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Portal

by Margie Adam

A 2-disc release featuring a CD compilation of Margie Adam's contemplative piano solos and an audio/visual meditation DVD incorporating music and Scotland's Callanish Stones.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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The quiet hum of spirit that has resonated in Margie's music from Songwriter through Avalon has now surfaced full force in PORTAL, a 2-disc CD/DVD set. This new work combines the rich contemplative core of her piano solo music with a surprising new visual element of her artistic sensibility: photography set in motion. This work is a still space in the midst of a noisy world.

The compilation CD, PORTAL, brings together ten solo piano performances with clear melodies, lush chord color and mesmerizing polyrhythms from Naked Keys, Soon and Again and her last release, Avalon. These pieces have emerged as the soundscape for Margie's work with the labyrinth.

The DVD is a 7-minute "eyes-open" meditation: a choreographed encounter with Scotland's ancient Callanish Stones accompanied by a hypnotic jazz-pop soundtrack.

Margie says of this DVD meditation piece: "Sustaining ourselves as e work for lasting social change means tapping into a deeper wisdom. That is what I encountered and have tried to communicate in the shape-shifting imagery of the Callanish Stones."

BIO
Margie Adam is a rarity among musicians: she is both an accomplished singer-songwriter of elegant love songs and inspiring songs of conscience and a pianist-composer of soundtrack-style pop-jazz piano music. Her performance of "We Shall Go Forth!" resides in the Smithsonian's Political History Division; Peter, Paul & Mary, Dusty Springfield and Cris Williamson have recorded her songs. At the same time, her instrumental work has been a regular presence on NPR for decades.

It is the interplay of piano and voice, lyric and melody, of spirit and intention that is the unique artistry of Margie Adam. She is a performer with a brazenly smart wit, an intimate performance style and politically astute commentary.

Margie Adam was born in Lompoc, California and started playing the piano as soon as she could climb up on the piano bench. She began her performance career at an open mike session at Kate Millett's legendary Sacramento Women's Music Festival in 1973. In the following years, she participated in the definition and expansion of women's music as an art form, a political force and an industry.

Margie's piano solo recordings include Naked Keys(1980), Soon & Again(1995) and Portal(2005). Her vocal recordings, also recorded oher company, Pleiades Records include Margie Adam.Songwriter.(1977), We Shall Go Forth!(1982), Here Is A Love Song(1983), Another Place(1993), Avalon(2001) and Best of Margie Adam(2005).

The quiet hum of spirit that has resonated in Margie's music from Songwriter through Avalon has now surfaced full force in PORTAL, a 2-disc CD/DVD set. This new work combines the rich contemplative core of her piano solo music with a surprising new visual element of her artistic sensibility: photography set in motion.

The compilation CD, PORTAL, brings together ten solo piano performances with clear melodies, lush chord color and mesmerizing polyrhythms from Naked Keys, Soon and Again and her last release, Avalon. These pieces have emerged as the soundscape for Margie's work with the labyrinth.

PORTAL to Avalon is a 7-minute DVD program playable on a television or computer screen. This audio/visual meditation is a transporting interaction between subtly choreographed photography and mesmerizing music which creates a still space in the midst of a noisy world.


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Linda Reisser

Both the CD and the DVD take me to another place.
Whether listening to the CD or watching the DVD, “PORTAL TO AVALON” takes me to a calm, centered place. At a gathering of friends just this week, the conversation shifted from politics to spirituality. I immediately switched the background music to “PORTAL,” and felt its serene, affirming presence. We adjourned to a Tivo'd "History's Mysteries" program about Stonehenge, and then watched the "PORTAL to Avalon" DVD. I think my friends left in a different state by far than the one they came with. I did, too.

Linda Jacobson

This one is for us jazz/pop/ambient instrumental music lovers
This one is for us jazz/pop/ambient instrumental music lovers, but even if you prefer Margie's love songs and political humor, you'll resonate with the lush sounds she's composed and recorded here. The magical slide show set to Margie's soprano sax/piano arrangement (on the DVD) is fantastic for setting a mellow and mystical mood. Great date-night soundtrack!

Don Shetterly

Simple, Elegant
Music that sounds so simple but is so elegant. Just beautiful!