Best New Age Recording
Best New Age Duo/Group
Best New Age Instrumentalist: Richard Nash
Songwriter of the Year: Bernadette Garner
Richard Nash: I went to a recital to hear my brothers play the piano and looked up at my mother and said "I want to do that." I was 4 years old. Group lessons started in 2nd grade and piano came naturally to me. From that point forward music was the most important influence in my life. The sounds would consume me and I would lose reality as I was drawn into a new and exciting world that was full of textures, colors and emotions.
Having studied Classical music the first 12 years gave me the technical skills necessary for self expression. The Berklee College of Music took off my blinders and opened up the keyboard to me.
I learned Jazz styles from the older musicians, that had played in the Big Bands of the 30's and 40's and took bits and pieces of each without knowing it, to develop my style.
Rock music of the 60's and 70's further influenced me as well as the arrangements and interpretations of Frank Sinatra's music.
The more I played the more I liked. My keyboards ranged from a Steinway Grand and Hammond B3 to Moog Synthesizers and Fender Rhodes. All Keyboards thick with textures, tones, colors, and endless possibilities.
My music today still relies on the classic vintage keyboard sounds and also the new sounds of Korg, Roland, and General Music.
Endless possibilities, improvisation, self envelopment, becoming one with the instrument, that is the ultimate extreme. Making listeners reach deep inside their subconscious, stirring their memories and emotions, and bringing to the surface all that they feel.
If it isn't with feeling it isn't music, just notes!
Bernadette Garner: I was going to start by saying "art and music have always been a part of me" but that is wrong, they are all of me. A solitude only child, creativity was my entertainment, muses my playmates.
From early on the art part was pretty apparent, I was always drawing and painting. Fueled by a love of comic books, replaced as a teenager by Heavy Metal Magazine and just about anything fantasy oriented. Fantasy art took me to strange exciting worlds.
I love to draw to music which lead to collecting hundreds of albums (vinyl). Albums, along with the music, provided the coolest covers and liner notes. For those of you who remember, they also kept your legs strecthed, back and forth flipping them over and changing them. I still paint with albums playing, that slight pop and crackle reeling me back in time. I have to say that one of the greatest moments of my life was the cartridge of my turntable touching down on Led Zeppelin IV. I grew up with some of the greatest music written, all of which made me want to be a musician.
I have been playing the piano for years, some of which were devoted, some of which I barely touched it. For a long time it was a love/hate relationship, that has grown well past both emotions into something I prefer to call spiritual. My spiritual relationship with the piano started with the composing. No longer battling Beethoven....(whom I dearly love) or Bach......but now battling my fingers, to get out the tunes banging around in my head. The elation of the right notes played and written to convey my feelings.
This is who I am and what I do
I paint, I compose .....
This meeting and entwining of souls (Richard and Bernadette) has made for an interesting and eclectic collection of original songs. Their interest and influences just different enough to keep you wondering what is next.........never stagnant.
1. Summer Storm
2. Montag and Clarisse
3. Starry Night
4. The Ganges
5. Wind Chimes
6. Must You Go?
7. Strong Hearts
8. Newgrange Spirals
9. The Dancer
11. Twilight Waltz
12. An Old Waltz
13. The Lotus
14. The Dalai Lama Song
15. Horse Dreams