Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Nutopians - Lennon Re-Imagined
The Nutopians, the award-winning, seven-piece musical ensemble that celebrates the artistry and genius of the late John Lennon, announced today the release of “Lennon Re-Imagined," a 16-song compilation of originally-performed Lennon-composed masterpieces from his Beatles and solo careers.
The new CD follows up the group’s debut CD, “Imagined: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon,” which won the prestigious Vox Populi Independent Music Award for best tribute album in 2010.
Created and lead by Elektra and RCA recording artist Rex Fowler of Aztec Two Step and Atlantic recording artist Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the Nutopians were given their name by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono. “Nutopians” is derived from the couple's "conceptual country, Nutopia" where John was so cleverly seeking diplomatic immunity as its ambassador in 1973 after being denied residency in the U.S. for his radical stance against the Vietnam War. The couple even hung a plaque inscribed "Nutopian Embassy" on their kitchen door in The Dakota. The band was invited to perform for Ms. Ono on June 3rd when she was honored at the WhyHunger Chapin Awards celebration in New York City.
Featured tracks on the CD from Lennon's Beatles canon include: “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl," No Reply," "If I Fell" and "Cry Baby Cry/The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill." Featured compositions from his solo years include "Instant Karma," "Beautiful Boy" and "Love/Oh My Love." The later was co-written with his wife Yoko Ono Lennon.
The new CD also features breakout vocal performances by Maggie Coffin, the ensemble's up-and-coming 17-year-old high school singing sensation from Gardiner, Maine, who inspires with her interpretations of "Dear Prudence" and "Revolution." Other members of the Nutopians include Dean's Devonsquare band mate Alana MacDonald on violin and vocals; Gary Schreiner on chromatic harmonica, piano and accordion; Robby Coffin (Maggie's dad) on lead acoustic and electric guitars and vocals; Teg Glendon on bass; and Jordan Jancz on cello and percussion
Lennon Re-Imagined CD Click here to purchase. A portion of CD sales will be donated to WhyHunger
The new Lennon Re-Imagined CD is available now through CD Baby and also on iTunes.
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Lennon Re-Imagined Performance Credits