MP3 Joseph Laya - Fantasy
Fantasy presents a unique fusion of pop, jazz, latin, classical and new age styles with an international contemporary flavor
13 MP3 Songs in this album (58:43) !
Related styles: LATIN: Latin Jazz, POP: Piano
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Ask Joseph Laya how he feels about his first studio recording, “Fantasy”, working with his producer, Victor Daniel, grammy award winner and composer of “La Vida es un Carnaval” (Life is a Carnival) made famous by the great Celia Cruz, and about performing with a world class orchestra. Ask Joseph, and he will tell you that he is thrilled and extremely excited about this unexpected life-turning event. Yes…he agrees that life is a carnival…
As a young leader born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with an interesting background of Cuban and Spanish descent, Joseph recalls many accomplishments throughout his short 30 years of age that go from playing President Truman’s uniquely designed Steinway piano at The White House in 1995, to recently testifying in the U.S. Congress.
He was born with a natural talent for music, a child prodigy that began taking piano lessons through the Suzuki method when he was just two and a half years old, and was already performing at concerts and playing live on television when he was four.
Music has always been an integral component of Joseph’s life and his development as an individual, as an instrument of change and as his bridge to reach out and communicate through the energy of each inspired note, while appealing to other people’s emotions.
Among his many musical accomplishments, Joseph has excelled in national piano programs and festivals and has been a first prize recipient of several music competitions and auditions for master classes with renowned international classical pianists, allowing him to refine his technique, interpretation and performance. As a junior in high school, Joseph was selected for early admission at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, furthering his development as a classical pianist, where he also served as president of the Student Council. He later graduated summa-cum-laude and was awarded with the Ernesto Ramos Antonini Medal, the highest distinction offered by the piano department at the Conservatory.
Many people had no clue about this side of Joseph’s life, as he had been publicly recognized by his successful involvement in other areas. Besides his music career, Joseph holds a degree in business management/international business from Sacred Heart University in Puerto Rico and a Master of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, DC.
For several years, Joseph had been with the family business as VP of Business Development and also had previous experiences working in Washington DC, while also presiding and assuming leadership positions in various national and international nonprofit organizations. In 2006 Joseph became the youngest president of the Inter American Entrepreneurs Association in Puerto Rico and Director of the Chamber of Commerce. He was shortly after recognized by the Caribbean Business publication as one of the 40 leaders under 40. He was a professor of leadership and organizational development at Sacred Heart University and considered a run for Congress in 2008, but as he transitioned in every way possible to follow his long desire for public service, he followed his inner voice and realized that his public service mission could go beyond…that it would impact more people…
This sets the stage for how “Fantasy” became a reality…an unexpected meeting…divine timing and the forces of destiny that responded to Joseph’s long-established intention to someday record a CD, but never expecting something at this level, never thinking that everything would happen so quickly, that it would turn his life in an instant.
Joseph believes this project came to him as a spiritual mission, an opportunity that has been given to him to share the joy, the beauty and the amazing power of music to heal, unite and bring about positive change in our evolution.
Fantasy exudes passion and creativity in a unique symphonic fusion of pop, jazz, latin, classical and new age styles with an international contemporary flavor. When producer Victor Daniel shared with Joseph his unedited song, “Fantasy”, they both simultaneously clicked and said to each other…”this will be the title…” You will recognize many of the well-known songs and others will be your new favorites as Victor has shared five of his unreleased songs for this album and Joseph has presented his first ever composition, “Aurora”, a tribute to his late grandmother who he believes has guided him to launch this new journey.
Recording at the world renowned Criteria Studios – The Hit Factory in Miami and creating that synergy with all the musicians, the production engineers, working with Mike Couzzi who has collaborated with big stars like Frank Sinatra, and working with Alfredo Matheus Diez, grammy award engineer and composer, with musical director José Negroni and the great Puerto Rican flutist Nestor Torres, are just some of the highlights of this fascinating work of art.
Joseph is ready to share this musical fantasy with the universe and promises that the concert will display a new dimensional experience. Charisma, love, charm and passion for life will set the new stage for the Joseph Laya experience…