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Multi-instrumentalist James A. Norkawich creates his unique brand of crossover classical music

SUMMARY: Jazz pianist and composer James A. Norkawich brings his own diverse musical experience to the mainstream with a new genre of music called “Classical Crossover.” Covering modern songs and using classically trained artists to create unique arrangements, Norkawich blends old and new in a brilliant way. It provides what it describes as musical clarity and development of expression and interpretation. His latest track “Who Wants to Live Forever” features classically trained vocalist Tyrone Piper.

Multi-instrumentalist James A. Norkawich hails from Bridgeport, Connecticut and comes from a musical background. His grandfather, an organist, first introduced him to the house spinet organ. After receiving his first string organ, he began piano studies at Verrilli Music Studio and specialized in organ under the direction of Frank Markham. Norkawich also became a member of the Connecticut Valley Theater Organ Society and was accepted into the Bridgeport Regional Center for the Arts when he was 16. He also gained experience working with other artists, including Rosa Rio, Lyn Larsen, Father James Miller, Bob Ralston and Larry Ferrari.

An after-school program, the RCA, had professional musicians and dancers for college credit. By the age of 17-18, James was performing to crowds of thousands and appearing on numerous television programs with the rest of the RCA ensemble. After graduating from high school, Norkawich received a four-year scholarship to the University of Bridgeport and eventually received a full scholarship for her master’s degree. After college he continued to perform with artists such as Spyro Gyra, Dave Samuels, Brian Torff and many more in the New England area. In his spare time Norkawich performed at the Covenant Church of Easton as part of their worship ensemble and performed at private engagements including weddings.

Following his various studio projects, including two Latin Christian albums, his latest attempt is a genre he describes as “Classical Crossover”, which provides a unique canvas for his many talents. Using classical music as a backdrop for more contemporary sounds, Norkawich collaborates with other musicians to bring a modern twist to a more traditional sound. The result is a complex and lush piano-driven wall of sound with endless room for experimentation and improvisation. The music features classically trained musicians doing both covers and traditional songs, but with a new fluid nature that presents both the old and the new in a way that hasn’t really been done before.

“Who Wants to Live Forever” is a brilliant display of the influences and talents that Norkawich possesses, and a great introduction to the idea of ​​Classical Crossover. The haunting piano provides the scenery for the soulful vocals to create an introspective track familiar enough to be recognized, yet different enough to intrigue. Aiming to give a boost to an industry that has stagnated in many ways, Norkawich hopes its music will attract new audiences. It strives to give listeners insight into the vastly different world that the genre seamlessly brings together.

When creating this single, Norkawich was looking for a voice that had the creativity of Freddie Mercury and the vocal dynamics of Adam Lambert. Via the Classical Crossover community, he asked Tyrone Piper if he wanted to voiceprint on a Queen classic. You can hear Piper express the passion and dynamics of this track as a unique piece that fans of all styles of music can enjoy. The song says a lot, but when you hear Norkawich and Piper combined, it’s amplified to the next level. – “Music is the soundtrack of our lives.”, Norkawich said. He seeks to put his own spin on the music we know and love. In this new genre, he strives to bring in artists of the genre and work with them in any way possible. Hoping that Classical Crossover will also lead to writing opportunities, Norkawich plans to distribute their new track to listeners around the world, and it can already be found on major streaming sites, including Spotify and Youtube.

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