Press Releases (2010)

 
Full Streaming Audio of Randy Ellefson’s Two Upcoming Albums Now Available

September 14, 2010 – GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND – Guitarist Randy Ellefson has released his third and fourth instrumental guitar albums, Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art. Unlike his first two hard rock albums, Serenade of Strings is all acoustic while The Lost Art is classical guitar. Free mp3s and full streaming audio of both are available from www.randyellefson.com.

Randy Ellefson 2010Ellefson wrote the earliest songs on Serenade of Strings as a teenager in the 1980s and envisioned this all-acoustic album, but plans for it were cut short by a 1996 tendonitis injury that stopped him from playing acoustic guitar for nearly ten years. With songs from both before and after the injury, the delayed album gives an insight into how big a loss this was for him. The track-by-track remarks on his website detail the history of each piece.

Ellefson handled all guitars, bass, and percussion on Serenade of Strings while drummer Jeff Moos reprises his role from the previous album.

Serenade of Strings track listing:

1. “The Gift” 2. “Duo” 3. “Dee” 4. “In the Round” 5. “Riding with the Top Down” 6. “Understand” 7. “Reverie” 8. “Tears” 9. “Menagerie” 10. “Homecoming” 11. “Fantasia Etude” 12. “Sun Shower” 13. “Shades of Blue” 14. “Separating” 15. “Lost” 16. “A Sad Winter’s Day” 17. “The Joys of Spring”

The Lost Art has eighteen solo classical guitar pieces performed by Ellefson in 1995, shortly after finishing his Bachelors of Music degree from Catholic University in Washington D.C. The lone exception is the Loeillet sonata for guitar and flute; in 2010, Ellefson arranged the flute part for guitar and recorded it 15 years after the backing guitar track. It may be the only such recording of this piece.

“I have an audio tape of the Loeillet sonata from my senior recital,” says Ellefson, “two months before I recorded the rest of the songs, with the flute part done by a flautist, so I mimicked her performance and interpretation.”

The Lost Art is a one-of-a-kind bonus release from Ellefson, whose tendonitis injury cost him the ability to play classical guitar, except for easy pieces like “Dee” by Randy Rhoads or his own “Menagerie”, both from the Serenade of Strings album.

The Lost Art track listing:

1-4: “Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 1”, J.B. Loeillet de Gant 5: “Prelude No. 1 in E minor”, Heitor Villa-Lobos 6: “Prelude No. 4 in E minor”, Heitor Villa-Lobos 7: “Estudios Sencillos I”, Leo Brouwer 8: “Canarios”, Gaspar Sanz 9: “Lute Pieces: Allegro”, Anonymous 10: “Lute Pieces: Andante”, Cesari Negri 11: “Lute Pieces: Saltarello”, Vincenzo Galileo 12: “Lagrima”, Francisco Tárrega 13-18: “Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007” (arr. for guitar), J.S. Bach

A song from each album can be downloaded for free, including J.S. Bach Minuets I & II from Cello Suite No. 1 (arranged for guitar). Members of Ellefson’s free Demo Club can download an additional four tracks.

Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art are available now via www.randyellefson.com, CDBaby.com, and other retailers.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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Full Streaming Audio of Randy Ellefson’s Two Upcoming Albums Now Available

Serenade of Strings (2010)September 01, 2010 – GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND – In advance of the September 14 release of two new studio albums, instrumental guitarist Randy Ellefson has post streaming audio of both CDs in their entirety from his official site, www.randyellefson.com. This will be an exclusive until the albums, Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art, hit retail.

“I used to avoid streaming entire albums for several reasons,” says Ellefson, citing the theory that if people can listen all day for free, they’ll never buy a track or album. “That may be true, but if they really like something, they’ll want to take it with them. There’s also software that allows you to capture a stream, which is another risk, but in the end, I decided that there’s really no point in promoting an album if no one can hear it.”

Serenade of Strings is an all-acoustic album while The Lost Art is a bonus disc of classical guitar recordings Ellefson made 15 years ago, prior to developing tendonitis and losing the ability to play that genre for good. The injury also cost him his acoustic guitar playing for about ten years, making Serenade of Strings a comeback album of sorts. Half of its songs were written before the injury in 1996, as detailed in the track-by-track remarks on his website.

A song from each album can be downloaded for free, including “Dee” by Randy Rhoads and J.S. Bach Minuets I & II from Cello Suite No. 1 (arranged for guitar). Members of Ellefson’s free Demo Club can download an additional four tracks, including a Villa-Lobos prelude.

The Lost Art (2010)In addition to the new releases, his prior hard rock albums The Firebard and Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid can also now be streamed from www.randyellefson.com.

Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art are available September 14 via www.randyellefson.com.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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Instrumental Guitarist Randy Ellefson To Release Two New Albums

AUGUST 23, 2010 (GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND) – After a three-year hiatus, guitarist Randy Ellefson will release two acoustic guitar instrumental albums on September 14th, 2010. Full track listings, album art, and free mp3s are available now at www.randyellefson.com. While not a double album, the two discs, Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art, are related music with similar covers.

Randy Ellefson 2010Serenade of Strings marks a triumphant return to the acoustic guitar for Ellefson, who lost his playing to severe tendonitis in 1996 and was unable to play the more challenging instrument for nearly ten years; his first two albums were hard rock and performed almost exclusively on the electric guitar, which is easier to play. Half of the songs pre-date the injury and inspired the long-delayed album, which includes a rare performance of “Dee” by the late Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne fame. Jeff Moos reprised his role on drums while Ellefson handled all guitars, bass, and percussion.

The injury was caused by his Bachelors of Music in classical guitar, earned in 1995 after only two years of strenuous practice. Just months later, Ellefson recorded 19 of the pieces for personal use, not realizing he’d release them 15 years later as The Lost Art, so named because he’s still unable to play the style. The Lost Art was prompted by Ellefson’s inclusion of one of the 19 songs, the original “Fantasia Etude”, on Serenade of Strings.

“I consider The Lost Art a bonus disc,” says Ellefson, “since you can’t make a career out of something you no longer do. I could play the easier pieces, but even my own ‘Fantasia Etude’ is just too much for my arms. I haven’t played that in 15 years.”

Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art are available September 14 via www.randyellefson.com.

Visit http://www.randyellefson.com for free mp3s, videos, guitar tablature, articles, and the latest news on Randy Ellefson.

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