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Second Nature

by George Skaroulis

Lush and natural, this album features all new songs inspired and complemented by elements of nature. Introducing female vocalist Lindsey Mosby singing the classic folk song, The Water Is Wide.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Resting Place
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2. Spacious Skies
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3. The Dance of Time
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4. Water is Wide
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5. Colorado
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6. Reflection
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7. Seaside
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8. Sunset
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9. Aqua Clara
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10. Laughter in the Garden
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11. Second Nature
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12. A River Runs Throught It
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13. Mrs. Soffel
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14. Falling Leaves
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15. Cold Morning Shadow
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16. Awakening
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17. Rainforest
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18. Bella Luna
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19. Little Star
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20. I Can Fly
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21. Aqua Clara (Reprise)
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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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Kathy Parsons

One of My Favorite Albums!
“Second Nature” is quite simply one of the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever heard. George Skaroulis’ piano music is effortless, full of grace, and emotionally uplifting without any sticky sweetness or pretension. One senses a very giving and gentle soul behind the music, making the album all the more likable. “Soothing” and “relaxing” are words that are used to describe so many albums in this genre (most of them, actually!), but peace and tranquility emanate from each piece - although several are dark and moody (I like that!!!). This is a collection of twenty-one pieces that would be a wonderful backdrop for almost any activity, but I found myself stopping to listen more carefully each of the ten or twelve times I’ve played it (so far! - this one ain’t gonna collect dust on the shelf!). As a piano teacher, I listen to piano music for a living; and as a reviewer, I listen to piano music in most of my free time. It takes a lot to knock me out, and “Second Nature” has done it. Skaroulis’ music is immediately accessible without any commercialism. He expresses his deepest emotions without manipulating listeners or hitting them over the head with the obvious.

Along with his original compositions, Skaroulis has included a beautiful vocal/piano arrangement of “The Water Is Wide.” Vocal selections on a mostly-instrumental album can be annoying, but this one fits in beautifully. He has also included poignant arrangements of two of Mark Isham’s movie themes - “A River Runs Through It” and “Mrs. Soffel”. And then there are the originals. There are too many favorites to name them all, but I’ll try to give you a sampling. The title track is stunning - bittersweet, full of longing, and yet flowing like a river. “Reflection” is a shimmering vignette at under two minutes in length, but the openness of the emotions expressed make it a standout. “Aqua Clara” takes a different approach than the other pieces, and has lyrics spoken in Italian. More orchestrated and rhythmic than most of the other tracks, the piano, strings, and voices convey a wide range of emotions. A mysterious piece, Paul Mercer’s violin adds a dark and haunting quality. “Cold Morning Shadow” was co-written with Mercer; keyboards support Mercer’s sorrowful viola, melting into the ambient “Awakening.” The CD closes with a reprise of “Aqua Clara” that is simple, elegant, and very sad.

“Second Nature” is nothing short of amazing. I could go on for days, but give yourself a treat! I can’t imagine that anyone would be disappointed in this CD unless they were looking for rap or maybe a polka record. Great stuff! I give it my highest recommendation.