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Persona Music & Books
Persona Digital Books & Music
Persona Digital has two personalities: a book publisher and a music composing and recording studio. Persona Digital Publishes a series of books on current topics in psychology, sociology, neuroscience and philosophy. The author of the books and creator of the music recordings is Stephen Gislason. Alpha Online is a related website where you can order printed books for mail delivery and also download eBooks.
Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances both original music written by Stephen Gislason and new arrangements of popular tunes. We cover many different styles from different countries. Stephen says: "I treat the chosen songs as classics that exemplify an aspect of popular music that emerged in the 1950s. Many bands and musicians that were popular in the 60s and 70s have been resurrected to play concerts for "baby boomers' who feel strongly about popular songs they heard as teenagers and young adults. We all have grey hair and have more wrinkles, but musical enjoyment is ageless.
Jazz - The band has followed the path of modern jazz, starting with bebop as invented by Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The path leads to Miles Davis and the extraordinarily talented musicians that played with him and then proceeded on their own innovative paths. Stephen is a trumpet player as well as a keyboardist and synthesizer expert; his arrangements favor trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic keyboards.
Latin - Stephen enjoys arranging and recording the music of Mexico, Central and South America. In Brazil, Tom Jobim, de Moraes, Mendonça, an others developed Samba and Bossa Nova styles that spread to the US and Europe. Argentina contributed the Tango. Dances, rhythms and melodic styles emerged as energetic fusion elements in jazz and popular music in the rest of the world.
Stephen has chosen some of the best popular songs created in recent times, from several countries: The musical range is great but the elements of the best songs are enduring - creative composing, good lyrics, good arrangements, excellent singers and the best recordings.
Digital Bach for the 21st Century are recordings derived from the complete works of JS Bach, edited, transcribed and arranged for synthesizer by Stephen Gislason and recorded at Persona Digital Studio. The project began in 2006, revised recordings have been issued for 2016.
The Counterpoint for Genius series is a collection of four albums that has evolved over several years though experimentation with a number of transcriptions of Bach pieces, many from the religious Cantatas, mixed with different voicing and, different tempos and transpositions. Mozart has received the most attention as the composer of smart music. Bach excels. I realized that many of the Bach pieces I recorded were among the best examples of contrapuntal composition and that counterpoint was the perfect brain exercise
Stephen wrote:" I discovered that JS Bach's counterpoint, probably the most elegant expression of well considered complexity; if presented with clear definition of interacting voices, counterpoint becomes a delightful form of brain exercise. The Art of the Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080)is a collection of Johann Sebastian Bach' last compositions. Stephen wrote: "I wanted to achieve a version of the Art of the Fugue different from other versions. I believe I have reached an understanding with Bach and Gould, that these pieces have a special quality that cannot be contained in any individual's opinion of them. "
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