♥PHIL THORNTON & HOSSAM RAMZY♥
A keen sorcerer of sonic visions, Phil Thornton has written and produced over 30 solo albums - with world wide sales of over 2 million - since beginning his musical odyssey in the early '80s with the group 'Expandis' (a unique artists collective best known for their innovative use of electronic sound).
Phil's first two ambient albums 'Cloud Sculpting' and 'Edge Of Dreams' both topped the 'New Musical Express' New Age chart and are now widely acclaimed as classics of their genre.
Previously commissioned to collaborate on the concept album 'First Quest' for the highly successful game 'Dungeons & Dragons' and to compose music for an esoteric art event at St. James's in Piccadilly, London, widely regarded as an early turning point in the development of 'new age' ideas.
His arrangements often feature a mix of ethnic and modern instruments, which has led him into collaborations with leading 'world' musicians to create a diverse and hypnotic blend of atmospheric compositions. Phil's 1999 collaboration with Hossam Ramzy, 'Immortal Egypt', won 1st place in the annual 'New Age Voice' magazine awards in the USA.
As a live performer Phil has appeared on regional and national television in England, Europe and South America, The Findhorn Foundations Universal Hall in Scotland, the Purcell Rooms on the South Bank and St. James's Church in Piccadilly, London. Seminars in Rome, Amsterdam, Paris, Guadalajara and Sao Paulo and concert tours of Brazil and Mexico as well as many 'Greenpeace' and 'Friends of The Earth' festivals in Great Britain.
Hossam Ramzy was born in Cairo, Egypt. His musical career began early, when at the age of three he was given his first drum, an Egyptian Tabla..... Hossam's passion and huge talent for percussion was noted by his family, many of whom were themselves involved in the arts. Hossam was encouraged to master his craft and studied under leading Cairo music teachers.
A move to Saudi Arabia led him to joining with many Bedouin tribes which gave the young Hossam a rich insight into the cultural origins of Middle Eastern music and became the inspiration for many of his later rhythmic directions. In the mid 1970's Hossam came to England, and enjoyed great success as a Jazz drummer working with many respected Jazz musicians like Andy Sheperd and Geoff Williams. But as he began looking for new dimensions of percussive sounds, he found himself turning full circle back to his first love, the Egyptian Drums, and the thrilling dance rhythms of the Middle East. Hossam then encorporated all his rhythmic experience into creating a new sound that is heard on hundreds of the world leading albums recorded today.
The club dance scene of 2001 was taken by a storm with Hossam's No# 1 hit EDONY that has topped the dance charts worldwide. The distinctive sound of his Arabian & North African string arrangements, his percussion and exciting rhythms on his albums caught the imagination of Peter Gabriel and Hossam was invited to perform on PASSION and later US, and has just completed the working on Peter's new unreleased album. Hossam has gone on to work with many top musicians including Joan Armatrading & Mary Wilson. Hossam is known world wide for creating string arrangements and percussion and produced many songs for the world's leading artists such as:
Yesim Salkim, Celick Erici, Cheb Khaled, Tarkan, Rachid Taha, Faudel, The Gypsy Kings and the list just goes on. In 1994 Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (ex-Led Zeppelin) invited Hossam to bring together a band of Arabian musicians and work on their reunion album 'No Quarter - Unledded' for which he was rewarded a GOLD thena PLATINUM discs. This led to Hossam joining Page & Plant on their historic reunion 1995/96 world tour.