Laura Sullivan
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Webpage: http://www.laura-sullivan.com
Location: Belmont, CA, USA
Description: Soothing Instrumental New Age Music
Biography: Laura grew up on a farm with spectacular views of both Mt. Lassen and Mt Shasta in the Northern California Ishi Wilderness. Raised in a musical family, Laura began learning to play the piano through her mothers teaching at the age of 4 years old. At age 8 she was writing her first compositions and by the time she was 18 she had composed a body of work, including 6 feature length musicals. Laura then founded a childrens musical theater company called Star Company through which she composed and directed her own shows, receiving outstanding reviews in local Northern California press.

Laura went on to study piano with Dr. Robert Bowman, receiving a Bachelors in Piano Performance with honors from CSU Chico with further graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her work has been included in film scores, and other media soundtrack, including the feature Emotions which debuted at the New York Film and Video Festival and a soundtrack to the reading of Mrs. Merriwethers Musical Cat by celebrated author, Carol Purdy. Lauras music appeared in the Soundtrack to Valentines Day Special starring Jon Polito (currently in the Festival circuit). Laura will be a featured artist in a pilot TV show called "Music Across America" produced by legendary musician and 2004 Grammy nominee, Stanley Clarke. Her music is currently featured in a touring multimedia presentation on North America's biggest conservation effort: Yellowstone to Yukon by Florian Schulz.

Laura works closely with renowned artist Chris Camozzi, (appearing with artists Jeff Lorber, Michael Bolton, Maria Carey, Barbara Streisand and many others) Camozzi produced Lauras latest two albums.

Laura now makes her home in Belmont, California, near San Francisco.

Press Release:
Laura Sullivan has released 3 CDs of her original evocative New Age music. Her latest two releases are nationally distributed through Delvian Records, whose artist roster includes Mortal Loom, Gentle Thunder and Vivian Khor. Her clear and memorable themes evoke deep emotions and expose a contemporary, freshness which at the same time suggests roots born of classical music. Kathy Parsons of Solo Piano Publications writes: "A strong and passionate pianist, Laura Sullivan brings a distinctive new voice to contemporary piano."

Although her style is one of a kind, Lauras music has been compared to that of George Winston, Suzanne Ciani and Wayne Gratz. Laura is a member of the piano artist collective Whisperings founded by composer, pianist and radio programmer, David Nevue. This artist community promotes its collective through its own radio station and regional concert tours. Laura performs in the Whisperings collective with artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Michael Dulin, Scott D. Davis and David Lanz.

Lauras appreciation for our environment blossomed in the wilderness setting where she grew up and continues to influence and inspire her compositions to this day. Her 2003 release, Pianoscapes for the Trails of North America, included a song inspired by each of the National Scenic Trails, such as the Appalachian, Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest.

Pianoscapes continues to be well received in retail sales, featured programs and radio airplay and debuted at #2 on Apple Itunes, sustaining a rank in the Top Ten downloaded NEW AGE CDs for over 3 months, and currently remains within the top 100 on Itunes New Age. RJ Lannan of the New Age Reporter writes of this release: Laura Sullivans music shimmers with an effervescent vitality.

Laura extensive travel, love of the outdoors and spiritual appreciation influenced the creation of her latest album, Mystical America. Each piece is Lauras original composition, except an exquisite arrangement of L.V. Beethovens Moonlight Sonata, lushly orchestrated with piano and strings. Inspired by Americas most magical and sacred sites, this album consists of four song collections: Magical Creations, Sacred Symbols, Mysterious Messages and Natures Splendor. Mystical America has been showered with rave reviews including being designated the number one best New Age album of 2004 by Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire. It was also named one of the top albums of 2004 by Collected Sounds and received a Top Pick designation from Solo Piano Publications and Streams of Time.