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Greetings fans and friends,
Before my husband’s dementia–our home was never happier than when creative projects were in the air. That is why my heart was broken yesterday, when, as my son Nathan and I were discussing and working on “The Angel’s Song” our first CD of original music under the IMMORTAL ARIA band name; my husband became very agitated and dropped his head back against the chair as careworn tears streaked his face.
The tears were because he can no longer truly participate as he once would have. Mine and Nathan’s discussions, our excitement and energy did not inspire him. Quite the opposite. He found our planning and plotting to be overwhelming and he felt left out. I turned my head so that neither he or Nathan would see my own tears.
Though my husband is present in body, in times like this it feels like the wonderful man who has always supported and encouraged Nathan and me in our creative interests, is missing. I strive to keep him informed, ask his opinions, assure him that he is part of all that we do, but he perceives moments like these as another of life’s pressures that he cannot contend with.
Nevertheless, when this CD is released, please know that my husband is directly responsible for any success Nathan and I might achieve. Bill made the decision back in 2006 to purchase everything Nathan needed to create his own music production studio, investing 20,000.00 of his own inheritance from his mother’s estate, so that Nathan would have the best equipment and software available at that time.
There were so many other projects Bill might have used that money for, but he believed with all his heart that music was IN Nathan Allen Pinard, and that music was Nathan’s best chance for a good life.
My husband tells the story of how one evening (would have been 24 years ago) when our church group was meeting in the fellowship hall, Bill wandered into the empty sanctuary to discover Nathan (13 at the time) sitting at the grand piano with his fingers stretched across the keyboard. Bill said he wasn’t actually playing, just sitting, contemplating. Bill recounts that Nathan then slowly began to improvise a song. Nathan never knew his dad was there listening. Bill quietly slipped out, came back to the fellowship hall where I was, and told me what he had seen, and that he believed Nathan had a special gift. Prior to that evening, Nathan played the clarinet in the school band, but had never expressed an interest in composing.
A week or so later, Bill took Nathan to a music store and bought him his very first keyboard. And the rest, as they say, is history!
You may now pre-order Immortal Aria’s first CD at: ?
We will be celebrating the CD release on our FB music page Friday May 6 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  Join us here:
Pic below: Nathan and his dad at pianist and composer, Jennifer Thomas‘ Christmas Concert last year in Seattle
Last Updated on Friday, 6 May 2016 10:26 The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Latest News, Mentions

A good friend of ours over at wrote an article about us. Check it out here, or click on the link leading to the article at

About inRandom: “Angie and I decided to create inRandom when we wanted a place to express ourselves as mothers, as wives and as women; a place we could go to open ourselves up when the world felt claustrophobic. inRandom began as a word that referred to acts of kindness, which were without intention or expectation. Now it has expanded to encompass many things about ourselves: our stories, our hopes, our ideas, passions, beliefs and vision. “


The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

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I believe there are people who are born to imbue us with beauty through artistic talent. As if it is a part of their nature to create the ebb and flow of the universe into something tangible that we can see, touch, smell, taste or hear. I’ve always been slightly envious of these creators, especially those that have become pieces in my life.

Nathan Pinard and I bumped into each other while I was spending time in the Machinima community where many artists used their skills to create movies from MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game). I had shared about his original pieces in Gemini Rue last year. He has a natural talent for evoking emotion through his music that is awe inspiring, but it wasn’t until he had recently asked me to take a peek at his new website that I really grasped the magnitude of his art. The soundtrack for Gemini Rue was incredible, but I honestly think that his new work for Immortal Aria brings out his essence and true artistic capabilities.

Immortal Aria is a collaboration of Nathan and Bonne Anne Pinard’s talents. Bonne Anne is not only a talented musician and songwriter, but she is also known as Paisley Swan Stewart, the author of Chanson de l’Ange – a 3 part series re-telling of Phantom of the Opera. After noticing that her son Nathan had a gift for orchestrating music, she encouraged him in his art and together they had created Immortal Aria. Their first CD, The Bleeding Rose, is based on the original songs and story from her novels.

Chanson de l’Ange novels

Vocalists & Musicians Featured on The Bleeding Rose is:

To showcase the incredible talent of Immortal Aria, here is a featured lyrical video of The Bleeding Rose, with vocalist Toni Gibson and violinist Maria Lazareva. This specific piece is inspired and based on the 2nd book in Chanson de l’Ange of the same name.

