John Nilsen to play Truckee
TRUCKEE and#8212; Internationally known recording artist John Nilsen will perform at Church of the Mountains, 10070 Church St. in downtown Truckee, Aug. 27, 2010 at 7 p.m. The concert is free with good-will donations accepted. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nilsen has appeared in major concert halls, but revels in the more intimate settings of smaller venues. and#8220;As a performer, I like exploring beyond the boundaries of my recorded songs. It gives me the chance to offer something special, spontaneous and personal to my audience. The entire performance hinges on the connection not only between the players, but with the audience as well.and#8221;
Nilsen has appeared with such luminaries as Jose Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young, Kenny G, Alex De Grassi and David Foster. His recordings are featured on over forty musical collections and samplers throughout the globe, including a Rhino Records Sampler. Extensive radio play furthers Nilsenand#8217;s ever-growing audience. As Chicago radio personality Rick Oand#8217;Dell observes: and#8220;John is one of our showand#8217;s most requested and talked about artists.and#8221;
Nilsen began studying classical piano from his mother at age 6. He began playing guitar at age 14. Nilsen graduated from Southern Oregon University 1979 with a bachelor of arts in English and was honored by the institution in 1995 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the most prestigious award of Southern Oregon University graduates. Nilsen founded the Magic Wing recording label in 1987. The label has a catalog of 14 successful titles, all having international distribution.
Upon occasion an artist delivers something special and unique by separating himself from others. Such is the case with John Nilsenand#8217;s newest CD on Magic Wing, and#8220;Places I Go.and#8221; A collection of 11 songs, it is Nilsenand#8217;s first solo piano recording in 24 years. The recording features nine original compositions which colorfully combine elements of folk, classical and jazz. As Nilsen himself said, and#8220;I feel fortunate to have tracked these songs and placed them alongside one another on a CD. Iand#8217;ve been looking forward to recording a solo project for a long time and the timing, both creatively and sonically, was perfect.and#8221;
One of the Northwestand#8217;s largest selling musical artists, Nilsen has released 17 recordings, with recordings released in Germany, Taiwan, Canada, Philippines, Great Britain and Singapore, bringing reported sales to more than 800,000 copies sold.
Famed guitarist Guthrie Thomas is credited with launching Nilsenand#8217;s music career 27 years ago. He invited Nilsen to record on his Eagle Records label in LA and there a career was born.
As his father once told him, all things in balanceand#8230; rehearse hard, play hard. Nilsen does just that. With 240 annual performances including national tours of the United States, Europe and Japan, the rewards of his diligence are unmistakable. He has earned a devout following of listeners and with his increasing international distribution, his popularity continues to grow.
Like many artists, travel, outdoor activities and family are rich sources of fuel for Nilsenand#8217;s creative drive. Yet, it is the intense clarity with which he is able to translate his experiences into music that distinguishes him. Nilsen brings songs of life.
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