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With more than sixty albums to his credit, Peter Kater is arguably one of the most prolific artists on the planet today and yet he never duplicates himself. "Love" is his third release for 2015 and the year isn’t even half over yet! "Love" is Kater’s first solo piano album in more than ten years and is a collection of seven composed pieces and six improvisations that share the common theme of love and its many wonders and emotions. In the extensive liner notes, Kater has explained the basis or inspiration of each piece, giving a deeper and more personal insight into the music. With ten Grammy nominations to his credit, Kater clearly demonstrates why he is one of the most popular contemporary pianists and why he is in such demand for a wide range of musical projects that include television, On and Off Broadway productions, film music, environmental projects, and collaborations with a very diverse group of artists. On Love, Kater explores the many facets of love, not just the more common musical themes of romance and infatuation. He also encompasses hurt, loss and healing as well as the love of self - a much more mature approach that translates beautifully into Kater’s unique and distinctive musical language.

"Love" opens with the title track - the only piece on the album not written for another person. As he says in the liners, “any potential ‘love’ relationship begins best with a healthy love and compassion for one’s Self.” Elegant yet warm and earthy, it’s a beautiful beginning. “Innocence” speaks to the wonder of new love - the feelings and desire for closeness and discovery. Passionate yet tender, it overflows with hope as well as excitement. “Intimacy” is the first of the improvisations. Vulnerable, spare and very gentle, the music is expressed with a completely open heart - a favorite. It is interesting that “Two of Us” is the only piece Kater has ever written with only two chords. Kater makes very effective use of the damper pedal in “Mystery,” creating an expansive atmosphere in which to explore the many unknowns of love. “Safe Haven” conveys the warmth, peace, and comfort of knowing that you are where you are supposed to be - another favorite. “Tenderness” is Kater at his most sensitive with a velvet touch that caresses the piano keys as well as the soul. “Turbulence” is an improvisation that expresses the darker times when it feels that all is lost and may never return. Kater pours his heart out in this one. The pain and mix of emotions are palpable and passionately expressed - an amazing piece. “Keep Loving You” is a gorgeous ballad that comes from deep within, asking if this love can last and continue. The powerful and deeply emotional melody says so much more than words ever could. The closing track, “Passion” is actually an improvisation on a composition, recorded as Kater was exploring the feeling of a new piece. This unedited version may not be perfect, but the emotional content is. As Kater says, “even with the ‘errors,’ unplanned divergences, exposing flaws and raw vulnerability ... it’s alive, it’s honest.” AND it’s a very beautiful ending to a great album.

I hope it won’t be another ten years before Peter Kater’s next solo piano album! "Love" is one of his best albums ever and sure to be a favorite for 2015! Very highly recommended!

Delightful and inspiring !

The remarkable Peter Kater offers us a special personal tour of the interior of his expansive heart on this moving, passionate and soulful solo piano recording simply called, ' Love ' . Thank you for this intimate music, it is delightful and inspiring !

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

While poets, playwrights, and songwriters have used words to express their feelings about love, instrumental composers like Peter Kater use music to communicate the depth and expanse of their sentiments, hoping that it will create a resonance in those that hear it. Of his new album, “LOVE,” pianist Peter Kater shares: “In playing the piano I am able to express what is deep in my heart and soul where words fall short and seem colorless in comparison.” While Peter is one of the most prolific recording artists in the new age music genre, with more than 60 albums to his credit, he calls this new solo piano release his most personal and intimate recording to date. Surprisingly, it is his first solo album in over 10 years, after recording with a wide range of collaborators such as R.Carlos Nakai, Snatam-Kaur, Michael Brandt DeMaria, and others.

While at times Peter’s recording work is well planned out and charted, there are other times that are more a matter of being in the moment and going with the flow. A track called “Intimacy” is the first of the improvisations on the album and I enjoyed listening, knowing that it was unplanned and how it captured a moment and a feeling that may never be expressed in exactly the same way again. It also radiates the elegance and soulfulness that is a hallmark of Peter Kater’s music. One of my favorites of Peter’s improvisations is “Mystery.” I particularly appreciated the use of space in his playing, which added to the dreamy ambience and mystique of the piece. But I think that the song I resonated with most was “Eternal Spring.” There is something in its tender melody that speaks of blossoming and rebirth, which made me want to listen to it over and over.

While his albums have ranged from ethereal synthesizer soundscapes to earthy duets with Native flute, sacred chanting, and more, I have a feeling that a lot of his fans will be thrilled to hear him getting back to his roots with this solo acoustic piano album. Any musical context Peter records in is always exceptional. Yet there is a level of expressiveness in his solo piano compositions and improvisations that is particularly evocative in a way that reaches deep within the listener, bringing dormant emotions to the surface. This album is alternately light-hearted, intense, spacious, and ornate. It’s a full-spectrum musical experience that anyone who appreciates outstanding solo piano music will enjoy.

Biography

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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