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"Very interesting music!"

I have received your wonderful CD -with the "Greek" title Hologram! I have listened very carefuly to your music and I found it really very interesting. I have played some of the pieces in my radio show (the atmospheric "The Hollow" with the impressive guitar opening is one of my favorites)...keep the good music going on!

All the best

-George Monemvassitis
GREECE - George Monemvassitis-ERT / GREEK RADIO 2

"Superpowered hologramª!"

While I'm not one to recommend taking any notorious substances for the purpose of musical transcendence, I don't think inhaling a thing or two while listening to hologramª (http://www.hologra-ma.com) can be considered an immoral act. This is perhaps one of the few jazz acts around that can, well, get you high.

Although traces of Spyro Gyra and Chick Corea can be heard in the group's tightly wound and highly dynamic grooves, there's another sensibility at work here, namely the psychedelic overtones of Pink Floyd and the space jazz of Sun Ra. "Expansion," certainly, has that drugged-out vibe with its opening extraterrestrial atmospherics, then reaching down to Earth with Ricardo Pons' comfy sax. On "Solarwinds," the group really elevates into the stratosphere, jamming with superpowered energy. It's exhilarating. Imagine Pink Floyd going free jazz on your ass, and that's what "Solarwinds" is like.

The warm "9to1" is absolutely lovely, far sweeter than its cryptic title suggests. The bass lines pulsate like a heartbeat. The track truly lifts your spirits. "Endless Light" is probably the most hook-oriented cut here with its snappy, catchy beats. Every musician in this quartet is given a chance to shine although not at the song's expense. For example, L. Raul Romero's crystalline guitars on "Momentum" add to, and not distract from, the composition's sense of majesty.

- by Adam Harrington-Whisperin and Hollerin (UK)

"A fantastic set"

What a fantastic set!....congratulations on a wonderful recording and best wishes from Down Under. - Dick Hughes-Jazz Action Productions, Australia


Fantastic Album!...Great stuff for our radio station. - Alex Pinjen BRTO Radio, Netherlands

"Great album"

...the mix of fusion, ambient and straight jazz makes for a very interesting cd. The musicianship is first class, i love the interplay between guitar and sax - a great cd that I will be featuring on my shows here in New Zealand...I will give a copy away on my show after playing one of the tracks! - Mark Robinson-George FM, New Zealand

"Innovative CD"

Highly innovative music and sounds here... - Tony Wickham, Radio Maldwyn-Wales, UK

"hologramª Magic!"

hologramª magically mixes Pink Floyd space rock with Latin jazz
January 28, 2008


As you can probably tell by their enigmatic name, hologramª are not your typical jazz-fusion group. In fact, hologramª are as creatively linked to the space rock of Pink Floyd and Yes as they are with their jazz roots. Maybe psychedelic jazz could be used to label this otherwordly foursome. “Expansion” and “Solarwinds” define the group’s sci-fi bent. “Expansion,” with its intergalactic intro, and “Solarwinds,” powered by gusts that morph into spine-tingling jazz rhythms, are truly extraordinary. The group uses jazz’s lack of stylistic borders to stretch their creativity and raise their consciousness. In doing so, we’re taken on a fantastic journey with them.
While ”Solarwinds” crackles with the unbridled energy of falling stars, the band shifts into low gear with “Temple,” evoking a rainy-day environment. A band of truly gifted musicians, hologramª seems to have no artistic limitations, allowing their imaginations to run loose like wild animals. Still, there is craftsmanship here. “Rebirth” is smoothed over by warm sax and “Momentum” is fueled by radiant guitar work.

- by Vivian Fields-Midnight Jazz @ Wordpress.com

"Beautiful music!"

It's been a great pleasure to know, to listen and to promote your
music...in the future remember that for me will be a pleasure to receive and to promote
your new CDs.
An embrace from Italy!
- Bruno Pollacci - AnimaJazz, Italy

"A fantastic album!!"

