David Minasian is a highly decorated keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer deeply rooted in progressive rock. His new album ‘The Sound Of Dreams’ is to be released later this year, but David has unveiled the first single from the album So Far From Home featuring PJ Olsson (The Alan Parsons Live Project) on vocals.
So Far From Home is a majestic yet at times ethereal progressive masterpiece that echoes the golden era of prog. It is complex yet sensitive and is performed with impeccable musicianship and stunning vocals from Olsson.
‘The Sound Of Dreams’ features compositions and performances by some of the biggest names in prog: Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Billy Sherwood (Yes), PJ Olsson (The Alan Parsons Live Project) Julie Ragins (The Moody Blues Live) and Geof O’Keefe (Pentagram).
David Minasian is a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer who began classical piano training at the age of five. His critically acclaimed 2010 album ‘Random Acts of Beauty’ became one of the biggest Progressive Rock releases of the year and features a rare guest appearance by legendary guitarist Andrew Latimer of the English progressive rock band Camel.
David is also a motion picture producer, director and writer with over 150 credits to his name. He has worked alongside some of Hollywood’s elites including Mel Gibson as well as many musical icons including Elton John, The Moody Blues, Alan Parsons, Kris Kristofferson and Three Dog Night.
As a Producer and Director, David created a number of documentary and concert videos for various musical acts including nine for Camel, and five for legendary Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward whose Minasian-directed DVD ‘Spirits Live’ reached #2 on the Billboard video charts and was broadcast on the PBS network.
In 2016, David’s film ‘The Story Behind Nights In White Satin’, which detailed the history of the Moody Blues’ signature song, earned a best documentary award from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.
Working again with Hayward, David co-wrote the theme for the motion picture ‘The Wind of Heaven’, which became the best-selling download from Hayward’s ‘All the Way’ Greatest Hits CD, as well as the name of Hayward’s 2017 World Tour.
‘Random Acts of Beauty’s’ Mellotron drenched, classically influenced symphonic rock features soaring melodies and lush keyboard rich arrangements, as well as powerful lead guitar work courtesy of David’s young son Justin, along with Camel guitarist Andrew Latimer who guests on the track Masquerade.
David’s long awaited follow up album, ‘The Sound of Dreams’, to be released in 2020, enlists a virtual who’s who of legendary musicians including Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Alan Parsons lead vocalist PJ Olsson, Moody Blues Live vocalist Julie Ragins and Pentagram founding member drummer/guitarist Geof O’Keefe.
The album’s title track is an 11-minute tour-de-force which brings Steve Hackett, Annie Haslamand and Billy Sherwood together for the first time on the same recording.
As David says, “These are the heroes I grew up with. Co-writing and recording with them was a dream come true. Therefore the album’s title couldn’t be more accurate – for this is what dreams coming true sound like.”
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