Intimate solo piano diversity Kurt Reiman – NORTH MAPLE ROAD: What really struck me about Kurt’s intimate solo piano creations is how well he weaves diverse musical experiences and influences (all the way from Frédéric Chopin, Billy Joel, Lyle Mays, and George Winston to Dave Brubeck) into his joyful playing… you will know what I’m talking about right away as you listen to pieces like the wonderful “Evening Snowfall” show a real sensitivity for the classic side of things, while bubbling over with the same spirit as composers like Brubeck or Joel… not complicated, yet deeply moving!
Kurt has produced several videos about his release, and I strongly recommend that you get to know him better through those, in particular, this one, where he explains his inspirations for composing his music…
…and, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to Kurt’s YouTube channel, since you’re there already… since this is only his first album, I expect you will begin to see many more live videos there.
If (like me) you love being washed in the emotional purity of solo piano that uses the artist’s memories to help you on your own journey, you’re going to fall in love (instantly) with the 5:17 “Live Your Dreams My Son“… I wouldn’t be surprised to see this song nominated for an award – and WIN it!
The elegance of sound on the nine-foot Steinway grand Kurt played at Inception Sound Studios (in Toronto) is just amazing… songs like “Together and Alone” reveal Kurt’s magical ability to “ride the overtones” like a “silver piano surfer“, while using his masterful pacing to keep the energy flowing very nicely.
The strongest performance on the album, for these old ears, is one of the shorter pieces, the 3:24 “Stars and Constellations“… I find myself drawn to this song again and again… if you listen to New Age or Solo Piano radio stations, I have no doubt you’ll hear this tune often in their rotations; one of the most satisfying solo piano pieces I’ve heard (yet) in 2018!
I give Kurt a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this most pleasant solo piano excursion. Get more information at Kurt’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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