Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandWorldAcoustic

Phoenix Rising from the ashes. Wendy Loomis writes music for world flutes, piano and percussion that is mystical, powerful, lyrical. Perfect act for World or Jazz Festivals!

Biography

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RECENT ACCLAIM:

*'Ascension' CD and 'Mystic Places' both placed in the top 20 of Zone Reporter Charts for over 7 months. Albums played on satellite, analog and online radio in multiple countries.

* "Ascension' nominated for best acoustic album of the year by L.A. Music Awards.

*'Ascension' nominated for 'best new age' and 'best classical/orchestral' by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

*'Mystic Places' nominated for best World Song by Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

*'Seed nominated for Best New Age Song by the Independent Music Awards'

PRESS HIGHLIGHT:

“Despite the stereotypes that surround musical categories like New Age and Contemporary, Phoenix Rising encapsulates a very broad range of styles and motivations indeed. Phoenix Rising out of the Bay Area brings us a neo-classical, lyrical style that is both haunting and refreshing for its very defiance of stereotypes. Beautifully recorded, their latest release Ascension has as much to do with Lisa Gerrard and Penguin Cafe Orchestra as it does with Deuter and Enya.”- (Iguhuaran, MusicZeitgeist.com)

Phoenix Rising is comprised of Wendy Loomis (composer/pianist), Monica Williams (Traditional and World Flutes), and guest artists including percussionists Bill/Debra Podjed/Jessica Skyler, singers Irina Mikhailova and Barbara Jaspersen, cellist Suellen Primost, guitarist Karen Segal, and guzheng player Jennifer Lim. They incorporate their large collection of ethnic flutes and percussion instruments from all over the world, making Phoenix Rising one of the most innovative and versatile ensembles in the Bay Area. India's bamboo bansuri flute is hardly a jazz instrument, but that doesn't stop Wendy Loomis from writing original jazz pieces for bansuri and piano. Phoenix Rising combines aspects of new age, world, classical, and jazz styles into their music bringing magnificent scenes capes of light and energy to audiences of all demographics.

BIO:

In 2009 Phoenix Rising was nominated for ‘best acoustic album’ by the LA Music Awards, ‘best new age’ and ‘best classical album’ by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and was a finalist in the Unisong International Competition. They are also on the Offical 2009 Grammy Ballot for ‘best new age artist’ Their music can be heard on 100s of analog, internet and satellite programs nationally and internationally. In February, ‘Ascension’ topped the charts, according to Zone Reporters, and it is still in the top 100 charts 9 months after the releas. Zone Reporter is the Industry Source for New Age, World, Ambient, Electronic, Solo Piano, Relaxation, Instrumental and many other genres of music.

The variety of music Phoenix Rising brings to the table has enabled them to perform at street festivals, concert halls, galleries, and clubs all over the United States. Some of their tours stops include San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Austin, Nashville, Monterey, San Diego, Boston, and New York.

In addition to performing Wendy and Monica teach piano and flute at various schools and private studios throughout the Bay Area. Phoenix Rising also presents workshops on Native American flutes and drums to private and public events. Both musicians share a passion for not only creating music, but sharing their knowledge with the young and the young at heart.

TESTIMONIALS:

“Thank you both for playing for our Sunday event. You sounded great. Your professional training was clear when you hit the deck ( stage) running & with full presence despite your arduous, round-about journey to wildwood farm.......Your music carried all the way through out the grounds.”- Sara, Wildwood Farms Earth Day Festival

“Despite being an American duo and having a lot of American influences, PHOENIX RISING often projects a European quality ... it isn't hard to imagine parts of this album being used in an artsy film from Spain, Italy, Belgium, or France. (Alex Henderson, All Music Guide)

Discography

"Ascension" released Feb. 2009.
"Whispers" released June 2005.
Both CDs are under the Copus Music indie label and available at:
www.cdbaby.com/phoenixrising
www.myspace.com/bayareacontemporarymusic
www.wendyloomis.com

Set List

All original compositions crossing between classical, jazz, new age, atonal improvisations. Usual 50-minute set list.