Tickets now available for a new age piano concert featuring pianist/composer Donovan Johnson www.donovanjohnson.net and pianist composer Mark PInkus at the Place des Arts in Montreal Salle Claude-Leveillee. Sunday, September 20th at 3pm. General Admission. For tickets simply paste and click on the link at the top. or contact the Place Des Arts box office at 514- 842-2112 and 1-866-842-2112 Stringbassist Gyandev will also be performing with both pianists..Tockets are $30 taxes included. A ne pas manquer!! don’t miss it!!
Here are the top ten Enlightened Piano Radio recordings for the month of January, as reported to the Zone Music Reporter and The Contemporary Instrumental Music Chart. Congratulations to all artists!
1) Adam Andrews Road To Ambo
2) Mark Pinkus The Peace Messenger
3) Tim Glemser Boundless
4) Cathy McIntyre Oakes To See You Again
5) Pete Calandra Inner Circle
6) Michael Logozar Dreams From Afar
7) Masako Call Of The Mountains
8) Louis Colaiannia Closer
9) Joseph Akins A Southern Sun
10) Doug Hammer Heart
What does peace sound like? Silence perhaps? No. Silence is just the absence of sounds. Peace is more of a feeling and a state of mind. Mark Pinkus’ The Peace Messenger is a collection of songs that have different approaches to the term peace. Most importantly is, to quote two of the song titles, to be Open to Love and Compromise. It is a wonderful album from start to finish.
The Peace Messenger is Mark Pinkus’ 11th release. He describes his style as Piano impressionism with a new age and classic flavour.
Music for the Heart
The album starts with the song Asia’s World. It is a remarkable song, with a wonderful atmosphere and a great flow. Pinkus playing is masterful and elegant, as usual. Next song out is Apple Mountain. The 6 minutes long piece instantly demands attention – even though it is a soft and quiet melody. This is piano music meant for active listening. It is music for the heart.
With the songs Sun of Greece and Picnic in the Wintertime the atmosphere gets a bit lighter. There’s a freshness to the songs that instantly puts me in a good mood; They are like the soundtrack to a happy day.
Peace is a complex topic. One of the songs on The Peace Messenger is called My Back is on Fire. It is tempting to ask; What has back pain to do with peace? A whole lot if you ask anyone who has experienced severe back pain. Peace is also something individual, and when you are in pain you are not at peace with yourself. It is fascinating to hear how Mark Pinkus’ song give a description of back pain; the pain comes and goes, and suddenly it becomes very painful. Mark is using a lot of low and dark notes to illustrate the pain. It is a great song, and it makes you feel thankful that your own back is OK.
After this three melodies follow that are perfect for daytime dreaming and contemplation; By the Water, Summer Without You and Caress. I love the positive atmosphere in By the Water. Few things are more tranquil than looking out over the water, and Pinkus paints a wonderful picture of this in his song.
The ending consists of three songs that conclude the album in a masterful way: Selfless Self, Open to Love and Compromise. Pinkus is absolutely right; Peace demands something from us, it is about giving.
In conclusion: Mark Pinkus’ The Peace Messenger is a fantastic album for both relaxation and for active listening. It might not lead to world peace, but its message is too important to be ignored.
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http://www.zonemusicreporter.com/admin/qualify1.asp I had no idea until just now that my new age solo piano album The Peace Messenger is amoungst the award qualifiers for Best New Age Solo piano album on Zone Music Reporter based in New Orleans. A lovely morning surprise. Time to share the news! Good luck to all the qualifiers in all the categories.!!
2014 ZMR Music Award Qualifiers
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“As soon as I stopped the process of wanting this and not wanting that, my mind experienced immediate peace. The volcano inside me transformed into a pool of cool water. Though the external conditions were the same, my internal experience changed radically. by seeing clearly and understanding the source of my mental suffering, I was able to move out of suffering and into a renewed sense of emotional equanimity……only when we fully acknowledge our own mortality and the uncertainty and insecurity of life can we free ouselves from fear and anxiety.” JOhn Cianciosi, The Meditative Path
Exciting news EPR fans: After this month, Enlightened Piano Radio will be reporting to the Zone Music Reporter!!! We’re very excited and looking forward to working with Daryl Portier and the great folks down in NOLA. That said, here are the top ten EPR recordings for the month of December as reported to the “Contemporary Instrumental Music, World Internet Radio” chart. Congratulations artists!
1) Michael Martinez Big Sur Remembrance
2) Richard Carr Soul Rekindled
3) Mark Pinkus Peace Messenger
4) Jennifer DeFrayne By A Wire
5) Aaron Edward Barber Still Shining
6) Renee Michele Essence
7) Zachary Bruno Before The Rain
8) William Haviland Music Recollection
9) Walid Nahas Immersion
10) Tim Glemser Boundless
All of my cds are at reduced prices until December 15th 2014. Shipping will cost ONLY 1cent from December 1st to December 3rd!! CDBABY will send you the cd(s) right to your door. So think about a solo piano album for a gift during the holiday season. Here is the link: www.cdbaby.com/all/markpinkus Thanks and Merci beaucoup!! Happy and Peaceful holidays to you all!!