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KathyPiano7

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I have been reviewing Brian Crain’s music off and on since 1999, but "Piano and Night" is the first of his albums that I’ve heard since his 2006 release, "Piano and Cello Duet," which I loved - a happy reunion! One of the most successful composer/pianists in the world, Brian started releasing albums of his own music on his own Crain Records label in 1995. He has always been an independent musician and sold his first 100,000 CDs at art shows across the US. A self-taught pianist, several of Crain’s pieces are used as theme music and background music for TV dramas and commercials in Asia, making him very popular in that part of the world as well. "Piano and Night" is Brian’s seventeenth album, and with this music, he seeks to connect with the relaxed mind on a deeper level. The album was recorded on Brian’s Steinway B grand piano and all eleven tracks are solo piano. All of the pieces are calm and soothing and the closing track is a poignant arrangement of the Charlie Chaplin classic, “Smile.”

"Piano and Night" begins with “Dreamsong,” a gently flowing bit of musical magic that feels like floating on a fluffy cloud. “Starry Night” casts a peaceful spell with its freely repeating left hand and simple, sincere melody. “Paper Lantern Sky” has the graceful sparkling quality of those fanciful lanterns as they float freely, lighting up the night sky. “Sleep Nocturne” is a soothing lullaby for sleepy people of any age. Slow, serene and very relaxed, it’s a beauty! “Moonlight Waltz” has an elegant simplicity that makes it all the more magical - a favorite. “Time Lapse” is a little different. With five beats to the measure, it feels just a little “off” (as it is supposed to!). That and the minor-key chord changes give the piece a slight edge that I really like - very haunting and mysterious! Starting off quietly and simply, “Forest of the Night” gradually picks up the tempo as it develops, maintaining its gentle demeanor as it gathers momentum, and tapering off at the end. “Dream of Wild Horses” is my favorite piece on the album. The hypnotic rolling chords on the left hand gently support the sparse and very mournful melody. Wild horses are often used as a symbol for freedom, and I hear this extremely emotional piece as a prayer for survival. “Lullaby Sonata” has more open space than musical notes and is about as ambient as you can get on the piano! Between that and the quiet “whoosh” of the damper pedal, this seems like it could be an instant cure for insomnia! As much as I’ve always loved the song “Smile,” I’ve always found it ironic that such a sad song has such a cheerful title. Brian seems to have unlocked that duality in his solo piano arrangement - a great finish to a beautiful album!

Be bro

Beautiful

As always, your music brings me peace. And as a 16 year old boy in a world like this peace, is in short supply. Thanks Brian

About Brian Crain

Brian Crain was a musically inclined child, but he was never formally educated in music, and yet has still found success as a pianist/composer. He was born in Hollywood, and although offered piano lessons, he preferred honing his baseball skills to practicing. He also built his own home studio while working on audio production for films as a teenager. Crain's dreams of being a professional ballplayer did not come to fruition, but in the meantime, he had managed to teach himself how to play piano as he picked out his own melodies. He released his first CD, Morning Light, in 1997, and met with enough success to make music his career. Crain has since made more than a dozen albums of his own music. The use of one of his piano pieces, Butterfly Waltz, in a South Korean drama has made him an artist better known in Asia than in his home country. He has a large fan base and toured there several times, as his music is used in more TV commercials and programming. Crain enjoys trying new ideas in his music, such as unusual meters and minimalist concepts used on his albums Piano Opus (2011) and Piano and Light (2009), to complement his flowing, attractive melodies. ~ Patsy Morita

HOMETOWN
Hollywood, CA
GENRE
New Age

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