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Citadel songs featured on Rejyna’s solo release!

Posted in acoustic, art, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, 요새, looper, lyrics, music, цитадель, progfolk, solo, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Citadel

Citadel guitarist, composer and vocalist, Rejyna, is releasing a solo live CD of a performance featuring her solo songs as well as unplugged versions of songs from the Citadel band. 

Solo Sojourn live” will be available on CDBaby and affliated digital sites like, iTunes, eMusic and Amazon starting May 1.

Rejyna - Solo Sojourn Live

Rejyna - Solo Sojourn Live CD Gatefold

The following is taken from the liner notes of the Solo Sojourn live CD:

Using the latest in musical instrument technology, the acoustic folk-rock performance you hear on this CD is created in front of a live audience ‘on-the-fly’ by one person. 

Rejyna plays the rhythm passages while simultaneously recording them live onto a phrase looper.  The looper then replays those parts while Rejyna sings and/or adds guitar leads and harmony guitar leads to those passages.  During this guitar layering process, Rejyna sings into a vocal harmonizer that creates realistic multi- part vocal harmonies based on and mixed alongside her original voice. 

The result is a full, natural sounding sonic presentation that comes across like more than one person is playing and singing.  No pre-recorded ‘backing tracks’ nor in-studio overdubs are used on this recording – all layering or overdubbing is done by Rejyna on stage with the looper and harmonizer.  You can check out Rejyna’s web videos to watch the process for yourself.

Citadel music featured on this solo CD include:
Stygian Barque, Voice Inside, On Life and Living, Another, In Wonder, Standing Alone and Are You Aware.  The CD also includes Rejyna’s solo songs, The Songwriter, Freedom Dream, In Wonder, Dreamworld, and the instrumental songs, If I Cry and Happy Hands.

Rejyna’s Comments:
“I’ve had the pleasure of performing in many venues in my hometown during an extended visit with family and friends. Since it has been such a renewing experience, I’m releasing this CD of my solo live set to memorialize the good fun I have doing these performances with my guitar, looper and vocal harmonizer. 
        I’ve chosen the songs for this CD as a focus on some of the dream phases and life processes we go through when trying to find or rediscover ourselves, i.e., Self Doubt vs. Self Direction, Departures and Escapes vs. Surrenders and Separations, Renewal vs. Retreat, Cowardice vs. Celebration…
       I am thankful for the supporters of original music, for the convivial coffee houses and taverns that give me stage time, and for the technology that enables me to put out such a big sound from one voice & two hands.

You can find out more about Rejyna by googling her name; she is on Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, ReverbNation, and she has an archive creative content portfolio site at Rejyna.com

The photographs on the CD were taken by Rejyna’s daughter, Jazmyn Whitman of AnimeJaz.com.  The compositing, retouching and package design was done by James Eves III of Digipix.Us

All content is © Rejyna Douglass-Whitman & published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI) All Rights Reserved.  www.rejyna.com

Rejyna on the Web:

 www.rejyna.com

www.cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna

www.facebook.com/rejynamusic

www.youtube.com/rejyna

www.reverbnation.com/rejyna

www.twitter.com/rejyna

The live CD was recorded using an Audio Technica ATM73a headset mic, an Ovation Balladeer, a Digitech Vocalist Live 3 and a Digitech JamMan solo.

Demonstrations using a midi guitar with a looper & a vocal harmonizer

Posted in band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, Godin Freeway SA, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, prog, Progfest, song, The Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Citadel

Citadel guitarist/composer Rejyna demonstrates in two recent videos, how a solo performer can sound like more than one person.  In these Citadel ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos – instead of using pre-recorded tracks – Rejyna creates her accompaniment live and ‘on-the-fly’

Using the Godin Freeway SA (Midi or Synth guitar) with the Roland GR-20 synth guitar pedal, a Digitech JamMan Solo looper and a DigiTech Vocalist Live 3, Rejyna runs through renditions of her Citadel songs ‘Stygian Barque’ (aka ”Baroque Ballad Barque’) and ‘Another’ (aka ‘Soft Rock Another’)

“Stygian Barque” is featured on the Citadel CD’s “The Citadel of Cynosure & Other Tales” and is also on ‘D’ANthologie 2 ~ Crosses or Crowns?”  with ‘Another’both of which are available on CDBaby at http://cdbaby.com/artist/citadel as well as on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and other sites.

Stygian Barque: The metaphor of a boat (barque) sailing on the river Styx presents a message of internal struggle, with a merging of the heart and mind as the dream solution.

