Craig's roots lie in serious classical training with one of his earliest performances of Samuel Barbers Piano Sonata earning him the Honor Award from the Detroit Musicians League. He also has a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. After many years of performing classical and mainstream venues Craig left Detroit and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. In his first few years in L.A. Craig kept busy freelancing various jobs including some film scoring and transcribing music for such artists as Wendy Carlos and Eddie Jobson. Eventually he landed a job as chief studio engineer at 2KSounds who were affiliated with E.M.I. and Virgin Records. Here he worked with an array of artists from Folk to Rap including Glen Campbell, Randy Bachman and Michael Narada Walden. He left 2KSounds and started his own record label, Random Arch Music where he keeps busy producing his own as well as other artists CD's. Make sure to check out Craig's Christmas CD,"Do You Hear What I Hear?" an eclectic synth Christmas, and his other CD's as well.
"In 'Mass' I started with Gregorian Chant samples and composed a series of electronic pieces around them. I've incorporated a variety of styles including classical, rock and jazz. Each piece is an entire statement in song form. The CD concludes with an Amen."
"Some people think that the fixed mission of the synthesizer is the quest for sounds that could be produced using conventional instruments. But I feel that the emergence of the synthesizer makes it possible for players and composers to do better than past achievements, because the limitation of having to deal with given sounds is no longer there". Isao Tomita-from Contemporary Keyboard, August 1977.
Check out the artist's website:http://web.mac.com/craigfurkas
3. Agnus Dei
4. Pange Lingua