Joe Bongiorno | Somewhere Within - solo piano

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Somewhere Within - solo piano

by Joe Bongiorno

Joe's highly acclaimed 3rd solo piano release provides gentle, flowing, original melodies on solo grand piano. Nominated for best solo piano album of 2007 by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio &
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walk with Me
5:29 $0.99
2. Ascent
4:27 $0.99
3. Melancholy Morning
6:23 $0.99
4. Tears of Joy
4:52 $0.99
5. Touched
3:43 $0.99
6. Once a Child
3:01 $0.99
7. Somewhere Within
5:23 $0.99
8. Introspect
3:29 $0.99
9. Dark Night
5:44 $0.99
10. Where There's a Will...
6:31 $0.99
11. Beyond Forever
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Sit back and embrace peace with Seattle-based romantic pianist Joe Bongiorno's third release on the Mellow Sounds label... tender, flowing melodies on solo grand piano. Heartwarming and spiritually rejuvenating!

"My music is the means by which I express my passion & love for the life I live & those with whom I share it. Most often at a loss for words, revealing my emotions comes so purely & naturally this way."
~Joe Bongiorno

My Story:
I quit my classical piano training at age eleven, seeking a more glamorous life as a professional athlete. I still hear my father's words ringing clearly in my head "someday you'll thank me" referring to the childhood piano training I so gladly abandoned. An eighth grade football knee injury eventually proved detrimental to my childhood dream. Oh well!

High school brought new experiences, forming the band LIXX with a couple buddies with rock star ambitions. I grew my hair, sported parachute pants, bought a synthesizer with my neighborhood lawn mowing cash, & jammed to 80's tunes on LPs. Spending Friday nights at band practice and Saturdays gigging parties & dances, memories were definitely made!

Graduating high school brought an element of retreat from the Chicago "big city" life... venturing out west with my mother & siblings to San Juan Island, Washington. Culture shock took hold, while nature and quiet times prevailed. My composing was born, as was my beautiful daughter Taylor. I endeavored to start my own recording studio & bought all the toys. Mellow Sounds Studio opened on San Juan Island in '93, a popular haven for the island’s many singer-songwriters and folk artists. My buddy & talented guitarist/songwriter Tom Doenges taught me how to listen and mix and the islanders now had a place to record. I released "Ancient Sky" (available by download only) in '94, an eclectic electronic blend of piano, Native American influences (always a fav!) and even cutting edge rock instrumentals (starring Tom)... still wandering a bit musically, obviously! Engineering & producing other artists was relatively short lived, but a priceless experience. Realizing that a musical career would be forever limited on the island, I moved to Seattle in '97.

At age 28, a trip back to Chicago to visit Dad lead me to meet my second cousin Joann Bongiorno, a classical piano virtuoso whom I had only heard stories about. I sat down at her Baldwin baby grand & something special happened. No, I didn't perform magically for her (though she was genuinely supportive), but I was enamored by the power, simplicity, and enchanting sound of the instrument as a solo. From that day forward, my synthesizers began to acquire dust, while a plethora of piano sample modules rotated through my studio rack. I focused in on an album project, rented a grand, crammed it into my basement and spent three weeks diligently practicing & recording. "At Peace" ~ solo piano was released in February 2001. The support for this CD was and still is surprising, if not stunning. I give great thanks to all who gave to it!

Life got busier, busier and busier. Taylor blossoming into a young lady, my career developing rapidly... life just seemed to get a bit more complicated each day. Retreats to the piano were much harder to come by. Compositions came together, but sometimes over periods of months. My ability to visualize and memorize carried me through these times, musically. I managed to abstain from reading or writing music with my sole intent being to improvise and create.

Two years passed & I bought a baby grand! My 17 years in the restaurant business brought me a handsome salary with a great company, though I longed deeply for a new CD to hand to my family, friends, fans. My good friend and fellow pianist Joe Yamada put his home and glorious Kawai concert grand at my disposal and I dove in head first. My second release "Destined"~ solo piano was released in April, 2004. It continues to receive heavy airplay at with “Just for You”, “Chasing the Wind” & “To be Held” each hitting #1 on the listener charts! The success of this CD brought new & wonderful opportunities, including numerous featured concert performances for Solo Piano Radio as well as putting me in “high demand” status as a wedding pianist.

In May, 2006 I bought my dream piano, a Kawai RX-7 concert grand, fulfilling the dream of recording and producing my music from home, whenever I pleased! A whole new set of music channeled through my fingertips and evolved quickly into my proudest CD release to date, “Somewhere Within” ~ solo piano, just released in August ’07. I invite you to visit my site and don’t be shy… drop me a note & say “Hi”!



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Kathy Parsons

Joe's Best CD Yet!
“Somewhere Within” is Joe Bongiorno’s third solo piano album to date, and I think it’s by far his best work. All eleven tracks are excellent, drawing from an emotional core, and telling of major life changes, loved ones, and deeply personal reflections. I’ve enjoyed Bongiorno’s previous albums, “Destined” (2004) and “At Peace” (2001), but this is one of my favorite recordings of the year in a year that has produced some really great solo piano CDs. The music on “Somewhere Within” seems to flow from a very natural, honest, and sincere place, making it all the more poignant. All tracks were composed, performed, engineered, and mastered by Joe Bongiorno at his Piano Haven Studio near Seattle, but “Somewhere Within” sounds anything but “homemade” with Bongiorno’s impeccable recording skills and the gorgeous, dynamic sound of his Kawai concert grand piano.

“Somewhere Within” begins with “Walk With Me,” a piece overflowing with a father’s love for his teenage daughter as they take an evening walk. “Ascent” tells of coming out of a dark period of life and seeing the lessons and purpose of that time. Not exactly a happy piece, but there is a strong sense of optimism and of moving forward. “Melancholy Morning” is one of my favorites. Composed on a quiet, rainy morning, there seems to be some deep soul searching going on, getting lost in the music and allowing it to bring solace and healing. This is definitely one of Bongiorno’s best and most affecting pieces yet - the emotional honesty is amazing. “Tears of Joy” goes to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, lightening the mood considerably. “Once A Child” is a poignant love song for an almost-grown daughter. Very reflective and tender, it’s another exceptional piece. The title track is also a favorite. It begins with a burst of energy, and then calms to a more introspective tempo that flows easily and fluidly. Finding answers to life’s questions within brings a certain inner peace and strength that this piece describes so well. I also really like “Dark Night,” with its quiet energy, depicting the flickering candlelight on the piano keys late at night - a tribute to solitude. “Beyond Forever” is different, with a rolling left hand and tremolo on the right - an interesting counterpoint that tells of cherished memories and always having something to look forward to - moving ahead without losing sight of the past.

Joe Bongiorno has really outdone himself with “Somewhere Within,” and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it won’t be three years until his next release. Very highly recommended!

Margie Miklas

Somewhere Within
Great album! The music is so peaceful...I can listen to this forever! Great purchase through CD Baby


At Peace
I love Joe Bongiorno’s melodies simply because they deeply touch me emotionally and fire awesome creativity!! Some of my best spiritual and inspirational writings from the heart come into being because of music being played constantly in the background.