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Ascend

by Christine Brown

Award-winning solo pianist and composer, Christine creates yet another soothing, soul-stirring solo piano album, blending original new age and classical styles, transporting the listener to another place with this inspirational musical journey.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Ascend
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2. Love's Legacy
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3. Magic Carpet
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4. Gravity
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5. Closer
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6. Forest for the Trees
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7. Ivory Wings
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8. Lotus Breeze
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9. Floating Colors
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10. Soar
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11. Cherish
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12. The Departure
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13. Amethyst Sky
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14. Safe and Sound
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About Ascend:
Creating music is a beautiful and evolving process. Each piece develops through many stages, slowly transforming until each song is ready to be released, just like the life cycle of a butterfly, until it finally emerges from the chrysalis. Composing a song allows me freedom and gives me wings to fly, to escape and explore. I love painting a picture with sound, using the piano to express emotions and to create musical landscapes. The music on this album was inspired by the ability of music to transport us to another place and time. My hope is that each song allows you to escape, to ascend to an aerial dreamland before gently bringing you back home. Thank you for listening to my music and inspiring me to create songs that transport me to a joyous and tranquil place. I appreciate my loving family and friends, fans and supporters, and the Whisperings artists and fellow pianists who share my dream. - Christine Brown

A gifted solo pianist and composer, Christine Brown's music is a unique blend of contemporary, new age and classical sounds. Her graceful, elegant touch is gentle, yet powerful. With the piano, Christine paints a colorful landscape with her thoughtful, musical interpretations of life's emotions and experiences. "Ascend" is Christine's 12th album, on the heels of winning two "Piano Album of the Year" awards! "Seamless", awarded "Best Pop/Rock Piano Album 2016" by SoloPiano.com, features unique arrangements of classic cover songs, blending classical and new age pieces into clever medleys of timeless melodies that create a sophisticated and seamless musical tapestry. "Souvenirs" was awarded "Best Piano Album of 2014" by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, selected from over 100 albums and voted on by a panel of pianists and composers. Christine was also honored to be recognized by Kawai Pianos in 2014 as an official Kawai Piano Artist. Previous releases, "Promise" (2009) and "The Wishing Well" (2011), were both nominated by Whisperings for "Best Piano Album of the Year". Her albums have received numerous accolades, including named on "Mainly Piano Favorites List" for A Classic Christmas (2012) and Souvenirs (2014). and Seamless (2016).

Since the young age of three, Christine has been fascinated by the piano. Receiving the highest honors given by the Guild National Piano Auditions, Christine's childhood classical training is evident in her melodic and thematic compositions, while rich harmonies reflect her background in accompanying various choral groups. From Chopin to Joplin, her influences were varied and many, and she also enjoyed creating her own arrangements of popular songs. While earning a business degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, Christine was inspired by George Winston's new age genre of solo piano, yet the piano remained only a hobby for many years.

"In 1990, my mother requested a cassette tape of my piano music for her birthday, so I went to a local recording studio. It was then that I rediscovered my passion for playing the piano, and I realized my gift to her was really her gift to me." Sadly, her mother passed away just months later. Christine immersed herself into the piano to comfort her grief and voice her emotions, releasing heartfelt compositions that captured listeners. These early compositions were featured on well received solo piano compilation albums, Piano Portraits (1992) and Summer Stories (1994), distributed by Sugo Records. Christine was inspired to release her own solo piano CD, Winter Tapestry (1997). Married and raising two young sons, she also arranged collections of children's songs, Childhood (2004) and Childhood II (2011), Believe (2004), Christmas On My Mind (2004), and Piano Stories (2006).

Christine's fans have written, "There is a richness to your sound, a refined elegance and passionate intelligence that could only come from working hard at your craft, " and ”...her music is vibrant, colorful and full of life. Skilled at the art of blending chords and note progressions into beautiful aural tapestries, her music is at once a welcome retreat from the mundane and ordinary. Her emotions come through her music...and through her music, she is able to reach out and touch the hearts of millions of appreciative piano music fans." Christine's music can be heard worldwide, featured on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, internet and cable/satellite stations. Christine currently resides in San Diego, CA, and can be reached at christinebrownpiano.com.

