This is one of the most exciting and unique projects I have ever had the privilege of working on.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) October 27, 2009
Ron Esposito has performed, produced and promoted music all his life. His CD, "Open Heart," may seem a long way from the music he heard as an altar boy at church, the acoustic guitar he played in college rock bands, the electric bass he played with a popular Midwest blues band and the acoustic bass he plays in a jazz trio. But all of these influences come together as Esposito spins the Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls in a broader and more diverse musical context than these instruments are traditionally played. Cincinnati Enquirer writer Rick Bird describes the CD as "elegant," going on to say "how Esposito brings a joyful jazz-like improv feel to his singing bowl work." Echoes, the syndicated music program distributed by Public Radio International, recently added the CD's opening track "Miles Away" to its playlist. Referred to as "public radio's daily chillout show," Echoes is hosted by John Diliberto and broadcast on 130 radio stations from coast to coast. "Open Heart" is available on CDBaby.com and Amazon.com.
The instrumentation for "Open Heart" is what sets it apart from other recordings with the Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls. In addition to the bowls, Esposito also plays kalimba, guitar and bass with Ric Hordinski (Over-the-Rhine, Monk, Phil Keaggy, Victor Wooten, David Wilcox) on guitar, Jim Feist on tabla and percussion, Janice T. (Sunflower) on various Native American flutes and Doug Perry on hammered dulcimer and small percussion. Angie Pepper lends her gospel alto on the CD's final track, "Om Shanti." Esposito shares writing credits for the music on "Open Heart" with all four instrumentalists. Bill Gwynne of Group Effort Studios, the recording engineer for "Open Heart" said, "This is one of the most exciting and unique projects I have ever had the privilege of working on."
"I probably first heard a recording of singing bowls in a massage therapist's office years ago, and became instantly drawn to their purity of sound and vibration," comments Esposito. Then later I heard recordings by the German artist Deuter. His music really peaked my interest in these instruments, so I made the decision to study both the Tibetan brass and the Crystal Singing Bowls."
After receiving his Bachelors degree in English and Philosophy at Ohio University, Ron was a manager at Boston's premier jazz club, The Jazz Workshop, and then moved to New York City to work as CTI Records road manager touring with Airto, Deodato and the CTI Jazz All-Stars. He earned his Master's in Broadcast Management and in 1986, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became Special Projects Producer for WVXU, 91.7 FM (NPR) and the X-Star Network of seven stations in four states. In addition to producing and hosting three music programs, Ron produced three compilation CDs featuring Cincinnati-based jazz musicians. He also served as producer for Riders in the Sky's "Riders Radio Theater" show and the Windham Hill "Winter Solstice Concerts."
From 1993 - 2005, Esposito was the bassist in the Cincinnati-based blues group the High Street Rhythm Rockers, later known as Greg Schaber & High Street, winning numerous regional music awards, touring extensively between Chicago and Memphis and recording four CDs. Recently he has been playing acoustic bass with a jazz trio.
By 2005, Ron Esposito's lifelong interest in spirituality, metaphysics, philosophy and personal transformation led to his certification as a Life Coach and Enneagram teacher and trainer. Today he works with clients at the Conscious Living Center in Cincinnati. He also co-hosts a weekly radio program "Waves of the New Age" on WAIF, 88.3 FM, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
His debut recording project playing the Tibetan and Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls was released in 2008. "Lifting the Veil" is a collection of Enneagram meditations spoken by Esposito and Deborah Ooten and features keyboardist Billy Larkin and guitarist Ric Hordinski.
"My lifelong interest in philosophy has deepened my interest in the cultures of Tibet, India and the Far East, where transformational teachings are a way of life. My subsequent introduction to the transcendent qualities of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls opened for me a new universe of musical possibilities." Ron Esposito plays the Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls in concerts and for yoga and meditation centers in the Greater Cincinnati region. He is currently working on new music for his next CD featuring the bowls with cello, violin and deep space synthesizer.