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#1142853 - 03/31/08 12:21 AM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Ok, this is the best new age pianist:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3OOwglVldI

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#1142854 - 03/31/08 12:25 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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I cant agree - I think you need something you can hum along with, like this... I want to do this number with one of the bands I play for - (we won't need any more numbers).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r21206DbBaE&feature=related


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#1142855 - 03/31/08 06:17 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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my favorite right now is Keiko Matsui, www.keikomatsui.com, i have been listening to her a lot recently (walls of akendora album). if you haven't heard her music you should really check it out. she is on the line between jazz and new age, and is sometimes labeled as "fusion", with songs usually leaning one way or the other. whatever you want to call it, i love her music.

Keiko Matsui - Forever Forever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzqsWxau_gI


Keiko Matsui - Full Moon/The Shrine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou1kZgskhgU


some of my other favorites include david lanz ,christofori's dream among others, jim brickman, love his disney arrangement songbook!, george skaroulis, the dance and athena from the athena album, secret garden ,nocturne and the song from a secret garden among others, and tom barabas, riding the rainbow from his romantic rhapsodies album. also worth mentioning although not necessarily new age, nobuo uematsu, for his extensive work on the Final Fantasy video game series and his latest master piece from the game Lost Odyssey.

#1142856 - 04/05/08 05:51 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Monica,
I'm not sure it this will post in the correct place, as I am new to these forums. Just wanted to say THANKS for your very kind words about my music! Thanks also to Edward Weiss for his great interview!

Peace,


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#1142857 - 04/05/08 06:09 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Yup, you're in the right place. smile And welcome to the forum! There's a lot of new age fans in the Adult Beginners forum, too.


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#1142858 - 04/08/08 11:57 AM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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my favorite right now is Keiko Matsui, www.keikomatsui.com, i have been listening to her a lot recently (walls of akendora album). if you haven't heard her music you should really check it out. she is on the line between jazz and new age, and is sometimes labeled as "fusion", with songs usually leaning one way or the other. whatever you want to call it, i love her music.

Keiko Matsui - Forever Forever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzqsWxau_gI


Keiko Matsui - Full Moon/The Shrine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou1kZgskhgU


rct203 - Thank you very much for the RE-introduction to Kieko and her beautiful music!

A decade ago (or more) I had several of her CDs which I remember practically wearing out at that time(not easy to do), which were more fusion jazz than new age (I think I still have them around somewhere) - but haven't heard her since then until your post.

She looks & sounds great on the YouTube clips!
What a super touch - what a great sound!

Many thanks again,

JF


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#1142859 - 04/08/08 03:43 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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hey, no problem JF! glad to hear you are enjoying her music, i am lucky to have re-discovered it myself. to me that is one of the beauties of forums like these, to exchange and share ideas with like minded individuals. i have a feeling my cds are headed the same was as your's, worn out. at least now a days though, i can always make myself another copy if that happens (legally purchased from iTunes of course).

yeah, some of her newer albums like white owl and walls of akendora show some new age flair with her jazz roots woven in all around. her newest cd moyo is entirely on the jazz end of the spectrum,at times having a latin/brazilian flavor. if and when it is released on iTunes+ (higher quality), i will buy it.

i might go and see one of her shows in boston next month hopefully. she has an autographed book of sheet music called "compositions" that she sells on her website, but the store page is down now. i'd love to get a copy of it if they are selling it at the show. she does have a couple sheets on her site though, for anyone that's interested, www.keikomatsui.com .


*slightly off topic side note. my brother works at this high end audio shop in the area. last night i went to the showroom with him to have a listen to some things, so naturally, i brought keiko with me. the music sounded out of this world cranked up on those b&w's and boston acoustics! i was in heaven. i also was able to view my chris botti live blu ray in the demo home theater room with this ridiculous hd projector and top of the line surround sound system. for any fans of jazz with an hd tv and blu ray player/PS3 this dvd is a MUST MUST have. billy childs is a master of piano. chris's whole band is top notch of course.

check out billy's solo at about 3:48, but listen to the whole song as well (this low quality clip does not do the performance justice, get the blu ray!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RkdWBiZSmI

#1142860 - 04/09/08 11:46 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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I just watched the Keith Jarrett link video that was posted earlier. To me, he is a jazz musician and improvises like one. Jazz improv is amazing stuff.