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
The solo piano skills of Christine Brown are now officially laid before me to peruse, and today I am grateful for this musical interlude of quality and tone, as autumn furthers its cloak upon our landscape, the arrangements contained within brightened my soul somewhat.
We start our ascendance with the opening piece, and here sits, in a proud stance, the very title header itself, Ascend. This is a composition of a flowing energy and intent, the fluency of performance really draws us a wonderful musical vista with which to roam freely within, what a sublimely charming beginning.
A passionate piece swirls around us now, with the arrival of the heartfelt and very imploring Love’s Legacy. The power and intensity of this offering is incredibly poignant, both sad and stirring at the same time. Brown has really captured the true legacy of love, an emotion that is sometimes so very hard to deal with, but all encompassing.
The light and sparkling Magic Carpet is now upon us; however this is not an offering to be taken too lightly, as the artist has also created a wonderful sense of movement here that is compelling and commanding in its presence. This formidable piece oozes absolute class all the way.
There was something so very calming about Gravity, the gentle performance seemed to allow us to flow with time and tune, the repetitive nuances were delightfully arranged, and I found myself listening with awe and a tear in my eye to this one, each time I hit repeat, and yes, you have guessed it, this was indeed one of my favourites from the release. Browns performance here was both magical and emotive, in the sense that the music allowed me to let go of earth based burdens, and just float in peace.
On Closer, we have a track of a different colour; a far slower tempo is gifted to us, almost classical in a Debussy way, but once more again we will be entranced by the beautiful stylish implementation of the presentation here. This was another that really resonated with me, the narrative of Browns composition drew me in with the subtle notion of movement contained within.
As we approach the half way point of the album, the preceding offering stands before us and is called, Forest for the Trees. There is a sense of confusion in this piece for me, the passion of performance is indeed potent, but there is also a feeling of many weighty decisions to be made. Once more the artist story telling skills as a pianist grow with each passing composition.
We can now take one tentative step across the borderlands of the half way marker of the album, with the piece Ivory Wings. Browns subtleties are really on view here, it is as if we are listening to something growing and shining whilst doing so, on this perfect midway point composition.
So we begin another musical sojourn, this time hand in hand with a track called Lotus Breeze. There was a strange familiarity about this one, perhaps the resonance of the arrangement spoke to me, but however, this is just yet another example of a fine performance, and an excellently written piece, one that has lightness about its overall energy, as we drift in a musical stream of brilliance.
Floating Colors is one of those pieces that you never want to end, by the time I had reached this part of the album, I was convinced that this was easily the best work I had heard from the artist, the album is so stunning and full flowing, and this track is a fine example of that brightness and timeless fluency.
Christine Brown now creates a musical narrative to enable us to literally Soar. The graceful approach on this piece is well received, and the effortlessness of the composition is very enjoyable to drift along with, the subtle shifts of tempo and movement are wonderfully crafted here.
Cherish sees the artist showing her sensitive nature in the creation of a really heart-warming opus, this is a piece that almost nurtures you along the way. This is a feel good composition that has that warm caress of tone, to manifest a realm of musical sanctuary, to utterly cherish in an embrace of truth and honesty.
We have now arrived at the door of a short form offering entitled The Departure. Despite being just shy of three minutes long, this is a very clever arrangement and in its petite narrative, manifests a whole raft of emotions, but leaves us emboldened.
Our penultimate track is the very attractive title of Amethyst Sky. As a writer and musician I love watching the patterns of light, shade, and colour form in the sky, this great global theatre above us that most take for granted, one that sometimes offers up such breath taking vistas and this offering is probably the sound track to that moment of magic.
Our last port of call is called Safe and Sound, this is simply idyllic, Brown has created here a final parting gift for us to revel in, with that homely feeling of safety and security, it is the final offering of the day, as the light goes down, and night swoons its sleep filled intent over our minds, now we can just float in total bliss and harmony.
Christine Brown must be proud of this latest offering, and in my view this is her best work so far. The melodies were fresh, but very memorable; each composition was played with a total passion, but with such a confidence that we felt completely captivated, with what has to be her best performance so far. Browns skills and musical story telling here have jumped tenfold, her care and attention to detail whilst creating such incredibly powerful and moving pieces, should not, and will not go unnoticed. Ascend is an album that truly touched my musical soul, and I hope it will yours too.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Ascend" is pianist/composer Christine Brown’s twelfth album and what a great album it is! A collection of fourteen original piano solos that reflect her classical training as well as the soothing, uplifting qualities of new age piano at its best, each piece is a sparkling gem with its own story to tell. Christine has always had a sublimely graceful and elegant piano touch, but some of the music on this album seems to have an even greater emotional and dramatic range than previous releases. In addition to her beautiful original compositions, some of Christine’s albums have included arrangements of children’s songs, medleys of classical and Christmas music ("A Classic Christmas" in 2012) and medleys of classical and pop/rock music ("Seamless" in 2016). Her 2014 release of original piano solos, "Souvenirs," was awarded Album of the Year by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio. Several of her earlier albums have been on my annual Favorites lists and "Ascend" is guaranteed a spot on the 2017 list! I think it’s Christine Brown’s best album to date - and Seamless blew me away last year! The album was recorded on Christine’s Kawai RX-7 grand piano and was engineered by Scott D. Davis of Scovis Productions; the piano sound is powerful yet very smooth. As usual, Matt Strieby’s graphic design is stunning.

"Ascend" begins with the title track, a warmly optimistic piece that welcomes the listener and sets the peaceful tone of the album. “Love’s Legacy” is more melancholy, with deep emotion flowing from one heart to another - a favorite. “Magic Carpet” is quite different with a mysterious Middle Eastern sound that is, indeed, magical. The deep bass of the piano is particularly effective on this piece. “Gravity” is delicate and gentle - an unseen force that keeps us grounded and functioning. “Closer” is a slow, romantic waltz as well as a heartfelt love song - another favorite. I’m really looking forward to the sheet music for “Forest For the Trees,” a gently-flowing piece with passionate passages that send it soaring. “Lotus Breeze” has a slightly Asian flavor and is as delicate as a whisper. “Cherish” is another favorite - deeply-felt emotional expression that comes directly from the heart. “Amethyst Sky” is my favorite track of the fourteen. Watching a beautiful sky can evoke feelings of longing as well as contentment and peace, and this wonderful piece captures those feelings and gives them wings. “Safe and Sound” ends the album in much the same way it began - with warmth and optimism and perhaps a touch of gratitude that all is well.

"Ascend" is truly an artistic achievement, and I fully expect to see it nominated for a slew of awards in addition to appearing on many “best of” and “favorites” lists. I give it my highest recommendation.
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