The multi-faceted musical mastery of Ed Roman sparkles like a prism of possibilities, which play out like a synthesis between a children’s book, a musical, an expose and a spirit quest – full of wonder, delight, mystery, provocation and sheer excitement wrapped in layers of funky, soul shaking grooves! The sheer expanse of the musical gamut that Ed draws upon is astonishing and he does so with perspicacity, unbridled passion and cunning virtuosity.
Upon blooming into the music world in the early ’80’s, Ed tasted from every creative tray before him; from studio musician, live performer and engineer to songwriter and teacher. He has been a part of several bands including Brotherhood, Family Tree, Soup, Big Beat Collective and Special Ed and the Musically Challenged but has always continued to create individually when not collaborating.
Right out of the gate, with his freshman release in 2000, “Special Ed and The Musically Challenged”, Ed defined his paradigm with inventive, infectious tunes that shook one’s marrow and stirred the spirit! This guy was unique! Three follow-up releases with SEMC continued to mesmerize and astonish us with music that both kissed and prodded, seduced and challenged, hypnotized and enlightened us to ever greater heights.
In May 2011, Ed released his solo venture “Oracles and Ice Cream” and has never looked back. 22 tracks that are an amazing marvel of songwriting wizardry, prodigious performances and contagious energy with the mystery and magic of a lucid, tantalizing dream. The music both traverses and convenes broad music styles into the consummate collective of telluric, penetrating rhythms and canyon wide harmonic explorations, glazed with lyrics that range from penetrating to whimsical and all roads in between.
Now, in 2014, with “Letters from High Latitudes”, Ed Roman has done it again, creating an earthy, funky and magical mix of music to seduce our ears! Let us sit back, get mellow and listen to this truly skillful musician weave a tapestry of enchantment from an eclectic fabric of musical styles. We can never get too comfortable however, as Ed will undoubtedly prompt us to examine the world we see and stimulate us to help make it better! Ed asks us to glimpse the world from his vantage point, offering up his vision and sometimes helping to point out the areas that need tidying. Like the janitor of our conscience he’ll frequently show us the cobwebs and sweep the dirt from the corners of our perspective. One is left uplifted, invigorated and enriched by dewy new jewels of insight and permeated by a mosaic of mirthful musical mayhem. Funky, ethereal, grungy, luscious, rowdy, serene, provocative, clever, insightful and uniquely exhilarating, Ed Roman’s marvelous musings drop dollops of tasteful delight through our ears to our hearts. You can’t help but dance. You can’t help but smile.
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