever." And without a doubt, True resonates with the confidence of a man who in possession of a special knowledge of music, and finally, one that the world gets a chance to hear for themselves. REVIEWS : This is the music for the end of the day when you want to de-stress. Everything about this album is relaxing, and not in an elevator music kind of way. No. Elevator music makes you want to tune it out. This album takes you places, to hot sandy beaches where the waves come crashing in, or to a cantina in some busy city where margaritas flow freely. It may not take your troubles away but it will soothe you so that you forget about them for a time. Andrea Guy (5/17/09) Zel created a signature style of playing that gives the musician a sound unlike anyone else. There are several guitarists' styles that you can imagine just by hearing the name of the artist: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dick Dale.....And although Zel has just released his first album, it shouldn't be long before his name is right there with the others. Matheson Kamin (5/20/09) We may not know what or who inspired these ten compositions, but we cannot deny that they are, indeed, inspired. When a musician plays with tangible joy, that same joy is mysteriously transferred to the listener. With True, Zel will heap much joy upon your soul as you listen. Dan MacIntosh (5/20/09) It's not everyday you experience an album of flamenco guitar. It's the even rarer day when you hear the traditional sounds of flamenco played against surging synthesizer harmonies, with programmed beats keeping hypnotic time. But that's what you get with Zel, and it's a stirring combination that harkens an intriguing talent. If you ever wondered what a vintage Croatian song played flamenco style would sound like, check out "First," a lovely melody played over haunting synthesizers; the total effect is mesmerizing. When it was over, the listening party paid Zel the biggest compliment a new disc can receive. We pushed "repeat" on the CD changer. Buzz McClain (5/23/09) All of these elements make True sound spiritual, if not entirely heavenly. True is a sublime daydream. This is a trip that I will take again and again... Kenn Deaton (5/27/09) The songs are liable to send you into a creative frenzy, just as much as they can sooth the mind, or ease the soul. This record sends one to a happy place that is energetic, yet calm. Zel is taking two completely different styles (at least) and producing a fresh new sound that appeals to an older and younger generation simultaneously. Few artists have the style and grace to mend seemingly opposing elements of music into true beauty. Perhaps, Zel is healing a part of music we didn't know was broken. Zel makes great music for not just many occasions, but for the many phases of life and how we live them. True is music for the soul. Julian Gorman (5/29/09) The delicate accuracy of his classical guitar renderings are enhanced with stylish keyboard treatments that reflect the meeting of the traditional and the modern. It rounds out this joyful but reflective album, leaving the listener with a taste of the love of guitar music that Zel must have felt as a child. True is a strong first offering from this talented classical guitarist. Janie Franz (6/4/09)

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Kunstenaar: Zel
Titel: True
Genre: International
Releasedatum: 21-7-2009
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 700261265001
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    Zel
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    Zel