Phoenix Rising is a San Francisco-based ambient ensemble that createsÂ soundscapes of light and energy.Â Â “Mystical, lyrical, dramatic at timesÂ and always thoughtful and emotionally compelling, the dual musical visionÂ of composer Wendy Loomis (piano) and arranger Monica Williams (flute)Â drives a deep sense of transcendence and spirituality that can only beÂ captured in metaphoric terms.” ~Iguhuaran, MusicZeitgeist.com
Phoenix Rising is currently in the process of producing a new CD titledÂ Mystic PlacesÂ’ that will combine acoustic piano, synthesizers,Â traditional and world flutes, and nature sounds. ‘Mystic Places’ is aboutÂ taking a journey: to places in the outside world and to places within theÂ human spirit.Â Â With one week remaining in their Indie Gogo fundraisingÂ campaign, Monica and Wendy have already attained 85% of theirÂ Â goal.
Their previous release, Â‘AscensionÂ’, successfully received five separateÂ nominations from the Los Angeles Music Awards and the Hollywood Music andÂ Media Awards in the genres of classical, jazz, and new age. In addition,Â the songs from ‘Ascension’ can still be heard on hundreds of analog,Â satellite and cable radio stations nationally and internationally.
Â“”We received many reports from people that the music from the CDÂ Ascension not only helped people to relax and de-stress from the
challenges of daily life, but actually was helpful in eliminating physicalÂ pain”,Â” Wendy Loomis commented, Â Â“”so we decided to take this healing aspect ofÂ our music a bit further”.Â Â Monica Williams connected with some folks at the NationalÂ Foundation for Cancer Research. They will be receiving aÂ donation of 200 Mystic PlacesÂ CDs that will be distributed among donors,Â cancer patients and survivors.
Monica Williams is a graduate of Eastman School of Music who conductsÂ Flock of Flutes and maintains a full roster of students at Civic Arts inÂ Walnut Creek.Â Â Wendy Loomis is an ASCAP Award-winning composer/pianist whoÂ writes for and performs with several ensembles as well as scoring forÂ independent film.Â Â As educators, both Wendy and Monica give extra timeÂ to their students to make sure their musical journeys are positive.Â As performers they often play charities and events for little or no pay.
Monica Williams is a graduate of Eastman School of Music she says that she feels musicÂ is about expression,
compassion, expansion of the heart and mind, and about lifting people up.Â Â It is
about giving back.