Harp, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer and exotic percussion accompanied by world instruments such as udu, doumbek, oud, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki, recorder and more. Fronted by harpist/composer/producer Carol Tatum, Angels of Venice's sound is ethereal, joyous, firey, lush, mysterious and elegant. Combining middle eastern, medieval and neoclassical styles, this percussion based group creates an aural landscape that is at once compelling and provocative.
UPDATE AS OF AUGUST 26, 2006: An exotic CD of holiday music entitled "Sanctus" (meaning "sacred") was released Winter, 2003. "Sanctus" has been nominated for an award, and features songs such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" arranged with middle eastern percussion, tambura (a sitar-like instrument), harp and has a silky smooth, relaxing feel (available through CDBaby.com). This beautiful CD is actually listen-able year round.
Carol Tatum is now working on a new CD for release in early 2007. This bold, new departure for Angels Of Venice is actually Carol Tatum coming "full circle" back to her rock roots as an electric guitarist in the late 80s and early 90s. Instrumentation will be hammered dulcimer, cello, violin, east Indian female vocals, world percussion, sitar, keyboards, harp and more. The CD, entitled "Primitive Kiss", will be a two-disc release. One CD will be instrumental and the other will have four songs with rock/industrial male lead vocals. The first guest vocalist will be Charles Edward from the industrial/goth/rock band Seraphim Shock. Carol will also be doing a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks." Please e mail Carol with any questions about the upcoming release or to be put on the e mailing list. We will let you know when "Primitive Kiss" is out. Peace, please. ~Carol Tatum, ANGELSVEN@aol.com, www.angelsofvenice.com
Medieval / Middle Eastern Styled / NeoClassical / Alternative World / Contemporary Instrumental / Ethereal Gothic / World Fusion
Beethoven, Bach, Mahler, 13th c. Medieval Music, Depeche Mode, Peter Murphy, The Cure, Lycia, NIN, Wumpskut, Ethereal, Darkwave and Industrial, Led Zeppelin, Bernard Herrmann (film composer)
Loreena McKennitt, Dead Can Dance
Los Angeles-based Angels of Venice completed a U.S. tour January, 2000 playing to mostly sold out shows and garnering standing ovations, encores and selling out CDs at almost every show. Their rendition of "O Holy Night" was featured in the DVD/video "Winter Solstice On Ice" (airing on the A & E channel Winter, 1999) with the CD charting in Billboard Magazine's Top 200. Angels of Venice were voted #2 Favorite Group on Echoes 25 Top Requested Bands Listeners Poll (www.echoes.org is a syndicated radio program covering 165 stations in the U.S.). Angels of Venice are on the cover of the magazine Entertainment Today which was released Friday, March 10, 2000 (see "Artwork" below/left of this page or go to www.ent-today.com). The CDs featured on MP3.com are pre-Windham Hill releases (for our new Windham Hill release, go to www.windham.com and do an "Angels of Venice" search). UPDATE: Angels of Venice is happy to find an efficient, organized new record label that actually pays the artist and has nice, non-bullying, non-ego oriented personnel: Trine Records.
Carol Tatum (composer, producer, harp, hammered dulcimer, bouzouki) PLUS MUSICIANS Peggy Baldwin (cello); Cathy Biagini (cello); Susan Craig Winsberg (flutes, recorders); Christopher Pellani (world percussion; visit his website: www.soundformation.com); Ed Graham (keyboards ~ visit his MP3 site www.mp3.com/edgraham); OTHER GUEST ARTISTS include Brian Hughes (oud) and Hugh Marsh (violin) both from Loreena McKennitt's touring band, Turkish sensation Omar Faruk Tekbelik (ney, world percussion) and Eric Gorfain (touring violinist with Page/Plant).
Harp, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, exotic world percussion, exotic world instruments
Four Independent Releases: 1) "Music for Harp"; 2) "Awake Inside A Dream"; 3) Angels of Venice: Music for Harp, Flute and Cello"; 4) "Sanctus (Christmas CD)" One Windham Hill Release: "Angels Of Venice" (amazon.com) *****WATCH FOR A VERY EXOTIC NEW 2007 RELEASE!*****
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE "Awake Inside A Dream" - ****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Angels of Venice explore medieval music and global sounds with a modern chamber music sensibility...Carol Tatum sets her original melodies in arrangements suffused with an enchanting sense of drama and atmosphere. It's a sound that looks toward Dead Can Dance as much as (classical composer) Manuel de Falla and is evocative and sensual. CARPE NOCTEM MAGAZINE "Awake Inside A Dream" - First, it should be noted that Angels of Venice is a beautiful act. Their music is lush, their sound is full and the musicians are as talented as they are physically attractive. Angels of Venice recreate a wondrous tapestry woven from the intrictate tonal threads culled from history's great musical loom. PROPAGANDA MAGAZINE " Awake Inside A Dream" - ...masterfully written and performed... These Angels are easily the most talented musicians I've written about in a long time. Besides just being accomplished musically, Angels of Venice have a real flair for style. Their CD booklet is adorned with beautiful medieval art and graphics... NAV MAGAZINE " Awake Inside A Dream" - This album really kicks...if I may be so crude...butt! Reminds me of Dead Can Dance but without their sometimes artificial ambient loops. ...I'm drunk and heady all over. Highly Recommended! AWARENESS MAGAZINE - "Awake Inside A Dream" - ...is a two part journey through the majestic eyes of Carol Tatum...(whose) vision is the driving force behind the music. There is an abundant amount of soul and sensuality blending effortlessly with a sense of adventure and mystery... Tatum is adept at creating music that is visually lush and supported by a strong underlying theme (mood). Her moods tend to reflect the dark underbelly of emotion that is being explored in the music. This is a natural expression of talent and not necessarily a foreboding exercise in the grotesque or macabre. ...cozily lilts through dreamscapes and new horizons, (this) music embraces qualities that are ethereal and earthy, representing a path of feminine perspective and oneness.
One Windham Hill Release: "Angels of Venice" on Windham Hill Records (www.windham.com) (they won't sell me back my masters so I guess it's still selling well for them... : / ~ Carol)
Los Angeles, CA - USA