Next Concert in Unity Hall

ArleneWow! & Dana Takaki
Ear Candy for the Soul: Live at Silk City Music Factory, Vol. 1
CD Release Event with special guest appearances by He Said She Said, Dogbite, & Josi Davis!
arleneWOW! & Dana Takaki new CD releaseFriday, January 16, 2015
Doors open 7:00 pm.
Concert starts 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $10 in advance and at the door.

Ear Candy for the Soul’s Live at Silk City Music Factory CD is a rich feast of captivating vocals, acoustic guitar and violin blended together with passionate songwriting that invites the listener to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The powerful combination of ArleneWow! (songwriter, vocals, guitar) and Dana Takaki (violin) takes acoustic music to a pinnacle of beauty and expansive expression. Although both are classically trained musicians, the duo loves the flexibility and creative flow of pop artistry. This effort totally exemplifies this sentiment. Each song is a tapestry of many intense colors and weaves. A must have for collectors of all genres of good music.

The majority of Ear Candy’s release was recorded at Silk City Music Factory in Manchester, CT and is completely live with no overdubbing or corrections. The two last songs on the CD are an added bonus. “Si No Me Quieres” was recorded by Hugh Birdsall of the Reducers and Dogbite. This song marks the duo’s first recording together. The final track “Train Song”, was recorded by ArleneWow! at her mobile studio.  The players:

ArleneWow! has been singing and writing music since her early beginnings. Now an award winning composer and a finalist in Connecticut’s Star On The Web contest, Arlene has earned her place among her of her peers. From an early age, Arlene’s love of music was apparent. At age 6, she began taking classical piano lessons and proceeded to teach herself guitar at age 12. Her fascination with singing and writing her own compositions led her to her love of recording and engineering. Arlene’s solo debut CD “The Red Is Becoming” has won her several songwriting awards as well as accolades from industry icons such as Gary Allan (drummer for Charlie Daniels Band) and Jason Rubal (producer for Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails and Mary J. Blige) Arlene has performed with bands such as Milk, The Unexpected, Vertigo, The Bridge and Little Queen “The Ultimate Heart Tribute.” Her vocal stylings have been described as powerful and passionate but yet angelic and transcending. Due to her Cuban heritage, Arlene is now focusing on composing songs in Spanish which will appear on the next Ear Candy For The Soul release. Dana Takaki was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. She began classical training on the violin at age 7. By the age of 10 she was certain her goal was to play music professionally. Her life took a detour from the dreams of a professional career in music as she furthered her scholastics in Mechanical Engineering. Dana is a graduate of MIT and UC Berkeley. By age 30, she was a successful engineer in Silicon Valley. Upon the suggestion of her employer, she reentered the world of music performing with a local volunteer symphony. She accepted this challenge even though she had not played violin since college. This decision led Dana to practice the violin daily for several hours. Upon moving to Connecticut in 2001, Dana has performed with the New Britain Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Bridgeport Symphony, Chorus of Westerly and other professional classical groups. More recently, she performs with Ear Candy for the Soul, The Rivergods, Small Town Concert Series and other local bands. Dana has recorded tracks on released CDs with Steve Elci and Friends, Lauren Agnelli, Nancy Parent and two Good Sponge Samplers. Even though she has played to many audiences, Dana truly enjoys playing to her local fans at area farmers markets.

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