Julie Lyon Moonflower Release Party @ The Space
May 19 @ 8:00 pm

JULIE LYON‘s new album MOONFLOWER, her follow-up to the critically acclaimed JULIE, features original songs and compositions and is in many ways her first solo album. Though accompanied by her band, the focus is not only on Ms. Lyon’s considerable vocal talents but also on her role as lyricist and songwriter. The seeds of MOONFLOWER were sown when Julie began to write lyrics to some of composer Jack DeSalvo’s music. It became obvious that recording this music would be the vocalist’s next project and music by Julie Lyon along with additional collaborations with Tom Cabrera and Betsy Serafin create a tapestry of sophisticated listening experiences with music touching new jazz, folk and world music but always rooted in Julie’s sense of swing and the blues. The title song MOONFLOWER is written by multi-instrumentalist/composer Matt Lavelle.

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“Ms. Lyon shows that the she knows exactly what she is doing here and executes all of her songs exquisitely. She’s the real deal in her element here with a voice that is like a nice chianti – Smooth, subtle, complex, and a little playful. When she is singing, what you hear is not only the lyrics, but a visceral love of singing that shines through her instrument, very refreshing and appealing.” – Jonathan Shade, Night Life Exchange

Rocco John Quartet – Embrace The Change @ Manhattan Midtown Library
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm


Title: EMBRACE THE CHANGEunnamedLabel: Unseen Rain UR-9947
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Release Date: MAY 6, 2016

UPC Code: 7783583260725

Rocco describes each album track in the liner notes:

WINGS 7’21: A free bop piece to free up our thoughts.

CIRCUITS 8’08: However remote or even impossible it may seem, we are all connected.

ESCAPE 8’39:The traps are all set up,wherever we turn. We need to escape the traps and think independently and creatively.

DIALUP 8’00: This represents calling for assistance from the universe.

WHISPERS 4’32: While we all hear the loud voices telling us what to do and how to do it, we really need to quiet down and listen to the whispers of our inner self.

TANGO 9’52: The dance of life.
72’s 10’56: Connection to the Endless.
WINGS (Epilogue) 7:51: The Joy of it all.
All music by: Rocco John Iacovone Recorded: March, 2015 and mixed at Urban Sound Studios, Riverdale, NJ by Todd Urban Mastered at Beanstudio, Wayne, NJ by Jim DeSalvo Cover painting by Denise Iacovone
Produced by Jack DeSalvo
“EMBRACE THE CHANGE is a thought, an idea, and a philosophy. It’s a comment on our evolution as human beings. It seems the only constant we experience is change and we constantly need to learn how to deal with it. To do this, we have to dig deep. These were the thoughts behind the compositions as I wrote them, and as we went into the studio.”Rocco John Iacovone’s studies with the legendary Lee Konitz and Sam Rivers as well as studies in composition under the direct disciples of Nadia Boulanger gives him a wide swath of musicial influences that color each track of EMBRACE THE CHANGE. His stellar quartet gets deep into the leader’s music, designed to elicit unmitigated passion and creativity from Rich Rosenthal, François Grillot and Tom Cabrera.