This current album project has been on hold, as I go back and forth with the overall aspects of how I want the music to unfold.
For one, the ‘ambient’ feel needs to be established.
And, I’d been toying with the idea of including a standard… Hi Lili Hi Lo… the track has already been recorded… to include it or not? That is the question. So far, I’m 50/50 with regards to including it.
Sometimes, it’s good to have some counterpoint within the album, so that’s my reasoning behind including a standard.
I’ll try to include a temporary track listing soon… but, this is the ongoing (and next) project I’m currently working on and hopefully will have it out next month.
This latest album is available today on various music streaming outlets as well as for download on stores like iTunes and Amazon.com. Released on this day to commemorate the victims of 9/11, eighteen years ago to this day.
This album is a compilation of various piano improvisations, recorded at home in my recording studio, Western Sage Recorders. It spans various piano improvisations from the past 5 years. Whenever I felt the creative impetus, at sat down and recorded whatever was on my musical mind at the time. It was all recorded “live”. No overdubs or studio trickery.
Recordings were made on Garageband as well as Logic Pro X, and Ozone 5 and Ozone 8 were used to master the recordings. Studio software was used on a Macbook Air as well as a Macbook Pro.
Duet II by Apogee was used as a Audio Interface. M-Audio studio monitors were used, as well as a Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 4.
the dance of the ivories
My original intent was to create an album that focused on the practice of Zen meditation and the Buddhist Philosophy, expressed personally through the piano improvisations.
The act of piano improvisation is performed in-the-moment, in ‘real time’… no edits or overdubbing… what you hear is what you get, and what you get is what I was thinking at that exact moment.
Piano playing, and music in general, can be thought of as a meditation. Jazz music could be considered meditative as well, since much of it is based on improvisation.
Morpheus in The Matrix touched on much of Zen Buddhist thinking, as in the above quotation. Piano improvisation (to me) falls into this category of adaptation, of living in-the-moment, of experiencing and performing the music within the moment.
In Zen, the ultimate reality can be found with that moment…
My newest album, Piano Music for Zen Meditation, is officially set to be released on 9/11.
I am very happy with the outcome of this album, and the mastering process with Ozone 8 was an entirely new experience for me.
This newest album is a collection of piano improvisations recorded in my home studio between 2015 and 2019. It’s not so much a meditation or yoga album, but an album that attempts to capture the essence of Zen teachings. This is a mighty task to accomplish but I have always considered music performance to be meditation, to play within the moment and capture in a recording whatever came to my head.
I’m happy to announce a new solo piano effort to be launched in September of 2019.
This is going to be a collection of piano improvisations recorded between 2015 and 2019, and in the mindset of Eastern Thought, Zen and intended for meditation and yoga.
I practice Yoga 2-3 times a week, and I was hoping to create an album that focuses on Yoga and Meditation and can be used to do an hour Yoga routine or an hour of Meditation. I hope this will be an ideal album for you Yogis and Yoginis out there.