It is well-known how much other musicians may influence us as composers. In my case, Johann Sebastian Bach, Eric Woolfson, Alan Parsons, Roger Hodgson, Vangelis, and Mike Oldfield are probably on my top list of influential musicians.
A few years ago, I heard of Robert Reed, who was picking up the torch Mike Oldfield had ignited in the early 1970s with his deep, complex, and innovative music. Intrigued, I delved into Robert Reed’s Sanctuary albums and was astounded by his musical prowess.
Attending a live performance by Robert Reed seemed like a distant dream, given the limited number of venues where he has performed over the years. However, luck was on my side, and I had the privilege of witnessing the Robert Reed Sanctuary Live concert at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury, England, UK, on May 26th.
The experience was nothing short of emotional, and at times, I found it difficult to contain the tears that welled up as I listened to the captivating power of his music. What impressed me most about Robert Reed was his immense talent and humble nature. Despite his remarkable musical abilities, he remained grounded and connected with the audience personally. The same can be said for all band members. It felt like enjoying music with close family and friends.
The memories of that evening at the Arlington Arts Centre will forever be etched in my mind and heart, as it is one of the most extraordinary musical experiences I have ever had.
—Garofdalus, July 3, 2023
Garofdalus recently had the incredible opportunity to record, mix, and master the breathtaking performance of a sensational youth orchestra. Collaborating with Brad Bohn, the orchestra director, was an inspiring experience that pushed Garofdalus to new heights in achieving the desired sound quality.
On July 24, 2021, the newspaper Giornale di Erba published an interview of Garofdalus by journalist Tania Gandola (Italian only).
On July 26 and 27, 2019, in preparation to record what would become the music album Lario, Garofdalus attended master class training sessions at ParSonics studio in Santa Barbara, California, to learn from renowned sound engineer Alan Parsons.
|Left to right: Garofdalus & Alan Parsons.|
|Garofdalus miking tom in preparation for a live recording session.|
|Left to right: Julian Colbeck, Alan Parsons & Garofdalus.|
A dream of many years is getting closer: translating the novel “El Viejo Pobre y Sabio” (The Poor and Wise Old Man) to the English language. Garofdalus and some supporter have launched a GoFundMe campaign to finance this project. You can find more information here.
About a month ago, Garofdalus announced:
“I have finally released my video channel Beauty of Life. Some years ago, I had this vision of creating a video channel in which I could share beautiful things of life.”
The first video is called Aqua I, and it can be accessed from here.
On April 18, 2017, at the shores of the beautiful Lago Maggiore, in Arona, Italia, Garofdalus was interviewed by Paolo Della Bianca about his new book. Click here to read the full interview.