“The Bleeding Rose continues Christine’s journey into an unorthodox attachment to her invisible teacher, and a bond of obsession and music is forged as her dark Angel methodically makes himself known. Through the illusory dreams of her adolescent desires, Christine will discover that not all angels have wings and not all devils are what they seem to be…for there are two sides to the Angel’s enchanted mirror.”

I believe The Bleeding Rose orchestral and operatic piece is an elegant compliment to the inspired vision of the original Phantom of the Opera. The lyrics come directly from The Bleeding Rose novel and are sung with such poetic passion that it makes you ache. I hadn’t heard of the 3-part series until being introduced to Immortal Aria, but after hearing the words dancing in the air it makes you want to consume the story along with the music. What better way to spend an evening then reading by candlelight with a glass of wine while Immortal Aria whisks you away into some other realm of beauty?

Take a moment to listen. These are incredibly talented and gifted creators and musicians, but most endearing is that they are also family. We strive to push our children towards their dreams, to uplift and inspire them to become what they desire above all things and I feel that Bonne Anne Pinard & Nathan Pinard, with their creation of Immortal Aria, is the manifestation of that hope.

Connect: You can find more information about Immortal Aria and upcoming releases by visiting their Facebook Page and/or @ImmortalAria on Twitter. You can listen to available tracks on their Youtube Channel and find more information on the inspired novels by Paisley Swan Stewart on Chanson de l’Ange.

Purchase: You can purchase the single The Bleeding Rose on iTunes & CDBaby.

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Last Updated on Monday, 2 September 2013 09:19


Greetings fans and friends!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer so far.  Mine has been very busy with working on CD production and still dealing with delay issues for my Chanson de l’Ange novel series.  Firstly, my publisher has run into to several formatting issues that have delayed the release date.  This has been very disappointing for us both-and it has taken a great deal of patience on my part, given that I have been working on Chanson for many years and am anxious for you all to READ THE WHOLE STORY!!!!!  The problem: My digital files were somehow  corrupted on her end.   She assures me that she is working to repair and restore these files,  meanwhile I’m keeping myself occupied by writing more songs for the Chanson de l’Ange CD.  I had not expected that we would have more than 10 tracks on the CD as originally planned, but I was inspired to include 2 additional pieces which I hope will round out the song selections.  One of the new songs is written from Raoul De Chagny’s perspective.  Raoul is a principal character in Chanson de l’Ange, so I really felt he deserved his own song.  I have not yet found the right tenor to voice him, but will be on the lookout for just the right vocalist.  The other new song that will be included on the CD is written from an older woman’s perspective as she looks back on her life.  This song portrays the wisdom she has gained through her own life experiences, and was directly influenced by a scene from my novel.  If you are over 50 you may be able to relate to “Swansong”.  Here is a snippet of the song lyric:

by Bonnie Anne Pinard
June 24, 2013

“Spring has come and gone, Autumn leaves drift behind
Summer days were golden days, when I was in my prime
Winter’s chill is setting in, now I long to turn back time

Who is that stranger in the mirror?
Was her youth a mere mirage
Beauty idolized, a photograph collage

Who is that old woman in the mirror
Time has robbed her youth
Fading pictures both lie and tell the truth

Childhood waits for the story to unfold
But the pages turn too swiftly for the old….”


If you would like to follow the CD production process more carefully, Nathan is currently working on a new website for our music production group “Immortal Aria”.  Nathan will be producing a video series to document the various stages of CD production, and we will both be blogging and interacting with fans there.  We will also be featuring interviews with our various collaborating artists so fans can get an insider’s view of the artist’s creative process and various personalities.  Nathan expects the website to go live within the next few weeks.  This website will also feature news and updates about our future projects beyond the Chanson de l’Ange CD, so stayed tuned!

If I don’t hear good new from my publisher about Chanson de l’Ange’s publication by next week-you may never hear from me again because I will have slit my throat!  Just kidding-but I may throw a major fit with swear words and object hurling!


Take care, everyone!




Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 08:19

Jay Weston

Immortal Aria is very pleased to announce that Jay Weston has agreed to jump on board the Chanson de l’Ange CD as our only male vocalist. He will be recording two songs; a modern aria called “In The Mirror” and the gothic/pop/rock duet with Toni Gibson “Worlds Apart”. We believe Jay possesses exactly the right vocal quality and work ethic for our project, and we are honored by this exciting collaboration.

