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Peter Maizitis' "Dance of the Druids"

Peter Maizitis
  Peter Maizitis

“If you''''re looking for the perfect soundtrack for the next time you storm a castle...or perhaps for your next Dungeons & Dragons party, check into Peter Maizitis'''' musical hotel for what he describes as "on-the-edge new age." - Charles Hodgkins, Associate Editor, Listen.com. Latvians On-Line writes: “It took seven years for Maizitis, an Ohio resident, to complete this recording, which uses both electronic and acoustic instruments. Hard to categorize the sound, but it has elements of new age and classical in it.”

From Cleveland, Ohio, to Latvian Public Radio, composer Peter Maizitis is creating quite a name for himself. His genre-bending CD “Dance of the Druids” has received considerable press and has received extensive airplay in the United States, Brazil, and Latvia. Latvian National Radio, Latvia’s equivalent to our NPR (National Public Radio), is planning on making a mid-summer ritual of playing the entire album on their three FM bands as well as their website.

“Dance of the Druids” was a pure labor of love for Maizitis. He began working on the music back in the early 1990s, but unfortunately, it was Princess Diana’s untimely death in 1997 that inspired the final cohesive link to the project. Maizitis then composed an eloquent story to go along with the music in memory of the Princess. The CD was recorded and mixed using a Mackie CR1604. “ I chose the CR1604 for several reasons,” Maizitis said. “For one, I was impressed with the headroom, which seemed to be as expansive as the Grand Canyon. Not being a professional sound engineer, I needed a board that was forgiving and believe me, it forgave me.”

Final mastering took place in Cleveland by engineer David Yost, who is also noted for his work with Michael Stanley and Mark Dwane. Friend and colleague, Andy Russell contributed the artwork for the album cover. Russell designed the album cover for Spyro Gyra vibraphonist Dave Samuel’s “Natural Selection,” which featured Bruce Hornsby and members of the Yellow Jackets.


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