This CD, 'RAINFOREST RAIN,' was inspired by the constant devastation of the Rain Forest. In order to draw attention to this world problem, each song except for Sarah's Song, is dedicated to the education of yearly losses of rain forest and the many species that make the rain forest their home. Each song becomes a reminder for all of us to conserve as much as we personally can, all of our God given resources. One of Herm Hassinger's first compositions, 'The Reef and the Rain forest,' (not included in this CD)inspired him to create additional original music based on the same theme. This CD is the result of years of work toward that cause. So far, Herm Hassinger composes all of his music on a piano keyboard. Since he is a self taught piano player, Herm Hassinger hires various talented artist to play his compositions resulting in the beautiful music that you will hear on this CD. Herm Hassinger did play Bass Guitar, in a fun hobby type wedding band named the 'Sandstones', for many years before composing music. He also was one of the lead singers in the 'Sandstones'. Herm also played Bass Guitar for the band Neighberz for a short while before retiring from the band scene. PEFORMING ARTIST I would like to give my thanks to each and all of these great musicians for their fantastic and wonderful performances, and their innovations, on my CD, RAINFOREST RAIN. Artist Information: DONNIE LaMARCA Plays Piano Keys on all the songs in this CD except, 'Love the Beauty' and 'Green Reflections.' Donnie LaMarca is a veteran studio musician and recording artist based in Minneapolis, MN for 18 years. Locally, he's played with and composed/produced songs with the renowned Mick Sterling for over 12 years. He has appeared nationally and internationally with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Jonny Lang, St. Paul Peterson, and Giorgia DAVID MARDEN Plays Flute in 'Dancing Rain' and 'Rainforest Rain.' David also plays Saxophone in 'Rainforest Brook' and 'Sundown Rain.' David Marden BIO: Composers' Workshop: Twenty years experience as composer, songwriter, producer, engineer, studio operator, arranger, programmer, and live and studio musician and vocalist. Performer: vocals, tenor, alto, and soprano saxes, flute, keyboards, and guitar. Recording: CD's, demos, radio and TV commercials. Currently performing with Billy Maclaughlin, Resistors, Teddy Bear Band, Steve Millar, Simbiosis, Salsa Brosa, own Jazz Quartet, David K Band, Collective Unconscious, Xibaba Songwriter/Composer: Publishing deal in Nashville, 1994 ASCAP Songwriters' Workshop, two CD's for Pro Jazz recording artist SAMOA (top ten Billboard) with airplay in over a hundred radio markets. ASCAP songwriters Workshop 1994; Minnesota Association of Songwriters Screenwriter: Ordinary Miracles, Texas Bill, Five Minutes for Francis LEWIS SEGO Plays Piano Keys in 'Love the Beauty' and 'Green Reflections.' Lewis also adds flute sounds with Keys in 'Windy Rain.' Lewis Sego adds keyboard string sounds in 'Weeping Trees' and 'Rainforest Rain.' Bio from Lewis Sego - Piano & Keyboards: People I respect have told me, 'You are successful when you do what you love & use all the gifts God has given to you to touch lives.' Performing and recording with Faith Nation and others along with 20 years of music ministry has certainly afforded me to do just that. I feel blessed to have the network of musicians & the tools, eventeen synths & g4 powerbook driving pro tools to be making the best music of my life. It is a long look back to the magical event of the delivery of my dad's baby grand when I was five. I fell in love with the piano at once. Of course I wanted to quit like anyone who has ever taken up an instrument, but my Mom & Dad wouldn't let me. I am very grateful for that. From my first concert in second grade to playing in front of 30,000 plus outdoors, the musical journey has been exciting and fulfilling. Playing in front of bands like Styx, REO, Kansas, Jackson Brown, The Moody Blues, Super tramp and Rush, just to mention a few, was a lot of fun. Surviving, as an artist is no easy feat, writing jingles and corporate sales soundtracks, performing for Christmas parties, hotel restaurants, and weddings become necessities for sustenance and God has been faithful to me and to meeting the needs of my family. I am still married to the love of my life after 19 years and we have two boys who never hesitate to make fun of their 'rocker' dad. I