11.03.2016

Robert Slap receives HMMA nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental


Very pleased with this nomination. This is the third one I received from this album and have won 2 awards for this recording. I am looking forward to the trip to LA to meet my friends and colleagues during the week. Have guitar will travel. Thank you for listening !!!!!



What the critics are writing about Recollections: Volume 1:

Recollections: Volume 1 is a masterful mélange of diverse musical flavors. I loved the intertwining roots of Robert’s guitar styles, which incorporated jazz, rock, fusion, ambient electronic and world music. And I was as impressed with Robert’s flair for composition and arranging, as I was with his impeccable guitar playing. One of the many things I like about Robert’s music is the way he adds dashes of world music influences into his jazzy compositions – just enough to provide a bit of exotic flavor without it trying to be an authentic indigenous sound.
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Music and Media Focus  



'Reverberating guitar and tight percussion elements underscore this beautiful jazz instrumental, making it shine brilliantly.' "Voodoo" from "Recollections: Volume 1"
Winner Best Song: Instrumental/Jazz - AKADAMIA Music Awards

"Recollections: Volume 1 was a pleasure to listen to, I adore the smooth Jazz genre, but here Robert Slap crossed boundaries to make something good, brilliant, by adding the global world feel, and mixing in a little new age magic, sheer genius. I would recommend this album any day of the week; you cannot get enough of music of this quality into your collection."
Steve Sheppard - One World Music Radio



8.11.2016

Feature Article by Michael Diamond from Music and Media Focus


I have just received this new Article by music critic Michael Diamond. He is discussing my most recent album "Recollections: Volume 1". Please read his thoughts on my music and also give a listen to the album on Soundcloud. This album has received awards from Global Music Awards and The Akademia, and has been nominated by Hollywood Music and Media Awards for best Contemporary Instrumental coming up November 17 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. I hope to see many of my fellow friends and artists at this event !!!

Thank you Michael for your insights, wonderful writing and all you do for independent artists!!!!


Celebrating 50 years of recording history: 1966-2016. Thank you all for listening!!


8.02.2016

The Dawn of New Age in Malibu... Wire Magazine July 2016


Just Received a copy of the Wire Magazine from the UK (that is not me on the cover)..... I was interviewed in an article about the beginnings and evolution of the new age music genre in the 1980's while I was Producer and Music Director of Valley of the Sun from 1982-92, one of the very first successful new age labels of the era. It was wonderful being part of that group of musical artists who followed their heart when creating beautiful musical soundscapes. I must have produced hundreds of recordings over that period, including the "Eternal OM" which became the top selling meditation recording for Valley of the Sun, and then went to become one of the mostly widely used recordings for massage, yoga, and meditation throughout the world. Still waiting for the Gold Record to arrive.......


Mixing my very first solo album "Mystic Memories", released in 1983.
I worked tirelessly at finding artists and producing records for VOS, we had a really good group of artists and everyone was very original in their own style. I went on to focus on a very special series of recordings about Atlantis, the lost continent.... over a period of 30 years...... Atlantis: Crystal Chamber (1987), Atlantis: Healing Temple (1990), and Atlantis: Brave New World (2015)..... I will continue to revisit this theme when the music calls me......


Marie Matson at the marimba.... I always like to use a lot of percussive instruments, and non-standard scales and chord structures, part of my eclectic bag of tricks!!!!!


Bray Ghiglia and myself teamed up in 1990 and we still work together occasionally to this day. He appears on 2 tunes from my latest album "Recollections: Volume 1". Bray is a composer, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, flute and sax player..... need I say more?


In the control room with Suzanne Arthur. I produced an album for Sue (Shared Blessings) and she became a member of my group "Lateral Movement". A beautiful person and wonderful flutist. Below is Karl Schaffner, who came to us from Munich, Germany. I signed Karl to VOS and worked on a couple of his solo albums. He also joined my group "Lateral Movement" performing on acoustic guitar and fretless bass.


Standing out in front of Valley of the Sun's offices in Malibu, Ca. 1982. Life is good....... and life and career continue to be good to me. I continue writing and recording and working on a new direction into the  Latin/Funk/Jazz genre and focusing on guitar compositions. I must give you all a heartfelt thanks for listening to my music and helping me fulfill my dreams and ambitions....rs. Aug 2, 2016 


6.08.2016

"Farmer John" by the Tidal Waves inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legendary Songs !!!


