In the album AVE MARIA, Glenn uses his PURE voice to weave a modern story of this TIMELESS prayer. He mixes FUTURISTIC & CLASSICAL sounds to create an atmosphere of MEDITATION. Coming Soon! Sign up for the newsletter for updates!
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AVE MARIA: Stories behind the Songs
Track 1: AVE MARIA CLOUDS
This version of Ave Maria was composed by both J.S. Bach and Charles Gounod. The other-worldly instrumentation is based on a Prelude by Bach. The flowing, streaming melody was later added by Gounod. The combination of old and new creates a timeless soundscape.
Track 2: AVE MARIA AURORA
The most famous version of Ave Maria was composed by Franz Schubert. The winding vocal music weaves through sounds of organ, harp, and orchestra. This Ave Maria tells a story of need and relief.
Track 3: AVE MARIA MOON
Paolo Tosti composed this rare setting of the prayer. It evokes the sounds of a single person quietly but despairingly saying a prayer in an old Italian church as moon light arrives.
Track 4: AVE MARIA GALAXY
A very modern take on Giulio Caccini's baroque song. While this song was composed in the 1500s, Glenn Fernandez brings it to the modern era with a space-like and epic soundscape.
Track 5: PANIS ANGELICUS
Composed by Cesar Franck, this song tells the story of heavenly intervention. The food of the Angels becomes the food of humankind.
Track 6: COMFORT YE
From George F. Handel's famous oratorio, The Messiah. The sparse chordal progressions of the piano gives this version a contemporary feel, while Glenn Fernandez's soaring voice creates a stream of legato melody.
Track 7: EV'RY VALLEY
From George F. Handel's famous oratorio, The Messiah. The music of the baroque era likes to display vocal fireworks with fast moving notes that scale up and down the landscape just like the mountains depicted in this song.
Track 8: YE PEOPLE REND YOUR HEARTS
From Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah. This song asks us to look within our souls to find God's forgiveness. It acts as a quick introduction to the following track.
Track 9: IF WITH ALL YOUR HEARTS
From Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio, Elijah. The simple melody of this song carries a simple message: Follow your heart.
Track 10: FORWARD INTO LIGHT
Charles Ives creates a hymn that inspires up to look upward. What starts out as a simple song transforms into an energetic layering of sounds designed to push the listener onward.
PIANO/KEYBOARD: BASIA BOCHENEK
Basia's virtuosic keyboard skills create the wonderful soundscape of the album. Basia was born and raised in Poland. At the age of five, she began to study music at the I. J. Paderewski Music School. Music became a big part of Ms. Basia's life: music theory, aural skills, movement, choir and piano lessons were integrated into her daily schooling. Basia continued higher education in the U.S. when she moved at the of fourteen. In 2009, she moved to Los Angeles, CA, where she performs as a collaborator.
PRODUCER: KERRY XIAO (track 4)
Kerry was able to create a true mix of modern and classical sound on this album. Up and coming music producer and audio engineer. Worked with various up coming artists including Tiffany Alvord (top Youtube Artist), and Arden Cho (MTV's Teen Wolf star).
RECORDING/MIXING/MASTERING: BIG CITY RECORDING STUDIO
Paul Tavenner at Big City Recording Studio was an integral part of the creation of the album. Big City Recording is a full-service studio. We offer the best in recording, mixing and mastering services. Over our 20 year history we have recorded, mixed and/or mastered over 1,200 titles.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ANTHONY MONGIELLO
Anthony Mongiello Photography is a professional headshot photographer in Los Angeles founded in 2006 recognized for his unique talent of capturing the essence of his subject in his photography. As an experienced headshot photographer, glamour photographer and fashion photographer for over a decade, he uses his unique style and talent to create extraordinary actor headshots, business headshots and modeling portfolios.
The album AVE MARIA is dedicated to
Mom, Dad , & Tita Viring