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#1134555 - 01/22/07 05:27 PM Getting into New Age piano music...
Fughetta 'bout it Offline
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Hi all,
As a change of pace from all the classical that I've been playing, can anyone recommend some good 'New Age' instrumental pieces for piano?

Thanks!

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#1134556 - 01/22/07 05:30 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Codetta Offline
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You may want to look at the music of Jim Brickman and David Lanz.
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#1134557 - 01/22/07 06:39 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Colin Dunn Offline
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Some other suggestions -

Mannheim Steamroller's "Fresh Aire Interludes" (found in the music books for the Fresh Aire series of albums) are slow, moody, beautiful piano pieces, with slightly jazz-like sonorities.

Liz Story's pieces appear in various new age music books. These are good intermediate- to advanced-level pieces. I particularly like "Wedding Rain," though it may be too technically difficult for me to learn at my current skill level.

Suzanne Ciani's pieces are also good new age piano works. These are more "pleasant" and dream-like works.
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#1134558 - 01/22/07 06:53 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
cajun Offline
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You ought to check out Isadar. He has written
some very nice piano solos. You can hear him at
www.isadar.com. You can also order the sheet
music. Enjoy.

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#1134559 - 01/22/07 08:22 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
stephenc Offline
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Brickmans "Lake Erie Rainfall" and "Remembrance" might appeal to you.

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#1134560 - 01/22/07 09:16 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Monica K. Offline

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David Nevue is a favorite in the AB forum. His website (www.davidnevue.com) lets you listen to pieces, and you can buy single piece sheet music for $3.95. He lets you see a sample page so you can gauge the difficulty. I particularly like to play The Gift, Overcome, Home, and The Emerald Valley.

George Winston is one of my favorite new age artists. Only a few of his pieces are legally available in sheet music format (as bonus tracks on his anniversary edition CDs), but they're worth it... e.g., Longing/Love from the Autumn CD and his arrangement of Canon in D.
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#1134561 - 01/22/07 11:18 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
virtuosic1 Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Fughetta 'bout it:
Hi all,
As a change of pace from all the classical that I've been playing, can anyone recommend some good 'New Age' instrumental pieces for piano?

Thanks! [/b]
Circumvent the imitators and go right to the source. As a shortcut, here's Jarrett's finest recordings:

http://www.amazon.com/K%C3%B6ln-Concert-...ie=UTF8&s=music

http://www.amazon.com/My-Song-Keith-Jarr...ie=UTF8&s=music

http://www.amazon.com/Light-Keith-Jarret...ie=UTF8&s=music

Also, an album not listed on Amazon:

Arbour Zena (his finest work at the height of his creativity) with Charlie Haden on bass and symphonic accompaniament. An incredible combination! A must listen for any Jarrett or new age/jazz piano fan ECM 1070
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#1134562 - 01/23/07 06:40 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
asherf Offline
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William Joseph is the best that I've found. and I've done alot of looking.

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#1134563 - 01/23/07 07:40 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
virtuosic1 Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by asherf:
William Joseph is the best that I've found. and I've done alot of looking. [/b]
While listening to him John Tesh and Yanni come immediately to mind. Have you heard Keith Jarrett?:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPqK1JJOFxw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLCGWh-VZhI
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A downloadable file with examples of my jazz improvising (Accompaniament on Fender Rhodes, lead lines on Acoustic piano):

http://d.turboupload.com/d/229801/R1_0001.MP3.html

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#1134564 - 01/23/07 10:16 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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virtuosic1, I agree with you that Jarrett is something special, and the Koln Concert is sublime... but I got the impression that Fuhgetta 'bout it was looking for sheet music recommendations, and Jarrett's new age style music isn't very conducive to learning to play oneself, e.g., the Koln Concert Part I alone is 26 minutes long.

Fuhgetta 'bout it, you may want to check out a Hal Leonard collection called "Ultimate New Age." It contains 39 pieces by many of the big names in new age, e.g., David Lanz, George Winston, Mannheim Steamroller, Enya, Kitaro, Liz Story, Suzanne Ciani, etc. It could be a good introduction for you.
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#1134565 - 01/23/07 10:39 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
virtuosic1 Offline
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Monica, Hasn't anybody accurately transcribed Jarrett's piano improvisations, or portions of it? It's elegant, but all lies easily within the hands, not that difficult pianistically and not dense enough that accurate transcription should pose a serious challenge. Have you seen any books or transcriptions online of Jarrett's music? Do they exist?
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A downloadable file with examples of my jazz improvising (Accompaniament on Fender Rhodes, lead lines on Acoustic piano):

http://d.turboupload.com/d/229801/R1_0001.MP3.html

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#1134566 - 01/24/07 11:25 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Fughetta 'bout it Offline
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Thanks all for the input!

