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Published: Friday, 12/10/2004

Lanz finds joy in music, life

BY DAVID YONKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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No matter what is going on in the world, even during the bleakest times, people can find a way to count their blessings and enjoy life.

That's the theme of David Lanz's "The Good Life," the 19th and latest CD by the piano sensation who comes to the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center on Sunday night. Also on the bill that evening will be the acoustic duo of Tingstad and Rumbel.

"I wanted the music [on 'The Good Life'] to be a manifestation of joy," Lanz said.

The 54-year-old Seattle native was one of the pioneers of the genre that became known as New Age music.

After spending years playing rock and roll, including a gig as keyboardist on Terry Jacks' 1974 pop hit "Seasons in the Sun," Lanz saw his solo career take off when he recorded piano music to accompany a friend's seminar on "chakras" and the body's energy paths.

His national chart breakthrough came in 1988 with "Cristofari's Dream," honoring the Italian harpsichord maker who paved the way for the modern piano.

Although Lanz is best known as a solo pianist, he has branched out in recent years to record several smooth-jazz discs.

His 2002 album, "Finding Paradise," featured such guest stars as Dave Koz, Peter White, and David Benoit, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The album made it into the Top 15 on Billboard's smooth-jazz chart and produced the radio hits "That Smile" and "Romantica."

"The Good Life" continues Lanz's foray into the world of electrified jazz, featuring accompaniment by such noted artists as Rick Braun, Robbie Nevil, and Lenny Castro.

In concert, Lanz strives to keep audiences entertained by enhancing his music with humor and storytelling. He credits the late entertainer Victor Borge as a role model and mentor.

Also performing Sunday will be Tingstad and Rumbel, the Grammy Award-winning duo of Eric Tingstad on guitars and Nancy Rumbel on oboe and horns.

David Lanz and Tingstad and Rumbel will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for students age 15 and under. Information: 419-824-3997.

Contact David Yonke at:

dyonke@theblade.com or

419-724-6154.



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