"Moments" in the key of positive: guitarist Rob Tardik reflects on his fifth album of vibrant jazz, exotic Latin rhythms, funky R&B grooves and spirited pop-rock tunes, coming November 13
Equipped with an optimistic outlook and an attitude of gratitude, award-winning guitarist Rob Tardik was contemplating the pivotal moments in his life when he sat down to compose the material for "Moments," his fifth album that will be released November 13 by Guitardik Music. The Toronto-based artist whose mission is to use music to spread positive energy will launch the collection of jazz, Latin, R&B, funk, rock and pop originals that he wrote and produced with Steve Oliver, Nate Harasim and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach with a concert performance that same evening at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, Calif. The first single from "Moments" already garnering radio spins is the flamenco-infused "Sip and Salsa," a high-energy dancer powered by frenzied fretwork recognizing the enjoyable moments in life.
"Reflecting on the key moments that define us, you've got to be in the moment in order to catch those moments of unexpected happiness. Life moves so fast and its hectic thus we get caught up and lost in it. These days, so many people are distracted by modern technology that we miss what's happening right in front of us," said Tardik. "I want my music to uplift people's spirits. There's a lot of negativity out there on a daily basis; my intention is only to bring positivity to people's lives."
Tardik opens "Moments" with "Sip and Salsa," a fun recollection about learning to salsa dance with his fiancée. Using his electric guitar lyrically, "Rite Of Passage" celebrates the monumental moments that serve as measuring sticks to growth and achievement. "Moments In Time" ponders the meaning behind the key moments in life with a ballad soulfully crooned by Aiden Castillo highlighted by some nylon guitar gymnastics from Tardik. Passion is represented on the sultry "Eros," which riffs on love, sex and intimacy. Tardik's electric guitar symbolically lets loose on the good-time "Hang Time." Sometimes things come together in surprising ways with unexpected twists. That often seems to happen to Tardik when he's writing songs, which is what "Serendipity" is about, a track featuring saxophonist Will Donato and Tardik noodling gleefully on an electric jazz guitar. "Stop!," spotlighting Canadian saxman Walle Larsson, commands taking action to breathe, appreciate and enjoy the fast-fleeting moments with a funk-tastic party jam illumined by fiery nylon guitar and a vocal hook emoted by Tardik. A gentle beauty, "Reflections" slows the tempo for a pensive moment to recall good times, hopefully with peace, tranquility and a smile. Utilizing Latin nuances and bursting with joy, "A New Life" revisits the "intense, overwhelming emotion" Tardik experienced when becoming a father, which is mirrored by the invigorating song's grand chorus. The locomotive rhythm on "Voyageur" represents Tardik's extensive travels as a musician. The album closer takes listeners on a wide-eyed, wonder-filled nylon guitar journey of melody, technique, precision and joyous appreciation.
Tardik's singles frequently travel into the Billboard top 10 and he's topped the Music Choice chart. In 2010, he was honored as the Canadian Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year. His 2011 disc, "Balance, Energy, Laughter, Love (B.E.L.L.)," scored the trifecta at Café Jazz Radio as the No. 1 album, No. 1 single ("East meets Wes") and No.1 Canadian Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year. A gifted guitarist capable of playing with the best of them without showboating, Tardik shares his knowledge, experience and skill with students at the Metal Works Institute, Centennial College and the Merriam School of Music in Toronto. He's a dynamic entertainer on stage, engaging audiences with his infectious songbook, crafty technical abilities, and the charm and charisma of a star whose brightest days are on the horizon.
"Moments" contains the following songs:
"Sip and Salsa"
"Rite Of Passage" (featuring Will Donato)
"Moments In Time"
"Stop!" (featuring Walle Larsson)
"A New Life"
"Moments In Time (instrumental version)
"Rite Of Passage" (radio edit)
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