MP3 Kent Marcum - The Journey
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EASY LISTENING: Mood Music, NEW AGE: New Age
Kent Marcum's life map takes us from Interlochen Arts Academy in his home state of Michigan to the University of North Texas and back to Michigan in preparing for his journey to Criteria Hit Maker in Miami, Florida, where he enlists multi Grammy winning engineer Eric Schilling to help record his latest CD, The Journey, to be released in October 2004. The Journey is a fitting title for Kent's new CD because it brings together the past and present
influences in his life as he explores his journey by sharing with us some of the mysteries and beauty of the instrument he so dearly loves. Kent's evolution as an independent musician can be heard in the passionate style of his music. Kent began playing the piano at age six when his sister dragged him along with her to take piano lessons. His sister quit, but she and Kent's mother would not allow him to quit, hearing and seeing his
potential. Kent began his career informally by playing piano at the Rollin Baptist Church in rural Rollin, Michigan. He acquired some of his early improvisational skills playing the four-part hymns in church and improvising over the chord progressions. He began teaching
piano himself at the age of thirteen. At sixteen, he was accepted as a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan where he studied piano with C. Kimberly Kabala along with composition, music theory, and jazz piano. Kent describes Interlochen as "a magical place for artists that words cannot explain." Kent's musical education journey took him next to the University of
North Texas where he was heavily influenced by jazz. He studied classical piano there but also explored the world of musical improvisation. He was influenced in his classical studies by the works of Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, and Bach. He was introduced by his Texas college friends to the music of Eberhard Weber, Andreas
Wollenwieder, Michael Hedges, George Winston, Will Ackerman, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Yes and King Crimson. Others who have influenced Kent's taste and style in music are Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Jim Brickman, Hootie and the Blowfish, Jimmy Buffett and the Transiberian Orchestra. His journey in music could be compared to Tennyson's Ulysses when he observed of his own life's journey, "I
am a part of all that I have met." Kent continued his formal musical education by taking a graduate
assistantship at Eastern Michigan University where he picked up his Master's Degree in Piano Pedagogy. Later, he acquired a teaching certificate through courses he took at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.
He has paid his professional dues in many ways through playing with groups such as the art rock cover band Spectrum, in Dallas, Texas, the Big Band/Swing group Al Townsend & the Ambassadors in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a Top 40 /Rock band Sneaker in Jackson, Michigan, and a Top 40/Pop/Jazz group Euphoria in Detroit, Michigan. He has appeared as a solo pianist in various venues in Michigan honing his musical moods and style. His eclectic interests
and influences further include Chick Corea, Weather Report, Jeff Lorber, Spyro Gyro, Jan Hammer, Pat Metheny, U2, and various Windham Hill and Narada artists. Kent has split his time between teaching school to finance his musical goals with working on his musical skills and talents which
include composing, arranging,choral directing, studio recording, improvising, and accompanying. Kent's music does not fit an easy label because of the journey he has traveled. It is a reflection of where he has been and where he wants to go. It is full of mystery and beauty and wistfulness. We listeners are awakened from meditations on our own pasts to the energy of the present. We experience our own journeys and reflections on life while listening to The Journey.
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