A fantastic album!! We have three jazz shows at our radio station, so your album will definitely get quite a bit of airplay. I think the musicianship is top notch, the tracks are exciting, creative and progressive, perfect for my show which focuses mostly on post-bop and modern jazz. I wish you only the best with the success of your CD. You guys sound great...I am hoping you will get some gigs in New York....you would fit it on the scene there perfectly!! - Kerilie McDowall CHLY 101.7 FM Nanaimo, BC Canada


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Conceptual jazz quartet hologram fuses jazz and improvisation with contemporary music, soundscapes, afro-caribbean rhythms and visual imagery to create a unique palette of original sound. The music is inspired by the holographic principle in nature and the universe as they portray the unity of it all. Exciting compositions and performances makes this seasoned quartet an unforgettable musical experience.

hologramª is:

L. Raul Romero, composer, producer and guitarist b. in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Classical guitar studies at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and major in Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. Studies under Ken Pullig and composer Greg Hopkins. He's recorded and/or performed alongside artists including Slide Hampton, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Will Lee, Horacio Hernandez, John Benitez, Donny McCaslin, Luis Bonilla and William Cepeda Afro Rican Jazz, a project which featured many of his arrangements as well as original music fusiing native Puerto Rican rhythms and jazz. As a performer and clinician he's performed at music festivals such as the FAOT 2009 in Mexico, the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, the Latin Heritage Music Festival, the JVC Jazz Fest and toured Central and South America in several U.S. Dept. of State-sponsored cultural ambassador programs, performing live concerts, clinics and engaging in community outreach. He's also produced several jazz and improvisational music albums under his Arrakis Productions label.

Ricardo Pons, saxophonist/flutist and composer b. San Juan, Puerto Rico. B.A. City College of New York and M.A. Jazz Performance and Composition at the Aaron Copland Conservatory at Queens College, NYC. Studies with Jimmy Heath and Sir Roland Hannah. He has performed alongside numerous artists including Chick Corea, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Celia Cruz, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Teatro Pregones and Pleneros de la 21. He has participated at the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Charlie Parker Festival in New York. One of his compositions, 'Vieques Si' earned him a spot on the 'All Jazz Real Book' (SHER MUSIC) honoring him as the first Puerto Rican composer to be featured in that publication. Always commited to the fusion of jazz and folk Puerto Rican music he has produced the albums 'De Puerto Rico al Mundo' of his co- founded bomba and plena fusion group 'Viento de Agua', 'Ricardo Pons and Plena del Sol' and co-produced the album 'CausaComun'. He currently teaches at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Aldemar Valentin. b.Mayagüez, PR. Studies at the Ponce Fine Arts School under the tutelage of Irvin Cancel. Dual major Berklee College of Music under Oscar Stagnaro, Hal Crook, Scott Free & Greg Hopkins. Master degree New England Conservatory under Rakalam Bob Moses & Danilo Perez among others. He has worked as an educator at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, jazz improvisation master clases in Ecuador, jazz and afro-caribbean music conferences in Western Africa organized under the U.S. State Department & Kennedy Center for the Arts 'Jazz Ambassadors' program and conferences at the Panama Jazz Festival representing the NEC.
He has performed and recorded alongside artists such as Nestor Torres, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paoli Mejias, Victor Mendoza, Giovanni Hidalgo, Miguel Zenon and Eduardo Tancredi among many others. He's currently promoting his album 'Finding my Path' and teaching at the Interamerican University in San Juan.

Efraín Martinez b. in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been playing drums since age 13. Studies with former Mongo Santamaria and Sammy Davis Jr.'s band drummer Tony Sanchez. Early on he was influenced by drummer Al Foster. He has performed and/ or recorded with numerous Latin American artists in many different generes and with performers both in Puerto Rico and the U.S. like Steve Khan, Eddie Gomez, Jerry Gonzalez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ron Affif, Hilton Ruiz, John Benitez, William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz among many others. Music festival participation include the Dominican Republic Jazz Fest, San Juan Heineken Jazz Fest, FAOT 2009 and Barranquilla Jazz Festival. He's also toured as a clinician with the U.S. Dept. of State-sponsored Cultural Ambassador Program.