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Ryan Shane Owen invites you on a vibrant Mediterranean journey with the electro-classical folk album ‘Summersong’

Ryan Shane Owen invites you on a vibrant Mediterranean journey with the electro-classical folk album ‘Summersong’
Ryan Shane Owen invites you on a vibrant Mediterranean journey with the electro-classical folk album ‘Summersong’

Ryan Shane Owen invites you on a vibrant Mediterranean journey with the electro-classical folk album ‘Summersong’

Following his critically acclaimed 2023 release ‘Wintersong’, independent Canadian musician Ryan Shane Owen has unveiled ‘Summersong’. This new album is a rich tapestry of musical genres, from classical opera to traditional folk, evoking the sun-drenched ambiance of Mediterranean countries. Entirely produced, arranged and performed by Ryan himself, the album showcases his versatile vocals in 10 languages.

Ryan Shane Owen has been immersed in music since childhood, mastering piano, guitar and vocals throughout his 25-year career. After exploring dance-pop between 2021 and 2022 with albums like ‘Rhapsody for the Disco’, ‘Symphony for the Stereo’ and ‘Concerto for the Underground’, he returned to his classical and folk roots. However, he reinvented these timeless pieces with a contemporary twist, adding electronic elements for a fresh, modern sound.

‘Summersong’ begins with ‘La Paloma’, a Spanish classic dating back to the 1800s that has been performed many times throughout history. The album continues with ‘Santa Lucia’, a beloved Neapolitan song praising the beauty of Naples, and ‘O Sole Mio’, another iconic Neapolitan piece made famous by Elvis Presley’s hit ‘It’s Now Or Never’.
Ryan’s innovative approach extends to ‘La Golondrina’, commemorating Mexican exiles with a disco-esque reinterpretation, and ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, traditionally sung by women but transformed by Ryan’s unique vocal style and modern beats.

In “Duo Des Fleurs” from Delibes’ opera “Lakmé,” Ryan brings a dreamy, surreal touch reminiscent of artists like David Lynch and Lana Del Rey. He also tackles Handel’s operatic gem “Ombra Mai Fù,” combining its majestic melody with contemporary flair.

The album features the Hebrew song ‘Hineh Ma Tov’, which puts a reggae-inspired twist on the melancholic lyrics, and explores Greek influences with ‘To Gelakaki’ and the lively folk dance ‘Palamakia’. Ryan’s rendition of ‘Misirlou’, known from Dick Dale’s surf guitar version and featured in ‘Pulp Fiction’, showcases his eclectic musical palette.

From Verdi’s opera ‘La Traviata’, Ryan presents the cheerful drinking song ‘Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici’ and ‘Va Pensiero (Sull’ali Dorate)’ from ‘Nabucco’, a moving chorus that reflects on the Babylonian exile.

The album closes with ‘Ti Ipermaho’, an ancient Greek Orthodox hymn from the 5th century AD, which provides a majestic finale to Ryan Shane Owen’s musical odyssey on ‘Summersong’.

Experience the timeless melodies and innovative spirit of ‘Summersong’ as Ryan Shane Owen invites you to immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the Mediterranean through his exciting new album.