Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances by the P2500 Band, Em4U,
and the Persona Classical Consort. The P2500 Band performs 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 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.
Sound Quality: We are concerned when people listen to good quality recordings with inferior
sound reproduction equipment. Headphone and ear bud sales outpace other consumer
electronics. The widespread proliferation of mobile phones, MP3 players,
laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices created a growing demand
for headphones. Cheap phones or ear buds are often included in the purchase
price of portable players. These are best replaced by more expensive, better
quality head phones.
Apollo's Tune: Stephen Gislason
Under the Persona Classical Consort banner, Stephen has developed a series of
JS Bach recordings derived from a variety of his works for keyboard and
Air on a G String: JS Bach
Weather Report, Birdland
Digital Bach Series
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. Recordings were
remixed in 2017.
Counterpoint for Genius 4 Volumes
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. These pieces in these 4 volumes have been developed from
Cantatas and Masses. Sections of these masterworks have been extracted, edited
and re-arranged with novel voicing, based on the EMU Proteus 2500 banks of
excellent sounds. The performances were develop as multi-track compositions in
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 that is different
from previous versions. I have spent over 2 years developing my arrangements and
could issue several albums with quite divergent interpretations, I believe I
have reached an understanding with Bach and Gould, that these pieces have an
infinite quality that cannot be contained in any individual's opinion of them. "
Art of the Fugue 4 Example
Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances
under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort. Music online is offered to illustrate music history, advance music education and appreciation. All the recordings are
arrangements and performances completed in house by Stephen Gislason. The music selections and their history
are explained in the book, Sound of Music.
Topics presented at Persona Digital Studio are from the
The Sound of Music by
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