Jeanette & River James Stofleth grew up in a musical family and began learning the guitar from a chord poster hanging on the wall in 1996. In the following years Jeanette enjoyed playing and writing several songs along side father Jody Stofleth who was an inspiration. Jody instilled the love of music in all of his children as a dedicated and accomplished multi-instrumentalist and composer. Eventually Jeanette began creating music with sibling River James.
Atmospheric Dream Pop – This newly released Surround Sound recording featuring The Acoustics combines acoustic, electric and ambient with intense vocals. With new songs and new arrangements of earlier songs As I is sure to stir imagination.
Like many artists/musicians Jeanette continues to be inspired to create musical pieces from dreams and extreme emotional experiences. Although many aspects of Jeanette’s life are structured and could be described as methodical, this Symphony “Why I” was not mapped out. Nor did it awaken Jeanette from a dream as musical melodies usually do. It came suddenly in a flash – much like an awake dream – the profound beautiful music poured out. “Why I” is a non-traditional contemporary symphony which is made up of four distinct movements. The composition builds in intensity for the listener, invoking strong pleasurable emotions and crescendoing to a polyphonic texture of melodies for the finale. Jeanette has been working diligently and happily composing this multimedia work of art for the past several months. Jeanette has written and recorded original music for over twenty years. This symphony is Jeanette’s first classical symphonic composition.
Traditional symphony formats tend to follow along strict musical boundaries and guidelines. The first movement commonly starts with a Sonata form prelude followed by something lento, slower in tempo. A traditional symphony is often followed by a third minuet of sorts and then would be closed out with a rondo style finale.
Why I starts out with an energetic cadence allegro prelude overture and transitions to a childlike blissful andante second movement. It is followed-up with a third intensely inspirational, emotional and lovely lento piece. Why I closes out with a polyphonic textured melody comprised of soothing, layered, harmonic sounds from the first three movements into a transcendent moderate, Adagietto finale.
The process of writing this symphony has been an exciting, pleasurable and immensely spiritual journey. A positive inspirational manifestation of love bestowed upon the creator to interpret this which has come from the beyond. Jeanette has spent considerable time fine-tuning many aspects of this symphony. In the spirit of being truly present in the moment and accepting the symbolism of our inherently beautiful flaws as humans, Jeanette has chosen not to go back and “fix”each and every slight imperfection.
Peace and Love! Enjoy!
To Be Released To Public Early 2020
1st Movement – Prelude – Overture
Inspiration: Love – It is said that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. When we choose love and we share love, the forces of love continue to grow and spread. I choose peace…I choose to be present in the here and now, I choose to accept love, share love and to experience true love.
Form: 1st Movement – 3:14 – 129 BPM, Allegro con moto, lively
Instrumental composition: 3 Classical Grand Pianos, bells, French Horn, drum machine, 5 Taiko Drums, synth, glockenspiel, koto, brass ensemble (baritone, trumpet, trombone), tubular bells, flute, and oboe.
All parts of “Overture” written, recorded, engineered & performed by Jeanette Stofleth.
3rd Movement – Breathe
Inspiration: I wish happiness for you
Form: 3rd Movement – 9:38 – 51 BPM, Lento, performed slowly
Instrumental composition: Classical Grand Piano Choir, flute, synth, tubular bells, breath, acoustic guitar, bells, French horn, brass ensemble (baritone, trumpet, trombone), double bass, cello, viola, violin.
All parts of “Breathe” written, recorded, engineered & performed by Jeanette Stofleth.
2nd Movement – Why I
Inspiration: I choose happiness for myself
Form: 2nd Movement – 8:48 – 78 BPM, Adante
Instrumental composition: Grand Piano, Classical Grand Piano, flute, synth, various auxiliary Chinese percussion instruments, drum set, double bass, cello, viola, violin.
All parts of “Why I” written, recorded, engineered and performed by Jeanette Stofleth.
4th Movement – Hope
Inspiration: I hope for our everlasting happiness
Form: 4th Movement – 5:58 – 65 BPM, Adagietto, moderate and lighthearted
Instrumental composition: Classical Grand Piano Choir, flute, synth, tubular bells, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar, Taiko Drums, various auxiliary Chinese percussion instruments, French horn, brass ensemble (baritone, trumpet, trombone), double bass, cello, viola, violin.
Oliver N. Stofleth featured on viola, River James W. Stofleth featured on 12 string guitar, All other parts of “Hope” written, recorded, engineered and performed by Jeanette Stofleth.
Jeanette’s artworks are on display at The Parklane Gallery in Kirkland Washington. If you’re an art lover visiting Kirkland WA, you won’t want to miss the unique experience of exploring The Parklane Gallery which is locally and internationally renowned for the diversity of talent it displays. The Parklane Gallery is a great example of a gallery showcasing the variety and skill present in both contemporary and traditional styles – so be sure to visit during your time in Kirkland! Admission is free to all.