Virtuosic1, being somewhat familiar with Jarrett, I'd imagine that it is almost certainly over my head at this time. But I will check into his stuff.

Monica, I think that 'Ultimate' book is exactly what I'm looking for to give me a foretaste.

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#1134567 - 01/24/07 12:32 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
asherf Offline
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I'm not a fan of Tesh or Yanni... somewhat enjoy some of Yanni's stuff though.

outside dust in the wind joseph has great potential to watch for. especially with pieces like piano fantasy.

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#1134568 - 01/24/07 12:58 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Monica K. Offline

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 Quote:
Originally posted by virtuosic1:
Monica, Hasn't anybody accurately transcribed Jarrett's piano improvisations, or portions of it? It's elegant, but all lies easily within the hands, not that difficult pianistically and not dense enough that accurate transcription should pose a serious challenge. Have you seen any books or transcriptions online of Jarrett's music? Do they exist? [/b]
A book of the Koln concert exists. (You can browse it at SheetMusicPlus.) I took one look at the sample page and grew pale. (And looking at the sample page only, it looks like a fairly exact transcription.) While I can't play it now, it's on my list of ultimate long term piano goals.

p.s. If you find the Jarrett thread that was started not long ago, you'll see a link to a web site that has what are probably unofficial Jarrett transcriptions, including his Over the Rainbow. Even that seems a tad too hard for me right now.
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#1134569 - 01/24/07 01:10 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Here the links and a articule hope you enjoy.DPVJAZZ
Keith Jarrett: The Koln Concert
Artist Transcription
$35.00
Very hard to find in the U.S., published by Schott in Germany -- this is the complete series of concerts of Keith Jarrett, as performed in four concerts, 1975. Highly recommended, but only if you know what this is!
As with many of the most advanced transcriptions, this one could also go out of print at any time. There just isn't the profit for publishers in advanced piano transcriptions, like there is in easy piano fluff. Point is, if you are considering the Jarrett, consider spending the bucks now before it's gone. There used to be several Jarrett transcriptions in print -- if you own any, you're lucky, because they are all now out of print.
Keith Jarrett: reflections
The modern-day piano has been basically the same since the 1870’s; so basically the same that it makes one wonder why major improvements were not discovered in all those years. I think the reason is, simply, that it is a nearly complete tool for expression. People have discovered a few “new” materials to replace the “old” ones, but there is certainly no unanimity among pianists as to whether these are, artistically speaking, really improvements.

I grew up with the piano. I learned its language while I learned to speak. It is a more complete, more subtle, more vital language than words. It can celebrate; it can teach; it can affect a person physiologically whether he or she likes it or not. It is, therefore, dangerous. You can say: “I don’t agree with these words”, and deny them, but you have already been affected by the music before the denial. So … music involves an even greater responsibility than words.

Improvisation is more than the word expresses. It is a greater responsibility (again) in that the participation with the moment is, hopefully, complete. It is a “blazing forth” of a “Divine Will” (Divine if only because of its greater force). This means you (the pianist) are not only a victim of a message (impulse) quite beyond your own human ideas and thoughts, but you must put out (into the world of sound) as large a portion of it as possible (first having put complete trust in the “impulse”). Then (simultaneously?) you must be affected by that sound as though you had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Only then are you responsible to everyone listening because, only then, the listeners are all there is (there is no “pianist”).

At the same time you could say there is no listener and everyone in the hall is participating in the music … everyone is a pianist.

This process is the process of creativity. It is the process that motivates every human activity, from the Sunday Sermon to the Happy Hour at the local bar. Only the consciousness of that fact differs. If you know it incredibly well you wrote Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. If you refuse to even consider it, then cocktail hour may be your most important experience. This is not to suggest that Beethoven’s cocktail hour might not have been momentous. Creativity is what makes humanity move (again whether they like it not or know it or not). We were Created to Participate.

People who see monotony (boredom) in Nature will see monotony in true improvisation. They will not see the process and they will bring their own monotony-of-vision with them. However, there are some truly boring things which, unfortunately, those same people might regard as interesting because it matches their monotonous vision. They will be waiting for something to come to them: something recognizable yet new! (?) A new colour, a new disco, roller skates instead of jogging, Allegro instead of Adagio, outside change to make up for inward laziness.

