Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Big Apple

We love New York!  
This was our very first trip to New York City and I was so happy to visit the town where both my Grandmother and mother were born!  Even though we only spent one day, we saw a lot thanks to our super tour guide, Kevin Stoller!  I even got a chance to see Ellis great-grandparents came through there from Austria.  Hope you enjoy these photos we took in Central Park, Little Italy, and Almer playing guitar with a local in Long Island!

A Surprise in Pennsylvania

One of the highlights of our tour with Valencia Vas and Kevin Stoller was our encounter with one of the best sound engineers in the world.  Mr. Glenn Kern is the personal sound engineer for none other than Al DiMeola and Ian Anderson!  WOW!!!  Can you imagine how he made us sound!  We were all blown away by this great 'sound experience'.  When you play a live amplified show, you never know what you will get in terms of sound systems and PA's.  In this case it was beyond any of our expectations!  As you can see from the photos, Almer felt like a rock star...and Glenn made him sound like one!

Friday, August 15, 2008

AlmaNova with Valencia Vas and Kevin Stoller on the radio!

As part of our tour on the East Coast, we were fortunate enough to be featured on Pennsylvanian radio to promote one of our shows.  We spoke a little about how we came together as a band.  It actually is quite an unusual group...a classically trained soprano, flute, guitar and keyboard/piano who play cross-over!  Almer was the first to meet Valencia....he recorded a few tracks on her album, Reflections.  I was the next to join in and the keyboardist, Kevin came last.  So far we have had a great time on our first official tour together and we hope for many more in the future.  If a clip of our interview becomes available, we will post it!  

Monday, August 11, 2008

AlmaNova on tour with Valencia Vas and Kevin Stoller

We recently we honored and thrilled to share the stage with some very fine musicians.  Valencia Vas is a soprano whose began as an opera singer.  She now sings cross-over and performs original works.  Kevin Stoller is an exceptional keyboard player who has toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks.  Our first concert with Valencia and Kevin was in Huntington, Long Island in New York.  This was quite a thrill for us for many reasons.  The first of which being it was our very first time in New York.  Secondly, we were performing in a venue that had recently featured New York native and the piano man himself, Billy Joel!  Thirdly, we were playing for a very warm and receptive crowd!  Please enjoy a few photos we took during our sound check!  Also, don't forget to check out Valencia's website for some sound bytes!