East Wind

April 16, 2012

Music review

The music sounds delicate and crystalline one moment, but forceful and resonant the next.

by Timothy Cooper

The 30 selections on this solo piano CD show the influence of various forms of Asian art, such as a Japanese haiku poem, a Chinese watercolor-on-silk drawing or a tiny cultivated bonzai tree, perfect in their sparseness and simplicity.

The music sounds delicate and crystalline one moment, but forceful and resonant the next. Unlike most contemporary recordings, 21 of these tunes are less than two minutes in length.

All of the music is inspired by Cooper’s travels throughout the Far East where he met the people, saw incredible vistas, visited temples and the Great Wall of China, watched the seasons change and felt the weather on his skin.

www.new-piano-age.com

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 2, April/May 2009.

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