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Interview @ KWUF Radio - December 5, 2008

Hello Pagosans! Please tune into Kwuf this Monday morning @ 8:30 to hear some of Rada's new works as well as what motivates her to write and record music.If you call in make sure to wish her a happy birthday.

Hart of the Music Interview with Rada - December 5, 2008

Please lend your ears if you live in Ontario or Chicago. Hart of the Music with David Hart will be featuring an interview with Rada beginning in January 2009. Rada will be talking about music she's written and her inspiration to write.

Song on NBC SHOW - December 5, 2008

One of Rada's pieces was used on an NBC Documentary called "In The Wrong Body".

Thank-you Amazon customers! - January 31, 2008

I would like to personally thank everybody that has purchased a cd of mine through Amazon. I appreciate your support of my music and I hope you tell all your friends about my music too!

Classic Pianist, Composer Rada Neal - December 7, 2007

Classic pianist, composer to play

December 7, 2007
By Leanne Goebel | Special to the Herald

Rachmaninoff's "Variation on a Theme From Paganini" is a soul-stirring romantic work, the musical version of Tolstoy, escalating and epic, yet filled with intricate pauses and flourishes. Rada Neal, a pianist and composer from Pagosa Springs favors such Romantic composers as Rachmaninoff along with Tchaikovsky and Debussy. Their influences stand out in her original compositions.

If you go
• Rada Neal will play a free concert with vocalist Sasha Clines and cellist Sarah Dorian-Lawrence at 3 p.m. Dec. 23, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 South Pagosa Boulevard, 731-5801.

• She plays at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in JJ’s Upstream Restaurant, 326 East U.S. Highway 160, 264-9100.

• Her CDs are available at
Neal has been writing her own music since moving to the area five years ago. She just released CDs number five and six, she said in her studio on Wednesday. Five is called "Unfolding Fifth" and six is a recording of Christmas music. Seven of the 13 tracks on "Unfolding Fifth" are original compositions in her classically inspired signature sound.

Neal began playing the violin at age seven. Her parents inherited a piano from the neighbors, and she learned to play it as well. By ninth grade she had to choose one instrument. Although, she had been chosen as first chair violin with her school's orchestra and accompanied the choir, she chose piano and has spent her life sharing her love of music and piano through teaching, first in San Diego, Calif., and now in Pagosa Springs.

"She enjoys the kids learning as much as the kids do," said her husband Chip Neal, a building contractor.

Neal allows her students to pick their own music and learn to play things they want to play. Something that parents appreciate.

"They have to like what they're playing; otherwise, it's a total turn off for them," said Christie Spears, whose twin daughters and son take piano lessons from Neal.

Neal credits the sweeping views of the San Juan Mountains from her picture windows for inspiring her to begin composing music. That and the benefit of no longer having a full-time job to distract her from music. Besides, her husband built her a recording studio.

Neal begins each composition sitting at her piano, facing the jagged peaks. She starts with a rhythm or perhaps a meter; she plays, and when she finds something she likes, she writes it down.

Her music has been featured on "The Colorado Wave" an independent music show produced by Carmen Allgood. She has a Web site and a homegrown fan base all over the world. Just last week, Neal sold two CDs to music lovers in Bangkok.

It's a singular destiny for a girl who grew up in Indiana, one of four daughters of immigrant parents who fled Yugoslavia during World War II. Neal's parents met in a refugee camp in Italy. They took a train to Germany, searching for a new home. Neal was born in Germany, but six weeks after her birth, her parents took a 48-hour air trip to Scotland, Canada and eventually New York.

In New York, Neal's mother contacted a Serbian church that provided the family with money and train tickets to Chicago, where they lived for six months before settling in Indiana. Her father worked for 30 years at the Inland Steel Mill, never missing a day of work.

Neal has dedicated "Unfolding Fifth" to her dad. A fitting, and unfolding, tribute. Leanne Goebel is a freelance writer specializing in the arts.

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Pagosa Pianist Rada Neal - October 25, 2007

Local Pianist Rada Neal
Releases New CD

Pagosa Springs pianist and composer Rada Neal this week announced the release of her fifth all original CD, Un-folding Fifth.

Rada's latest release is a collection of 11 original pieces, 2 ragtime selections and an all time favorite "Send in the Clowns". Three of the songs are set to original lyrics. One, entitled "Pink Sleep," is sung by Rada's daughter, Sasha. Rada refers to her original music as "thought provoking and captivating."

Nature is the inspiration as the music unfolds from the piano in Rada's studio overlooking the scenic beauty of Pagosa Springs and the Colorado Rockies. When she is not recording, Rada performs locally and teaches a new generation of piano students.

"I like to write lyrical, melodic and romantic melodies," Rada says. "I don't need to have lyrics, yet I love how a good lyric will set the tone of a piece. My favorite lyricists would probably be Marilynn and Alan Bergmann, together with Michel Legrand's gorgeous melodies."