From his bio: Jay is one of the brightest emerging talents on the Australian music scene. Originally from Perth, this young entertainer has had many years of experience in numerous opera and theatre productions nationally and internationally.

Discovering an early passion for music, he began playing the keyboard at ten and at thirteen was awarded a musical scholarship, commencing training at Perth Modern School. He continued his studies and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Classical) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Having studied for a further year, he was recently awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance, including the Academic Award of Excellence from Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Jay is a tenor capable of a wide variety of styles, including Opera, Musical Theatre, classical and contemporary music. Previous performances include the Mikado with the Queensland Opera Company, Lohengrin with the Australian Opera Company at the Sydney Opera House and various productions with the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music.

View the video to hear his voice:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:17
Immortal Aria is pleased to announce that the first single from the Chanson de l’Ange CD: “The Bleeding Rose” featuring Toni Gibson is now available for download!

The Bleeding Rose features words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard, with atmospheric orchestral accompaniment by Nathan Allen Pinard. Classical Crossover artist Toni Gibson’s haunting vocals and Maria Lazareva’s tender violin lend The Bleeding Rose a timeless beauty, reminiscent of 18th century Art Songs.








CD Official title:

Chanson de l’Ange

Original Songs Inspired by Phantom of the Opera

Featuring the voices of: Toni Gibson, Jay Weston, Michele Karmin, and Carrie Shaw, 

With songs and music by Bonnie Anne and Nathan Allen Pinard


Track Listing:

1) Orphan In Winter: an instrumental piece composed and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard

2) That Summer By The Sea: words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard, orchestration by Nathan Allen Pinard, vocal by Carrie Shaw

3) The Bleeding Rose: words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard, arrangement by Nathan Allen Pinard, vocal by Toni Gibson, violin by Maria Lazareva

4) Waltz With Death: an instrumental piece composed and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard

5) In The Mirror: words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard, orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard, vocal by Jay Weston

6) Frost and Roses: an instrumental piece composed and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard, featuring Maria Lazareva’s solo violin

7) Firelight Through Diamonds: words by Bonnie Anne Pinard, music by Nathan Allen Pinard, Orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard, vocal by Michele Karmin

8) Chanson de l’Ange: words and music by Bonnie Anne PInard, orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard,, vocal by: Toni Gibson

9) Worlds Apart: words by Bonnie Anne Pinard, with music and orchestration by Nathan Allen Pinard, duet by: Toni Gibson and Jay Weston

10) Christine: Instrumental piece composed and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard

11) The Musician’s Daughter: words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard and orchestration by Nathan Allen Pinard: to be recorded by tenor vocalist (we are still searching for the right voice)

12) Swansong: words and music by Bonnie Anne Pinard and orchestration by Nathan Allen Pinard: vocal by Bonnie Anne Pinard



List of our vocalists and musicians:

The Bleeding Rose, Worlds Apart, and the Chanson de l’Ange aria  will be performed by Classical Crossover artist Toni Gibson

In The Mirror and the Worlds Apart duet will be performed by Australian Tenor Jay Weston

Jay Weston

Firelight Through Diamonds will be performed by contemporary artist Michele Karmin

That Summer by the Sea will be recorded by UK  singer-songwriter  Carrie Shaw

Carrie Shaw

Our solo violinist Maria Lazareva, will perform on several tracks: Maria Lazareva



Romeo Knight
Guest Guitarist/Bassist


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Romeo Knight (aka Eike Steffen) is a versatile composer, sound designer and audio engineer. In the late 80’s he gained high recognition for his compositions for the Amiga demo scene followed by work for the Amiga and PC game industry.
After obtaining his SAE Audio Engineering diploma, he started working for the advertising industry and by mid-2000 was running his own studio facility producing thousands of commercials for known brands such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, Porsche and many more. Romeo Knight’s well-rounded composition and music production skills derive from his comprehensive musical education and experience in various styles with twelve years of classical training on clarinet (including performances with the local youth symphony orchestra), as well as extensive live and studio performances as a guitarist and bass player with a variety of bands since 1995.


The downloadable tracks and CDs will be made available for purchase upon completion in a few months.  Meanwhile, we give you these samples: composed and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard.  Enjoy!

Waltz with Death by Nathan Allen Pinard

Orphan In Winter by Nathan Allen Pinard



Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 04:10