News Classical 23/02/2006

Duc Melds Diverse Influences Into Groundbreaking Electronica Album, Visions and Dreams



LOS ANGELES (Catherine Duc Official Website) - Classically trained but with electronica savvy, Catherine Duc readily bridges the ancient with the up to date on her new album, Visions and Dreams. Rarely has the label worldbeat been more appropriate. She brings together musical forms from around the globe and creates a bold leap forward for Celtic influenced New Age and electronica music.

Duc blazes trails for New Age music on her new album, arriving at a novel and intoxicating blend of Celtic and ambient music. This is music to take note of. It doesn't merely recede and become background sound. Instead, the layers and juxtapositions provide food for the mind while providing rest for the soul. Duc composed and performed all tracks on Visions and Dreams using the latest multitracking techniques to create vibrant Celtic soundscapes. The album was mastered by Toby Learmont at Sony Music Australia and is being distributed by The Orchard.

In 2002, Duc won the electronica prize in a national competition organized by Philips in Australia. A classically trained pianist, Duc studied recording and production at the Concert Hall in Melbourne. She recently earned a diploma in film music composition from the London School of Creative Studies.

"Fusing world music with electronica has become quite popular," Duc said. "Often artists choose Middle Eastern or African themes. I was interested in the possibilities of mixing Celtic motifs with ambient, trance and electronica."

So far, critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. R.J. Lannan of New Age Reporter said "Visions and Dreams...is an amazing amalgam of Ambient, Celtic and World themes." Arsenio Orteza of the Times for Acadiana cited "...the verve that Catherine Duc brings to a genre that's now more than a quarter century old." Dene Bebbington, Melliflua said "It's clearly an album by someone who knows where they're coming from in terms of influences, and who knows how to make use of it in their own style."

Autographed copies of Visions and Dreams are available from http://www.catherineduc.com. The genre busting album fusing electronica with Celtic music is also on sale online through Amazon.com and CDBaby.com and at online and retail outlets of Sam Goody, Tower Records, Circuit City, Target and Virgin Megastore.






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