|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal New Age Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||piano new age instrumental ambient classical|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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28 June 1950, Seattle, Washington, USA. This hugely popular new age artist has been at the forefront of instrumental piano music since the breakthrough success of 1988s Cristoforis Dream. The Seattle-based Lanz grew up playing boogie-woogie style piano, but switched to rock music at high school where he performed with his own band, the Town Cryers. After graduation he combined session work for artists such as Terry Jacks and guitarist Paul Speer with solo work in local nightclubs, where he gradually introduced his own material into the set list of jazz and blues standards. This material eventually found its way onto Heartsounds, Lanzs debut release for Narada Records. Subsequent releases for Narada included recordings made with Eric Tingstad, Nancy Rumbel and Michael Jones, while the first of his collaborations with Speer, Natural States, broke into the Billboard Top 200. Lanzs major success came with Cristoforis Dream, a concept album...