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Connected

by John Balint

New age infused with Jazz sensibilities. If George Winston and Brian Eno got together with Pat Metheny and produced an album to help you rediscover your soul, this'd be it.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Connected
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2. Dreamtrance in 11/8
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3. Friend Coming Home
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4. Leaving Together
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5. Finding the One
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6. Sanctuary of Moments
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7. Simultaneity
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8. In a New Age Country
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9. 100 Years From Now
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10. Knowing What to Save
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11. Beneath the Blue Iii
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12. It's What You Make of It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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John Balint, recording artist and founder of Blisswave Records, says he wants to help people rise above their limitations and move beyond their differences. "Creating beautiful and uplifting music is one of the ways I'm hoping to make an impact." If the reviews are any indication, he's well on his way toward that goal. Chuck Diliberto from Awareness Magazine wrote, "Balint's music is a bright light of inspiration, unjaded by current events, quietly illuminating music's role as a universal communicative of the truth beheld innately in all of us. Excellent offering."

John's second CD, Connected, comes on the heels of his debut success Paradise Within, which went to #2 on the New Age Voice radio charts in the Spring of 2002, and stayed in the top-100 for five months. "Connected is an album that celebrates our shared humanity. We have all these common goals, and yet we can't seem to get along as a species. I'm trying to return the focus to the things that can help us move forward-our compassion, humor, generosity, forgiveness-the qualities that remind us of all the ways we are connected. I'd like to see us stop reacting to one another in the aggressively judgmental manner that currently characterizes our country's foreign policy."

Balint was destined to land in the recording arts because music was his earliest passion. Born in Santa Barbara, he began learning to play traditional Hungarian songs at age four. "My grandfather would play the accordion, and I'd follow along on the piano. Each time I'd visit him, he'd teach me another song-always by ear." Throughout his childhood, music was a central focus in John's life: "When I was ten, I began taking formal lessons and learned to read music. I was drawn to jazz because I loved the richness of the chord vocabulary.

Although I never stopped playing the piano, in junior high, I also learned to play drums. To this day, when we entertain, our dinner parties are almost always punctuated by drumming circles. Everyone grabs a drum and joins in-it can go on for hours!"

John's interest in electronic music began in the late 70s when he helped his dad build a rudimentary digital synthesizer. "Although the neighbors probably thought we were nuts-with all these weird noises coming from our garage-it was quite an experience for me. It taught me the basics of synthesis, and prepared me for the MIDI revolution of the 1980s."

Balint's early influences included classical composers (Chopin, Beethoven, Copland, Satie), pop/rock keyboardists (Elton John, Ray Manzarek, Keith Emerson), ambient pioneers (Brian Eno, David Sylvian and Robert Fripp), jazz virtuosos (Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays), and synth-pop innovators (Gary Numan and Thomas Dolby). In more recent years, Balint has taken inspiration from Ralph Towner's Oregon, René Dupéré (of Cirque du Soleil fame), Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, and Mark Knopfler. "I am drawn to anything that is well produced. Good songwriting, arrangement, and recording quality are very important to me-more so than the genre of the music."

In college, Balint pursued other interests, and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA Degree in computer-based design. "The graphic design world was just beginning to embrace computers for certain production tasks, but hardly anyone knew how to use the new tools. My timing couldn't have been better-even before I graduated, I found myself in high demand as a consultant to ad agencies." John wrote and published a book (Type, Graphics and Macintosh) on the subject of desktop publishing for professionals, gave seminars, and within a year started his own design agency. He quickly became a leader in the field of catalog and museum book design, and won numerous design awards.

When Balint finished at UCSB, he also plugged back into synthesizer music. MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) had just come upon the scene, allowing the interconnection of musical instruments with computers. "Suddenly, there was this whole new way to create music. I was in heaven." He began composing instrumental music, and by the early nineties he was hired by Jheri Redding to create musical soundtracks for Nexxus commercials and touring stage shows. "It was an interesting assignment-Nexxus wanted this wild fusion of dance-pop and new age, so I gave it to them!" This led to scoring jobs for several special education videos which later won awards at the New York Film Festival. In the early 1990s, John studied for several years under pianist Larry Karush (who started the avant garde jazz trio Mokave, along with bassist Glen Moore and percussionist Glen Velez). In 1996, Balint released his first album, Beneath the Blue, on a regional basis.

The Connected CD will be released in the Spring of 2003 on Balint's own Blisswave Records.


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George Poe

A different sound that will take the stress away.
This CD is one that will be played over and over at the end of a work day or driving home. Mellow and smooth

Cathy Pollock

A Welcome Departure.
Call it jazz, New Age, or ambient music, whatever you like. But John Balint's "Connected" is a profoundly welcome and refreshing departure from the cookie-cutter sounds of today's generic musical offerings. Like the music of Chick Corea or Pat Metheny, John's music takes the listener on a journey that explores the possiblities of instrumental music with unconventional brilliance.

Pat Brister

Wonderful Album
The only reason I even listened to this album was a recommendation by CD Baby. And I must say THANK YOU! I'm both a jazz and new age fan, and this album fills the bill. The music is fresh and original. More of his albums will be in my collection soon.

Mark Stenson

Just met John's music WOW! and WOW again!
Excellent music.

Rich Carson

Beautiful
I love this music, the way it flows, the way I feel when I hear the songs. It is rich and deep, complex and beaufiful.

Simon Gibson (UK)

Lovely, thought provoking yet calming.
Feel the stress of this world ebb away as the music filters deep into your inner being. The journey is rewarding and leaves you wanting more.

Gary


John's music has the right blend of being relaxing without putting you to sleep. There is enough variation in the music to keep it interesting. There is a rich, fullness that is missing from some other new age music. Great CD.

sergej denisov


SUPER!!!!!!!!

wang, liang-ching

it is fantastic and awesome...
like these two songs the most:
connected
santuary of moments

Judy Bowers

Connected does exactly that, and then some.
This CD is a beautiful trip through many different scenes and emotions. I love the way each song is totally different from the last, but all together paint such a beautiful picture. A beautiful combination of sounds that each tell a different story...together they are incredible.
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