John Steiner | Out Of The Blue

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Out Of The Blue

by John Steiner

Music for piano, cello, and vocals described as nouvelle chamber or light classical; a unique and easily digestible blend influenced by popular music, impressionism, minimalism, and romanticism.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. For You, My Dear
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2. Happy
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3. Clear
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4. Prayer For Peace
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5. Lasting Impressions
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6. Afterthought
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7. Elegant Recollections
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8. Open
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9. Deep
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10. Julia
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11. Mexican Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Originally from New York City, John Steiner has lived in the Bay Area, working as a performer, composer, producer, choir director, and music educator since 1989.

With a 1999 B.A. in Music from San Francisco State University, Steiner has taught piano, bass and guitar at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts and at the Synergy School in San Francisco for more than a decade. He also is the pianist of the San Francisco Church of Religious Science and the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael.

Internationally, he has recorded, produced and toured with Jennifer Holiday, New Edition, Bobby Brown and Patti Austin. He recently produced a CD in the dance genre entitled "Johnny's House."

Steiner also works in film and television, composing music for "Deadly Vision," an ABC "Movie of the Week," as well as the score for Al Hernandez' "Jump Fence," included in the PBS series "American Independents;" and Daven Gee's "Chemistries," acclaimed by The San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and The Rotterdam Film Festival.

A pianist, keyboardist, and bassist, Steiner's music is drawn from many sources -- American Popular and Jazz, Western Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Minimalist. His most recent inspiration is from the Popular and Classical music of India and Pakistan.

His versatility is shown in the groups he performs and records with, such as The Old Joe Clarks, a nostalgic folk ensemble; Jesus, a Mexican folk singer; The Venusians, a cyber-pop adventure; Rinde Eckert's Navigators, a musical for the new millennium; Opera Piccola, an Oakland-based theater group; Tempus Fugitive, a folk-rock trio on Kranzke Records; and Shabaz, a fusion of Pakistani and American styles on Mondomelodia.

John Steiner composed Out Of The Blue's 11 heart-felt tracks during "the quiet hours of San Francisco's Mission District after midnight. "Weeknights, at one or two in the morning, streets that are busy and noisy by day become quiet and deserted," said Steiner. "It's the yin and yang of the city. In the temporal serenity of the city's wee hours, we're free to
explore the realm of sympathetic vibrations... hearing notes that expand and change color as they bleed away."

Piano: John Steiner
Cello: Ann Lerner-Wright
Vocals: Sharon Henderson
Percussion: Paulo Baldi
Produced by JS Kingfisher


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Andy Markley

Rain for the thirsty - a gift out of the blue
John Steiner and producer JS Kingfisher offer 11 compositions that shut me up and stop me in my tracks. “Out of the Blue” is, perhaps, a very brave album. In an age where music is too often seen as just another calculated commodity -- a “product” marketed by bean counters and corporations for the purpose of separating consumers from the contents of their wallets -- Steiner provides a touching example of what artists can do when they’re true to their muse. This album is like rain for the thirsty. As the title suggests, it’s a gift out of the blue.

The work is spacious, beguilingly simple, elegant and fulfilling. Through a broad range of tonal palettes and temperaments, listeners are invited to slow down and really hear what is too often missed in our frazzled, beat up world: Beauty and the simple joy of simply being.

The production values and engineering compliment the material perfectly (kudos to Ashley Moore and Mike Bemesderfer at Spark Studios), showcasing how Steiner and cellist Anne Lerner-Wright work together like one voice and heart. Highlights include a delightful (and delightfully unexpected) cover of the Lennon / McCartney tune “Julia” (from The Beatles white album).

For me, the only problem with the album is that it ends too soon. I find myself using the “random repeat” button on my CD player to make the album last longer. If you’re burnt out on predictable “new age” sugar water -- but long for its original intent -- “Out of the Blue” may be just what you’re looking for.

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With Romantic and Impressionistic influences, THIS is the perfection of Classical embracing Easy Listening. These elegant, moving and cozy pieces for piano, cello and vocals are the epitome of this genre and unlike the "elevator music" that typically bombards this style, you will be speechless at how beautiful it can be. This is WAY beyond new age; WAY too intelligent to skip past.

Kenneth Williams

Beautiful, Stylistic, Powerful
Modern classical music. Perfect blend of instruments and voices combined to produce this masterpiece. John's piano work is spiritually fulfilling.

White Rabbit Records

I am just a regular music lover but I know HIgh Quality!
I own Van Cliburn's CD's and this one is on par or better in some cases. I am from the DFW area so I can get shot for that, but it's so true. Thank you and please keep making this quality music for us.


Dedication to his craft
Dedication to his craft is what I hear. the sound is a true effort. It is a true honor to have this CD in my collection
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Tamara D. Turner

The perfection of Classical embracing Easy Listening.
With Romantic and Impressionistic influences, THIS is the perfection of Classical embracing Easy Listening. These elegant, moving and cozy pieces for piano, cello and vocals are the epitome of this genre and unlike the "elevator music" that typically bombards this style, you will be speechless at how beautiful it can be. This is WAY beyond new age; WAY too intelligent to skip past.