September 11, 2003

Marc Antoine's new CD "Mediterraneo" out Sept 23rd

marcantoine.jpgGuitarist Marc Antoine’s new album will be supported by extensive concert dates

As refreshing as plunging into the ocean on a sweltering summer day, the new album Mediterraneo by guitarist Marc Antoine is scheduled for release from sax star Dave Koz’s Rendezvous Entertainment record label on September 23rd. The first track serviced to radio, “Funky Picante,” sets the stage for the album release and is typical of the expanse of music that the Paris-born, Madrid-based artist explores. It’s a collection that is “world music” by every definition of the term.

Beautiful and infectious classical acoustic guitar melodies, rhythmic flamenco riffs, lively Latin percussion nuances, shuffling funk/hip-hop grooves and soothing contemporary jazz jaunts are neatly presented in seductive soulful sonicscapes. Antoine produced and arranged the tracks on his sixth album, which were mixed by Mike Pela, who is known for the vibe he’s contributed to recordings by Sade and Maxwell. The album was recorded in Antoine’s studio in Madrid by multiple Grammy Award winner Rafa Sardina, who has produced and/or engineered recordings by artists such as Angie Stone, Macy Gray, Dru Hill, and Luis Miguel. Of the eleven cuts on the disc, Antoine wrote eight, collaborated on two, and delivered a classy cover of Everything But The Girl’s “Lady.”

As a solo artist, Antoine has topped the charts twice (“Sunland” and “Mas Que Nada”) while becoming a signature artist at smooth jazz radio. Antoine has lent his distinctive guitar elegance to recordings and concert performances by some of the most distinguished and diverse artists including Sting, Celine Dion, Basia, Queen Latifah, Cher, George Benson, Soul II Soul, Selena, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Will Downing, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Rick Braun, Peter White and Richard Elliot.

“I’ve had the pleasure of having Marc play on a couple of my records,” said Koz. “We’re all very excited about launching our record label with an artist of his magnitude. Marc is a uniquely talented musician that has a proven track record and the ability to appeal to a wide array of audiences.”

On September 28th, Antoine will begin a U.S. concert tour with Koz, Jeff Lorber and Chris Botti, which continues through the first week of November. After Thanksgiving, Antoine will embark on another trek with Koz and Botti, this time accompanied by Brian Culbertson and Bobby Caldwell.

The Mediterraneo album contains the following songs:

“Cubanova”
“Funky Picante”
“Mediterraneo”
“Preludio”
“Castellana Hood”
“Afromenco”
“Senor Grove”
“Gotham”
“Lady”
“Gringo”
“Alejandro’s Lullaby”

Catch Marc Antoine on tour with Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber & Chris Botti at:

September 28 Anchorage, AK Center for the Performing Arts
October 2 El Paso, TX Abraham Chavez Theatre
October 3 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
October 4 & 5 Temecula, CA Thornton Winery
October 8 Santa Rosa, CA Luther Burbank Center
October 9 Sacramento, CA Radisson Hotel
October 10 Las Vegas, NV Sunset Station
October 11 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
October 12 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
October 15 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
October 16 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
October 17 St. Louis, MO Touhill Performing Arts Center
October 19 Indianapolis, IN Murat Center
October 23 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
October 24 Westbury, NY Westbury Music Fair
October 26 Ucasaville, CT Wolf Den
November 2 & 3 Atlanta, GA Robert Ferst Center
November 5 Richmond, VA Landmark Theatre
November 6 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Theatre


Celebrate A Smooth Jazz Christmas with Antoine, Koz, Botti, Brian Culbertson and Bobby Caldwell on:

November 29 Long Beach, CA Terrace Theatre
November 30 Palm Springs, CA McCallum Theatre
December 5 San Francisco, CA Masonic Temple
December 12 Melbourne, FL Maxwell King Center
December 14 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center for the Arts
December 16 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
December 17 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
December 19 & 20 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
December 21 Los Angeles, CA Kodak Theatre

Posted by Peter Böhi at September 11, 2003 6:19 AM