MP3 Elea Plotkin - Classical Dreamscapes
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7 MP3 Songs
CLASSICAL: Traditional, EASY LISTENING: Background Music
A true musical vagabond, Elea Plotkin is an artist who inhabits a world that spans many tonal landscapes and terrain. A classically trained pianist, as well as contemporary pop singer-songwriter, she is equally at home playing Chopin Nocturnes, as singing jazz standards and classic rock. It has been a long, and at times, tortous path to the place that she exists now--a woman with incredible confidence and versatility at the piano, and also three albums to her credit; two which feature songs she wrote while she was recovering from a protracted hand injury, and now, her latest CD, "Classical Dreamscapes", a beautifully interpreted collection of romantic and dreamy piano solos composed by Debussy, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Faure. Says Elea, "I really arrived full circle when I finished Classical Dreamscapes...like I finally got to have that "baby", after waiting so many years until I was technically able to play classical music again. I recorded it in two days with producer and Grammy nominee Butch Hause, and I feel just so insanely happy to be playing the way I used to".
Elea has been singing and playing piano all over the Denver area for the past seven years at local coffeehouses, clubs, and festivals. Sometimes she performs alone, just with her piano--singing anything from Motown, to her original soulful songs about life and love; to a little Billie Holiday, a little Bonnie Raitt, and now, a little classical too. When her fellow band mates are available, they sit in and join her with percussion, guitar and bass. Says Elea, "I'm glad that Norah Jones is famous, because now, when people ask me about my own music, I can describe it by saying that it is sort of like hers." Both Elea's previous CD's "Behind The Eyes" and "Little Rockets" were produced by the legendary Doug Haywood, who has produced and performed music with Jackson Browne,Warren Zevon, and other well known artists. Elea's CDs, while not selling millions, have received critical acclaim and modest airplay over the past decade. "I don't have major label backing," Elea explains, "I've just done everything myself--the writing, the manufacturing, the marketing,the booking, etc. I've hit the Smalltime! I'm probably now aggressive enough in the music business; I like staying home and raising my kids, hanging out with my husband, teaching piano to the neighbor kids, and walking in the foothills. I do love to perform though, and I'm overjoyed whe people come out to hear me sing and I get to see them and share that time together."
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