Akins releases sixth piano album since 2007

Into-the-Flow-front-cover-full-resolutionJoseph Akins released a new CD/album on Sept. 12, his sixth instrumental album since 2007. The album, entitled “Into The Flow” and available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, reached No. 9 on the Billboard New Age Album chart the week of Oct. 7.

The album’s aesthetic and some of the compositions were inspired by waterfalls, most notably Foster Falls, located in the Southern Cumberland State Park in middle Tennessee.

“The entire package, the cover and other panels, were designed from photography at Foster Falls,” Akins says. “In addition, the album title and some of the composition titles were inspired by [waterfalls] in general.”

Joseph Akins

Joseph Akins

At MTSU, Akins teaches courses in MIDI, musicianship and new media. He holds advanced degrees in jazz piano and electronic music from the University of Tennessee and Radford University, and he earned a doctorate in education from Tennessee State University in 2006.

There will be a “The Making of Into the Flow” workshop open to students on Oct. 11 in Studio A Bragg 147.  Akins, along with Professor Bill Crabtree, will talk about the making of the album, taking students behind the scenes with stories about the recording sessions and what it took to prepare the album.

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