Unforgettable. Beautiful. Lively. Transcendent. These are words that describe the music of Grammy Award-winning composer and recording artist Omar Akram. When one thinks of "New Age Music", what comes to mind is sleepy chords or woodwinds. Omar transcends the genre with motivational and inspirational piano compositions, full of richness and depth.
For his fifth album Daytime Dreamer, Omar combines soulful, upbeat signatures and instrumental combinations that rouse and delight the audience. Omar's October 30 album release party at H.O.M.E. in Beverly Hills was a validation of this genius. Musicians, songwriters, sports, and screen stars came out to celebrate the creativity and vigor of this New Age music powerhouse.
Omar was effervescent, and with his beautiful wife by his side, savored the moment. "I'm so happy to have a lot of friends here, and people that I know around me "
The excitement and anticipation on the red carpet was palpable, and each guest, whether they knew Omar personally or through his music, were congratulatory and appreciative of the composer's premier talent.
"He is really a beautiful, great, great artist," actress Helena Cardona said on the red carpet. " It's the first time that I will be listening to him live, so I'm really looking forward to it seeing him perform!"
Caitlin O'Connell, Maxim's "Helpful Hottie" agreed. "I love his music, and he's so accomplished. So I'm excited to see him tonight."
Promoter Jin Shin, whose company Modern Emotions spearheaded the event, was delighted to have been instrumental in making this event happen. "I want to thank Omar and his awesome publicist Yvette for allowing me to sponsor this album release event. So I am here to congratulate him and sponsor him at the same time."
Fashion Designer Sue Wong is a friend and long-time supporter of Omar's work and activism. "I'm really a fan of his work, it's ambient music, I love the mood that it brings."
Grammy-nominated musician Kristen Commodore spoke of the privilege of mutually supporting a fellow artist. "I am a big fan of the new age category, and he's a wonderful musician. We're colleagues in the academy, so it's just nice to support your peers the way I've been supported."
Omar grew up the son of a United Nations diplomat, living everywhere from France to Prague, to Cuba, and his ancestral home of Afghanistan. So just as he transcends borders, so does his influential music.
Omar has expressed that his life's work is connecting cultures and people through the universal expression of music. Daytime Dreamer is a continuation of this connective thread. "I usually take about three years to make an album," Omar said, "but the inspiration was there—between my life and my little sixteen-month-old daughter, the inspiration just came and here we are with a new album."