Participating means accepting the challenge and consciously taking part in your own life. Since you have to participate anyway, why not do it consciously? But this means “no censorship”, and at the same time it does not mean, “anything goes”. It means don’t be fooled. It means don’t be subverted. It means you have a right to “see it in action”. But you cannot tell it to change or not to change; you can only Be There to Receive It. Then you are a participant: you’re not only hearing, you’re LISTENING. This is not a passive activity. It’s really active beyond mere “movement” and “chance”. It is what motivates the kaleidoscope; not what causes emotional responses to the wild patterns, but the potential behind it: the essence, not the shell.
Keith Jarrett (liner notes from cd Bregenz-Lausanne)
http://www.gel.ulaval.ca/~savary/kj/index_en.html
http://www.jazzitude.com/jarett_topalbums.htm
http://www.lucaspickford.com/transpiano.htm
http://www.keithjarrett.org/links/#Transcriptions
http://www.keithjarrett.org/transcriptions/

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#1134570 - 01/24/07 01:14 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Monica K. Offline

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 Quote:
Originally posted by dpvjazz:
As with many of the most advanced transcriptions, this one could also go out of print at any time. There just isn't the profit for publishers in advanced piano transcriptions, like there is in easy piano fluff. Point is, if you are considering the Jarrett, consider spending the bucks now before it's gone. There used to be several Jarrett transcriptions in print -- if you own any, you're lucky, because they are all now out of print. [/b]
Okay, you've scared me enough that I'm going to buy the Koln book, even if it's a decade before I can play it.
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#1134571 - 01/24/07 04:02 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Monica Kern [QUOTE]

Okay, you've scared me enough that I'm going to buy the Koln book, even if it's a decade before I can play it.

Monica get that and anything else that you dream about playing somday and start working a line here and a line there into you playing and before long you will have those licks in your bag of tricks. We may never play like Keith but we can incorperate some of the ideas into our own music and learn a whole lot about playing the piano this way. I know that in the past when I was younger I spent a lot of time learning piano techique and now I have to agree that finding pieces of music that address certain problem areas in your playing
is a much better approach for musical results. This in no way means don't to those exercises but just start adding lines or passages that you connect with first and work into challanging yourself with lines that require you to work out. A lot of listening to the music you want to play is still the best way to get started and try take a smiple line from one of the transcribtions reading along with listening and then try to transcribe a line on your own. I am getting to the point in life where tommorow is today right now. DPVJAZZ

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#1134572 - 01/24/07 05:16 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Hi there,

I've written some New Age piano music for the easy/intermediate pianist.

Find them at http://solosheets.blogspot.com

I've also got a New Age piano course you may be interested in at http://www.quiescencemusic.com
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#1134573 - 01/25/07 11:00 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Monica K. Offline

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Thanks, quiescen... you've got a nice website. I find it a lot easier to learn a piece if I know what it's supposed to sound like, so I especially appreciated your linking the mp3 to "Winter Sky."
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#1134574 - 01/26/07 06:40 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
swingal Offline
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Hello Monica,

I have just listened to 'Overcome'and will have record it and see what is is like on the piano. My PC is in an upstairs room.

I would think in terms of adding some latin American rhythm to the bass line.

I am interested in music like the 'New Age' to try and form a connection that you folk get the sensations from.

Kind regards,

Alan

PS; Wish I had a Digital on these occasions.

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#1134575 - 01/26/07 11:43 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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"Overcome" may be my favorite Nevue piece. And I would be intrigued to hear what it sounds like with a latin American rhythm!
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#1134576 - 01/26/07 01:41 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Monica Kern:
[QB] David Nevue is a favorite in the AB forum. His website (www.davidnevue.com) lets you listen to pieces, and you can buy single piece sheet music for $3.95. He lets you see a sample page so you can gauge the difficulty. I particularly like to play The Gift, Overcome, Home, and The Emerald Valley.

