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II

by Andy Iorio

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1. Opening
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2. Burn
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3. Descent
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4. Embers
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5. Silhouettes
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6. Rush
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7. Waltz
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8. Amour
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9. Reminiscence
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10. Unspoken
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11. Lament
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12. Closing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As you sit by the fire, watching it Burn, stare deeply into the flames… This is the only light around you… In between the darkness and the light: your true self. You turn to look behind you, watching the Silhouettes of the flames from the fire on the wall, as if they are dancing to their own private Waltz… You sit in a quiet Lament, falling into a Descent of consciousness reflecting on everything that has brought you to this very moment in your life…

The happiness, the sadness, the love, the loss… The entire journey…

After awhile the fire dies down… The Embers are all that remain. Reminiscence sets in and you sense a familiar feeling… Amour… A love that you have never known before this moment… A Rush of emotions come over you as you no longer feel alone, knowing there is someone else with whom you can share your heart completely… Sit in silence… An Unspoken connection between two people… You look into her eyes and see a Reflection of You… All that you are you see inside of her... Something so new, but yet so comforting… A feeling of home… An intimacy that is so close and true... That just when she closes her eyes you fall asleep…

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"II" is the succinctly-titled second release from pianist/composer Andy Iorio, following his 2010 solo piano debut, "After the Rain." While "II" is piano-based and has several solo piano tracks, it also features Matthew Johnson on violin and viola as well as some digital orchestration, giving the music a cinematic sweep that reflects Iorio’s background in film scoring. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Iorio serves as the Musical Director for the Department of Theater and Dance at Union College in New York, is a sought-after private piano instructor and is a popular solo performer. The twelve original compositions on "II" are not overly complex, following Iorio’s goal to “engage, inspire and underscore the emotional connections between people and to compose music that speaks a universal soul-stirring language that takes the listener along on a deep emotional journey that resonates within all of us” (quoted from Iorio’s website). The twelve pieces are varied and range from very spare and peaceful to much more vibrant and energetic. In the liner notes of the CD, he tells a story that incorporates the one-word song titles and gives the album something of a backstory.

It appears that Andy Iorio is a master of understatement as "II" begins with “Opening” and ends with “Closing.” “Opening” is a very effective prelude that sets the tone of the album. It begins as a lively solo piano waltz, adds some deep bass tones that give it a mysterious feeling, and then the strings enter and the intensity builds even more. “Burn” refers to staring into the flames in a fireplace, reflecting on your life and true self. Passion and deep emotions run through this piece as the music soars. “Descent” refers to going deep into reflection, but also describes the pattern of the beautiful chord progression. It also has a dark and mysterious feeling with the piano notes moving quickly while strings hold the long, sweeping melody notes - a favorite. “Embers” is a piano solo that has steady broken chords on the left hand and a spare, simple melody on the right. “Silhouettes” is also solo piano and begins as a slow, expressive waltz that gradually becomes livelier and then reverts back to the slower tempo.”Rush” is more about a surge of emotional energy than about being in a hurry. Piano and strings create an intense musical magic with the viola moving at a slower, more graceful pace while the piano spins and dances - another favorite. “Waltz” is a poignant minor-key beauty for piano and strings. “Unspoken” is a gentle solo piano love song that expresses warmth, tenderness and contentment - I really like this one, too! “Lament” is my favorite track. Dark and very intense, piano and strings reach deep into the soul. This would be wonderful behind the closing credits of an emotional film. The solo piano passage is stark but so evocative. “Closing” is more orchestrated and includes flute as well as piano and strings, ending with just piano. Once the piano is done at about 3:20, there are about 3 minutes of silence before the piano re-enters with a solo ending that is quietly soulful and optimistic.

"II" is a stirring and very enjoyable musical experience and I look to hearing more of Andy Iorio’s music! Recommended!
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Bella73

Lovely, lovely album
What a wonderful, wonderful album!
I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Iorio introducing his new album in a live concert and it was mesmerizing and such a delightful evening.
We bought the album afterwards and have it on "repeat" ever since. Rarely have I ever played an album which I really LOVED right away.
Mr. Iorio's music takes your soul on a journey, to far away places only music can reach.
I love the variety of the pieces.
Some are slower and invite you to dream, others are a touch more upbeat, some strike a melacholic chord and others take you to a place lost in time.
This is a really, really lovely album.
I also loved his first album, but this is even better.
To have some pieces accompanied with violin/ viola is also a beautiful touch.
I have waited for two years for this album. It was worth the wait.
Anybody who likes well played solo piano music will appreciate this one. It is tastefully done and beautifully interpreted.
A real treat for any piano enthusiast and for anybody looking for relaxation and an escape for a little while.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
II is the second album by pianist and composer, Andy Iorio, who debuted with After the Rain in 2010. Comprised of twelve compositions having one word titles, each capturing a mood, moment or emotional expression, the album features a mix of both piano and strings courtesy of Matthew Johnson on violin and viola, as well as solo piano pieces throughout.

“Opening” is carried along by a brisk piano melody underscored by viola, which are eventually joined by violin in a sorrowful serenade. Seemingly inspired by another era, the piece bears notable neoclassical signatures along with a bit of a gothic semblance. Continuing in this mode is “Burn”, which likewise exudes a certain cinematic quality that brings to mind an old black and white film. “Descent” follows next and is easily my favorite composition herein. Characterized by hauntingly ubiquitous chord progressions in which suspended strings hover above a flowing piano melody that repeatedly rises and falls throughout, the mood of the piece almost feels a bit noir, bringing to mind images of passer-byers on cobblestone streets of an old city. The waltzing “Silhouettes” is among a handful of solo piano compositions of which are generally less forlorn than those accompanied by strings. Whereas the album’s piano ensemble pieces skew more towards the melancholic and neoclassical, their solo piano counterparts possess more contemporary melodies that are comparatively brighter and more sentimental. The final piece, “Closing”, opens with an encroaching fog of strings that soon introduce somewhat languid piano notes and a flute-like instrument. An extended pause of silence occupies the middle part of the track, before revealing a hidden solo piano piece towards it’s seemingly daybreak conclusion.

Capturing an elegant balance of shadow and light, Andy Iorio has demonstrated a keen ability to convey often dramatic emotional expressions within a generally subtle and perfectly understated musical framework. Overall solemn and purposeful with lighter moments of hope interspersed throughout, II is a superbly crafted album that will appeal, especially, to many fans of Phillip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi and piano-based soundtrack music!
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LucyP65

Music that takes me away...
This album is the definition of AMAZING!! Pieces that stand out to me right away are "Amour", "Unspoken", "Rush" and "Reminiscence". "Amour" is so simple yet beautiful, just the way love can be. The Intimacy two people can share, the flutter of your heart when you are next to that special someone. "Unspoken" so beautiful and full of emotion without even saying a single word. The melody sweeps you away while the accompaniment lets you know you are not alone. "Rush" makes me feel like I'm flying while discovering a new part of myself along the journey, feeling alive and refreshed. "Reminiscence" with such simple tonality, makes me think of an 8mm home video of my life playing in the background, as the notes advance, highlighting significant moments of my life. I close my eyes, watching the moving images in my mind as I remember... What beautiful imagery!!
This album has brought me tears multiple times, so beautiful and emotional. Each piece makes me feel like the composer is writing the soundtrack to my life, speaking directly to my heart. Highly recommended to anyone who loves instrumental music, beautiful melodic piano and sweeping strings... I can't wait for the next album!!
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