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Keys to the Inside

by Jane Buttars

Strikingly original, intensely expressive, beautifully crafted music by an exceptional artist. Live solo piano improvisations on the creative edge.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Arabic (J Buttars, vocal)
4:23 $0.99
2. Homage to Rachmaninoff
4:44 $0.99
3. Ancient Echoes
4:54 $0.99
4. Telling It
4:09 $0.99
5. Knocking
2:28 $0.99
6. Full Moon, Clear Sky
2:42 $0.99
7. Chinese Lanterns
2:23 $0.99
8. I Want
3:52 $0.99
9. Eerie
2:58 $0.99
10. Celtic
3:48 $0.99
11. From Infinity
4:34 $0.99
12. The Castle
4:41 $0.99
13. Hitchcock
3:40 $0.99
14. Crickets
1:10 $0.99
15. Into the Dark
3:51 $0.99
16. Fountains
3:06 $0.99
17. Space Between the Tones
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18. Goodbye, Chip
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Album Notes
Contact: janepiano2@comcast.net.
Watch: www.YouTube.com/watch?v=KSmdejp0Mn4; www.YouTube.com/watch?v=BE7HBYaTkBo
If you have ever wanted to be inside a musician's head and heart during an inspired song-writing session, this may be the closest you'll ever get. As you listen to the spontaneous creations on this CD, you can feel Buttars moment by moment intuitively translating her emotions into sound, and actually sense her mind working.

And what beautiful and imaginative pieces they are! They take you on a rich sonic journey from energetic classical elements to world influences to meditative sound paintings--all played by a master pianist with a marvelous sense of timing and sensitivity of touch.

And she has total command over a real treat of a piano: a 9-foot concert grand with a brilliant tonal palette.

What makes this CD remarkable is its quality of artistry that invites deep listening, and repeated listening, and its directness of expression that truly touches.

Jane Buttars: "Most music we hear has been composed before its performance, either totally or in part. But for this music I had no plan, no tones in mind to begin with--other than a mood, a short motive, or a scale.

"From then on, my only intention was to be totally attentive to my impulses and follow them, to let my feelings, ears, muscles and intellect act without conscious effort, and to enjoy the ride! I made no overdubs or retakes, and I chose titles after recording was completed.

"This music is my gift to you. I hope that you are drawn in to the excitement of free improvisation--and inspired to explore your own inside music."

This CD was produced by Jane Buttars and David Darling, and was recorded June 11-13, 1999, at the David Darling Studio.

Jane Buttars is a versatile musician whose performances as pianist, harpsichordist, vocalist, and dancer have been delighting audiences for years. Classically trained, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in keyboard performance, and B.M. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler.

An innovative educator, she also directs Music From the Inside, a group program of courses and workshops which use music and movement improvisation to help people have fun, release their creative spirits, increase musical skills and build community.



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Joanne Spies

How much do I like this CD? I play it at dinnertime!
Having listened a few times through, first I was struck by the poetry of the titles and the freshness of the playing. Then I noticed the power and depth of many pieces and yet another time appreciated the meditative quality felt throughout. I can listen again and again and find new things; a nice feature of music that is authentic.

C Peters

Keys to the Inside takes you on an emotional journey
When a friend sits down to tell you a personal story, whether it be a
story of joy, accomplishment, disappointment, or tragedy, you are
touched by the experience. This is the feeling you have when you listen
to Jane Buttar's CD. Keys to the Inside takes you on an emotional
journey. It is the pianist's story, and through music it is told with
sincerity and openness.

Connections Magazine. Peter Hawes, Staff Writer

Extraordinary music that rivals one of the greats: Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert
MUSIC REVIEWS: NEW CDs by Peter Hawes.
Connections Magazine, Sum 2001.

It's fitting that the cover photograph of Jane Buttars' new CD places her, formally decked out in a red velvet dress, inside a piano. It's an appropriate metaphor for where she goes with this extraordinary work-- into the deepest reaches of her instrument, where she wrings out of it an astounding range of expression.

There's mystery, surprise, space, chromatic angularity, gentleness, juiciness, joy and unpredictability in Keys to the Inside. The listener will find quotes of a number of different musical styles, but you'd do well to prepare yourself for a trip that rarely touches familiar ground, even after a half-dozen listenings.

It's tough to believe that this is Buttars' first CD and it's even harder to fathom that the music was entirely improvised. It's polished and professional. It was impeccably produced and recorded, and the pieces are crisp, well articulated conversations that don't wander the way a lot of improvised music does.

Buttars' playing is patient and meticulous and her in-the-flow composition is "out there" in the best sense of the phrase-- unrestrained, unselfconscious and emotional at the same time it's clear and focused. Her touch is graceful and dynamic, her use of weight, elasticity and silence moving.

In a genre of music where some of the best efforts often wind up as wallpaper for dinner parties, soundtracks for yoga class or something sweet to drift off to sleep by, Keys to the Inside is a brilliant exception. Buttars uses tempo, silence and a vast range of emotion to keep her music front and center-- and the listener in a perpetual state of anticipation. It's fast become one of my favorite CDs and I'd stack it any day alongside one of improvised piano's greatest works-- Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert. Keys to the Inside is that good.