"...the folk world should keep a weather eye open for DeAngelis' future compositions; he may well become the rudder for the next generation of contemporary American folk songwriters." (Cindy Hill, CDReviews.com)
Singer/songwriter Ken DeAngelis, studied accordion and songwriting at an early age, teaching himself guitar and harmonica. His original songs, which often describe personal experiences, are recognized for their distinctive style, universality, originality and his unique guitar flat and fingerpicking styles. His voice has been described as "smooth and velvety" and his songs as "provocative and heartfelt". "DeAngelis demonstrates remarkable breadth and technical skill, avoiding the rote sameness that many singer-songwriters fall into…the keys and chord progressions vary widely, with themes and pace running from the silly to the sublime," (Cindy Hill, CDReviews.com) making his music expressive, "vivid and riveting." (Richard Ross, The River Reporter) Ken has been featured on television and radio performing his original compositions, at numerous song festivals and has won awards at song competitions. Appearances include the "Cavalcade of Stars" telethon, the " Fast Folk" organization of NYC where has shared the stage with prominent artists in the folk scene such as Pete Seeger, Cliff Eberhardt, Artie and Happy Traum, Richard Schindell, blues artist Savoy Brown, among others, the Fourth of July "Star Spangled Spectacular Celebration", Warwick Apple Fest, Bodles Opera House, Paramount Theater, Arden House, Puffin Cultural Forum, Riverfest, Grand Montgomery Chamber Music Series, Lycian Theater, Mohonk Mountain House, Storm King Arts Center, Seelig Theater (Sullivan County Community College), Warwick Valley Winery, Donnell Library, NYC, New Rochelle Public Library, Merkin Hall, Girdwood Folk Festival, Alaska, Union Hall Coffeehouse, MA, American Cancer Society fund-raiser, Washington, DC, Year of the Rabbit, MD and for the Friends of Music Mansion Series. Ken & Julie completed a concert tour which brought Ken's music to theaters in six cities in Nova Scotia. His music has been heard on webcasts with Art Music Coffeehouse, RelaxRadio, Perth, Australia and on Ellopia TV in Greece. Ken and Julie have been recipients of the New York State Council of the Arts Grants. Ken and Julie's debut recording entitled "The Dream", features 16 of Ken’s original songs.
"A collection of wholly original works is an awesome undertaking, and DeAngelis demonstrates remarkable breadth and technical skill, avoiding the rote sameness that many singer-songwriters fall into when stacking one composition after another. The keys and chord progressions vary widely, with themes and pace running from the silly (like 'Civil Defense Drill,' a tongue-in-cheek fond remembrance of those childhood under-the-desk exercises those of us over 40 all recall) to the sublime. ...The pure talent of DeAngelis and Ziavras combine to generate some real gems, sparkling with energy and life. 'Splash,' 'Hanging on to Every Word,' and 'Friday Next to the Sea' are all heartfelt additions to the folk genre that are likely to find themselves worked into other performer's repertoires around the folk festival circuit.
...all the elements are here for a highly successful folk music future for Ken and Julie: love, energy, songwriting talent, two great and diverse voices, and a community of talented musical friends. See: Cindy Hill at CDReviews.com.
Ken arranges, records, and produces recordings for other musicians, including two award winning albums of classic cowboy songs for singer Richard Flanders for which he also plays guitar, accordion and vocals. "Yonderings", nominated "Album of the Year" and won "Song of the Year 2008" by the Academy of Western Artists and "Ride Away", from which his original song was nominated Song of the Year. He also recorded and produced jazz singer/pianist Alice Shane's "Out of the Blue."
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