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Beautiful Journey

by Brenda Warren

Piano music for reflection and inspiration.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Imagine Spring
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2. Open Heart
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3. Passing Through
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4. Without You
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5. Beautiful Journey
3:36 $0.99
6. Beneath Cherry Blossoms
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7. New Morning
3:33 $0.99
8. Awakening
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9. Blue Sky Day
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10. Drifting
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11. Delicate Dance
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12. Forgiveness
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Album Notes
'Beautiful Journey' was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont with Grammy winning guitarist and producer Will Ackerman. Featured musicians are Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Premik Russell Tubbs (sax, wind synth) , Tony Levin (bass) Michael Manring (fretless bass), Jill Haley ( English horn), Jeff Haynes (percussion) and Tom Eaton (bass). All 12 pieces are composed by Brenda Warren and this music was inspired by a new awakening of how precious each moment in life is and a deeper appreciation of.the healing that comes from the beauty in nature. Hope, renewal and forgiveness are the underlying themes throughout this album.



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Steve Sheppard

Bathe in the marvelous tones
There is something so utterly charming about Beautiful Journey by Brenda Warren, she has a unique style and creates such a blissful musical narrative with the piano, it is a Beautiful Journey indeed.
From the very sun kissed opening piece Imagine Spring she guides our way, and from its refrains flows so majestically into the lush and calming opus of Open Heart, a track so serene and calming, this contains the first essences of the magic hand of Will Ackerman’s team at Imaginary Road Studios with such a mournful, but soothing string section.
This voyage of charm and grace offers up a wondrous 12 magical tracks to simply get lost within. Like the title track itself or the absolutely delightful New Morning, once more embracing the subtle, but dreamy violin of Charlie Bisharat.
The ambience created by Warren on this album is beyond time and measure, we could wonder in its tones with ease, and helping us along the way would be gems like the peace filled Blue Sky Day, a track so redolent of sitting on the side of a hill and watching the day go by, and to finish with the so smooth and poignant offering entitled Forgiveness, was a touch of sublime genius.
Brenda Warren and Beautiful Journey has to be one of the most chilled and relaxing piano based albums I have heard for a long while. Warren has a performance style that is so musically colourful and sensitive, it’s just a pleasure to bathe in its tones and her marvellous creations and allow the tranquillity of the moment to take control, a thoroughly recommended album indeed.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Brenda Warren’s "Beautiful Journey" is her third release and is a combination of twelve original piano solos and piano with ensemble compositions. “'Beautiful Journey' is about hope and the strength we find in ourselves to move forward in times of heartache…. We all want to be on a journey filled with beauty and LOVE.” (quoted from the liner notes) Recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, the ensemble pieces feature several of the outstanding musicians who appear in most of Ackerman’s productions - Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), and Jill Haley (English horn), to name a few. My favorites on the album are the piano solos, as Warren has a very strong playing and composing style that I have loved since I saw her play live in one of the first Whisperings Solo Piano Radio concerts (in my front room!!!) back in 2004.

Warren started playing the piano at 4 and entered the Detroit Conservatory of Music at 8. She graduated from San Francisco State University as a music major, and a musical she wrote was performed in SF for a year before she moved to Southern CA. In addition to international airplay, Warren’s music has been featured in television and documentary films. It has been fifteen years since she released "As Years Go By" and eleven since she re-released her 1990 debut, "Childhood Dreams," so it’s a real treat to have new music from Brenda!

"Beautiful Journey" begins with “Imagine Spring,” a graceful piano solo with a very slight Asian flavor - most likely in reference to the cherry blossoms that grace the inside cover of the CD and are so symbolic of the beauty and fresh start spring brings each year. “Open Heart” starts out as a quiet but deeply emotional piano solo, gradually becoming a piano and cello (Friesen) duet - a combination of instruments that I love. “Without You” begins as something of a solo piano soliloquy - dark and pensive, and perhaps composed late at night. Premik Russell Tubbs adds atmospheric tones, but this one is mostly piano. The title track is a piano solo that flows freely and expressively, looking forward and reflecting on the past. “Beneath Cherry Blossoms” feels very much like a gentle spring breeze that creates clouds of pink petals drifting to the ground. The second half of the piece brings in more of the ensemble - gorgeous! “New Morning” is a peaceful and serene duet for piano and violin (Charlie Bisharat) that beautifully expresses the warmth and optimism of a new day. “Drifting” begins as a piano solo with the spontaneous feeling of an improvisation, bringing in much of the ensemble in the middle of the piece and then finishing as a solo. “Delicate Dance” is a slow waltz that hints of Erik Satie with its simplicity, distinctive harmonies and haunting quality. The final track, “Forgiveness,” is a very powerful piece of musical soul-searching that feels “in the moment” and completely honest - an intense closing to an excellent album.

"Beautiful Journey" marks the return of a exceptional artist, and I hope it won’t fifteen years until Brenda Warren’s next release! Recommended!

Pam Asberry

A musical journey you don't want to miss!
Music has been a lifelong passion for pianist Brenda Warren, who began studying classical piano at an early age and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at San Francisco State University. An accomplished composer, she has written an award nominated musical, scored documentary films, had song placements in film and television, and recorded three solo piano albums with instrumentation. Her 2018 release, “Beautiful Journey,” was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios with William Ackerman, the Grammy winning producer and founder of Windham Hill Records. Part solo piano and part instrumental, this album of original compositions features twelve pieces inspired by overcoming hardship and finding the strength we find in ourselves to move forward.

Like many of the selections on the album, the first track, “Imagine Spring,” has an Asian flair, with its open intervals and transparent harmonies, one can almost smell the scent of cherry blossoms in the air. “Open Heart” begins as an elegant piano solo then is joined by the cello, the two voices intertwining like lovers in an embrace. “Passing Through” is joyful and carefree, its interplay between vocals and other instruments reminiscent of the various people we encounter and interact with on life’s journey. Predominantly piano, “Without You” is darker, its rich bass thickly textured and jazzy chords both pensive and melancholic. The title track, “Beautiful Journey” has a left hand accompaniment pulsing like steady footsteps; its melody builds slowly like a hiker climbing to the top of a mountain with a beautiful panoramic view before reluctantly descending. “Beneath Cherry Blossoms” is a direct nod to the image of cherry trees awash with perfect pink blooms. It starts with solo piano, which is soon joined by wind synth and percussion; this beautiful ensemble instantly transporting the listener to Japan in the springtime.

“New Morning,” a duet for violin and piano, is a restful harmonious contemplation of the fresh start each new day offers. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” Another beautiful ensemble piece, “Awakening,” is a meditation on the experience of the confused and frightened self, transcending to a higher consciousness, an awareness full of love and peace. “Blue Sky Day,” pure solo piano at its finest, features ostinato left hand chords topped by a sweet melody almost childlike in its innocence. The improvisatory “Drifting” is another gentle piece that opens as a piano solo but brings in most of the ensemble in the middle of the piece before finishing as a solo. The haunting “Delicate Dance” is a stately waltz. The poignant “Forgiveness” brings this music to a powerful and soul-satisfying conclusion.

“Beautiful Journey” is a musical voyage you don’t want to miss. Highly recommended!