FLOW Celebrates BEST NEW AGE ALBUM Win at The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards, Looks Forward to May 2018 Tour Dates from New Orleans to L.A.
Jeff Oster, a founding member of the ensemble FLOW, accepted the IMA honor live at Lincoln Center’ alongside fellow honorees in a wide array of music genres. The event’s judges included Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Amy Lee of Evanescence, and Sepultura.
New York, NY (April 5, 2018) — Established artists and rising stars from around the world packed Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Saturday, March 31st to celebrate the vitality of the indie music community at The 16th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) and Independent Music Party. FLOW flugelhorn and trumpet player, Jeff Oster, accepted the group’s Independent Music Award for Best New Age Album for its eponymous debut album, FLOW, produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton, and released by LMB Music.
“This honor is so appreciated, and the timing couldn’t be better as we prepare for our May 2018 tour,” Oster said, adding “Hopefully, some of the new friends we’ve made here today will join us on The Arrival Tour to experience FLOW live in concert; it’s a beautiful thing.”
The following is a review from Samantha Garcia on zonemusicreporter.com Click here to read the review on the zonemusicreporter.com website.
FLOW: On Point, and On Tour!
It isn’t often that the New Age genre finds itself enjoying the emergence of a group such as FLOW, who recently announced their May 2018 Arrival Tour from New Orleans to Seattle, San Fran, and LA. The talented Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster have joined to give us an album of serene beauty. Each musician brings passion for their instruments and years of dedication to their craft into this album, manifesting a creative energy so strong that it resonates throughout every note. Nothing is wasted. Originally a project started by Lawrence Blatt, FLOW came together when he invited pianist Fiona Joy and composer Jeff Oster to collaborate with him at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. It wasn’t long, however, until Will became far more than just a producer, and an integral contributor to the project.
FLOW Announce The Arrival Tour and Award Nominations
GRAMMY®-Winning Guitarist Will Ackerman,
Pianist Fiona Joy, Guitarist Lawrence Blatt,
Trumpet & Flugelhorn player Jeff Oster & Guest Artists
FLOW will kickoff a Spring tour with two New Orleans performances, including a set at the Zone Music Awards, followed by West Coast dates. The new ensemble is nominated for Two ZMR Awards (Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) and Two IMAs (Best New Age Album and New Age Song) Following Two Months at #1 on the ZMR Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart, an Appearance on Nationally-syndicated PRI Radio Show ECHOES and Multiple “Best of 2017” Honors.
The following is a review from axs.com Click here to read the review on the axs.com website.
“These are four musicians who are all self-sufficient in their talents. They’re brilliant at making albums that are unique and musically successful as soloists. The lovely surprise is that they, we, all managed with grace and ease to come together and create something new and different from anything any of us had ever done before,” Grammy-winner Will Ackerman explains.
The following is a review from Skopemag.com Click here to read the review on the skopmage.com website.
Flow embraces a colorful, soothing sound on the ambient bliss of their self-titled effort. Done with the utmost of taste, Flow draws from jazz, folk, incorporating slight hints of dance all nicely anchored by lush waves of sound that simply wash over it all. Melodically rich the way the many elements intermingle results in a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic aura one that feels positively inviting. Bright and airy the way the songs evolve results a true talent for form, for the spaciousness of the tracks further emphasizes the emphasis on the infinite, the pastoral beauty of nature. Songs perfectly flow, one into the other making the track lengths irrelevant as they all work together merging into a seamless whole.
The following is a review from Bill Binkelman, of ZoneMusicReporter.com. Click here to read the review on the ZoneMusicReporter.com website.
FLOW – FLOW
Having cut my rock musical teeth, so to speak, in the late ’60s and early ’70s, I listened to my fair share of supergroup recordings: Cream (and later Blind Faith), Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, West, Bruce and Laing, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Bad Company, and others. As a result, I know that the path of the supergroup is fraught with several challenges, such as clashing egos, clashing artistic visions, and “one and done” fixation (a la Blind Faith, for example). I had no such fear when I heard that pianist Fiona Joy, guitarists Lawrence Blatt and Will Ackerman, and flugelhorn maestro Jeff Oster were forming FLOW (Fiona, Lawrence, Oster, and Will). Having met these folks in person, I was confident that their relationship in the studio would be symbiotic and yield some delicious musical treats for the listeners. I was curious what they would “sound” like, not so much because their individual styles are vastly different, but more “what would they come up?”
The following is a review from R J Lannan, of ZoneMusicReporter.com. Click here to read the review on the ZoneMusicReporter.com website.
Two guitarist, a pianist, and a horn player walk into a studio. Now if that sounds like the beginning of a good story, it is, but the punchline is something quite exceptional. The eponymous album is FLOW. The group of four consists of Australia’s darling daughter, pianist Fiona Joy. One of the guitarists is the skillfully able Lawrence Blatt. The third is the most sought after accompanists of contemporary music, flugelhorn artist Jeff Oster. The fourth is a legendary guitarist, the one talent that has become an icon for the genre, Will Ackerman.
The music is about four friends that have known and supported each other and, more importantly, each other’s work for years. Finally one of them said, “Let’s do this” and they did. The results are extraordinary.
The following is an article from BT Fasmer, of the NewAgeMusic.Guide. Click here to read the article on the NewAgeMusic.Guide website.
LMB Music announces the debut of FLOW, an exciting new ensemble whose self-titled release presents a fresh, international, acoustic sound; the album released globally on October 6th in both physical and digital formats. The group, consisting of GRAMMY-winning guitarist Will Ackerman, pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, and flugelhornist Jeff Oster, celebrated their debut by performing to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, joined by special guest artists including Eugene Friesen (cello), Vin Downes (guitar), Tom Eaton (bass and keys) and Jeff Haynes (percussion).
The following is a review from Mike Ragogna, of the Huffington Post. Click here to read the review on the Huffington Post website.
“FLOW” EXCLUSIVE FROM WILL ACKERMAN’S QUARTET FLOW
Flow is the brand new quartet featuring Grammy® Award winner, guitarist and Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman. In addition to Ackerman, the group includes world-class instrumentalists: acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, Australian pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy, and flugelhorn virtuoso Jeff Oster.
During a recording career that spans more than 40 years, acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman has enjoyed tremendous success. As founder of—and the original artist on—the highly influential Windham Hill label (Alex de Grassi, Michael Hedges, Shadowfax, George Winston, et al), he has played on and produced Gold, Platinum, and Grammy-winning albums. As owner and creative head of Imaginary Roads Studio in rural Vermont, he has produced literally hundreds of albums—more than 80 in the past decade alone—many in the sort of modern acoustic chamber-music style that Windham Hill pioneered in its glory days (Ackerman sold his interest in the company 25 years ago). But through all those years Ackerman had never really played in a group. That has now changed with a group and album called FLOW—the name is an acronym from the names of the members: pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy, guitarist Lawrence Blatt, flugelhorn master Jeff Oster, and Ackerman.