I have not seen this kind of improv in new age music. Does anyone know of any? To me, new age is just not as complicated as jazz (not that it is a bad thing.)


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#1142861 - 04/23/08 10:16 AM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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#1142862 - 04/26/08 10:27 AM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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May I ask a serious question, without being seen as self-promoting? I am stuck for a genre.

All of this discussion of New Age and Keith Jarrett and jazz... Jarrett was the primary model that led me to free improvisation, but improvisation heavily influenced by classical. I uploaded several tracks to mp3.com, and the limited choice of categories made me file them as New Age. But I don't think that fits. (Or, I HOPE that doesn't fit...)

When I want to tell other musicians what I play, I'm at a loss. It's not classical, but it's not New Age. "Improv" imparts various meanings. Neoclassical? What's that?

Please - this is an example:
http://www.tfrog.com/audio/102007a.mp3
A very simple theme is developed and expanded throughout. Anyone who has 11 minutes with nothing to do, I'd appreciate nothing more than a classification. Where do I file this?

dwight - between rock and a hard place

#1142863 - 04/26/08 01:01 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Anyone familiar with Tim Janis? Heard him and his ensemble last night on PBS. A member of the group plays flute and an short instrument seemingly of wood with a mouth piece that is flat-no reed i believe. Looks like a child's toy perhaps eight inches length played by placing fingers over holes in the body. I have no idea what it is. Can anyone tell me and the opinion of Tim's work?

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#1142864 - 04/27/08 04:36 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Yann Tiersen is awesome on the piano! he plays minimal music!
you can listen to Michael Nyman's music, he's great too!

#1142865 - 04/29/08 06:57 AM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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dwight@tfrog,

Your music is awesome! IMO I would call it contemporary solo piano with neoclassical influence. (I personally do not care for the term "new age"..) Hope this helps. Nice work! :-)

TR

#1142866 - 04/29/08 07:55 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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dwight@tfrog,

Your music is awesome! IMO I would call it contemporary solo piano with neoclassical influence. (I personally do not care for the term "new age"..) Hope this helps. Nice work! :-)

TR
Why, thank you (and can I quote you?). The one I pointed you to, in fact several of the tracks, are rather contemporary - but not in a 12-tone row fashion. My own tastes reach well into the 20th century; Debussy sneaks in at strange places, and at least one track is a downright hommage to Satie. I can listen to Barber and Rachmaninoff all day, but that's as far as I've gotten.

So, contemporary, certainly, but with a profound classical influence. Nothing neo about it. Still, that may be where I fall in - neoclassical.

One definition I've found, "a movement in music lasting roughly from 1915 to 1940 that sought to avoid subjective emotionalism and to return to the style of the pre-Romantic composers," didn't seem to fit at all. I strongly believe that music is emotional and subjective. For myself, I would adjust it a bit to include the Romantics. Another definition would be, "characteristic of a revival of an earlier classical style," and I can live with that.

So, not New Age, but Neoclassical improvisation. Shame that no one lists that category as an option. I'm still stuck betwixt and between.

dwight

#1142867 - 04/30/08 02:30 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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I would like to see a battle of the new age pianist to determine who is the best, like the drum battles between Buddy Rich – Gene Kupa, et al.
It is hard to define “new age” music but a word I would use to describe it is “ethereal”.
My Webster’s dictionary defines Ethereal:
1 a. of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b. celestial heavenly c. unworldly, spiritual.
2. a. lacking material substance, immaterial intangible. b. marked by unusual delicacy or refinement.

Some people hear [definition 1] and like “new age”, while others hear the same piece and are turned off by its lack of substance [def 2].

