Michael Jones (Canadian musician)

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Michael Jones
Born 1942 (age 74–75)
Genres New-age
Occupation(s) Composer, Pianist, Author, Lecturer
Instruments Piano
Years active c. 1980–present
Labels Pianoscapes, Inc.
Narada
Website www.pianoscapes.com

Michael Jones (born 1942) is a Canadian new-age pianist and composer, known for his improvisational new age performance style.[1] He is also a writer and leadership educator.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Surrey, England, and grew up in Kitchener and later Queenston, Ontario.[2]

Career[edit]

Jones' first album, Pianoscapes, was released on the newly formed Narada record label.[3] The album sold more than 100,000 copies.[4] Since then he has released more than a dozen albums of piano music. [5] In 1990 he conducted a concert tour.[2]

He has published three books about creative leadership; the most recent is The Soul of Place: Re-imagining Leadership Through Nature Art and Community.

Jones is a columnist for the business and leadership website, Management - Issues. He often combines the two sides of his career by performing his compositions at leadership conferences.

In 2015 Jones co-chaired the Mariposa Roundtable, an initiative to improve the economy of Orillia through increased tourism.[6]

Original discography[edit]

  • Michael's Music (Pianoscapes, 1981)
    • Reissued as Pianoscapes (Narada, 1983)[7]
  • Windsong (Antiquity, 1983)
  • Seascapes (Narada, 1984)[8]
  • Wind and Whispers (Sona Gaia, 1985)
  • Solstice (Narada, 1985)[9]
  • Sunscapes (Narada, 1986)[10]
  • Amber (Narada, 1987)
  • After the Rain (Narada, 1988)
  • Magical Child (Narada, 1990)
  • Michael's Music (Narada, 1990)
  • Morning in Medonte (Narada, 1992)
  • Air Born (Narada, 1994)
  • Touch (Narada, 1996)
  • The Living Music (Narada, 1998)
  • Echoes of Childhood ( Pianoscapes, 2002)[11]
  • Almost Home (Pianoscapes, 2006)
  • Deep Song (Pianoscapes, 2015)

Compilation appearances[edit]


Books[edit]

  • Michael Jones (1 January 1991). Solos and Sketches for New Age Piano. Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. ISBN 978-0-7935-0059-8. 
  • Creating an Imaginative Life Trafford (1995, 2006) ISBN 978-1-57324-011-6
  • Artful Leadership, Awakening the Commons of the Imagination Trafford (2006) ISBN 1-4120-8578-0
  • The Soul of Place:Re-Imagining Leadership Through Nature, Art and Community Friesen Press (2014) ISBN 9781460237960

References[edit]

  1. ^ Free to be Creative at the Piano. New Age Piano Lessons. pp. 157–. GGKEY:42ZU363U7R3. 
  2. ^ a b "New Age Music". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ Maria Armoudian (6 April 1996). Look for these New Age labels. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 51–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ Major labels move quickly. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 25 October 1986. pp. 1–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ "Music earns Michael Jones a second career". Orillia Sun, 26 Apr 1988, page 4
  6. ^ "Orillia’s industrial economy is a thing of the past; group focusing on future opportunities". By Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times, October 8, 2015
  7. ^ Mother Jones. Foundation for National Progress. 1983. p. 62. 
  8. ^ Reviews: Pop - Recommended. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 12 January 1985. pp. 101–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ Keith Tuber (December 1988). The New Age of David Lanz. Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. pp. 356–. ISSN 0279-0483. 
  10. ^ Linda Moleski (30 August 1986). Grass Routes. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 56–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ "Album Review: Almost Home". Mainly Piano, Review by Michael Debbage


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