continue to freelance as a recording artist, and writing and arranging film & TV soundtracks, and can be contacted at faithnation.com. Lewis uses Yamaha, Korg & Roland synthesizers. BRIAN BART Plays the Guitar in 'Deforestation' and 'Green Reflections' Brian was also the Recording Engineer on all songs in this CD. Brian Bart is the owner, engineer and producer at Logic Recording Studio, Minneapolis. Logic is a 64 track Digital faculty with state of the art equipment and a successful history. With over 20 years experience in engineering and producing audio, video, and computer graphics, he has recorded over 250 albums and thousands of demos. Brian also taught a variety of advanced multimedia classes part time at Musictech College for twelve years. Some of his commercial Clients include: The Minnesota Twins, ShowTime, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Northwest Airlines, Iowa Tourism, Tanaka Advertising, Timberwolves, National Camera. Logic has also worked with artists Night Ranger, Kelly Keagy, Badfinger, Flipp, Molly Hatchet, American Headcharge, James Peterick (Survivor), Mick Sterling, Mambos Combo, Cynthia Johnson, Debbie Duncan, Margaret Cox, Boogie Wonderland. Brian has released 10 of his own records, played multiple instruments on over 70, and has done over 20 tribute records for Liquid8 records ranging from Hip Hop, to Rock, to R&B, to Metal. His musical history includes piano at age 4, drums at age 7 and guitar at age 9. Brian founded the successful band Dare Force in the 80's as well as several other bands in the 90's and performed over 3000 gigs in 25 states and 5 countries. Brian has written 100's of songs, and has had significant airplay on several compositions. He is currently promoting three albums in Europe and Japan, and continuing to produce new artists, tribute records, original and commercial music. * won an international guitar, a twin cities best guitarist, and regional songwriting competitions * won best rock instrumentalist, solo artist, advertising jingle at the Minnesota Music Awards * opened concerts for KISS, Kansas, Queensryche, John Mellencamp, Ratt, Ted Nugent, U.F.O., and more * nominated 6 times as best producer/engineer, and 3 times as best guitarist at the MMA * played on over 70 albums and produced international CD's in Europe, Japan, and Africa * written or co written over 500 songs INGRID KOLLER Plays Viola in 'Weeping Trees' and 'Rainforest Rain.' Ingrid Koller is a freelance violist and violin and viola teacher in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She has played in numerous ensembles and orchestras including the St. Paul Civic Symphony, the First Unitarian Society Orchestra, and the Anoka Opera Ensemble. Ingrid has been a long-time member of the Lake String Quartet. She is a very active chamber musician and has performed numerous times for Thursday Musical. Nationally recognized artists with whom Ingrid has played include Roy Clark, Michael Card, and Fernando Ortega. She studied with John Tartaglia at the University of Minnesota where she obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance. Other teachers include Abigail Stoughton Riley, Rennie Regher of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Milton Thomas at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Ingrid enjoys teaching and in 2003 founded the Early Bird String Academy. HAROLD TORRENCE Plays the Guitar in 'Windy Rain' and 'Majestic White Clouds.' Harold Torrence, from Venezuela, started playing guitar almost 20 years ago. First, he learned to play the Venezuelan cuatro (a-four-string instrument similar to the ukulele), and shortly after he quickly decided to transition to the acoustic guitar. Harold spent his middle school and high school years playing for a Folkloric School band, and a Latin music group. He kept learning from different teachers and different styles like classic guitar, flamenco music, boss nova, jazz, Latin, rock, and others. Music became a wonderful companion, and he has kept the guitar very close to his heart. Few years ago, Harold moved to Minnesota to pursue a Master degree. He had the opportunity to meet Herm in Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood Minnesota in Fall 2004 while he was playing with Mensaje de Hermandad (a Latin music ministry from the Twins Cities). He is happy to participate in this wonderful CD, and hopes you can enjoy Herm's project as much as he does.