May 19, 2014

RON ROECKER'S ENFLUENCE GROUP TAPPED BY WORLD RENOWNED SOUTH AFRICAN FLAUTIST WOUTER KELLERMAN AND INDIAN COMPOSER/PRODUCER/ARTIST RICKY KEJ




 
RON ROECKER’S ENFLUENCE GROUP TAPPED BY WORLD RENOWNED
FLAUTIST WOUTER KELLERMAN AND COMPOSER/PRODUCER/ARTIST
RICKY KEJ TO UNVEIL STUNNING, UNPRECDENTED 2-YEAR WORLDWIDE COLLABORATION “WINDS OF SAMSARA” JULY 15

Album Pushes Boundaries of New Age Genre & Spotlights Musical, Cultural and Political Connections between India & South Africa

May 19, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) -- World-renowned South African flautist Wouter Kellerman and Indian Composer/Producer/Artist Ricky Kej have hired Enfluence Group to execute the debut of “Winds of Samsara,” the first collaboration between the two music icons.  Two years in the making, the boundary-breaking full length New Age album boasts performances by more than 120 musicians from five continents and will make its worldwide debut July 15, 2014 (preorders start June 17).  Enfluence Group, founded by entertainment PR and brand marketing veteran Ron Roecker, will handle the consumer and trade media relations headed by Director of Media Strategy Kimberly Moran-Blad, social media marketing and industry outreach for the album’s debut.  Radio promotions are being coordinated by Ed Bonk from Lazz Promotions.

About “Winds of Samsara”
What do Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, an Indian composer of timeless melodies, a vivaciously virtuosic South African flautist, and more than 120 spirited musicians from five continents all have in common? Discover the answer when “Winds of Samsara” is unveiled to the world this summer.

​A truly global effort, this album is the manifest dream of Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej, an unlikely but star-matched collaborative duo. Drawing from disparate cultures, the pair has melded their creative influences into the unique and wonderful sonic gumbo contained within this album. Winds of Samsara speaks to themes of peace and positivity, spinning together forward-moving harmony, progressive composition, and technical prowess with a verve and passion never before attempted in the New Age genre.

About Ricky Kej
A true wizard of the keyboard, manuscript page, and recording studio, Kej has earned multiple awards and honors for his composition and production exploits. His projects include creating music for five feature films, twelve albums released by Universal Music, and over two thousand commercials seen by audiences around the world. A student of both Western and Indian classical music, Kej composed original works for the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2012, held in Dhaka, India; the ceremony was telecast to over 200 countries and widely heralded for its artistry and execution. Forsuch efforts, Kej was declared an “India Rules Artist” by VH1 in 2013.  Kej was nominated for a Cannes Advertising award for his Nike Jingle, and his  previous album Shanti Orchestra was nominated for a ZMR Award (New Orleans) and a Hollywood Music and Media Award (LA).

​Combining a keen sense of culture-jumping harmony, melody, and pacing, Kej synthesizes cutting-edge music technology and traditional instruments of both Indian and European origins into his work, both within the new age genre and beyond. He currently runs two state-of-the-art studios in Bangalore, the Raveolution Studios, where much of Winds of Samsara was developed from spark of an idea to finished album.

About Wouter Kellerman
Globe-trotting flutist and composer Wouter Kellerman’s album Two Voices won the 2011 South African Music Award (the nation’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards in the United States) for Best Instrumental Album, reinforcing the artist’s standing as one of his home country’s most innovative musicians. Whether writing intricate instrumental compositions or delighting audiences with a magnetic alchemy of warmth and technical mastery, Kellerman finds his inspiration in the spaces between cultures and countries, genres and disciplines. He thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures, and colors that his flute can bring, pushing the instrument into new planes of creativity. 
The last few years have seen Kellerman performing in Berlin, Shanghai, New York, Sydney, and beyond, including an appearance in front of 700-million people as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony. Amidst such fun, Kellerman simultaneously channeled his musical and life experiences into collaborations with renowned Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej, often working with his partner digitally, from oceans apart, to sculpt the beautiful musical meditations of “Winds of Samsara.”

About Enfluence Group
Founded in 2008 by entertainment PR and brand marketing veteran Ron Roecker, Enfluence Group is anything but your typical PR agency.  With the approach of a seasoned brand marketer, the connections of a Hollywood publicist and the creativity of a strategic mad man, Enfluence Group develops integrated marketing strategies for its client partners from its arsenal of media relations, social media engagement, influencer outreach, CSR, brand and content development, and strategic partnerships.  Client partners and projects: Live Earth/Live Earth India with Vice President Al Gore and Kevin Wall, GE, NBCUniversal, Xbox360, Salli Frattini’s Sunset Lane Entertainment, Playing  For Change Foundation and Piano Teacher to the Stars Margie Balter, World Wildlife Fund, GRAMMY-winners OneRepublic, Ludacris, Roberta Flack and Taj Mahal, among many others.
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CONTACT:
Kimberly Moran-Blad
Kimberly@enfluencegroup.com