Long before "world beat" became a music industry marketing trend, the Grammy-award winning group Shadowfax was expanding conventional musical boundries with a unique blend of rhythms and melodies from a variety of rich cultures. Since their inception in Chicago in 1974 to the present time, Shadowfax' unique sounds have made fans all over the world while setting new artistic standards in contemporary jazz, new age and world music. Shadowfax has earned recognition as one of America's premier instrumental ensembles.
Shadowfax recorded their debut album "Watercourse Way" in 1976 on ABC/Passport Records, but first began to find a wide audience for their music in 1982 when they began recording for the Windham Hill label. Over the past 20 years, the band has recorded 10 successful albums among which "Folksongs For A Nuclear Village" was honored with a Grammy in 1988. Their album "Esperanto" was also nominated for a Grammy in 1992. Shadowfax co-founder, producer and wind player Chuck Greenberg says, "We have always tried to make music that is true to what we feel. We hope that music reaching us on an emotional level, will also reach listeners as well."
The band has been looking forward to this new album and video (June 13, 1995), a live recording from its new label, Sonic Images, based in Los Angeles. Greenberg says, "The band is enthusiastic about their new association with Sonic Images. They have been fans of our music for a long time, and we anticipate a long and productive relationship with them."
Shadowfax' original members Chuck Greenberg (winds), Stu Nevitt (drums) and Phil Maggini (bass) are again joined by Armen Chakmakian (keyboards) and Ray Yslas (percussion) who have been with the band since recording "Esperanto" in 1992. Newest member Andy Abad (guitar) appears on the live recording after debuting with the band on 1994's "Magic Theatre."
Shadowfax continues to create new music for the next century, defying categorization and breaking musical boundries. In the words of Mix Magazine, "Shadowfax' music is not jazz, not rock, not electronic music, not new age, not classical. It's not any of these categories but all of them."