IT'S TIME TO 'GO GREEN' WITH THE MUSIC OF 'FREE-LIFE' SHASHANA & ROLANDO AND THEIR 'GARDEN MUSIC' CD! WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO: "FREE-LIFE" is the husband and wife improvisational duo-SHASHANA & ROLANDO-keyboard/synthesizer and guitar/guitar synth. They perform in a Classically based NEW AGE/SMOOTH JAZZ and WORLD BEAT style. Utilizing this style, they create original "energy" music-composed for the plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees in nature and for all enlightened humans who wish to enjoy and appreciate soothing, meditative, and up-beat rhythms and melodies. The guitar playing technique is in the tradition of PAT METHENY and ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY; the classical violin/cello synth sound is in the style of YO YO MA; and the overall ambient world/earth music sound is in the style of SECRET GARDEN. It's as if Pat Metheny and Acoustic Alchemy met Yo Yo Ma who met Secret Garden and then all four decided to include in their music, the exotic melodies and rhythms of World Beat-all ready to heal and up-lift the sometimes restless, wandering, and meditative soul-searching spirit of both you and all of your "organic" friends. SHASHANA plays keyboards and keyboard synthesizer and began her musical studies on the piano and organ at the age of six. She spent a number of years exercising her talents as organist and choir director of a number of churches within the baptist tradition. She has studied classical music as well as jazz, and composes most of the music for "FREE-LIFE." SHASHANA creates original melodies and rhythms inspired by her African-American and Native American heritage while drawing upon her shaman-energies to communicate with people, plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees within nature to determine the type of music and rhythms Nature and Humans wish to hear and respond to. She let's her intuition guide her as if she were in a dream-like trance as she maneuvers through the complexities of writing her music. Inside this dual world of practicality and imagination, Shashana allows herself to marvel at, and be open to, all the possibilities of communicating with the human and the organic at the deepest possible level. Whether SHASHANA is writing for the plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees in the natural world, or for the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit, her inspiration is always radiantly transcendent, and at the same time, grounded in the ever present NOW of our earthly existence. She hails from Richmond, VA. ROLANDO-a transported New Yorker-has been a musician for over forty-five years with advanced degrees not only in music but also in psychology, literature, and world religions. He has had experience both as a music therapist and as a practitioner of Sacred Sound Healing, and has presented healing and participatory workshops for over twenty years. In the early 1990's, Rolando became involved with the then burgeoning Men's Movement. He wrote original songs and poetry that dealt specifically with the themes and concerns of this movement including the emotional, spiritual, and psychological dynamics of inner child issues, father-son relationships, and male creativity and self-expression. He then integrated this material into a concert format followed by a "hands-on" experiential workshop based upon the music, lyrics, and poetry from his musical performance. ROLANDO creates and performs his music in ways that continually intersect the organic world of nature and the human dynamics of a higher state of awareness. He now calls Virginia his home. MORE ABOUT "FREE-LIFE": SHASHANA & ROLANDO formed "FREE-LIFE" over ten years ago when they recognized the need for a musical group specializing in Earth-World Music that could easily and effectively present and translate the complex rhythms and melodies of this music to a western audience. They have consistently sought out new and exciting ways of presenting their music to make it more compatible for western listeners by adding New Age and Smooth Jazz elements-but without compromising the origin, integrity, and authentic style of World Music itself. Through their music, SHASHANA & ROLANDO wish to offer all living creatures-both human and organic-the gift of an "enlivened compassion." Their ultimate desire is for everyone to recognize that we are all on a continuous and heart-felt adventure-a journey toward a planet filled with interdependent wholeness, peace, harmony, wisdom, and love. SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: WHY THE NAME 'FREE-LIFE?' Shashana came up with it. We are (all) free spirits and most of our music comes from spontaneous inspiration within