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Phoenix Rising: Bio


“Despite the stereotypes that surround musical categories like New Age and Contemporary, Phoenix Rising encapsulates a very broad range of styles and motivations indeed. Phoenix Rising out of the Bay Area brings us a neo-classical, lyrical style that is both haunting and refreshing for its very defiance of stereotypes. Beautifully recorded, their latest release Ascension has as much to do with Lisa Gerrard and Penguin Cafe Orchestra as it does with Deuter and Enya.”- (Iguhuaran,

Phoenix Rising is comprised of Wendy Loomis (composer/pianist), Monica Williams (Traditional and World Flutes). They have had numerous guest artists on instruments such as hang drum, cello, guitar, guzheng, tabla, or vocals. They incorporate their large collection of ethnic flutes and percussion instruments from all over the world, making Phoenix Rising one of the most innovative and versatile ensembles in the Bay Area.

“Mystic Places” is Phoenix Rising's third CD. In addition to piano and flute, synthesizers, percussion, and nature sounds have been woven into the structure that enable the listener to journey to exotic places on the earth and inside one's soul.

Phoenix Rising combines aspects of new age, world, classical, and jazz styles into their music bringing magnificent scenes capes of light and energy to audiences of all demographics. Phoenix Rising's previous CDs (“Whispers”, “Ascension”) received numerous nominations in the genres of classical, new age, and world by the Hollywood Music and Media Awards, the Los Angeles Music wards, and the Unisong International Competition. Their music can be heard on 100s of analog, internet and satellite programs nationally and internationally. Additionally, several tracks have been included in independent films.

The variety of music Phoenix Rising brings to the table has enabled them to perform at street festivals, concert halls, galleries, and clubs all over the United States. Some of their tours stops include San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Austin, Nashville, Monterey, San Diego, Boston, and New York.

In addition to performing Wendy and Monica teach piano and flute at various schools and private studios throughout the Bay Area. Phoenix Rising also presents workshops on Native American flutes and drums to private and public events. Both musicians share a passion for not only creating music, but sharing their knowledge with the young and the young at heart.

“Thank you both for playing for our Sunday event. You sounded great. Your professional training was clear when you hit the deck ( stage) running & with full presence despite your arduous, round-about journey to Wildwood farm.......Your music carried all the way through out the grounds.”- Sara, Wildwood Farms Earth Day Festival

“Despite being an American duo and having a lot of American influences, PHOENIX RISING often projects a European quality ... it isn't hard to imagine parts of this album being used in an artsy film from Spain, Italy, Belgium, or France.” (Alex Henderson, All Music Guide)