Tuesday, September 23, 2008

“Leaving Israel” by Jenni Thompson (Classical Piano Artist from United Kingdom)

"Leaving Israel" is the debut single from UK composer/arranger Jenni Thompson. Although she is primarily a jazz vocalist and violinist, Thompson shows off her talents as a pianist and, more precisely, as a classical pianist on the track. The single is an original composition written just after a life-changing trip Thompson took to Israel in the summer of 2007. The song begins slowly but quickly moves into a beautiful and haunting build. Thompson pays attention to the entire piano as she keeps the rhythm with the lower keys whilst playing a sweet progression with the higher keys. The song befits the music and would be a perfect soundtrack to a scene in a film where someone is looking sentimentally out of a window while flying away from Israel, or anywhere really. "Leaving Israel" is well-recorded, and Thompson's piano work sounds clean and professional. Though only one track, "Leaving Israel" reveals Jenni Thompson's talents as a composer/arranger and pianist to the world, leaving you eagerly awaiting what her debut full-length, "A Portrait of Jenni," will have to offer. Fans of original classical piano are going to want to pick this one up.
-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

“On The Wings Of A Dragonfly” by The Lily Pond Orchestra (Classical Artist from Massachusetts(MA))

"On The Wings Of A Dragonfly" is an upbeat ambient new age concept album from The Lily Pond Orchestra. Douglas JP Lee is the orchestrator of The Lily Pond Orchestra, composing and creating all of the instrumental sounds you hear on the album. Lee has a way with formulating a broad concept for an entire album and sticking with it throughout. "On The Wings Of A Dragonfly" is no different as Lee embraces the outdoors and nature with an ode to the emergence of springtime in New England. The result is an upbeat, peaceful, and meditative sound that fully embraces and captures the essence of nature. The album is well-produced and sounds excellent. "Mossy Green and Turquoise" has some great keyboard work that creates a soundtrack to the sprouting of life and if you close your eyes you'll visualize these colors. "Mourning Cloak" is about the subject of inspiration for the entire album, the flapping of a butterfly's wings as it floats slowly away. "On The Wings Of A Dragonfly" is aptly titled, as it makes the listener feel as though they are floating through the springtime. Fans of ambient new age, be sure to pick this one up.
-Chris & the RadioIndy.com Review Team
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