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The veteran new age pianist Peter Kater is a master composer and player equally inspired, it has seemed, by classical music and pop/rock. His best work in the early '90s had a catchy pop edge and was easy to categorize as symphonic instrumental rock at times. These days, he's a little more meditational and expansive, but no less inspiring. His Heart's Desire is a musical collage that centers on the piano and finds him coloring the harmonies with the diverse woodwinds of Paul McCandless. "My Heart's Eyes" is a gentle yet sweeping prayer inflected with the urgency of McCandless' oboe. "Clear Skies" has a little more rhythmic foundation (reminiscent of that early-'90s pop phase) while "Winds of Change" focuses more on emotional ambience before the drums peek in. "Hearts' Desire" blends a series of glissandos with a chamber music effect. Overall, Kater and McCandless simply go where their muse takes them, usually to more artistic than commercially oriented realms.


Born: Munich, Germany

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Pianist/composer Peter Kater is known for his scores for television, film, and theater, as well as for his own recordings of light jazz and new age music. Born in Germany, Kater moved from Munich to New Jersey when he was four. He began piano lessons three years later and studied classical music until taking up rock & roll in his early teens. At the age of 18, Kater moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he played improvised music and lived for over a decade before moving to rural Virginia, where he built...
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