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Generations

by George Skaroulis

Melodic and nostalgic, Generations is the album that was inspired by historical family photographs from the 1920s. It also accompanied the international photography exhibit by the same name.
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1. Hopes and Dreams
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2. Castelli
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3. Shenandoah
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4. Photographia
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5. White Ribbons
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6. Nostalgia
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7. Agape
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8. Generations
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9. My New Friend
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10. Anniversary Song
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11. Dreams of Children
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12. Parents
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13. Alethia
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14. Se Ymnumen
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15. Melodia
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16. Farewell
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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George Skaroulis - Composer/Pianist

George Skaroulis is fast earning a reputation as one of the best pianists in contemporary instrumental music. With several internationally distributed albums to his credit, Skaroulis' music is effortless, full of grace, and emotionally uplifting. There's no denying Skaroulis' obvious piano-playing talent, but it's his "feel" and his emotionally rich compositions that raise him far above most of the other players in this genre. He successfully fuses Classical, New-Age, and Mediterranean influences to produce a fresh new sound. Skaroulis creates works that are timeless, marking his compositions with his own distinct ambient style.

Born and raised in Florida, Skaroulis began playing at the age of five without formal training in either music theory or notation. He showed a fascination for music as he sat on the piano bench next to his mother while she played classical pieces and would often improvise and play along. Recognizing his interest and natural talent, his parents encouraged piano lessons. In five weeks, the lessons were over. The teacher could only be fooled for a short while and soon realized "little George" was playing the lessons by ear.

Skaroulis began his career in the restaurant industry while a teenager, and dedicated over 20 years of his life to the business. Time at the piano was often his own private escape, and Skaroulis, shy about his lack of formal training, was very selective about performing publicly. Never had he considered pursuing his love of music as a career, but over the years, the piano kept calling him back.

The message was loud and clear to Skaroulis after attending a Yanni concert years ago. He was amazed and moved by the music, and at the audience's response. Realizing that perhaps his music had a chance to touch people, Skaroulis recorded his debut album Homeland in 1996. With a very positive response, Skaroulis was inspired to compose more music and continue following his dream. The Homeland album was followed by Numinous, Season Traditions, Generations, Return to Homeland, Second Nature, Athena, and his newest album Forever Young.

In addition to releasing albums on his own record label, Evzone Music, Skaroulis' music has captured the attention of other record labels including Essence Records (Chris Spheeris), Real Music, Bon Music (Korea), Orange Music (Singapore) and Sharper Image - all of which have licensed his music and talent for albums in which they distribute.

Skaroulis also performs live concerts, many of which are for benefits and charities throughout world.

Skaroulis' dreams continue to become realities. His music is broadcast on both conventional and web radio stations around the world, in theatre, and in television broadcasts. His passion has always been for film and television scoring, so he is understandably proud that his compositions have been included in the nationally-aired PBS programs Visions of Italy and Visions of Greece.

Skaroulis is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), and a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


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simon

Elegant and Heartfelt
A lovingly graceful album filled with gentle piano poems - elegant, lyrical, affectionate, nostalgic, and reflective. Primarily solo piano with a warm ambience, six pieces have a mild complement of one or two synth timbres blending in smoothly. One song ' Alethia ', meaning ' Truth ' in Greek, stands out as a duet of piano and cello with a touch of strings - simply beautiful and profoundly poignant !

Overall, the music is moderate in tempo and tone, with a lax and loose style in many, hence well-suited for various occasions covering quiet listening, relaxation, meditation, and bedtime alike.

Kathy Parsons

Gorgeous!
“Generations” is the original theme music composed to accompany “The Generations Music and Photography Exhibit,” which featured historical family photographs taken in the 1920’s by George Skaroulis’ grandfather,Theo Patronis. Patronis was born in Greece in 1897 and came to the US in 1913. With his camera, Patronis documented the family history as well as the old and new worlds he called home. The photography exhibit opened in Patmos, Greece in July 2000, and then had its premiere in the US in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2001. Pianist George Skaroulis’ music captures an appreciation of life’s simplest moments, as do the photographs in the 8-page booklet that accompanies the CD. For the most part, the music is quiet and peaceful. Some of the tracks have additional instrumentation, but the album is gentle and serene, and some of the pieces are breathtaking in their simple elegance and heartfelt emotion.

“Hopes and Dreams” opens the CD with piano and oboe in an almost wistful duet that sets the tone of the album. “Photographia” is a beautiful piece with a simple melody that mirrors the poignance of the photos. As the title implies, “Nostalgia” is a reflective, bittersweet piece, remembering times gone by. The title track begins with a variation on Chopin’s Prelude in Cm, and evolves into a wonderfully flowing piece that includes flute and strings along with piano; this is one of my favorites on this album - very soulful and emotional. “Dreams of Children” captures a gentle innocence along with a moving forward. “Se Ymnumen” is another favorite - a very minor piece full of passion. It was inspired by a liturgical piece heard often in Greek Orthodox church services. (It was also on Skaroulis’ debut CD, “Homeland.”) “Melodia” is a simple, compelling piece that is reflective and very poignant.

A self-taught pianist, George Skaroulis doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles in his music, and none are needed. The messages are clear and straightforward, and Skaroulis is one of the more expressive pianists on the contemporary scene. Another exceptional album by an exceptional artist. Very highly recommended!