Instrumental, new age music, folkrock, semi classical music, symphonic rock
Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
Leiden, the Netherlands
VMU Records, Dureco, Fonos, Oreade Music
Musician, composer, writer, poet and digital artist of various styles of music- rock, folk and classical music, with about 70 bands. Also, a music teacher, a music columnist.
"In 1982 my first solo album, the instrumental Orphical Positions was released; it was critically acclaimed and given a great deal of airplay around Europe for many years, and in the United States also. In reviews, it was often compared to the music of Mike Oldfield, but also names like Alan Stivell, Jethro Tull or Flairck were mentioned. It was a synthesis of Western and Eastern music, folk music and rock music. Because of its similarities to New Age music, the album in retrospect can be considered one of the first Dutch New Age music productions. Since 2007 it is available again, this time as a CD, at the Dutch Music Archives of Fonos. (Het Nederlands Muziekarchief van Fonos) The music of Orphical Positions was used in a film and for a ballet performance, and a number of tracks on the album have been used in television commercials and several documentaries.
As a member and co-composer of Dream Quest, my first true New Age album, In Search of Avalon was released worldwide in 1997. In the same year I compiled The Anthology of New Age Music Volume I for the Dutch label Oibibio Sounds, in Amsterdam. The CD was released in Europe and in North America.
I am the author and editor of de New Age muziekencyclopedie, which was published in 1997 by Kosmos-Z&k, Utrecht/Antwerpen, in the Netherlands and in Belgium. It was updated and translated in 1998 and published as The International Guide to New Age Music, by Billboard Books, New York, for North America, Canada and Mexico. To this day, the reference book still receives a lot of attention.
Between 1990 and 2000 I was, among other things ,also active as a radio host and producer of several New Age music shows, which I hosted successively for the Dutch national Radio AVRO, Radio Apeldoorn, and Radio Oibibio. For Radio KDUR (Durango, Colorado, U.S.A.) I hosted An Echo of Silence. A so-called syndicated radio program. Creating the possibility of its broadcasting by more than 50 other radio stations in the U.S.A.
Since August 2008 I started a renewed collaboration with composer/musician Robert Nicolai under the name Yarnstone. Mixing new age music, symphonic rock, semi classical music and (Celtic) folk .For the debut-abum The Tidings of a Wave, which also will include several guest-musicians. It is planned to be released in spring 2011. Besides that, I am also working on a new solo album On the Edge of Time, Instrumental music, influenced by folk and classical music, Eastern music, symphonic rock and new age music. This cd is planned to be released in autumn 2011.
Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
Submitted on 06/14/11 by JAMES R. OESTREICH, The New York Times