the tradition of jazz improvisation. We believe life should be lived spontaneously and free; hence the name 'Free-Life.' HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Our original music follows in the tradition of Pat Metheny, Yo Yo Ma, and Secret Garden, encrusted in a canopy of World Beat and the contemporary Smooth Jazz ambience of Acoustic Alchemy, with the classical compositional influences of Ravel and other early French Impressionist composers like Satie and Faure. This amalgam then spins and weaves a magical spell around the heart and soul of the listener. DO YOU PLAY LIVE? Yes, at music festivals, beautiful botanical gardens, private estate gardens that are also open to the public, and museum gardens-as well as world music events. Every time we perform it is a special moment. It doesn't get any better. HOW HAS THE INTERNET (or mp3) AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC CHANGED THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? Major labels will have to take notice of the great wealth of talent out there in America's (and the world's) musicland...More independent music, more opportunity for shared visions. FAVORITE VACATION SPOT? St.Marks Square in Venice in the fall. ANYTHING ELSE...? Shashana and I are practitioners of what is known as Sacred Sound Healing, a system that uses music and rhythm as a therapeutic tool to help align and balance the body, mind, and spirit of the individual. In our GARDEN MUSIC CD we apply these same sacred principles to the musical and rhythmic attunement, nourishment, and healing of Nature's organic world. 'GAIA' Shashana and I also apply, and are proponents of, the notion of 'Gaia'-a concept and belief stemming from an ancient philosophy that claims the Earth is a living, breathing organism. 'Gaia,' Shashana explains, 'is a Greek word that means 'Mother Earth.' Mother Earth was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, and recreation, as well as the environment, and believed that the Earth was directly connected to their existence and daily life. 'Rolando and I also recognize that all of the Earth's living matter-air, oceans, and land-form an interconnected system that acts as a single, pulsating entity. 'The word 'Gaia' represents planetary awareness-the preservation and support of the interconnectedness of all living things. Thus by nurturing, protecting, and respecting our planet, it's natural resources, and it's inhabitants, we enrich not only our own lives, but those of future generations as well.' ABOUT THE 'GARDEN MUSIC' CD: The music on this CD is specifically designed and created with you and your plants in mind. Scientific experiments have proven that certain musicals sounds and note combinations help plants and flowers thrive and grow more healthy and more successfully. And even if you provide your plants, herbs, flowers, trees, and shrubs with everything you think they need to remain healthy and happy, have you ever considered their musical needs? With the proper musical environment your plants and flowers respond in unique and special ways and grow more prosperously. The original melodies and soothing rhythms on the 'GARDEN MUSIC' CD have been especially composed to offer you and your plants the latest proven techniques of Sacred Sound Healing. Sacred Sound Healing is the art of creating musical rhythms and note combinations that offer a balance between body, mind, and spirit. Just as you are a living, breathing, and feeling organism, so too are your plants, flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. And just as you need a balance between your body, mind, and spirit, your plants and vegetables need that same balance too. So don't pass up this opportunity to provide the musical nourishment you and your plants deserve. Check out the music on this CD and give back to your 'garden friends' (and yourself) something beautiful. AFTER ALL, IT'S ONLY NATURAL. Happy Listening and Happy Healing, Namasté, Shashana & Rolando WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT 'FREE-LIFE' SHASHANA & ROLANDO: REVIEW FROM AMAZON.COM by Rebecca Johnson 'Delicately Soothing' Created for plants, GARDEN MUSIC is also delicately soothing for humans and animals. The original music is created with a synthesizer and guitar. Garden Music is also designed to nourish and heal. This beautiful music is performed by Shashana and Rolando. They specialize in a type of healing called 'sacred sound healing.' This helps to align and balance the body, mind and spirit of the individual listening to the music. You can feel the effect of the music almost immediately as it creates a soothing space to relax. Rolando has been a musician for over twenty-five years and also knows a great deal about