"Alquimia's extraordinary voice is perfectly complemented by Mark Powell's arrangements" - Music and Musicians' Monthly, Singapore.
â€œThis is one of those few albums that you can hear any number of times and it never wears off. It's the kind of album where you hear something new in each track every time you listen to it." - D.O., U.S.A.
"Well I got your CD (â€˜Elliptical Danceâ€™) yesterday and I love it! â€˜Morning Flightâ€™ is an instant classic for me, and â€˜The Music of Speyâ€™ is one of the loveliest piano pieces I have ever heard. â€˜Upon Reflectionâ€™ is so original both in rhythm and in the wonderful voice leading. The others are all different and they all have a great effect on my mind." - M.S., U.S.A.
(Thank you all for your kind words and your permission to quote them here.)
On "Elliptical Dance", Mark Powellâ€™s unmistakable piano style is integrated with orchestral and ethnic instruments and the multi-layered voices of Alquimia to create a beautiful album of varying texture; from the masterful orchestra and choir of â€œLeaving Glengarranâ€ to the Enya-esque â€œServing Girlâ€; from the contemplative solo piano of â€œThe Music of Speyâ€ to the playful title track.
Music has the power to change our mood, refresh, uplift and relax. Crossing the boundaries between classical and world music, Mark's albums offer much more than just â€œrelaxationâ€ or downbeat â€œchill outâ€ sounds. Some tracks have a romantic feel to them, some are sparkling and animated and some are more mellow. Play them in the car, at home, during your dinner party, or download the MP3s and listen to them on the bus or train.
If you like the music of artists such as Enya, Carl Jenkins (Adiemus) or Ludovico Einaudi (Echoes), you will almost certainly enjoy Mark's CDs.
His hallmarks are strong, emotive original themes, at times incorporating traditional tunes and instruments, and virtuoso musicianship from players like violinists Ric Sanders and Alan Noble, classical guitarist Gerard Vaughan and the superb voice of Alquimia. His CDs have already sold in large numbers worldwide, and tracks have been included in many compilations released by Sony, EMI, BMG Ariola (Europe) and Ewise (Asia). Markâ€™s previous work has encompassed theatre and television, on which his themes can currently be heard on programmes like the UK breakfast show GMTV, Oprah Winfrey and the Steve Harvey show in the U.S.A.
Mark's first professional band were the U.K. folk-rockers Blackthorn. From them he moved on to work with the Steve Ashley Band alongside members of Fairport Convention, and toured with Fairport/Jethro Tull bassist Dave Pegg and his 'Cocktail Cowboys'. He also engineered some of the Fairports' studio and live recordings, as well as projects by other folkies like Blowzabella, Bert Jansch, Danny Thompson, and the Albion Band. During the '90s he became involved with theatre work, and whilst working as musical director for the impressario Scott Young and the touring theatre group, Fieldwork, he also toured and gigged with award-winning country-rock band Ida Red. Only the pressure of keeping up with writing commissions, mainly library music for broadcast use, caused him to stop regular live performance.
In 2000 he started working with singer Alquimia. Together they have recorded more library music, her "Angaelic Voices" album and, most recently, "Forever", a collection of traditional songs mixed with some of Mark's originals. This is also available here on CD Baby; just enter "Alquimia" into the search box at the top right of this page.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Night Song
2. Leaving Glengarran
3. The Levantine
4. Morning Flight
5. The Plainsman
6. The Music of Spey
7. Upon Reflection
8. Serving Girl
9. Elliptical Dance
11. The Stone Forest