Ann Sweeten | Flying Solo Silhouette

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Flying Solo Silhouette

by Ann Sweeten

Sweeten's first entirely Solo Piano album featuring some of the finest work of her career. Her Signature style of heady technique, keen melodic sensibility and passionate performance is once again profoundly evident in this stunning collection.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. A Light Rain
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2. Dawn on Red Mountain
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3. Veil of Tears
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4. Elysian Fields
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5. Afterglow
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6. Nikki's Song
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7. December Snow
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8. Broken Wing at North Light
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9. Eclipse
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10. The Hourglass
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11. Falling Leaves
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12. On Wings of Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Critics have been giving Ann Sweeten rave reviews throughout her career. The following is a sampling of the accolades awarded to her:

“a pianist whose abilities are unrivalled”; “musical genius”; “ beauty incarnate”; “ inimitable”; “reminiscent of something written by the great impressionists, out of the ordinary..”; “one of the most instantly recognizable ‘voices’ in contemporary instrumental music”; “musical Narnia”; “exquisite music performed by a consummate musician”; “the touch of a master”; “a true maestro at work”; “outstanding technique”; “ her astute control of nuance and tempo will beguile you”; “astounding ability to paint a vivid picture”; “the music bears hints of the musical masters' phrasing in the music. I hear notes of Barber, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms”; “You can't call this music 'Jazz', nor can you pigeonhole it as 'New Age'... because it's purely/simply 'Ann' .”; “..I could feel a Higher Power within each song. It is hypnotically intoxicating. Sweeten is a gifted and anointed spirit to be sure.”; “a brilliant pianist”.

Ann Sweeten’s new offering “Flying Solo Silhouette” is her first Original Solo Piano Album and is a reflection on the work she has done at Imaginary Road Studios over the past decade and across 5 albums co-produced with Will Ackerman. The goal was to create a playlist sequence from 55 compositions that would flow seamlessly from one to the other but yet stand apart to showcase the very wide diversity and breadth of her compositions and nuance of performance.

The album is approximately one hour and all compositions were re-mixed and re-mastered completely to create this new entity. Ackerman has said: “I have witnessed a brilliant pianist and composer become ever more brilliant with each release. Flying Solo Silhouette is a collection of her finest work”.

Whatever words you may use to describe this artist, her music is always timeless, elegant and classic, always, Ann Sweeten.


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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music
I believe that when the time is right the music you need will be there for you. I have been in a sensitive mood lately and in need of a panacea to cure my woes, that panacea would turn out to be Flying Solo Silhouette by Ann Sweeten.
The very first refrains from Sweeten created an ambience like I have never heard from her before, and A Light Rain then went on to manifest an oasis of calm that was sweet perfection, in fact I have now played this composition five times already this morning, its stunning.
As the journey has begun, the next musical step is a piece called Dawn On Red Mountain. The slow and tranquil tempo is a delight to listen to, with ease, one could picture the vista of the mountains. I have a range along the road from my home, and this would be idyllic music to watch either a sunrise or sunset upon. The performance style here is sublime and the techniques used allow our imaginations to create wonderful vistas.
This in my opinion is Sweetens best work to date, and she emphasises that with her next offering called Veil Of Tears. This is an arrangement that contains a level of passion and emotion that literally flows from the piano in a cascade of tears. Note the fluency of Sweetens performance here, you have both power and grace, but balanced so well.
Living in Cyprus, with its Greek life-style, Elysian Fields or the Greek afterlife is a theme we’re familiar with, and on that very track Ann Sweeten draws us a narrative of a waving meadow of green, where ones families can unite again after death. There is a repetitive nature about the track that enables a real sense of movement too.
On Afterglow, we find a real heart-warming opus of serenity, the ambience manifested is indeed sublime, but its wort noting the performance here once more by Sweeten, it has a really charming smoothness about its construction. This is one of those pieces that should be placed upon your winter musical playlist immediately.
As we cross over into the second half of the release, we come across a really moving composition called Nikki’s Song. The deep well of emotion that this piece draws upon is so evident; its respectful tones create a real cathartic narrative within this offering.
Another piece now for your winter playlist, this one is called December Snow. I haven’t seen snow in December for many years, but the imagination allows me to use this music to traverse to a realm where I can sit by the window and watch the snowflakes drop from above. This is without doubt a beautiful composition and like the snow, the melody and arrangement seem to almost recreate themselves throughout this quite breath taking composition.
Broken Wing At North Light is another track we can explore at our leisure; it has an honest gentleness about its construction that is very appealing. The whole energy of this piece and the performance here by the artist is simply mesmeric.
The solo nature of this album and tracks contained within allow Sweeten to really draw great colour and movement into the arrangements, using her own skill set, and on Eclipse she does just that with great aplomb and confidence. The depth of field within this composition is fascinating; Sweeten manifests a slow onward movement as the skies begin to grow dark, and eventually the light is gone. This has to be one of the most addictive tracks I have heard from the artist and is my favourite from the release.
Ann Sweeten has crafted a superb album here of solo compositions that are simply outstanding, like this next one called The Hourglass. The subject of time is always one that fascinates many of us, and indeed there is something about this piece that reminds me of the work of David Nevue on his album Winding Down. Sweeten brings not only a repeating motif of the sands falling to the bottom of the glass, but also a passionate melody, one that is bathed perhaps in memories of past events that can never be revisited.
How appropriate is this offering, as we now enter autumn, it’s called Falling Leaves. I have a love for music about this time of year; it is such a reflective season. Sweetens skills here leave us with a smile on our faces and memories of happy summer days in our back pockets.
Our last doorway to this dimension of sound and tone created by the artist has now opened, and if we take a peek inside we can see that she is ready to perform her last track for us, this musical gift is called On Wings Of Light. I don’t think Sweeten could have left this project any better than with this one, there is a really smooth sense of flight here, a subtle movement that is so well played and caring, it’s almost angelic at times.
Flying Solo Silhouette is Sweetens best work so far without doubt, this is an album that has everything the legions of solo piano fans will adore. She has manifested an album that has emotion, colour, movement, a softness of touch and intensity when needed.
You will know I listen too many in this genre, but this has to rate as being one of the best I have heard for quite some time. I am sure that the radiant professionalism and outstanding skills shown within this album will also be acknowledged by those sensible enough to purchase it, this is pure class.
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Helena Dee

ANN SWEETEN PRESENTS HER FIRST ORIGINAL MUSIC SOLO PIANO RECORDING
Ann Sweeten is one of the top pianists in new age music. This new recording, Flying Solo Silhouette, is special because this is her first solo piano album (no additional instruments). She co-produced the music with renowned musician/producer Will Ackerman. These original compositions have never before been released as solo piano arrangements.

Sweeten is an acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling artist who has presented top-quality recordings for the past two decades. Her albums get played on hundreds of radio shows and stations, and go Top 5 on the international airplay chart. Her well-rounded career has included professional dancing, acting and singing in stage musicals and pop-rock bands.

On this new album Sweeten delivers a group of beautiful and timeless melodies. Her music can evoke rain, dawn, a snowfall, a hurt bird, falling leaves or time passing. She is simply one of the best pianists around.
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