Deborah Offenhauser diverse wonderful enchanting piano Deborah Offenhauser – SOUNDSCAPES: It’s absolutely an afternoon filled with excitement when my ears are filled with the joy a new artist can bring (when they are as talented as Deborah is). Before I start my review, I’d like you to take a peek at her promotional video for this gorgeous new album…
…the video is excellent, and gives you just a taste of what Deborah’s able to accomplish… since it’s only a “teaser”, though, you won’t get the full benefit of her musical genius unless you get the album, so you can listen to her magic touch on pieces like the opener, “Decidedly Joyful“… you will realize that I don’t use the words “diverse” and “enchanting” without cause… Deborah’s music is far from “just another New Age album“… this tune feels (very much) like the same kind of dynamics I heard when I first listened to Charles Lloyd’s “Forest Flower”… absolutely full of life!
Having ridden the ferries to the various islands around the Puget Sound, it’s easy to picture the water and the huge whales that thrive there on the most intriguing “Tanninim” (sea monsters)… all that can be said is – WOW!
The weave (of instrumentation) she uses on the 6:04 “Through A Glass Darkly” will hold your ears totally spellbound, and the tune is long enough for her to keep her pacing at perfect levels… no “rush”, no “hesitation”… just highly spirited telling of the tale.
Another thing that sets “Soundscapes” apart from all the other piano albums I listen to and review is that she offers you over an hour’s worth of music that will transport you to new heights, and make your spirit soar… just listen to the deeply moving closer, “The Wonderful Unfoldment Of Blue“, one of the shorter pieces on the album; but, also one of the most powerfully evolving creations I’ve heard this year… just superb!
My personal favorite of the thirteen songs Deborah offers up for your aural enjoyment and enlightenment, though, is the 6:12 “Nothing Can Touch You Now“… this composition and performance alone makes the purchase of the album well worth it… I predict that this song will be strongly considered for awards (as well it should).
Deborah gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this astounding sonic adventure. Get more information about her exciting music on Deborah’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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