“Ken and Julie”, appear either as a duo or as Ken and Julie & the Eclectic Folk Project with up to six additional players including; bass, cello mandolin, flute, piano and hand percussion, adding depth and diversity to their sound with a strong repertoire of original, contemporary and traditional folk covers. Reviewers describe Ken’s songs as “poignant and heartfelt, personal, yet universal in scope”, "each with thought provoking lyrics or a story to it, making their music expressive and riveting", “wonderfully detailed music that features evocative lyrics, lovely harmonies and melodies that stay with you long after you hear them." (Times Herald Record). Julie has been described as "an estimable vocalist" (New York Times), her "...lovely, liquid voice expresses feelings of love, longing and wonder", and that she “wow(s) her listeners with her warm and compelling voice, appealing presence and wide range of repertoire" (Times Record Herald).Ken and Julie's debut album entitled "The Dream" features 16 of Ken's original songs. The music and lyrics tell stories, often describing personal experiences, and reviewers have described them as "personal, yet universal in scope, poignant and heartfelt." The songs focus on critical events in people's lives; events that will end in tragedy or growth, taking listeners through an emotional journey. Ken and Julie perform these songs as a beautiful and lyrical story of life."Ken and Julie: love, energy, songwriting talent, two great and diverse voices... the pure talent of DeAngelis and Ziavras combine to generate some real gems, sparkling with energy and life." (Cindy Hill, CDReviews.com) Ken and Julie have appeared in concert and at folk venues throughout the east coast, Nova Scotia, Alaska, and their recordings heard internationally on webcasts including RelaxRadio, Australia on Ellopia TV in Greece. They have been recipients of the New York State Council of the Arts Grants and their CD "The Dream" is a part of the distinguished Peace Autograph Project at the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity in the Republic of Uzbekistan. "THE DREAM" REVIEW: "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 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 ready to jump in and fill out the sound. Singer-songwriters would be well advised to listen carefully to this disc and learn how to keep their sound fresh and interesting over the course of a full-length set of original pieces; dj's for folk and college stations looking for fresh material will find plenty of play-worthy pieces amidst the sixteen tracks. And 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."
CDs by Ken and Julie
|The Dream 2005|
Singer-Songwriter, Folk/Traditional, and Americana
This dynamic folk duo's debut album of acoustic, new-folk music, offers thought provoking storytelling lyrics by singer/songwriter Ken DeAngelis, with the beautiful soprano voice of Julie Ziavras.
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