Symphondipity is multi-instrumentalist Steve Diel majoring in Symphonic Progressive Rock, and minoring in Contemporary Instrumental New Age. In this world, Steve likes to spend most of his time in melody land.
In a world of dehydrated cookie cutter music and the bottom line being more important than art, Steve strives to create something with more substance. Steve's purpose for making music is simply for the enjoyment of others, as well as his own enjoyment. He doesn't care if he never makes a dime doing it. He wishes only to create music for music's sake, and art for art's sake.
Steve is influenced by 4 main types of music including but not limited to:
- Romantic and Modern Era Classical--Besides Beethoven and Brahms, Steve likes Borodin, Balakirev,
Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Bizet, Bloch, Bax, Bartok, Bantock, Alban Berg, Natanael Berg, Bruckner, Britten,
Havergal Brian, Peter Boyer, Blomdahl, Berlioz, Bernstein, Haieff Blackwood, Bennett...and that's
just the B's.
Steve's favorite composers are the lesser known Russians like Myaskovsky, Kalinnikov, Shchedrin, Kabalevsky, Taneyev, Scriabin, and similar. His second favorite are 20th century, non-opera Italians Respighi, Casella, and Pizzetti. His third favorite are from the Scandinavian School: Sibelius, Nielsen, Atterberg, Alfven, Pettersson, Erland von Koch, Holmboe, Halvorsen, Langgaard, and the like.
- Progressive Rock--Bands like The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Glass Hammer, The Tangent, Kaipa, Transatlantic, Le Orme, PFM, Magenta, Pär Lindh Project, Salem Hill, Keith Emerson, Kansas and Yes.
- Contemporary Instrumental New Age--Artists like Kitaro, Jerry Goodman, 2002, Secret Garden, David Arkenstone, Chip Davis, Clara Ponty, Liz Story, Karl Jenkins, John Tesh, Vangelis, Constance Demby, Yanni, Medwyn Goodall, Wayne Gratz, and David Lanz.
- Jazz Fusion like National Health, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, Fourplay, Al Di Meola, Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, etc.