'Upon hearing this CD for the first time my 6-year old said "Wow, how does someone learn to make music this pretty! " I have followed Gunnar Madsen since his days with The Bobs, but I was not really sure if I would enjoy an album filled with nothing but waltzes. After my first listen I was hooked! This is really amazing.' Marc Z., Los Angeles
Featured throughout the 2nd season of HBO's "Sex and the City" and on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", Spinning World is melody upon counter-melody in played by a lush chamber ensemble. It's like Cirque du Soleil circa 1911. It's like Nino Rota in a romantic Fellini mood. Waltzes in surprisingly different styles and moods. Hauntingly beautiful.
Gunnar Madsen is an award-winning composer and singer. As the founder and creator of the nu-wave a capella super group The Bobs, Madsen fractured and re-constructed the rules for acapella music. His solo efforts have yielded three critically acclaimed albums in three genres in three years.
As a composer and songwriter/librettest, Madsen has received commissions from Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Theater Center, the Minnesota Opera, Oberlin Dance Collective, ISO Dance Theater, National Public Radio and many others. He has written music for the feature films "Breaking the Rules " and "A Special Providence." He is a featured performer on the soundtrack of "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," in the National Geographic Special "Asteroids:Deadly Impact," and is featured as the emotionally charged voice of Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Emmy-award winning HBO film "The Rat Pack." Madsen's work is also on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution (video clips from the mind-bending collaboration between The Bobs and Iso). Madsen is the recipient of numerous music and theater awards, including a Grammy nomination (vocal arranging), Izzy nomination (outstanding achievement in Sound/Score), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (best original score) and the ASCAP special award for 7 consecutive years.