MAY 18, 2018
Last week I completed the recording of the final guitar parts for the new album. Also, John Patitucci recorded his acoustic bass parts and so now all of the recording is complete - the 40+ Piece Symphony Orchestra, Dave Weckl and Chad Wackerman’s drums, Eric Marienthal’s saxophones, Lori Andrews' harp and now after 10 days of recording all of my guitar parts, the recording work is completed. NOW I BEGIN the mixing. Here are the 13 picks I used these last 10 days...
MAY 1, 2018
Last week, I workED with saxophone great Eric Marienthal and harpist extraordinaire Lori Andrews as they recordED their parts for my upcoming album for guitar and symphony orchestra.
APRIL 12, 2018
I'M Working today with iconic drummer Dave Weckl as he records the drums for "The Grace of Summer Light" with my guitar and orchestra. Dave gives such attention to the detail of the composition and the way he interacts with everything else that is happening within the orchestra is amazing and so appreciated by a composer LIke me. I can't wait to Have his input and incomparable playing on one of the centerpieces of this new album.
APRIL 5, 2018
I’m working this week with the great drummer Chad Wackerman, adding his powerful drumming to “The Stars, The Snow, The Fire” with the orchestra and my guitar. Chad's attention to detail and the finesse with which he handles the complex rHythms of this song are very expressive and AT the same time so in the groove. I feel fortunate to have one of my favorite drummers in the world on this album with me.
APRIL 2, 2018
on march 27, 28 & 29 we recorded the full orchestra for my upcoming album at Omega studios. this orchestra of highly skilled, hand picked musicians played magnificently and gave me performances above and beyond what I expected (and my expectations were Quite high). Here are some photos from the recording sessions...
MARCH 6, 2018
Here is your chance to win an exclusive invitation to spend the morning of Wednesday March 28 with ken navarro in the recording studio (Washington DC area) as HE records two new songs for HIS brand new album for Guitar and Symphony Orchestra! There are only 25 entries allowed so please don't wait very long to enter.
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Another super busy week getting ready for the orchestra recording sessions March 27-29 for my next album. This week, after a thorough review, the final string parts went to the principals in each string section for their bowing notations. Still finalizing the horn, brass and woodwind parts but they are virtually completed. Also custom click tracks, headphone tracks for the recording sessions and practice headphone mixes with click for each song are being created for each musician to practice with when they receive their parts at the end of February. Had a great meeting with the engineer & recording studio and we are finalizing the set up and orchestra layout for the recording sessions. I also re-wrote the string intro to Fortunate Son this week as well as adding some new woodwind parts for Wichita Lineman - so a lot of different things happening ...!
FEBRUARY 1, 2018
Happy new year - let's make 2018 a great year
To help celebrate the beginning of 2018, I am making a rare concert appearance in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday February 3rd - click here for tickets..
The piedmont Symphony orchestra Plays NEW Ken Navarro Music
January 10, 2018
It was a thrill to hear some of my new music for the upcoming aLbum played by the pso. Under the direction of conductor GlenN Quader and AssistanT conductor Kate Garretson, I had the opportunity to hear songs of mine "The Stars, the snow, the fire", "Juliet" and many others played by the talented musicians in the PSO. This is of great help as I continue to tweak and improve my orchestrations. Here's a few pictures from this special evening...
A special NEW ALBUM is COMING in 2018!!
November 28, 2017
I am very happy to announce thaT A new album of MY music for guitar and orchestra will begin recording in March 2018. I expect the release date to be sometime in the late summer or early fall.
i can now confirm that not one but two world renowned drummers - Dave Weckl and Chad Wackerman - will both be making special appearances with me and the orchestra. I can also confirm that the virtuoso bassist John patitucci will also be performing on the album. And if that wasn't enough, my favorite saxophonist in the world - eric marienthal - will be playing on 2 songs. Finally a brilliant jazz harpist, Lori Andrews will be adding her beautiful touch on 6 of the songs. A video crew will be making a documentary film of the recording and there will be many other surprises and special features which will made available as well. So please stay tuned...!
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AUGUST 18, 2017
In preparation for the recording of my next album - some of my best music scored for symphony orchestra and guitar - I have been preparing demos of each song using virtual instruments. This is a sample of the demo for one of those songs, "The Grace of Summer Light".
April 1, 2017
I AM CURRENTLY COMPOSING AND SCORING NEW MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND NYLON STRING GUITAR. HERE IS A SAMPLE (using virtual instruments) OF ONE OF THESE orchestrations - MY HIT SONG "SMOOTH SENSATION".