music therapy. Shashana, who loves Italy in the fall, has been playing the piano and organ since the age of six. Both musicians have studied music and also draw on their experience as musicians to create this beautiful escape which is a blending of exotic world music, classical meditations and jazz. If you enjoy guitar, piano, organ, cello and violin, then I think you will enjoy the soothing comfort as you float away on rivers of melodious meditations. If you enjoy music by Yo Yo Ma, Secret Garden, Pat Metheny, and Acoustic Alchemy, as well as music by French Impressionist composers like Satie and Faure, then you will appreciate these smooth jazz sounds blended with a classical appeal. Rebecca Johnson - Amazon.com and The Rebecca Review.com REVIEW FROM WIND AND WIRE.COM by Dene Bebbington Shashana and Rolando Antonelli (aka Free-Life) have created some very pleasing and exquisite music to be appreciated whether or not one is interested in healing issues or the nurturing of plants, flowers, and shrubs. Ostensibly it's a New Age album, yet it exhibits a range of styles also including smooth Jazz, ambient, and adult contemporary. The music on GARDEN MUSIC is based around keyboards, synths, guitar, and cello. Several tracks are reminiscent of Secret Garden (though with a less Celtic feel) and in the more lively and rhythmic tracks one may notice the use of Pat Metheny style guitar. Some musicians have a knack of creating music with an organic quality, this is something Free-Life do very well on early tracks like 'Black Orchid' and 'Le Jardin de Musique'. Here the sounds, especially of the cello, easily make one think of the world of plants and flowers, which are life of a totally different kind to people and animals. I was struck how the music is how one might imagine the world of plants to inherently sound if they made a noise growing, extending their root tendrils, or opening their flowers. As the album progresses the music generally moves away from the organic level to become more rhythmic and upbeat, though we also hear a few ambient synth based pieces - like 'Ode to the Flowers and Plants' where a reverbing synth delivers a reverential ode as gentle wave-like sounds lap across the soundscape. Shashana and Rolando have created a very pleasing album that can perk humans up, and may well do the same for plants and flowers! Dene Bebbington - Wind and Wire.com THE SOUL IS NOURISHED by Chic Katherman Rating: 10 out of 10 Avalon Services Network has had the pleasure of featuring 'FREE-LIFE' SHASHANA & ROLANDO on several occasions for Avalon events. Not only did we receive many positive comments from our guests on the caliber of talent and professionalism of SHASHANA & ROLANDO, but also glowing feedback from many of our staff members. As our staff is comprised of holistic healers, many of these folks are especially sensitive to the quality, nature, and intention of music. SHASHANA & ROLANDO employ musical tones and rhythms to interact with the physiological activity of the body. Their music seems to be almost intrinsic to our nature (and to the nature of plants and all growing, living things). SHASHANA & ROLANDO create sacred sounds of healing for not only the plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees in the garden, but also for each (human) listener. THE SOUL IS NOURISHED, THE HEART EXPANDED, and CONSCIOUSNESS IS RAISED by the resonance of their music, which is drawn from both exotic cultures and the traditional sounds of nature (especially those found in the garden). I can wholeheartedly recommend to you both the music and the performance of the GARDEN MUSIC CD by 'FREE-LIFE' as an asset to not only your own healing, but to the healing of the organic world of plants and flowers as well. REVIEWERS'QUOTES: 'If you enjoy guitar, piano, organ, cello and violin then I think you will enjoy the soothing comfort as you float away on rivers of melodious meditations.' -Rebecca Johnson, reviewer for Amazon.com 'When you hear 'Free-Life' think Pat Metheny meets Yo Yo Ma meets Secret Garden-they're that good.' -Jonathan Whitehead, Whole News Review 'Thank you for sending your new 'Garden Music' CD...we've listened to it at the office and our struggling schefflera did perk up a bit, too!' -Rebecca Kolls, host of Rebecca's Garden, HGTV and garden consultant for ABC's Good Morning America 'They are an incredible team of creativity...we encourage you to take/make the opportunity to hear them.' -Thelma Smith, Director of the Spiritual Mind Center of Richmond, VA 'The soul is nourished, the heart expanded, and consciousness is raised by the resonance of their music.' -Chic Katherman, Avalon Services Network Thanks for reading and remember to 'GO GREEN!' SHASHANA & ROLANDO.