About Ed Van Fleet

Ed Van Fleet is a music composer with 25 albums to date. His recordings have sold over two million copies, with his disc “Grand Eagle” selling over 500,000 units. Ed’s early musical roots were with heavy rock and funk. Before embarking on his solo career, he was a bassist & guitarist in rock bands in the Southwestern US.  After opening Synchestra Studios in Phoenix, AZ he was introduced to gentler and therapeutic forms of music.  Ed soon found himself creating musical landscapes with ambient atmospheres and lush orchestrations.  Luckily he found an eager audience yearning for this peaceful and uplifting style of music.

A multi-instrumentalist, Ed plays nearly all the instruments on his cds. He has created soundtracks for 17 films and documentaries, including “Moonshot” commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.
Ed Van Fleet at the piano
Ed’s music has also been featured at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.   In 1990 he pioneered the concept of the in-store interactive listening display and received his first patent on this technology in 1994.

16 Responses to About Ed Van Fleet

  1. Rebecca Kirchgessner says:

    Came upon a video on youtube and recognized the name and the music.
    Congratulations on your success and your music is beautiful, as it always
    was from many years ago with Borealis.
    Life is good with us..loving retirement.

  2. Steve says:

    Been listening to you for 25 yrs. First time I heard your music was at a listening kiosk in Mackinaw City MI. It was Migration, bought the cassette and I’ve been hooked ever since. I own almost all your cds now. Absolutely love em. Every time I listen to Migration it feels like I’m standing in the store as a kid at the kiosk. Thank you for the amazing music.

  3. Don Jacobs says:

    Your music has a majestic sense of melodic awareness that most instrumental works of this type fall short of. I’m particularly fond of Daydreams, which never for a moment leaves the sky. Glad that you’re still weaving new songs!

  4. Edwin Balder says:

    Dear Ed; I went to the Phoenix studio so so long ago..a less then talented guitar player with some tunes I lived..you and your partner I learned could take what was given and make it into wonder. Strange how soon after doing tax shelter recordings, to pay my way, let me have more time at “the Studio” and you flowed with that ridiculousness with an openness no other talent as grand as yours would seem to want to touch…but you made it happen. I have been very successful in music as well as in Patents and glad you hold one..it is a rush! My off spring have gone on to wonderful musical destinations as well with a band Midtown social out of Frisco. I see their recording sessions on you tube and flash back to my youth and my Mentor Ed spreading inspiration even under the worst conditions of talent to work with..I think of those days as my best ..and thank you for them..Edwin H. Balder

  5. Ashley Hanner says:

    I was with my grandfather in the early 90’s at a gift shop in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in Kalamazoo,MI, when your album “Grand Eagle” was playing on a kiosk. We listened to this album so many times. My favorite track is the title tack “Grand Eagle”.

    Time passed by, my grandfather passed away but I never forgot about this album. I was absolutely elated when I found that I could download this album and even listen to it via YouTube after a little over 20 years. I absolutely love all of your albums, but Grand Eagle is my favorite.

  6. Diane Englander says:

    Ed, I remember you on the stage at a Steve Powers show we did long long ago (the 90s). It might have been a Harvest Festival. I got the rain tape (I call it). Just today I played it for my chickens again–it’s their favorite. Mine too.

  7. Wade Gordon says:

    Ed, this is Wade From FLorida. I now have my own fm radio station. I used to play your music on my radio programs. I spoke to you the last time on the phone when you were at a mall selling your christams album…. I am in cocoa fl

  8. jennifer says:

    Hi there! I have a cassette copy of Daydreams from 1983! I have kept it until this day – but luckily today I got your music as a download! I’m so happy I found you again! This is one of my all time favorites.

  9. Jim says:

    Bought the album ‘Nature of the Game’ at a downtown Phoenix location when I was stationed at Williams AFB. It was an early music kiosk if I recall. The selection ‘Sequence’ (early use of sequencer?) mesmerised me. Nearly wore out the tape over years (good thing I had it transfered to a CD).

  10. Adam Kovynia says:

    I discovered your music first around the year 2008 or so when I was driving around my home state of Connecticut I stopped at an interesting shop called Mother Earth Gallery and got a copy of your compilation CD which had many wonderful tracks on it. I later bought 4 more albums from you over the years. The most recent just came in the mail a couple days ago called “OCEANS” I love it because it has a sophisticated and peaceful quality. it’s very smart music for the mind body and spirit. It helps me to improve my own life and it inspires me.

  11. Back in the late early 90s, I used to check out all of your music on the listening station at a local store called, Wild Birds Unlimited, in Richmond Virginia. The spinning display of cassettes and CDs with headphones for each selection was so mesmerizing, in and of itself. So ahead of it’s time! We purchased Migration on CD and later, Daydreams, on cassette tape. Mom and I would listen in the car while traveling together. I have lots of cherished memories of my time growing up with your music as the score. Thanks for creating your songs and sharing them with the world!

  12. Lori says:

    First heard your music in a gift shop in Beaufort, NC. I bought every cd I could get my hands on at the time. Just so glorious. Tragically all of my cd’s were lost on a long road trip and then my brain failed me on your name…sigh getting older ain’t for sissies. But just last night, here almost 30 years later your name came to me on a cool mountain breeze. Working on downloads. Evening Passages. Love hearing the eastern phoebes song too ♥️ Thank you for stirring my soul.

  13. Jake welsh says:

    Hi Ed:
    Remembering performance with you at Palomar Dome way back when. Collaboration seemed to
    be the thing we were into then. Whatever we played. . .we played it LOUD!
    Jake welsh- keyboards of the Borealis band

  14. Mike in Colorado says:

    Found the info on your in-store interactive listening kiosks fascinating. I was on my first trip to New England in the Fall of 1992 and heard your music on a kiosk in a shop in Keene NH, I believe. Bought Grand Eagle on the spot (great road tripping music) and several others on later fall trips to Maine. So glad I found your music and have been listening ever since.

  15. Jeff S says:

    After ten years, I finally found it!!

    Sometime in the 90s on vacation with my family I bought this cassette tape. It’s so incredibly chill, instrumental, inspirational music. I kept the tape in my Mustang GT and never took it out, so I could always switch over to this from any CD or radio song. When I sold the car in 2011 I forgot to take this tape out. I remembered a week later and drove around the lot with my sales guy and my car was already gone, this tape forever with it.

    I remembered the name was Horizons and that it was instrumental with rain storm sounds, but that was it. I searched online then with no luck. Every few years I’d try again hoping to find it somehow, remembering this image exactly but never seeing it on YouTube or Google. Just before Christmas Eve I searched again, nothing at first…then tried less words, used Image search, and after scrolling through a hundred images there it was!! Such a rare find I can’t believe I found it. I was almost in tears hearing this music again that I grew up with after 10 years.

  16. paul says:

    Your music is wonderful, but Canyons especially is a masterpiece. Thank you!

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