I have been notified that my first record with the Tidal Waves in 1966 has been inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legendary Songs. What a great honor to be recognized by your peers, family, friends and fans. The Tidal Waves were an early Detroit "Garage Rock" band that found success from 1965-1967 playing and recording throughout the Michigan area.

Michigan Rock and Roll Legends

wikipedia - The_Tidal_Waves






5.26.2016

Zone Music Reporter Top 100 April 2016: Atlantis # 47


"Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World" places on the Zone Music Chart at # 47 for April. This is the sixth consecutive month on this very important airplay chart.  These numbers are reported by radio programmers across the globe and reflect the actual airplay in many different genres. Thanks to all for listening and reporting !!!



5.23.2016

Slap & Ghiglia Performing at the Jam Lab, Chicago 06.13.2016


I am pleased to announce I will be performing in Chicago at the Jam Lab on 06.13.2016
Joining me will be Bray Ghiglia, an incredible musician and composer from LA, Bray and I go back to the 1980's and we always work well together. He is also featured on my latest album, Recollections: Volume1, playing flute and sax.


We will be presenting a new tune I am recording, "En las Sombras de la Noche", a Latin/jazz style instrumental....


This event is sponsored by the Indie Collab , so if you are in the area, please join us !!!
more info: http://www.grant-maloy-smith.com/Indie/






5.10.2016

50 years of Rockin and Rollin' ... Slap added to the World's Top Musicians


Just received news that I have been included in the Directory of the World's Top Musicians !!! Wow, so many other great players I have met over the years are in this list.... Very humbled and proud to be recognized.... it takes a lot to still be doing this after 50 years, yet I don't feel any different about playing a song on the guitar.....

Bookies Club 1979 - Detroit

1981- Detroit

Red Carpet Lounge 1980 - Detroit


Griffith Park, LA 1974

4.29.2016

"Lateral Movement" nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental


The Hollywood Music in Media Awards has announced  my tune "Lateral Movement" from the album "Recollections: Volume1" has been nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental. I am so excited about receiving this from this prestigious group. The award ceremony will be on 11.17.2016 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood. I hope to see some of my friends and others artists there as well, and best wishes to all other nominees in other genres.


Lateral thinking: Solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono. 

About Lateral Movement: This is an interesting tune recorded live in the studio featuring flute, fretless bass, marimba, synth-guitar, 12 string and drums. There is some great interaction between bass and marimba throughout the tune while the flute and MIDI guitar exchange introspective melodies. As the tune progresses each player passes a line to another and the arrangement flows from there. Never did play this song the same way twice. rs

Zone Music Reporter Top 100 March 2016: Atlantis #41






"Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World" places on the Zone Music Chart at #41 for March. This is the fifth month on this very important airplay chart.  These numbers are reported by radio programmers across the globe and reflect the actual airplay in many different genres. Thanks to all for listening and reporting !!!



4.14.2016

More pix from The Soiree' at the Whiskey a go-go 02.13.2016


We all had a great time at the Whiskey during Grammy week in LA.... here are some highlights, see you all next year !!!!!!   click on the link The Soiree 2016



3.30.2016

Zone Music Reporter February 2016: Atlantis #21






"Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World" places on the Zone Music Chart at #21 for February. This is the fourth month on this very important airplay chart.  These numbers are reported by radio programmers across the globe and reflect the actual airplay in many different genres. Thanks to all for listening and reporting !!!



3.24.2016

New Review of Atlantis Trilogy by Janet Mawdesley


A really nice Review of my Album "Atlantis Trilogy" from some fine folks down under in Australia...thank you Janet..... I am very glad the Trilogy is gaining widespread airplay and press around the globe !!!!!
Read the full interview HERE

Have we been here before ???

The Crystal Chamber by Ted Duvall

3.15.2016

The Interview and CD Give-Away hosted by Terry James Hawke

"Hawke Chill Out Sessions"

March 19th 2016: 'Robert Slap Interview'
'Lady-Hawke Dorthe' and I will be talking to Robert about his latest album 
'Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World'.
Time: 9pm EDT / 8pm CDT / 6pm PDT & MST / 1am Sunday UK /


On-Line Streaming Links Etc:
Radio Station Web: Hfm 102.3 UK

Details of the signed 'Give Away' CD's, Click below:

Join us for an hour and we will be discussing music, career, and the Atlantis Mystery !!!

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