Heidi Breyer with Charlie Bisharat totally stunning piano portraits Heidi Breyer with Charlie Bisharat – Moonlight in Empty Rooms

Heidi Breyer with Charlie Bisharat totally stunning piano portraits Heidi Breyer with Charlie Bisharat – MOONLIGHT IN EMPTY ROOMS: The thing that (most) sets Heidi’s lovely piano work apart from all the other gifted artists is her total control of the instrument… and, not in the sense of “rigidity”… it’s just that her playing feels so natural and free because of her pacing… her work with Charlie on violin, especially on the amazing opener, “Unfinished Conversation“, is beyond compare… on this composition, she also demonstrates that she has the POWER to communicate in full glory… check out the wonderfully strong chords she uses at the :41 second mark to talk with Charlie… again – AMAZING!

The album is actually an intimate and emotional musical study of the work of her husband, Alexander Volkov, a highly talented visual artist… and the package includes a wonderful DVD that illustrates her ability to reach deep into her soul and paint wonderful portraits with her piano that will stay fixed in your mind eternally… just listen to the composition that moved me to memories of long-ago days in the wintry climes of Northwestern Pennsylvania (where I grew up)… “Autumn Snowfall” is one of the pieces highlighted on the DVD, and you’ll find yourself watching it over and over again, as I did.  Heidi’s work has always been a favorite experience; I’ve reviewed several of her albums, most recently in issue # 165, but this new release is absolutely the best work I’ve ever heard from her. 

One of the strongest piano/violin works I’ve heard (yet) in 2018 is the 4:17 “The Sound and The Fury“… she and Charlie move and play together perfectly to sonically illustrate one of Alexander’s most powerful visuals… flawless recording and the deep involvement of both players makes this a piece that I believe will be nominated for (and win) awards!

The piece that (hands-down) won my vote for personal favorite is the marvelously intricate movement on “Faith“, which features a painting Alexander did of a small church in (of all places) Vermont, where my mother’s parents lived for decades – so, this song has special meaning to me… simple, but beautiful!

I give Heidi and Charlie a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this excellent hour of creativity, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00… meaning that it also gets my “PICK” for “best piano/violin album”. Get more information at the website for the Moonlight Album.          Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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