Arek Religa – Album “In Memory of the Greatests”

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Arek Religa Releases Multifaceted Instrumental Indie Album “In Memory Of The Greatests”
Review by Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck, muzikreviews.com

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Chicago, Illinois, January 6, 2008 Arek Religa came to America from Poland in the year 2000. He started playing guitar at the age of 16. His musical talent soon transformed him into recognized talent and he was playing on major Polish stages in short order. Religa played with many well-known musicians and bands over the years before arriving on US soil. One of the most memorable performances for Arek was in 1999 when he played the International Film Music Festival in Poznan, Poland with The Robert Janson Band, right next to world famous musicians such as Chuck Mangione, Blues Brothers, Maurice Jarre, Michael Kamen, and others. After the year 2000, he found his talent of composing and arranging.

His first major release of original compositions was released in late 2007 titled “In Memory of The Greatests”. The recording features 13 varied tracks of instrumental rock-jazz-fusion. Each track creates a different atmosphere as the six-string wizard gives the nod to the great players of our time. On “¡Viva Carlos!”, one of the most popular modern day artists, Carlos Santana, gets a fitting tribute. The familiarity of that song allows the listener to find their own comfort zone then settle in and enjoy the explorations Religa takes off on for the rest of the recording.

Religa is a multitalented instrumentalist providing the guitar, keyboards, bass, and programming throughout the entire recording. The atmospheric layers of music that the artist uses are symphonic at times, leading the music into a more progressive path. The jazz-rock-fusion is also very progressive with the instrumentation and compositions on “In Memory of The Greatests”.

Arek Religa is a talent on the rise and he will soon find his music in demand by not only listeners but also movie soundtracks and video games would be a certain consideration for his work. Arek was recognized most recently for his outstanding talents by MuzikReviews.com. He was selected out of 64 other artists that entered the talent contest the site ran through Sonic Bids.

20 listopada 2008 roku, polonijny muzyk i kompozytor z Justice, IL Arek Religa otrzymał “Hollywood Music Awards” w kategorii “Best New Age Artist”. Nagroda została przyznana za utwór: “Island of my dreams”.
“Gala przyznania nagród odbyła się w Los Angeles, CA w kompleksie “Kodak Theater”. Tutaj również najlepsi aktorzy odbierają Oskary. Arek Religa znalazł się wśród najznakomitszych muzycznych twórców w tej branży: James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight, Michael Clayton, I Am Legend, King Kong), Alberto Iglesias (“The Kite runner”), Terence Blanchard (“Miracle at St. Anna”), Aaron Zigman (“Flash of Genius”), Jeff Beal (“Appaloosa”) i wielu innych.
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