New Orleans is known for its vibrant celebration. On Sunday, February 3, 2019, Ciré second lines into Internet radio. Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Payton was heard in its entirety for the first time on HardcoreMix.com. Tone for Tony entered the Hardcoremix playlist at #97 and by the close of the day, it was #1. Quite an achievement for a new artist showcase.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the city of style, culture, vibrant nightlife, and partying, Eric Nicholas, known in the Music Industry as Ciré, is the ultimate Renaissance artist.
Ciré caught the music bug early in life. Watching his dad practice on piano and perform as a keyboardist with his band, Ciré developed a passionate love for music. When he was just five-years-old he performed his first recording session, singing background vocals on his father’s first professional recording.
Ciré studied music at the acclaimed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), which allowed him to travel the world and perform throughout Europe and South America. When Ciré saw the legendary Herbie Hancock perform, at that moment he knew that he was destined to do something extraordinary with his talent. Thus, his destiny was set.
Ciré utilizes his extensive knowledge of the techniques of acoustic designing and sound recording to produce music in a plethora of genres: pop, rock, r&b, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, orchestral, as well as his own signature music style.
On January 26, 2019, Sea BreezeRecords released Ciré’s debut album, Integrated Compositions. Appropriately named, Integrated Compositions is a combination of genres and styles, carefully integrated to produce a unique and colorful musical tapestry.
Asked to describe his music, Ciré writes, “I think my music is interesting. I express with my fingers what I see in my mind and feel in my heart. I’m a solo artist, a keyboardist, but I consider myself more of a producer than an artist. I use different bands for different occasions, so my band could be a quartet or a full-blown jazz ensemble: violins, woodwinds, brass, and all. For ‘Integrated Compositions’ I used a variety of noted musicians. The album incorporates some of the greatest musicians of the decade as you have never heard them.”
These contributing, venerated talents include Academy Award Winner Nicholas Payton, Donald Ramsey, Rashaad Carlton, Felicia Bossier, Michael Brown, Russell Batiste, Joe Dyson, Jason Carpenter, Andrew Block, Adam Hawley, Ricky “Bongo” Carthen, Jamil Ford, Scott Mayo, Daryl Williams, and Damian “Deno V-Flyy” Duplessis. Ciré, himself, provides performances on piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, organ, synthesizers, bass synthesizer, string synthesizer, vocorder, and melodica.
On February 3, Tone for Tony by Ciré featuring Nicholas Peyton was featured on HardcoreMix.com. By 11 pm it was #1.
The following day Undecided Lover by Ciré featuring Rashaad Carlton was added to the HardcoreMix playlist. At 4 pm, February 5, Undecided Lover had reached #2 on the playlist. In just 2 days, Ciré second lines into Internet radio with a bang!
Taking into account the manner in which Ciré came into music, it’s easy to see how his music has taken its present sound and form. For his efforts to this end, his loyal, international fan base continues to grow. Such an overwhelming response could only come from an energized fanbase. Ciré’s fanbase showed up in a big way to vote him into the top ten playlists of featured new artists.
Growing in scope and depth with each new release, his style has been compared to that of Bill Evans, Kenny Kirkland, and Joe Sample, as well as that of Miles Davis, George Duke, and Chic Corea. Through clever, creative, and kaleidoscopic use of tone, structure, and delivery, Ciré builds sonic intensity for recordings, performances and playlist spots which never fail to excite his audiences.
“Some musicians work for the money, some musicians work for fame,” Ciré says. “I work for the joy of pleasing my fans. I have discovered the secret: the more I work to please my fans, the better I get.”
To his listeners new and old, Ciré has this to say: “Thank you for helping me to discover myself. I’m having so much fun doing what I love for you!”
“Integrated Compositions” from Ciré is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Visit his official website at https://www.cirethemaestrocom
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