Another: Day after day, night after night, year after year – ever feel stuck in a cycle?  Rainbows are waiting in the dawn in Another Dream Away…

You can hear these songs live by following Citadel on Facebook http://facebook.com/citadelprog or by checking Rejyna’s solo performance schedule, Rejyna is at http://facebook.com/citadelsongs

Citadel ® is a registered US tradename, used with exclusive permission.
© W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Prod (BMI) – Posted by content authors and owners. All Rights Reserved. Do not duplicate or re-distribute without the authors written authorization. 

iTunes has Citadel here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/citadel/id206493356
and the most recent Citadel CD is here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/danthologie-2-crosses-or-crowns/id320727450

Look for “Citadelsongs’ on Twittter, YouTube and MySpace and check out these links for more Citadel:

http://citadelband.com
http://citadelmusic.org
http://citadelsongs.com
http://ilike.com/artist/citadel
http://reverbnation.com/citadel
http://facebook.com/citadelprog

Rejyna’s Weaves Citadel Solo-Style

Posted in art, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, 砦の, 碉堡, folk, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, prog, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Citadel

The original Citadel guitarist/composer, Rejyna, will be performing an hour of Citadel songs ala solo acoustic style at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe in Powell, Ohio this Saturday.  Rejyna creatively uses a Digitech Jamman looper and Vocalist Live 3 to weave reworked versions of Citadel songs from several of the Citadel CD’s. 
Although Citadel has been loosely classified as a progressive band (i.e. Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Kansas) for the last 30+ years, Rejyna is giving the band’s songs an earthy twist by performing in intimate venues using a single guitar and some interesting music technology.  She does not perform with ‘backing tracks’ or computers; instead she records whole song sections LIVE in front of the audience into a looper which then allows her to layer in vocals and guitar solo and dual leads. 

Rejyna also uses the latest Digitech vocal effects – but she does not use them for ‘pitch correction’ or ‘autotune’, instead, she uses these devices to add harmonies to her lead vocal line in realtime.

How would one classify the music of Citadel as Rejyna presents it solo-style?  Call it folk rock, alternative, progressive folk, experimental indie – she just calls it Citadel…

For this special New Years Day show, Rejyna will also be joined on “Standing Alone” vocals by her mom and daughter, Margie and Jazmyn

Doors open at 6 and Rejyna’s set runs from 6:30 tp 7:30 pm

Come on out and hear some good music in a great venue on the first day of the new year! 

Espresso Yourself Music Cafe is located at:
50 West Olentangy Street in beautiful Powell, OH
(614) 436-7100 

http://rejyna.com/
http://citadelband.com/
http://www.espressoyourselfmusiccafe.com/

The Next Citadel CD…

Posted in band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, Progfest, The Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by Citadel

After a long process of choosing songs, tracking basics, and fine tuning lyrics, the in-progress Citadel CD is well underway to the next stage of tedious, laborious overdubbing.  Following the anti-genre style of previous releases, the as-yet-untitled upcoming Citadel CD will deliver a strong mix of folk, rock, prog & symphonic with metal, classical and jazz undercurrents.

Citadel’s Rejyna comments, “I am using a few new things on this CD like the sweet Dean Boca 12-string semi-hollowbody electric, the Inspired Instruments YRG as a midi controller for on-computer revisions and the wonderful Digitech Jamman Solo.  Most of the improv overdub stuff will still be done on the Godin Freeway SA/Roland GR-20 combo directly into the Digitech GNX4.” 

The Citadel guitarist continues, “so yeah, I’ve got some new toys to play with and that always means a lot of my improv orchestrations will be the result of experimentation with the new toys…although this part of the process is a burden of patience, perseverance and pain (see photo below); it is my favorite aspect.  A ‘Cliff Jumping’ brain adventure in sound.”

So there you have it, the band still refuses to pick a genre and stick with it…   Maybe that is actually a unconsious social comment as much as it is a sign of possible ADD… 

We will all just have to wait a while longer to find out –

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Citadel: Just a little fun during polar studio sessions...

Just a little fun during polar studio sessions...

MySpace Playlist by Citadel!

Posted in art, band, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, 砦の, 碉堡, download, indie, 요새, lyrics, MP3, music, цитадель, prog, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج on November 4, 2009 by Citadel

For the MySpace peeps, here’s a new Citadel playlist on MySpace Music!  

Add Citadel songs to your profile and download Citadel freebies!

Profile Playlist by Citadel.

IMPROVIJAZZATION Citadel CD Review Now Online!

Posted in art, band, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, 砦の, download, indie, lyrics, MP3, music, цитадель, prog, Progfest, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by Citadel

The New Citadel CD has just been reviewed by the one and only Rotcod Zzaj in IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation! 

Check out http://zzaj.freehostia.com/Z93Reviews.htm– and read concise and insightful reviews of many artists and styles! 

We are honored and humbled!  Wow! 

Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf) is an improvising keyboardist and spoken-word artist who has been playing and producing music for over 30 years now.  More info and links to his deep, passionate and revealing reviews of thousands of artists can be found at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotcod-Zzaj/46429413343
be his ‘fan’ while you’re there too!

Thanks so much Dick!

Folks, Spread the Word and read IMPROVIJAZZATION!

Citadel iPhone Application!

Posted in band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelsongs, 砦の, download, indie, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , on July 31, 2009 by Citadel

In case you hadn’t heard the new Citadel iPhone application is your way to experience Citadel full on.   New songs, photos, videos, puzzles…the Citadel iPhone app is just what you need! 

…and it’s only 99 cents – woo hoo! 

Citadel ® iPhone Music, Videos, Photos & more!

Citadel ® iPhone Music, Videos, Photos & more!

Get it by clicking here while it’s .99!

The Citadel iPhone Application is brought to you by Citadel and iLike.

Visit http://www.ilike.com/artist/citadel for more of what You want in online entertainment!

Visit http://www.citadelsongs.comhttp://www.citadelmusic.org, or http://www.citadelband.com, for more pathways into the Citadel ® Galactic Expanse!