This IMHO is “new age” and is my favorite “new age” performance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSjJa62gD5U


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#1142868 - 04/30/08 03:43 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Originally posted by dwight@tfrog.com:
May I ask a serious question, without being seen as self-promoting? I am stuck for a genre.
... I uploaded several tracks to mp3.com, and the limited choice of categories made me file them as New Age. But I don't think that fits. (Or, I HOPE that doesn't fit...)
dwight, I listened to your improv several times and enjoyed it very much. thumb

You may not want to hear this whome but I think the recording you posted would indeed fall under the new age label. Or perhaps I should say that I have listened to many new age artists whose music sounds similar in style to yours-- Michael Jones, to give one example.

Other than having a visceral reaction to the suckiness of the "new age" name, is there a reason you would NOT want to call it new age? laugh

If it helps any, David Nevue doesn't like the label either and simply calls his music "solo piano."


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#1142869 - 04/30/08 03:46 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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Michael Gettel and Wayne Gratz. Not exactly new, but good new age piano.

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Man I love this thread! heart I have been introduced to a lot of composers I had never heard of before, and the latest of these is Michael Gettel. Thank you for mentioning him, SteelersFan (and welcome to the forum, btw! smile ). I've just spent the last hour listening to him on Rhapsody. Some really good stuff there, and more complex than a lot of new age piano.


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#1142871 - 04/30/08 09:08 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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dwight, I listened to your improv several times and enjoyed it very much.
Thank you! Several times, eh? I think most folks hear the opening 30 seconds, make up their minds, and move on. Thanks for sticking with it.

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You may not want to hear this but I think the recording you posted would indeed fall under the new age label. Or perhaps I should say that I have listened to many new age artists whose music sounds similar in style to yours-- Michael Jones, to give one example.
Hmmm... Listening to Michael's music as I type, at least the bits that he offers on his website. How do I put this nicely? ... What turns me off of most current music is the, not lack of depth, but lack of dimension, if you know what I mean. The piece I'm listening to right now develops a nice theme, beautifully, really, but I keep waiting for it to break open, and it never does. It presents a singular idea, a singular emotional wrapper. (The other obvious difference is that his music is compositional, mine is improvisation.) But I don't want to make the usual mistake of listening to a sampling and thinking that this represents the man's entire output. I've only heard the four examples on his Listen page... He's apparently been recording for 25 years.

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Other than having a visceral reaction to the suckiness of the "new age" name, is there a reason you would NOT want to call it new age? laugh
Well, that's the question, and that's why I jumped in on this thread. I have no idea where my music fits in, at least not the track that I pointed you to. For something completely different, " Hammers " is a baby grand stepping out, a far cry from the very New Agey " latenite * ." I'm completely comfortable with the notion that "latenite" is New Age. But I'd like to think that the "October 20" and others of that vein go well beyond that moniker.

When I think New Age, I think along the lines of Eighty8's two definitions (above). There's nothing wrong with "ethereal," when that's what I'm trying to achieve, but I hope that my music also challenges the listener to listen, not merely to meditate. My worst fear (includes any of us, I'm sure) is to be shuffled off as background music, floating just out of range.

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If it helps any, David Nevue doesn't like the label either and simply calls his music "solo piano."
Well, it's not that I don't like the label, I just don't know that it quite fits.

(*"latenite"... You have to imagine, this is the night that I've just received my "new" Knabe baby grand. There it sits, but my wife and daughter have already gone to bed; it's late. But I can't help myself, I just have to try this piano out. But I have to play, oh, so quietly, for fear of disturbing their sleep. latenite is six minutes of me marvelling at the wonderful tone of a baby grand - after playing a studio upright for years - and there's actually a tension throughout, trying to keep the music restrained and contained. Now, I can't think of any category that this one would more comfortably fit in than New Age, so let it be.)

I would agree with Nevue, in that I would truly not want to be tagged as a "New Age pianist ," for fear that this would give the wrong impression to anyone who hadn't heard my music. "Solo pianist" is purposely vague, but that may be the way to go, when what I play spans several different genres...