MARCH 1, 2017
ON FEBRUARY 19 OF THIS YEAR, I LOST MY FATHER JOSEPH NAVARRO. AS A WAY TO DEAL WITH MY LOSS AND AS A TRIBUTE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE, I CREATED THIS SHORT VIDEO USING A SONG I COMPOSED FOR MY DAD, "FORTUNATE SON" FROM MY ALBUM "RUBY LANE".
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
A BRAND NEW REVIEW FOR "BONFIRE" IS FEATURED IN THE NOV/DEC 2016 ISSUE OF SMOOTH JAZZ MAGAZINE. IT IS AN EXCELLENT MAGAZINE - YOU CAN CHECK OUT SAMPLES of the magazine AND SUBSCRIBE by clicking right here.
OCTOBER 1, 2016
I DID A LIVE RELEASE PARTY ON FACEBOOK WHERE I PLAYED THE NEW "BONFIRE" ALBUM IN IT'S ENTIRETY AND ANSWERED EVERYONE'S QUESTIONS WHILE WE LISTENED. AND I SIGNED "Bonfire" CDs AS FOLKS purchased THEM LIVE AT MY WEBSITE. SO COOL AND SO MUCH FUN! YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO RIGHT HERE. (https://www.facebook.com/kennavarroguitar/posts/807063052729841)
September 12, 2016
New VIDEO posted! THE FIRST PERFORMANCE VIDEO FROM KEN'S BRAND NEW ALBUM "BONFIRE". HERE IS "ONE SUMMER DAY"...
September 10, 2016
You can now listen to the world premiere of "Bonfire" with Sandy Shore and Smooth Jazz Global Radio. CLICK HERE.
September 2, 2016
New Podcast posted! A behind the scenes Preview of Ken's new album for 2016 "Bonfire". Click here to Listen
JULY 18, 2016
THE 2ND FREE SAMPLE FROM KEN'S UPCOMING ALBUM "BONFIRE". CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR CD FIRST (EXPECTED TO SHIP BY JULY 21)
July 11, 2016
A Free sample fROm Ken's Upcoming Album "Bonfire". Click here to get your CD first (expected to ship by JuLy 25)
JUNE 1, 2016 NEW PODCAST
MAY 20, 2016 NEW KEN NAVARRO ALBUM COMING SOON!
FROM KEN - "AFTER THE SUCCESS OF MY 22ND ALBUM "UNBREAKABLE HEART", I WENT RIGHT BACK TO WORK IN MY RECORDING STUDIO. HERE IS A PHOTO OF MY STUDIO EARLIER THIS WEEK, WORKING ON 13 NEW SONGS FOR WHAT WILL BE MY NEXT ALBUM...."
LATEST VIDEO - A PERFORMANCE OF THE FIRST HIT SONG "JULIET" FROM THE NEW ALBUM "UNBREAKABLE HEART"!
"UNBREAKABLE HEART" NOW AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT ITUNES AND AMAZON & MANY OTHER RETAIL AND ONLINE STORES
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"JULIET" FROM "UNBREAKABLE HEART" - #1 AT NATIONAL SMOOTH JAZZ RADIO for 4 straight weeks!
3 NEW PODCASTS - THE MAKING of "unbreakable heart"
1. Ken opens the doors of his recording studio to you and shows you how he played and recorded each instrument for his #1 hit song "Juliet". Listen Now
2. Ken previews his new album "Unbreakable Heart" with behind the scenes stories and information about how he recorded his new music and the inspiration for each song. Listen Now
3. Ken takes you into his recording studio to listen to the different instruments that create the arrangement of his song "Frenchmen Street" from his new album Unbreakable Heart. Listen Now
NEW CONCERT REVIEW OF KEN'S SHOW WITH BOB BALDWIN & ART SHERROD
Ken's latest radio Interview
Ken WAS selected as September's Smooth Jazz Artist of the Month!
THE LATEST REVIEW OF "UNBREAKABLE HEART"
KEN NAVARRO Unbreakable Heart
From one of the most respected and critically acclaimed contemporary jazz guitarists in the world, comes an artful and heartfelt new collection of songs. Ken Navarro’s 22nd album to date, UNBREAKABLE HEART, includes eleven new compositions, all gorgeous, all deeply moving, and all featuring Navarro’s brilliant acoustic and electric guitar work! Delicate and introspective at times, and upbeat and exhilarating at other moments in the recording… the instrumentation is rich and diverse and we’re keen to mention that there is a lovely tribute to actor Robin Williams (“Robin Fly Away”) and a notable nod to jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius (“Jaco Smiled”). From jazz to smooth, from classic to pop, the chart-topping, award-winning musician is certain to steal hearts, enthrall fans and capture new admirers with UNBREAKABLE HEART!