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  • Persona Music Recordings

    Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances by the P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort. The P2500 Band performs both original music written by Stephen Gislason and new arrangements of popular tunes. We cover many different styles from different countries. Stephen says: "I treat the chosen songs as classics that exemplify an aspect of popular music that emerged in the 1950s. Many bands and musicians that were popular in the 60s and 70s have been resurrected to play concerts for "baby boomers' who feel strongly about popular songs they heard as teenagers and young adults. We all have grey hair and have more wrinkles, but musical enjoyment is ageless.

    Jazz - The band has followed the path of modern jazz, starting with bebop as invented by Dizzie Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The path leads to Miles Davis and the extraordinarily talented musicians that played with him and then proceeded on their own innovative paths. Stephen is a trumpet player as well as a keyboardist and synthesizer expert; his arrangements favor trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic keyboards.

    Latin - Stephen enjoys the music of Mexico, Central and South America. In Brazil, Tom Jobim, de Moraes, Mendonça, an others developed Samba and Bossa Nova styles that spread to the US and Europe. Argentina contributed the Tango. Dances, rhythms and melodic styles emerged as energetic fusion elements in jazz and popular music in the rest of the world.

    Sound Quality: We are concerned when people listen to good quality recordings with inferior sound reproduction equipment. Headphone and ear bud sales outpace other consumer electronics. The widespread proliferation of mobile phones, MP3 players, laptops, tablets, and other portable electronic devices created a growing demand for headphones. Cheap phones or ear buds are often included in the purchase price of portable players. These are best replaced by more expensive, better quality head phones.

    Examples of Stephen's Recordings

    Apollo's Tune: Stephen Gislason

    Under the Persona Classical Consort banner, Stephen has developed a series of JS Bach recordings derived from a variety of his works for keyboard and orchestras.

    Air on a G String: JS Bach

     Weather Report, Birdland

    Dear Lady

    Four Miles

    Digital Bach Series

    Digital Bach for the 21st Century are recordings derived from the complete works of JS Bach, edited, transcribed and arranged for synthesizer by Stephen Gislason and recorded at Persona Digital Studio. The project began in 2006. Recordings were remixed in 2017.

    Counterpoint for Genius 4 Volumes Stephen wrote:" I discovered that JS Bach's counterpoint, probably the most elegant expression of well considered complexity; if presented with clear definition of interacting voices, counterpoint becomes a delightful form of brain exercise. These pieces in these 4 volumes have been developed from Cantatas and Masses. Sections of these masterworks have been extracted, edited and re-arranged with novel voicing, based on the EMU Proteus 2500 banks of excellent sounds. The performances were develop as multi-track compositions in Sonar.

    The Art of the Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080)is a collection of Johann Sebastian Bach' last compositions. Stephen wrote: "I wanted to achieve a version of the Art of the Fugue that is different from previous versions. I have spent over 2 years developing my arrangements and could issue several albums with quite divergent interpretations, I believe I have reached an understanding with Bach and Gould, that these pieces have an infinite quality that cannot be contained in any individual's opinion of them. "

    Art of the Fugue 4 Example