I bought "The Gift" yesterday, and today I can hardly stay awake. I couldn't get away from it, finally went to bed at 2:30 AM. The Eb almost scared me away but dove in anyway(time to get away from "C"). A lot of things I need to ask about the song but don't want to hyjack this thread. Thanks Monica...Ray

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#1134577 - 01/26/07 01:45 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
Monica K. Offline

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Start a new thread over in the AB forum with your questions, Ray... there's lots of us there who play The Gift and should be able to help. I love it... so pretty, and once you have it down, almost foolproof. It's the piece I always play first if I'm playing something for friends, because I know I have it down cold and won't mess it up. \:\)
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#1134578 - 01/26/07 05:45 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Is anyone here familiar with Liszt's later piano works, say 1875 on? These are all extremely reminiscent without Liszt's chromaticism.
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#1134579 - 01/27/07 04:17 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Phillip Aaberg plays some mighty fine piano. There is also a book of transcriptions available from Hal leonard. His style is a little more funky than the average new age piano player.
David Benoit-or is that smooth jazz?
A favorite of mine is Joe Hisaishi- he composes a lot of works for Japanese animtion. I have some of his sheet music from Japan that is not too difficult.
I transcribed Wedding rain by Liz Story way back in 1981. Her music stands the test of time. My students love to play Things with Wings.
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#1134580 - 01/27/07 07:28 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Pete the bean:

David Benoit-or is that smooth jazz?
[/b]
Benoit is closer to smooth jazz. Out of the Bob James/CTI school, only with better chops.

Actually, Bob James would be an excellent starting point for pianists to emulate and get a feel for playing "new age jazz" piano. He plays a very tasteful, yet minimal type of piano (sort of like a Herbie Hancock in Cliff notes) that any one year piano student shouldn't have a problem transcribing and performing with the recordings. Though sparse, his comping and phrases are an excellent foundation as a point of departure:

http://www.amazon.com/Two-Bob-James/dp/B...ie=UTF8&s=music

http://www.amazon.com/One-Bob-James/dp/B...ie=UTF8&s=music
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http://d.turboupload.com/d/1410287/R1_0010.MP3.html

A downloadable file with examples of my jazz improvising (Accompaniament on Fender Rhodes, lead lines on Acoustic piano):

http://d.turboupload.com/d/229801/R1_0001.MP3.html

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#1134581 - 01/27/07 01:09 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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David Benoit IS Sooth Jazz. He has 3 books out. Go to www.benoit.com and take a look around. VERY versatile musician!
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#1134582 - 02/01/07 10:57 PM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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Yikes. I got my Jarrett Koln Concert book today. I don't want to say I'll never, ever be able to play it... but that's probably the truth. \:\(

I guess I can always leave it on my music desk open to one of the scariest looking pages when I have company over and impress them senseless, but even then I run the risk of them asking me to play it for them. \:D
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#1134583 - 02/02/07 01:25 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Yikes. I got my Jarrett Koln Concert book today. I don't want to say I'll never, ever be able to play it... but that's probably the truth. \:\(

I guess I can always leave it on my music desk open to one of the scariest looking pages when I have company over and impress them senseless, but even then I run the risk of them asking me to play it for them. \:D [/b]
Any page with alot of notes can appear scary until you sit with it, away from the piano, and study it. Then it becomes much less mysterious and scary (unless we're talking about Sorabji, Ives, and Xenakis. That's some scary stuff no matter how long you look at it.) Since this is supposed to be an exact transcription, the advantage is all yours. You can choose a page, any page, put on your recording and analyze what he's playing before you even attempt it at the piano. This will familiarize you with it before you even attempt playing it or along with the recording, which eventually you will be able to do.
I transcribed most of the Koln Concert about 25 years ago, the parts that interested me anyway. Pianistically, it all lies easily within the hand, and Jarrett's runs, though at times extremely long (200+ note phrases) are not that difficult to execute once you know exactly what it is he's playing.
From my experience in teaching students who wanted to learn excerpts from this work, the rhythmic syncopations between hands is the most difficult aspect to conquer and once mastered, will give you great insight into Jarrett's playing.
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http://d.turboupload.com/d/1410287/R1_0010.MP3.html

A downloadable file with examples of my jazz improvising (Accompaniament on Fender Rhodes, lead lines on Acoustic piano):

http://d.turboupload.com/d/229801/R1_0001.MP3.html

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#1134584 - 02/02/07 09:22 AM Re: Getting into New Age piano music...
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thanks, virtuosic! You are very reassuring. Last night I played around with the sections I want to be able to play (the beginning of Part I and the absolutely sublime section in Part I that begins at about the 7:20 mark), and you're right, they don't seem insurmountable, especially if I consider some of the runs and ornamentations as 'optional.' \:D Maybe I'll try to cobble together an abridgement that is feasible, or maybe I'll wait a couple of years until I've picked up enough technique to tackle it more meaningfully.
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