Monday, October 10, 2005

Persian Piano Prodigy Vali's Debut Full-Length CD, “Destiny Is In Your Hands,” is the First Release on the New Rhythm Touch Records Label

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2005 -- Newly-formed Beverly Hills-based independent record label Rhythm Touch Records has announced the release of the debut CD by Persian piano virtuoso Vali, titled “Destiny Is In Your Hands.”

The album contains a collection of instrumental versions of well-known themes and favorite hits from world-class composers such as Nino Rota, Lennon & McCartney, and Francis Lai, all played in Vali’s unique and uplifting style. Vali produced “Destiny Is In Your Hands,” as a way to send an inspirational message to the world.

“Having a gift is one thing, and sharing it so that others can benefit is another,” says Vali. He believes “all things are possible. Where there is a will, there is a way!” The artist plans to promote his message by performing in concerts, appearing in radio interviews, and offering motivational speeches to students in schools and colleges nationwide.

Asked what led him to choose songs like “Yesterday,” “Careless Whisper” and “Lady in Red,” Vali responds, “Every time I’ve played these songs in public, people have just gathered around the piano, so I know they touch a chord with people.” Other titles featured on the CD include “Comme Amour,” “Besame Mucho,” “L’Italiano,” “Victory,” “Ballade pour Adeline,” “From Souvenirs to Souvenirs,” “Matrimonio de Amour,” “Golden Dreams” and “Ghorbat.”

By recording this album, Vali shines new light on classic and familiar songs, including “Strangers in the Night,” “Love Story,” “The Godfather” and “Smooth Operator,” for his devoted and ever expanding fan base and the wider retail audience that is just now being exposed to his multi-cultural gifts.Vali decided to take the unusual step of recording this collection of well-known themes from other composers for his debut album.

He felt that, as an unknown artist, he could better introduce himself to new listeners by way of familiar tunes, so that people could first discover his talents as a pianist. Having accomplished that goal, Vali has now recorded an album of his own original compositions, titled “The Art of Relaxation,” twelve sonic collages that carry the listener on a journey of peace and tranquility, including such titles as “Universal Harmony,” Peaceful Moments” and “Sweet Surrender.”

Born in the Iranian capital city of Tehran, Vali came to the United States in 1984 and settled in the Los Angeles area, where he has raised his own family. Except for a few years spent at university in Florida, he has remained based in L.A. ever since.

“I want to feel that I contributed something positive,” says the Rhythm Touch Records instrumentalist. “My music and my thoughts are my gift back to society.” Vali fulfills this aspect of giving back to society through the humanitarian programs he has long supported. For close to a decade he has been affiliated with such charitable organizations as the Blind Children’s Center and the USO. He has also supported the Center Against Abusive Behavior and the World Children’s Transplant Fund.

Vali is donating a portion of the profits of his new instrumental collection, “Destiny Is In Your Hands,” to programs that will inspire and support people who truly need help. In addition to the Blind Children’s Center, these include USO Operation Phone Home, a campaign designed to provide prepaid international calling cards to as many of our service men and women overseas as possible, so they may call their loved ones at home.

The keyboard virtuoso expresses his appreciation for the creative contributions of Sun Valley, California, music maker and studio owner Roma Kanyan, who helped guide him through the initial journey in the studio arena. “I love Roma’s creative talent,” Vali enthuses. “He’s a great complement to my projects.” Besides the use of his studio, Kanyan’s contributions included arranging, programming, sequencing and mixing the tracks, as well as playing various keyboards and accordion.

His innovative arrangements have enhanced the recent recordings of many new and established stars on the Persian-American music scene.The ambience of California and the West Coast has obviously influenced Vali’s music and recording, from the studio to the mastering room, but his motivation comes from other sources too. “I feel the energy of the U.S.A.,” Vali says of his adopted homeland. “I always take my inspiration from God.

I think all men and women who have come here from other countries are very fortunate to be living in America. I love this country and appreciate all the wonderful opportunities it offers me.”As you investigate “Destiny” for yourself, you will discover Vali’s honest renditions of seminal, cinematic themes that look deep into the sanctuary of your heart.

His versions reflect an audio experience that is authentic and diverse, while also creating an album to transcend worldly divisions through devotion, emotion and a loving presence.Rhythm Touch Records plans to expand its multi-cultural repertoire with additional releases throughout 2005 and 2006 in accordance with its mission of spreading cross-cultural respect and communication by helping deserving artists who show compassion and strength of spirit for the common good.

Using a unique network of independent affiliates, Rhythm Touch Records will distribute the CDs through point-of-purchase displays in neighborhood ethnic markets and other non-musical retail stores across the country, in addition to direct mail and internet sales fuelled by radio and television campaigns.

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