The New Ron Esposito CD Is Called Triad

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Ron Esposito is a musician who plays a very old instrument. Singing bowls go back at least as far as the tenth century, and they continue to be used in monasteries and meditation centers.

And there’s another place once can hear them nowadays: on television.

That’s right, as Esposito’s singing bowl recordings have been played on Hawaii 5-0, Nashville, Touch, Common Law, and Ray Donovan. And you can also hear Ron’s music on John Diliberto’s Echoes.

Ron has just released a new CD called Triad, and while singing bowls are an essential element of the record, they interact with other instruments, including cello, native flute, electric guitar, acoustic bass, voices, and various forms of percussion. The result is a colorful blend of sounds and musical styles.

At times various instruments come together and create a full soundscape, and at other times the performances pare down to one or two instruments. And on some tracks Ron reads from spiritual texts, including Tao Te Ching, with minimal musical accompaniment.

This is music that can be used for meditation, but even non-meditators like myself will find that listening to Triad helps bring the mind into focus and clear out some of the cobwebs.

Lately here I’ve managed to cobble together a decent stereo system, and when I threw Triad in my CD player I was very impressed by the warm, full sound of the recording—that and the high level of musicianship. Ron’s been active in the music scene around Cincinnati for a long time, and when it’s come to assembling an A-team list of musicians, he doesn’t mess around. Names include guitar Brandon Scott Coleman and cellist Michael G. Ronstadt, both of whom are seasoned players both as leaders and sidemen.

You can hear clips from, and purchase, Triad on the following link:

http://ronesposito.com/music.asp

And you can also purchase the CD locally at Shake-It Records and Everybody’s Records.

Here’s a video of Ron in action:

Pop-Up Shop on Ludlow Avenue This Friday

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This Friday, December 2, from 6pm to 9pm the annual Holidays on Ludlow will be celebrated throughout the Ludlow Avenue Business District. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 6pm – UC Bearcat leads DAAP Pop-Up Light Parade
  • 6:15pm – Santa arrives via fire truck at Plaza
  • 6:30pm – Story time with Eric at Clifton Market
  • 6:00-9:00pm – Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Strolling carolers: Smooth Transitions Barbershop Quartet & carolers from United Methodist
  • Cincinnati Bethel Choir at Clifton Plaza
  • Petey’s Pet Stop & Howell Animal Hospital – free pet photos with Santa + free refreshments

The event will include a pop-up shop where the library used to be, at 351 Ludlow Avenue. Twenty-four vendors will be selling their wares, and items for sale will include jewelry, art, Christmas items, plants, handmade weavings & cards, jewelry boxes, stained glass creations, bicycle recycle, pottery, grass-fed gourmet, and record albums. This is the first pop-up store I’ve heard of in the Gaslight District, and it’s a great idea. Come hang out that night, check out the pop-up store, the carols, the carriage rides, the soon-to-be grocery store, and start getting in the Christmas spirit! Here are some photos of art by some of the artists whose work will be on display that evening:
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