Written by Maria Arroyo
Louis Anthony deLise is absolutely humbled and honored to share his upcoming album, A Gift of Moments, which is set to hit all streaming platforms on April 16th!
The award-winning American composer, pianist, and percussionist, Dr. Louis Anthony deLise, is no stranger to the music industry, having successfully grounded himself in projects ranging from an arranger and conductor for Grammy-winner Patti LaBelle, and the band Halestorm, and arranged for Grammy-winner Peter Nero, to teaching at Boyer College of Music and Dance, and publishing his songwriting textbook, “The Professional Songwriter.”
“The title, A Gift of Moments, comes from something a friend wrote about her deceased husband,” deLise shares. “She described their too-short time together as, ‘a gift of moments.’ (Time with someone you love is always ‘too short,’ isn’t it?)
Since February 2020, (since I’ve been locked down at home with my patient and loving wife, Theresa), like the rest of us, I’ve been reminded each day of just how delicate life is. My friend’s comment about her lost love has gradually revealed itself as a worthy title for the collection of music I was creating during this time of lockdown. All of the pieces on A Gift of Moments are in some way about love: of a mate, of family, our way of life, and those beliefs we consider particular to us.”
Along with creating, composing, and arranging all of the songs on the album, Dr. deLise also engineered and mixed all of his work, with mastering completed by Peter Humphreys at Masterwork Recording. He also pulled in some incredibly talented musicians to bring these pieces to life, so a huge thank you to John McMurtery and Christine Hansen (flute, alto flute), Vivian Barton Dozor and Natasha Jaffe (cello), Igor Szwec and Gregory Teperman (violin), Ellen Trainer (viola), and Elizabeth deLise (acoustic guitar).
“The recordings on A Gift of Moments are personal to me: the music is from my heart. I performed and recorded most of it myself and wrote every note that others performed. The compositions are varied in style as they encompass musical gestures reflective of the many disparate musical traditions alive in my soul.
“With this unapologetically sensitive, perhaps even nostalgic, music of mine I intend to blur the arbitrary boundaries of genre classification, like classical or pop; ambient or orchestral. That’s all OK with me, too.”
Be sure to follow up with Dr. Anthony deLise and be ready for his beautifully crafted album, A Gift of Moments, available on all streaming platforms on April 16th!
A Gift of Moments tracklisting
A Gift of Moments
Always in My Heart
A Time for Peace
Heart of An Angel
In the Before Times
A Song for My Children
Ripples On The Pond At the End of the Tunnel
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