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Midnight Moods

by Brian Hagen

These six tracks are evocative of the dreamy moods we often get late at night, from introspective to reflective, and everything in between.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Dizziness
3:27 $0.99
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2. Sonatina Opus 38, Number 1, Movement 2 (Clementi)
2:39 $0.99
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3. I Never Knew Her
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4. Distantly
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5. Clara's Song
5:06 $0.99
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6. Quietly
3:19 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These fully-original tracks are among the earliest I composed, so long ago. Rendering them
at this time now brings to mind so much that has come to pass since then, and yet reminds
me that so much more is yet to arrive. I hope that you may find they remind you of events,
places, people, and experiences you have had, perhaps wished you had experienced, and
may yet someday enjoy. As solo piano tracks, I want them to convey a sense of an individual's
expression. The bonus Classical track by the great composer Muzio Clementi has a serene
beauty all its own. Enjoy!
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(Production Credits and Liner Notes):

BH Arts Productions presents:

"Midnight Moods",
by Brian Hagen

Technical and Artistic credits:

Recorded at Audio for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin and BH Arts Studios, Madison, Wisconsin

Recording engineers: Buzz Kemper and Brian Hagen

Mixing and mastering at BH Arts Studios, Madison, Wisconsin

All tracks composed and arranged by Brian Hagen except
"Sonatina Opus 38, Number 2, Movement 2" by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832).

All tracks performed by Brian Hagen

Cover art design by Carly Henry and Brian Hagen

Published September 2014 by Fairlane Publishing, a division of BH Arts

Copyright September 2014 by BH Arts, All rights reserved.

"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
(Sir Francis Bacon, 1561-1626)

For licensing arrangements, please visit the BH Arts website at
http://bh-arts.weebly.com/

For best results, it is recommended that the tracks be
reproduced with full-stereo equipment, in the following order:

1) Dizziness 2) Sonatina (Muzio Clementi)
3) I Never Knew Her 4) Distantly (piano)
5) Clara's Song 6) Quietly (piano)

Enjoy!

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Darla Bower

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano Radio
Inward spaces….Outward places (title is actually in lowercase letters) is the first CD released by Brian Hagen in 2014. If you are looking for a varied style of music that has elements of classical, jazz and multi-instruments rolled into one CD including an ambient sound, then this release is for you. Out of fourteen tracks, six are solo piano with three being multi-instrumental all performed by the artist. Several songs have an ambient sound and true new age draw. I found the CD to be varied in style and mood including an “island” type feel. This CD is a testimony to this musician’s versatility as both a composer and keyboardist. Having studied classical and jazz in college, this compilation speaks to his education and ability. The CD opens with Dizziness a delightful jazz solo piano piece that has a taste of a dreamy melody paired with soft energy. I Never Knew Her is another jazz delight with a very catchy melody. I particularly loved the ending quietly cascading toward the upper register of this melody--breathtaking.
With the jazz solo piano selections there are also renditions of the same pieces in ensemble style which gives an interesting musical twist. Distantly is my next favorite piano piece. It has such a sweet melody which gave me a feeling of happiness. I love the blending of jazz elements and sweet melody. Another moment of wow with the pp ending -outstanding. Island Beach Party has more of a spunky island feel and sound. I loved the blend of both piano and multiple instruments which Mr. Hagen performed on this energetic and fun piece! Dreamwave leads the listener into a new age direction with the sound of ocean waves in the background. This new age sound is gently blended with a slightly jazzy keyboard melody which is appealing. Ascension has a definite ambient sound of rising into outer space. The motion of the melody propels the listener forward into a space odyssey.
The next instrumental piece that I liked was Afternoon Waltz. This piece has a light engaging melody. I loved the ”waltzy” and happy feel this delightful track gave. My last two favorites on this CD are Clara’s Song and Quietly. These two ended up being my absolute favorites though I enjoyed all of the others. Clara’s Song has both a congenial melody seasoned with quiet confidence just adding to its already appealing sound. I loved it! My last favorite is Quietly. I prefer the piano version of this piece though the ensemble version was pleasant. Simply adored the delicate strength and wistful sighing towards introspection this song gave. The warmth and expressiveness by the artist is showcased in this lovely piece. The CD ends with this gorgeous track, wrapping up a well-rounded musical experience that engages the listener in musical curiosity. An interesting and varied showcase of sound by a talented composer, keyboardist and musician. I highly recommend it for this reason!
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Darla Bower

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano Radio
This album is a 19 minute six song sampler. It contains tracks from a longer album released by him in 2014. This EP is a perfect blend of jazz and classical. The EP begins with “Dizziness” which is one of my favorites. It is a smooth and jazzy blend with subtle energy showcasing a versatile musician. Clementi’s Sonatina Op. 38 No. 1 is one of his shorter works for piano. Hagen plays it with confidence and playful gratitude. I really enjoyed it.
I Never Knew Her has a strong melody and is simply beautiful. I never get tired of jazz solo piano! Distantly is another piece with a strong melody and is heartfelt, drawing the listener in with its charming melody. Clara’s Song is the longest on the album. This melody pleases the listener with a combination of wistful dreaminess and quiet strength. I wanted to include some background information for this piece. Clara’s Song was a soundtrack for a 1918 silent movie for the University of Wisconsin-Madison silent movie festival. Wagner’s leitmotif technique was influential in this piece. Which makes this piece a jazz delight!
The last song on the album ended up being my favorite—Quietly. The title was not included on the track listing that I received so it was a very welcome surprise. I loved the quiet introspection this song made me feel. Brian is able to play both expressively and with confidence. This piece being played very expressively as if he is sharing his soul through each glorious note. I absolutely loved this piece!
Brian Hagen is a talented and versatile musician. He began piano at an early age and continued with piano through college studying both classical music and jazz. Both of these elements can be heard on Midnight Moods. By his own words his greatest jazz influence and experience was a course he took in college called Black Arts Jazz which exposed musicians to African American jazz. This course totally changed his perspective on the improvisational in both music and theater. It totally expanded his experience as a musician. Amazing! I would love to have a full length jazz album from this artist in the future.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Midnight Moods" is a six-song/ 19-minute EP that contains the piano solos from Brian Hagen’s full-length release, Inward Spaces...Outward Places (2014). The longer album includes ensemble arrangements of some of these pieces (as well as the solos) plus a very interesting blend of music styles, but if you are looking for piano solos with smooth jazz and classical vibes, "Midnight Moods" is a great choice!

Brian Hagen has been playing the piano since he was a very young child and took lessons all the way through being piano music major in college, studying both classical music and jazz. In addition to a regular playing gig at an upscale restaurant in Madison, WI and composing and arranging his own music, Hagen has been active in improvisational theater, providing improvised music on keyboards.

"Midnight Moods" begins with “Dizziness,” a warm, breezy piece with hints of Antonio Carlos Jobim - smooth and elegant, yet energizing. “Sonatina Op. 38 #1” is one of Muzio Clementi’s many shorter works for piano - light and gently playful. “I Never Knew Her” is a beautiful jazz ballad with a melody strong enough to support lyrics (although the melody speaks volumes without any words) - elegant and heartfelt. The strong jazzy melody of “Distantly” is supported by a gracefully swaying rhythm. At a little over five minutes, “Clara’s Song” is the longest piece on the album. Sometimes wistful and dreamy, sometimes bolder and more confident, I love the free, spontaneous feeling of this lovely piece. As its title suggests, “Quietly” is more subdued and introspective. Even so, the warmth and expressiveness of the piece make it my favorite of the six.

"Midnight Moods" is a very nice sampler of some of Brian Hagen’s playing styles and is recommended!
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