Looking Back, Looking Forward

Photo by Michael Robert De Jesus

Happy Lunar New Year, Dragons!

I have just returned home after an incredible journey in the Middle East. I saw some cool sites, met some great people, and ate a lot of chickpea-based dishes. Looking back, 2011 was one heck of a year.

Emergency Songs and its aftermath(pun sorta intended) dominated most of the year for me. The album was met with more international critical acclaim than I could keep up with. It was quite overwhelming really. Then over the summer, what was intended to be a couple of small performances of the album turned into a series of concerts all over the city.

Somewhere in there, I took a little time to reflect and celebrate 10 years of creating concept albums. With the help of the FMA and Robert Nagle, there was a brilliant retrospective and in-depth interview published online.

Looking forward, I plan to start working on a new concept album in the coming months. I’m in the very early planning stages right now but check this blog for more details and updates soon!

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About Monk Turner
"This prolific/eclectic artist/producer uses a spectrum of styles, generating entire concept albums. Turner is both daring and melodically gifted..." -Music Connection Magazine "You've got to love Monk Turner for creativity and witty lyrics. He combines various music genres and creates tracks suited for any type of music listener." -FrostClick Over the past decade, Monk Turner has produced more than 20 concept albums, using a freeform collective of musicians who share his passion for creating unique, genre-defying music. His songs have been featured in movies, television programs and advertisements, and his reach continues to widen. “Seeking” from the 2008 release, Love Story currently has had more than 500,000 plays on the online radio station, Pandora. Music from Emergency Songs was featured in an international video that was created in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. But, his most ambitious project to date has been the production of his 2012 album, Kaleidoscope, where he collaborated with more than 40 national and international artists to create an album of music and poetry based on the concept of color. Turner offers free download capabilities via the unconventional distribution platform offered by Creative Commons licenses so that the public is able to enjoy and share his music.

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