I simply can't wrap my mind around this as a work of improvisation. It's so well-formed in structure, flow, and arc. --- A beautiful grasp of the way space can play with time. Stan gives us a vision of that which lingers beyond our normalized, perfectly synchronized daily interactions. The peaceful place of calm and relaxation he's carved from pure imagination is a slice in space we'd be lucky to happily spend a part of each day in. --- Thank you so much for sending! Just bought the record on Bandcamp, and I'm certainly looking forward to sharing this in one of the upcoming playlists I'm working on for here: http://8tracks.com/awakingdream Quick note: looks like this link in the Fluence description needs to be updated: http://playmusic.muz4now.com/albums/paintingpiano to http://playmusic.muz4now.com/album/painting-piano
Stan, firstly, congratulations on creating such a beautiful piece. You created a soundscape here. It's cinematic, emotive, evocative ... heart-wrenching. And, yet, hopeful. I pictured dancers on the stage when I listened to this piece. For some reason I also thought of jazz-fusion guitarist Pat Metheny. I wonder if you would consider sharing this piece with a fusion guitar player and see how they improvised over it. I think that would be equally wonderful. I loved your use of such lush chords. While I'm not a piano player (I play guitar), I appreciate harmony, and this piece drips in gorgeous harmonic structures. Which leads me on to say that your piece is very well recorded, too. It's got a lovely, balanced stereo feel, and the piano is vibrantly captured. There is also a wonderful cross-section of frequencies here - not only due to your recording, but also due to your playing and choice of notes. I would love to see this piece used in a movie -- it would work well on screen, I feel. This is also a piece that held my attention the whole way through, which, given we're talking about just one instrument, is a feat unto itself. It's a captivating record -- yet holds a sense of dynamics. I particularly relished the 2.45-3.00-minute mark where your playing takes a turn and becomes more strident, heavy. To me that section suggests questions ... is everything as it appears? Thankfully, the remaining minute or so reassures me that it is -- although you almost had me believe that the piece would end on a suspended chord (how bold!). I didn't know how you would end until the very end. The resolution brought everything home beautifully ... and it's a place I very much wanted to see continue. I wanted that final chord to last forever! Stan, I would like to profile this composition on my website -- as a featured artist post -- if you are interested? I also encourage you to use any of my above comments as quotes for your bio, as you see fit. (I hope there's something here that you like!) Again, thank you for sharing your music. You have a real gift -- not just in playing piano, but in creating music that connects with others on a profound level. I wish you much success.