Steven Halpern is an American new-age musician. He is a Grammy Award nominee and considered one of the founding fathers of new-age music.
Halpern played trumpet and guitar in the New York City jazz scene of the 1960s, but became disenchanted with it and moved to California. There he began exploring the idea of creating music entirely for the purpose of relaxation, which he called "anti-frantic alternative" music. He began creating music which did not adhere to traditional Western tonality, but which instead consisted of static, minimalist pieces for electric piano inspired by Eastern music. He is a proponent of theories which emphasize the healing properties of music. He has been named by MTV as "the original new age artist", beginning his new age performance career in 1969.
His first album was Spectrum Suite, released in 1976 and which is considered to be one of the first true new-age music albums. …Read more on Wikipedia