With an album release set for August 30, 2021, the music that makes up “Under The Venus Moon” was conceived almost thirty years ago. First meeting as musicians in a band, composer Mario Friedel, vocalist Janet Planet, and arranger Tom Washatka quickly realized their compatibility with the performance of jazz music. Years later, after retiring from his teaching career, Friedel put a recording in motion to create “Under the Venus Moon,” in collaboration with Planet, Washatka, and other artists.
It’s printed in the album cover that “A Venus Moon evokes a high level of emotional connection to things of beauty and artistic expression,” – and this is the exact cathartic reaction that derives from the music of Mario Friedel. The whole work consists of seven songs which are both dynamic yet strung
together like they were meant to exist as one. Here is a full list of the pieces included:
1. Mixup At the Station 5. Mood For Love
2. Footprint 6. Living in the Rain
3. Heat of the Daytime 7. Wait
4. Keep Them From The Cold
“Under the Venus Moon” has been submitted to the Grammy boards for consideration, and you can listen to the album at stellarsound.net, Spotify, and most streaming platforms, with future bookings available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recorded at Steel Moon Recording, “Under The Venus Moon” features the works of Janet Planet (Vocal), Sherry Friedel (Background Vocal on Mixup at the Station), Mario Friedel (Background Vocal on Mixup at the Station), Tom Washatka (Saxophone), Eric Koppa (Saxophone), Vince Friedel (Saxophone), Marty Robinson (Trumpet), Kurt Shipe (Trumpet), Ken Skitch (Trombone), Dave Sawall (Trombone), Noah Harmon (Keyboard), Tom Theabo (Guitar), John Gibson (Bass), and Zach Harmon (Drums/Percussion).
Mario Friedel has 30 years experience as an educator in both public and private schools, and a lifetime of experience as a musician, songwriter and
performer. Saxophonist, composer, arranger, recording engineer/producer Tom Washatka has been performing, producing and recording music for over 4 decades.
Janet Planet has been a working musician from the Midwest for more than 35 years. Self-produced and managed for the majority of her career, Ms. Planet is a productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician.
Each musician brings a distinct style to “Under The Venus Moon” – it’s an album that you don’t want to miss.BUY ALBUMDOOR COUNTY PULSE REVIEW