Craig Addy | Quiet Passions

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Quiet Passions

by Craig Addy

These soothing, calming, yet heartfelt improvisations for solo piano and piano and orchestra are a fusion between classical music and jazz improvisation.
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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1. Tranquility
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2. Emergence
6:42 album only
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3. Loss
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4. Floating
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5. Wandering
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6. Nostalgia
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7. Tribulation
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8. Farewell
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9. Enigma
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10. Surrender
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11. Remembrance
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12. Romance
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13. Portent
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14. Floating (Reprise)
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About Craig Addy

Canadian composer Craig Addy's training in music was very traditional. From an early age, he studied classical piano, music theory and history. By his mid-twenties, he had two music degrees: One from the University of British Columbia and one from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. However, during all of those years of disciplined studies, Craig was secretly exploring another world of music.

Craig thanks his parents for not telling him to get on with "real" practice when they heard him ‘goofing’ around at the piano. This is how Craig learned how to improvise and compose music. In fact, Craig created his first composition before he even new how to notate music. There was a brief exploration in jazz during high school, but that genre didn’t intrigue him enough.

After getting his university degrees, Craig was left wondering where his talents would ‘fit’ in the world of music. He kept playing, improvising and composing while he created a business as a graphic designer and printer. As his business grew, time for music was limited.

In 2003, he and his friend Howard Meadows formed the Amicus Music Duo. Music was back in Craig's life. It was only then that Craig's secret - improvising - was revealed to Howard in the practice room. Thanks to Howard's persistence, Craig began sharing his unique style of improvising with others until it gradually became a regular feature in their performances.

In 2005, five on the spot improvisations were recorded in the studio during the creation of their first CD, "Purple Patches". In November 2007, Craig released his solo CD "Soothe" which features 10 piano improvisations. "They are freestyle improvisations” says Craig. “Meaning, there are no predetermined chord sequences or tunes to start from. I just sit at the piano and begin playing. At it's best, the experience is meditative, transformative and calming.” Like "Soothe", Craig's newest CD "Quiet Passions" (2008) also features a set of freestyle piano improvisations. The difference is that these touch on some darker emotional territory. Another difference is the addition of orchestrations to some of the improvisations. The orchestrations enhance and further define the character of the music.

"Quiet Passions" is a wonderful contribution worth sharing in this ever more hectic world. Craig has found his place in the world of music. Audiences are left speechless upon witnessing this man’s talent! Stay tuned for more on this incredible composer.

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Catherine Wood

Sensationally evocative
The brilliance of this pianist is his resonance with the human spirit - a spirit which craves music and yet may not be aware of that craving. I encourage all those who have a memory of loving music as a child to treat yourself to his newest masterpiece. QUIET PASSIONS transported me back to myself (good music can do this, great music achieves this easily...this is great music). Enjoy!!
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beatrice Scott

Quiet Passions
I have the privilege of hearing Craig Addy's music in person. I recently bought 10 CD's to give as holiday gifts. I of course gave one to my self.
On a quiet afternoon..... all by my self I listened to Craig Addy's new CD and felt moved by the composition and was able to feel the emotional context of the music. Craig's music is better than
a glass of wine. I instantly felt relaxed and taken away from the stress of my life.
Thank you for this beautiful experience. I look forward to your new work.
Beatrice
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Lynda Braun

Quiet Passions
We have enjoyed Craig Addy's CD immensely. The music is very relaxing and calming, wonderful to experience at this time of year. He is a very talented artist and a pleasure to listen to. We look forward to his new albums.
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