Seven time Emmy winner and Grammy nominee Steven Ray Allen has teamed his classical guitar with the woodwind instruments of the multi-talented Doug Ostgard to produce the CD "Silhouette." The Northwest artists first crossed paths at the University of Washington music department where Steve played bass and Doug played saxophone. Each went on to pursue a career in music, and each expanded his musical abilities: Doug to play a dizzying array of woodwind instruments and Steve the classical guitar, as well as composing, arranging and producing music. Doug has played various venues, such as the 5th Avenue and Paramount Theaters, and a number of showrooms in Las Vegas including Caesar's Palace. He was also a member of the Heart World Tour. Steve's reputation as an arranger and conductor has led him to arrange orchestral scores for David Lanz, earning his first gold record for "Christofori's Dream." He earned a degree in Musical Engineering from the University of Washington, and has a music production company, AM Music Productions in Fall City. Teaming up as a duo, Ostgard and Allen began playing a mix of original tunes, jazz favorites and classical selections in intimate venues, such as Baker Street Books in Black Diamond, Washington. Their audience immediately began asking for a CD! The result is "Silhouette," an all original album. Since jazz is what jazz players play, they call it acoustic jazz, but this is something more. There is an overarching feeling of New Age and Classical music as well as the whimsy of the Irish penny whistle. There is jazz, a bit of Brazilian bossa nova, a lullaby waltz, and the deeply mysterious tones of the bassoon and the meditative Indian flute. From the opening "Eastern Skies" to the title song "Silhouette" this is acoustic jazz and so much more.
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