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Wind and Wire
"High octane passionate jazz fusion music,
literally exploding at times with energy and fire...
Her fiercely dramatic keyboard artistry literally
grabs your attention and seldom lets you go.
In the hands of Ophelia and company, your cares
should be chased away and replaced by smiles and laughter...."
Wind and Wire
Click here for the, In-Depth FULL Review at Wind and Wire by Bill Binkelman
Mostly Piano Publications
For joyous tropically-influenced music,
it doesn't get much better than this!
With "Rhythmic Jubilee", Ophelia reveals
another side of her very eclectic musical self,
and it's a joy to behold! ..
Mostly Piano Publications
Click here for the In-Depth FULL Review at Mostly Piano Publications by Kathy Parsons!
Indie Music Review
Les Reynolds from indie music captures the essence of Echoes...Under The Sun project in his review.
In a word: Gorgeous! That describes Ophelia Handberry's 13-song release on Ohklectic Records. It could be called music to relax by, listen to by candlelight or be inspired by, because it is all of that and more.
Ophelia is an accomplished, talented musician and producer who plays inspired piano in dramatic fashion. Her sound is full, rich and sparkling.
The keyboard virtuoso can caress the instrument lightly or punch with vigor and energy -- whatever is necessary to make the mood. The opening two tunes, " Again," and "New Beginnings," are highlights of the CD and are so stirring you want them to go on past the four-minute standard.
A bit later into the list, her textured sounds give way to a bit of Enyaesque spirit, or possibly even Yanni.....
Another cool tune is "Exotic Spice," a neat combo of flute and piano which shows off the light, elegant and very quick touch Ophelia is capable of.
The next tune, "Jump!" has a Calypso flavor and the finale, "Ice 2000," rises and falls, building to a pulsing beat driven by electric keyboards and light percussion.
Ophelia´s press kit contains these words, and they are so appropriate: "Escape your everyday routine with Ophelia´s eclectic mix of captivating, upbeat melodies and smooth, passionate compositions that will inspire you to echo your own dreams."
Ophelia has been Recipient of The ASCAP Special Popular Music Awards every year since 1999! The purpose of these special awards, which have been given each year since 1960, is to reward writers whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received, and to compensate those writers whose works are performed substantially in media not surveyed by ASCAP.
~More Professional Reviews~
"This expressive pianist can go from the hot and jazzy to the tranquil, contemplative tracks. Ophelia marries the sounds of Jazz, Classical, New-Age and Contemporary music.
Ophelia is a wiz at the piano"
-The Chicago Star
"Ophelia is truly a gifted person. Not only is she technically sound in her playing, but the feeling she conveys through her music is deep, passionate, and inspiring."
-C. Russell, WVPE- Elkhart, IN.
"What a marvelous musician and composer. The jazz and classical influences combined with earthy undertones are stirring..."
-L. Simon, Music Choice DCR. West Orange, NJ.
"I enjoy the music and the rhythm makes the music unique."
-S. Brodie, CHRW, Ontario, Canada
"Thanks again, for helping to heal the planet and ourselves."
-L. Goodman host/producer Women in Music, WUBM, Boston, MA.
"The Ujamma Expo is honored to announce acclaimed pianist, Ophelia. This rising star has garnered praise from music circles across the country for a 'unique style.'"
-The Black Reign News, Staten Island, NY.
"It is always a treat to get intelligent, interesting music-native fusion."
-L. McNutt, KUAC, Fairbanks, AK.
"Ms. Handberry released some abundant energy that powers her creativity.. Her body kept time with the lively melody while her piston-like fingers raced across the keyboard. "
-The Bethel Home News
"April Storm has a wonderful effect!"
-KTOO-FM & TV, Juneau, AK.
"What an exhilarating evening of contemporary eclectic music composed by Ophelia, that heartwarming-ly "touches your soul".... A new star of the music world has risen and she performed with assurance that she has created a new sound."
-F. Sikorski, Herscam Press, CT.
Danbury News Times:
New Age pianist plays in Stamford
Article by Laurel Touhey
Ophelia may very well be the biggest local music star you´ve never heard of. The Bethel resident performs tomorrow at Stamford´s Rich Forum. Ophelia is a classically trained musician who can´t remember a time when she didn´t play the piano. Lacking formal training in composition, she calls the process "natural, it just comes out the way it comes out." She also applies her nontraditional methods to the classics, preferring to "do different things with the music besides playing it the way it was written."
While Ophelia describes her style as "contemporary eclectic," many of her fans call it New Age. Ophelia herself seems to be the essence of that genre. The upbeat musician has the most soothing speaking voice and says something positive about everything.
Employing instrumental piano and synthesizer music, the sound she produces is beautiful and emotional. Her influences range from classical to native fusion, African, Latin and Jigs.
Among her mellower songs are "Velvet Clover" and "Sweet Baby Sonatina." They´re perfect for practicing yoga or relaxation exercises. But the native-inspired "Mystic Flute" and the Caribbean flavored "Jump!" will jolt you from reverie.
This composer´s musical tastes are as varied as her repertoire. She likes George Winston and Billy Joel. Native-American chants and African songs have also inspired her.
Tomorrow´s concert should showcase her diversity, with a wide range of styles being played. It will "start with some classical, go through some jazzy stuff, and end with the more Latin and Native songs."
If you aren´t familiar with this local musician, it may be because she´s been touring nonstop, traveling the world and playing four to six shows per weekend. But she plans to re-emerge on the local music scene (her last big local show was at WestConn in 1996), with her eventual goal being "to organize a full-blown orchestra" in the area.
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