Rada's music has been described as beautiful and emotional with strong classical influences, and her melodies as memorable and contagious.

"I am fond of musicians who have a beautiful touch on the piano. I had the great fortune to hear Henry Mancini play and I loved his touch. People often comment on my touch, and I feel I have found my personal, unique and intimate style."

Rada Neal began her life in an immigration camp in Germany, the daughter of two Yugoslavian refugees. Her family survived and her parents realized their dream of moving their family to a safe and prosperous environment, moving to Indiana soon after World War II. Rada has loved music all her life. She began playing violin in the 3rd grade, but soon began playing the piano when her neighbors moved away, leaving their heavy upright grand piano as a gift to Rada's family.

"My mother was my biggest inspiration. She obviously had a love for music but never had a chance for study. I'll always remember her gentle reminder to get me to practice, and how she made me feel like I was on 'cloud nine' with her positive reassuring words." Continued...
Pianist and composer Rada Neal with daughter Sasha, who sings on Rada's just released fifth CD. Photo courtesy Rada Neal.
Rada was trained at Indiana University, where she received her B.A. in Music in 1973. She was taught in the classical style, but always had a preference for finding her own way, and creating her own style. She recounts the experience...

"'What will YOU do with a degree in music?' ... as my professor was saying. Well pardon me! I will share my love of music with anyone I encounter. I will put my heart into each and every song I play and write. I will try to make people feel good when they listen to me play."

For more information about Rada and her music — and to hear clips of her previous four albums — please visit her website

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FAIRadio - August 3, 2006

Top 10 Discovery Artist

Stream 1...#8 " CAREFREE" by
Stream 2....#3 "TIME GOES BY"
by Rada

Radio Airplay - July 13, 2006

Radio Stations playing Rada's music

Circle of Sounds Visalia, CA
Dreamcatcher Alief, TX
East Standard Time Alief, TX
Fairadio Portland, OR
GentleSounds Bayport, NY
InnerVisions Berea, KY
KSUU Cedar City, UT
Lady Pantheress Radio Terre Haute, IN
Lonely Radio Austin, TX
Moods of the Moon Sherman, TX
Music to Heal the Heart Oak Grove, NC
Mystic Soundscapes Albuquerque, NM
Naturesong Austin. TX
NightBreeze Cedar Rapids, IA
Nightscapes Boston, MA
Only Piano Radio Camano Island, WA
RADIO WAVES Laer, Germany
Riverbank Belle Plaine, MN
Smiling Ear Hilo, HI
Smooth Piano and Keyboard Kailua, HI
Smooth Jazz Seascapes Scottsdale, AZ
SPECTRUM RADIO Belgrave, Australia
Spirit-Within Lubbock, TX
Talking Dog Radio Kanab, UT
Vinyl Bytes Radio Alief, TX
Wayfarer's Way Olather, KS
WEBR Fairfax, VA
WDYN Rochester, NY
WJZW-FM Washington DC
WWSP New Age Sampler Stevens Point, WI

Nightscapes - July 13, 2006

Host Anne Williams has added two songs "Sweet Inspirations " and "You Live in Me" from Rada's newest release "Fourth Finesse" to her Nightscapes broadcast.

Dolores Fine Art Festival - April 22, 2006

June 3 - 4 2006 10:00am-6:00pm
featuring the music of Rada.

Colorado Wave Feb. 24, 2006 - February 23, 2006

The week's show features one of Rada's pieces. The show will be all instrumental.

Singapore CD - February 10, 2006

"Piano Passion" cd consisting of eighteen songs from Rada's first two cd's is now available in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand c/o Orange Music.

"Timeless Third" - December 6, 2005

Featured album of the month @ Spirit Within New Age Radio.

"Mysterious Moon" - December 6, 2005

"Mysterious Moon" was chosen one of the top ten tracks for this week @

Cleveland Plain Dealer review - November 15, 2005

Please check the Nov. 15, 2005 issue of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a review.....type in Jandrich-Neal to see the article.

ALBUM of the MONTH "SECOND STEPS" - October 16, 2005

"Second Steps" was chosen album of the month @ Lady Pantheress Radio. Also look for a review @

THE COLORADO WAVE - October 6, 2005

Please tune in to KWUF @ 7:00 pm Friday, October 7, 2005. The host Carmen Allgood will be featuring one of my songs.

songs released to Singapore - September 20, 2005

Orange Music of Singapore has signed a contract with me for 18 of my songs from my first 2 cd's. They will produce a compliation of these songs and market them in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

RADIO INTERVIEW - August 10, 2005

Tune into the Colorado Wave Radio on Sunday, August 21, 2005 @ 5:30 pm and hear the host, Carmen Allgood, interview me and play some songs from my latest CD, TIMELESS THIRD. A lucky listener will win a free copy of Timeless Third.....Rada

thoughts on music.... - June 23, 2005

" I am never alone when I am alone." Beethoven
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