I'll just have to categorize the individual pieces and refer to myself as "dwight, piano player."
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#1142872 - 04/30/08 09:24 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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not sure if I saw mention of David Lanz on this post, but you gotta put him up there! I'm a HUGE fan of Michael Gettel & Wayne Gratz as well. A few more lesser known gems you ought to check out:
Joe Yamada www.joeyamada.com
Jennifer Thomas www.jenniferthomasmusic.com
Steven Cravis www.stevencravis.com
Matthew Tavis Johnson www.matthewtavisjohnson.com


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#1142873 - 05/02/08 11:34 PM Re: Who is the best current new age pianist?  
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A new new age solo piano artist to discover? Canadian composer Stephan Moccio. debut album is called Exposure.

www.myspace.com/stephanmoccio

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My absolute favorite is Eldar! His performance on "Re-imagination" album is nothing but AMAZING (Grammy Nominee for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album) but more amazingly, he was only 19 y.o. when he recorded this album. Check out his website www.eldarjazz.com, and there are some videos of his live performance on YouTube as well.

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Ok, the link in my post didn't work (and I don't know how to fix it!) - www.eldarjazz.com

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I like the music of Enya, although the importance of her piano/keyboard parts is 20% at most. Absolutely enjoy her careful self-overlaying: a choir of Enyas in harmony. Up to 80 I got from one source, 300 from another.

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A new new age solo piano artist to discover? Canadian composer Stephan Moccio. debut album is called Exposure.

www.myspace.com/stephanmoccio
"October" is absolutely beautiful. I tried to order the sheet music for it, but that part of his website didn't seem to be working. frown


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I've really enjoyed reading this thread. Most of the musicians mentioned are familiar to me. I like New Age piano music so much that a year or so ago, I set up a web-site which (as you are reading this thread) some of you might enjoy. The address is www.piano-heaven.co.uk I am a real novice at web-design (as you will see), but hopefully it's the content that is more importanty.
Someone mentioned Stephan Moccio. I agree, he is an exciting new pianist. I did an Interview with him a couple of months ago, and that is online (together with interviews with Wayne Gratz and Karen Marie Garrett). If push came to shove, I'd have to say Michael Jones is my absolute favourite. His music meanders and whilst I take the criticisms levelled at him, I think it is actually part of his music's beauty.
I've enjoyed finding this site, and hope to post again soon.

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Hi everyone,

Great thread. I don't think there is a "best" New Age pianist so to speak but there is one I really love.

His name is John Herberman and he records for the Solitudes label. His CD "Forest Piano" is about as beautiful a music as you'll ever hear. And, if you don't mind nature sounds ... well worth a listen!

Edward Weiss
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Greetings from Germany. Enough lurking, I'm jumping into this discussion. I have three solo piano recordings to my name, all of which have been categorized as New Age, because, frankly, "New Age" has become a catchall for music that doesn't fit neatly into other slots.

I have classical training, but grew up in a world of jazz musicians. I write songs with strong melodies and chord structures that extend beyond the expectations of pop music. I dig Carole King, Bill Evans, Prince, and Ravel. Go figure. My music contains lengthy improvised passages, but the compositions themselves are structured, with clear beginnings, middles, and ends.

My style comes from years of playing piano in cocktail bars and hotel lounges. Not willing to stick to the same-old same-old standards, and anxious to play my own compositions, I've learned to write and perform music that makes an impression without getting in the way. This has been my ongoing challenge—to compose pieces that suit the needs of my multi-faceted audiences without sacrificing my musical standards or dignity. What started as a way to keep my sanity landed me in a New Age swamp. But that's okay, it's all just music.


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Originally posted by Piano Girl RMG:
I have three solo piano recordings to my name, all of which have been categorized as New Age, because, frankly, "New Age" has become a catchall for music that doesn't fit neatly into other slots.
Hi Robin! I think your definition of new age is more accurate than any we've bandied about in this thread so far. laugh But it also shows what's so frustrating about the new age label; it really does defy pinning down.

When you were dealing with the publishers of your albums, did they ask you what genre you wanted associated with your work? Or were you basically just told "we're sticking this in the new age bins"?


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