Behind the RuAch record

& so the story continues, another chapter in the musical journey. As our experiences become broader we take it as a responsibility to share what we have learned along the way. I have come to understand that each day is a given time to adjust oneself through Spirit, and even when the road is rocky, we must see these experiences as lessons, and only with spirit can we rise above and continue towards fulfilling our vision. We live in a world where man has corruptly complicated things, religiously, and politically, ultimately setting us on the wrong direction from our calling, we need to gain back our spirit and let this be the primary source for which to govern our lives. I know that Music is one of greatest ways to lift people’s spirits, so may this be clear at the gate, that this is what we are here to do and this is what I have and will always play music for.

“Each year births a new level of growth, you should see these signs by the people & the things that manifest around you”
When I was thinking about this album project, all I wanted was to make some honest music in a family type atmosphere. Martin Donovan was the first person I asked to help me on the project, we previously worked together and we always had a good musical chemistry, and his drumming methods have always been captivating, but more than this within our personal experiences we have always been there to show each other support. When I had the direction to follow through with the album me & martin began doing open Jam sessions, but one thing was for sure, if we were to let the musical inspiration flow naturally for the record, then the album would have to be recorded independently. I already had some recording equipment, Martin bought some drum mics, & the plan was set to start recording. The only thing we needed now was a venue to set up the studio, as we began to receive complaints that our jams were too loud for the venue we were currently using…

Carmine Manfredi. Carrying on through the weeks I knew there was an element that was missing within the music, this was the sound of the saxophone, I started keeping my eyes open for players, now we fast forward… Me and Mat Diamond decided to hang out at an Italian restaurant “Ponte Veccio”, I remember when we got in the restaurant we heard some Bossa nova music playing on rotation, this sparked a musical conversation, Carmine who was working behind the bar caught our conversation, we introduced each other then he told us he plays the saxophone, I then invited him for a jam with me & martin, when we got into a jam that day I knew that this was the sound we needed, but even more so it was about where that sound was coming from, his spirit!, this is a guy who only had been playing for literally 6 months, but his enthusiasm for learning and playing the instrument was inspiring. On our second Jam session together “River Nun” was born, of which was recorded live that same night.

The Cave. Right after the completion of River Nun, We were forced to have to find another venue to make and record music. This was indeed a drawback at the time, as we were only just beginning to gain a creative momentum, and I knew that it would not be easy to find an affordable venue where we could all get together and make music in peace, But I kept the faith that we would find something somewhere. One day me and Carmine were walking and talking, then he suddenly hit upon an idea, he said “I know just the place we need”, a few weeks came to pass & then we finally got the key’s to what we now call “The Cave” This became our creative Sanctuary from then on.

Mat Diamond. Through all these events Mat was always there as a friend, He is a Producer from Hungary with a vast experience in the world of music, we have always shown each other support, & Just like Martin & Carmine, we all fit in together like family. Mat started off as a Jazz/funk drummer before moving to become a steady R&B producer, But after we acquired the Cave I called him out so that he can resurrect his gift of “laying grooves”, each recorded session was a therapeutic experience for us.

I and Mat have shared many in depth conversations about the music industry & where we see things headed. We know everyone is influenced by music, but what happens when the spirit gets taken OUT of music?

In real time we see the divide in music, but we can clearly see that the division of music has caused a division in the people. The mission for the album was to fuse musical styles & elemental’s together & bring people out of that genre system & into a broader scope of thought.

Garry Millhouse: is an experienced Spanish guitarist, whom happened to drop around the Cave just days before I sent the music off to be published, everything has a reason and a purpose, We happened to be on the same musical wave length, & he was enthused to lay some Spanish guitar down for the project, We recorded our improvisations live, this was indeed a magical experience.

We all come from extremely different backgrounds, but there is one thing we all have in common…Spirit!

So if someone ever asks you…if a Born African man, a born Italian, a born Hungarian, & born English men, can come together like family & make music. Show them the success story of Ruach!
We all thank you for your support, & we hope you enjoy the album.
Love & Unity people.

Vonj

Ruach: breath, wind, spirit
Original Word: ר֫וּחַ
Transliteration: ruach
Phonetic Spelling: (roo’-akh)
Short Definition: Spirit

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Vonj – Ruach. The album is Out Now! 07/07/16

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I am happy to announce to the family that TODAY 07/07/16 “RUACH”..The Anticipated  album is OUT NOW!, Selling Online, & in various stores & vendors internationally!. You can download the full album through our shop on my website www.vonjruach.com

The word Ruach essentially means Spirit!, This has been a guiding theme for us this year, as it has been proven countless times that when you have SPIRIT you can make what seems impossible? Tangible!.

Ruach has been like a seed planted on good soil, & your support will help us grow stronger enabling us to establish greater things in the near future, so remember when you support Ruach? Your not only supporting the music, you are supporting the vision..Love & unity.

Peace from the musical family, Vonj, Mat Diamond, Martin Donovan, Carmine Manfredi, & Garry Millhouse.

We Thank Richard Lamb from Planet Digital Media, for publishing the physical albums to a supreme standard.

& not forgetting the great man behind the camera Paul O’Connor, for making each picture tell a story.

Stay Tuned & stay blessed family!

We Love you all.

Vonj

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2016 – The heat is yet to come

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Peace & Blessings people, Just a brief taster on the previous happenings of 2016. I’ve been off the blogs for a while now, harnessing & directing most of my time towards my creative works, I have been moving around the U.K. doing sessions for other artists/bands raising funds for the distribution & promotion of my projects. Musically we are about to bring you one of the hardest hitting independent albums in 2016…., & hopefully the biggest shows out of this in the near future.

The story is long as to how I have got to this point, But through these risky roads of life I have always kept my faith & smile strong in the everlasting journey of learning.

The new album is out on Renaissance day remember?, 07/07/16. You dig? Peace & blessings family.

Vonj

A music in the making part IV: Components

A music in the making part IV: components from Vonj Productions on Vimeo.

Peace to the family, I hope everyone is well & in control of this year 2016. Here is Another chance for you to see parts within the journey towards the release of the new album. These are exciting times. Stay tuned for the further stages of  the development. Vonj here wishing you all Peace, strength, and love.

 

A music in the making part III: Jam Row

Love & Unity people. Here we see the 3rd part of A musical journey. Another step towards establishing an album project independently. The one thing we want to show in these videos is the passion and love we have for our craft.

If you like what you see here, feel free to comment

Peace and blessings people as we get through these videos sequentially

Love

Vonj

 

A music in the making part II: Practice

Peace people, here we introduce the second part of “A music in the making: sub Titled “Practice”, we make mention of the importance of practicing, many people like to remain in their comfort zone, but in life we should strife to challenge ourselves to become better no matter how much or how little we have to start with. This is why we are here to show and prove to you through music the development stages within this album project, music is all about thorough expression and progression. We hope you enjoy this part, and hopefully what will turn out to be a full documentary.

Peace & love from the family.

Vonj

A Music In the making: Introduction

Here we see a dream actually becoming a reality. This compilation of cuts mark the middle to a completion of a new album I am creating, The release will be this year “2016”, With enough support I hope to circumvent this with a series of live shows. Life experiences play the key roll toward the inspiration for this album. This one is for the people. So I just opened up a YouTube channel to give people a chance to perceive a progression of a musical sort.

Love & Light.

Vonj