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Musician, Composer, Producer; Don Swanson's diverse talents cover several genres: Atmospheric Pop, Modern Folk, Instrumental Trance, and straight ahead Blues. Premiering as half of The Telling, an atmospheric-pop duo, based in Los Angeles in the 90s, their second release, Blue Solitaire on Music West Records sold 40,000 units, and featured guest artists such as multi-platinum artist/pianist George Winston. Followed by their third release; Glimmer Field, the duo further expanded their concepts of songs with atmospheric orchestration.
Concurrently, Don has been an active drummer in various bands since the 70s. Demonstrating musical abilities at an early age, his passion for the drums continues today, exploring new horizons.
(1000 year old drum solo - Video).
In 2010 Don released his first solo recording. His music retaining a similar atmospheric quality of The Telling, featuring his softer vocal style and nylon string guitar. The release, At Crystal Cove, address’ various matters of the heart, while incorporating the influence of Brazilian New Bossa Music, with guest appearances by acclaimed guitarist Marc Antoine. All production, as well as drums are performed by Swanson, with additional female backup vocals, bass flute, and standup bass.
In addition, Campanile, is an all instrumental recording, inspired by the sound of church campaniles and temple bells. The foundation of this recording is vibraphone, performed live, as well as sampled and manipulated. Additional bass flute, synthesizer, and Tibetan singing bells add to this trance style music. This atmospheric offering is designed for various ambient applications, creating a relaxing environment.
Don's LATEST RELEASE; VISIONS continues with a Californian's approach to the new bossa style, but now also expands into Indie Pop . Available Now.