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Sapphire Days

by Ann Sweeten

Contemporary Instrumentalist/Composer Ann Sweeten blends her classical roots with both jazz, pop, film score and musical theatre influences, "pianist perfection" (Linear Reflections).
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Walking with the Wind
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2. Thin Ice
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3. Sapphire Days
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4. A Prayer for Shazu
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5. Solitude
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6. Smoke
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7. In the Shadows
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8. Cotton Candy Skies
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9. White Spirit
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10. Arrow
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11. Grains of Sand
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12. Autumn's Child
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13. Canopy of Stars
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SAPPHIRE DAYS NOMINATED FOR BEST NEO-CLASSICAL ALBUM AND BEST COVER ART - NAR LIFESTYLE MUSIC AWARDS 2004
Biography

After nearly 20 years of enamoring audiences on the Concert stage and on Radio/Internet Airwaves, Ann Sweeten’s signature style is recognized world-wide and now her new album, Where Butterflies Dance is without question her most ambitious and successful to date. Will Ackerman, co-producer, had this to say: “There is no greater compliment I can give any musician than to say they have their own artistic voice. They are uniquely themselves and bring something utterly their own to the world. Ann Sweeten is one of those rare musicians. The grace one associates with Ann’s performance has been matched by what I believe are the best melodies of her career. At a time when many artists might choose to coast on their notoriety, Ann has raised the bar considerably and we, the listeners, are the beneficiaries of her ambition and skill. Really brilliant.”

One of the most decorated pianists of the past decade with 7 previous albums all ranking in the Top 5 NAR and ZMR Radio Reports, Sweeten is also one of the most played modern instrumentalists in North America. A truly well-rounded individual and artist, Ms. Sweeten is a staunch environmentalist, animal activist and vegetarian. In addition to her Concert and Recording career, she is also a professional actress/singer/dancer with Actor’s Equity Association. Ann Sweeten is herself a Breast Cancer survivor twice over and is involved with the Arts in Healthcare Initiative.
Sweeten’s journey in the performing arts began at the age of 6 in both Music and Ballet in Westfield, NJ. She received a Hammond Organ for Christmas that year after showing interest in keyboards and was soon to master it, though the first year she had to stand to reach the pedals. For her ninth Christmas, she received a Baldwin Piano and soon began intensive study with Russian-born Concert Pianist David Sokoloff. Under his tutelage, she learned to play the music of the great masters. She sites Sokoloff as her greatest mentor, whose influence in developing her technique and in encouraging her musicality, was paramount. All during these years, Sweeten was also dancing the classic ballets (Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty) with a Regional Ballet Company in NJ. A Dean’s list scholar throughout academia, Sweeten earned a B.A. from Smith College in foreign languages, graduating Cum Laude, and continued study in Paris and later at the Boston Conservatory.

Sweeten did a brief two year stint as Female Front and lyricist to the Pop/Rock Band : FALLOUT. Then she began appearing on Cruise Ships, in Cabaret Clubs and Resorts playing and singing a wide range of material including Jazz, Pop, Folk, New Age and Broadway music. Sweeten began composing around 1989 in the midst of her Musical Theatre Career, starring in such roles as Aldonza (Man of La Mancha) Sister Amnesia (Nunsense) Miss Mona (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Velma Kelly (Chicago). When she started introducing her own original material to her set lists, the response was overwhelming. In 1997, Sweeten released her debut album, “Prism”. By Sweeten’s third album, “Reflections” (2000), her music was selling on listening stations at major record chains (Borders Books & Music, Sam Goody’s) weekly by the hundreds. Fans began to write in depth of the effect of Sweeten’s music on their lives, speaking of the music as hope, as giving the power of healing or a way of finding peace. She has stated “the fact that my music touches people so strongly is the greatest reward I receive from my music and I have been moved to tears by the personal stories people have shared with me.” Having written over 100 musical scores to date, Sweeten is also author to all of her albums’ liner notes and is a poet in her own right. In 2008, Steinway and Sons welcomed Sweeten into its prestigious international roster of Steinway Artists, touting her, a true Renaissance woman.

Here's what the media is saying.....

"Ann Sweeten is an extremely talented woman in the music industry. Not just a musician, but a composer, arranger and producer, Ann is a pianist whose abilities are unrivalled. Technical composition, only to be expected from a background in classical, is blended with originality and passion, delivering pianist perfection." Linear Reflections

"If you haven't heard Ann Sweeten's music before, you are in for a treat because of her beautiful melodies and command of the grand piano." Jazz News

"Outstanding album!" Boston Post-Gazette

"Very much on the beam new age piano work, this set is well-textured and engrossing throughout, making Sweeten a sure bet to be one of those left-field sensations everyone thinks came out of nowhere. A winning adult music bet." Midwest Record Recap

"Ann Sweeten's Sapphire Days is quite simply one of the most graceful and quietly soothing albums I've heard. Very highly recommended!" Solo Piano Publications

"If you're inclined to just kick back and take in some beautiful and relaxing keyboard compositions, Ms. Sweeten's CD is one of the best piano albums we've heard. You can very clearly hear that she's been classically trained, but her playing style is relaxed enough to convey freedom from convention. You can't call this music 'Jazz', nor can you pigeonhole it as 'New Age'...because it's purely/simply 'Ann'. Highly Recommended! Improvisation Nation


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Adele

Sinfully Beautiful !!!!!
The most beautiful music that I've ever heard !! I play it over & over & over again. Can't get enough of it !!
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Kathy


Beautiful music. I play this album and Ann Sweeten's Reflection album for my baby grand daughter. It really helps her sleep well.
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Kathy Parsons

Graceful and intimate
Ann Sweeten’s “Sapphire Days” is quite simply one of the most graceful and quietly soothing albums I’ve heard. “Soothing” often implies ear candy, but that is definitely not the case here. A classically-trained pianist, Sweeten’s themes of nature and saving the environment and animals come from the heart, expressed gently but fervently. The pieces sound deceptively simple, but each is a perfect little gem. The pace and overall feeling of the album is consistent enough to sustain a mood or meditation, but treat yourself to listening to this music carefully and then let it carry you away to a peaceful, tranquil place - a “sapphire day!” All thirteen tracks are original, played on a Steinway grand piano, and Sweeten adds some synth washes for color and ambiance which are never obtrusive or distracting.

I really like this whole album, but a few of the pieces are exceptional. “Walking With the WInd” opens the CD with a wistful, dreamy piece that is both leisurely and passionate. The title song is optimistic and graceful with an absolutely gorgeous melody. “Smoke” is a little moodier, and describes wispy swirls of smoke as they rise and float away as well as the surges of smokey billows - very effective! “In the Shadows” is also a bit darker than the other songs, but is so evocative - this is my favorite of the collection. It is very introspective and bittersweet - I love it!

“Sapphire Days” is Ann Sweeten’s fifth album to date, but it is the first that I have heard. I’m really looking forward to getting better acquainted with this artist! Very highly recommended!
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Sheri Martin

Beautiful beautiful music!
After hearing Ann Sweeten's Sapphire Days, I wanted to call her and thank her for her beautiful music. From the moment I put it on, I could do nothing but sit down and listen. What wonderful moments, to take time to enjoy something so beautiful in my rushed overly busy life. Thank you Ann!
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