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Piano Landscapes v.1

by Jon Dahlander

Enchanting piano solos that are perfect for a quiet day around the house, a Sunday brunch, a lazy morning with the newspaper, studying for an exam or getting your baby calmed down to sleep.
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1. L'Invitation a la Mer
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2. Searching For Sand Dollars
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3. Psalm
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4. Water Colors
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5. Next Time
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6. High Tide
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7. Blue Grotto
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8. Sand Castles
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9. 16 Shells
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10. Mariner's Remorse
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11. Beachcombing
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12. Longing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jon Dahlander can’t walk by a piano. He has to play it. It’s why he’s been kicked out of countless hotel lobbies, bars and restaurants throughout his life.
“To me, every piano has a story--where it was made, who made it, the kind of shape it’s in, who played it before and what it sounds like now, particularly with one of my songs,” says Jon. “So, if I see a lonely piano, I have to play it. It’s like finding a new friend with a common interest.”
It’s why Jon’s series of piano solos isn’t morose or mundane. These are pieces of music that bask in the joy of being played.
In 1995, Jon signed on with Dallas-based Carpe Diem Records and his debut was the label’s fastest-ever selling debut.
1997 brought the release of Piano Landscapes v.2, a CD inspired by a trip Jon took to Europe after studying the piano works of Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie.
V.3 was released one week before Jon and his wife Heidi gave birth to a special needs child named Jared, effectively sidelining his recording career for a few years.
Since then, while he has not recorded any new music, Jon has played in some of the top venues in the Dallas area, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Sammons Center, where he headlined a concert for a Dallas arts organization called Inspirata.
In 2006, Jon is lending new piano material to a project called Luminas, which is designed to assist cancer patients through the use of guided imagery.
“I know all about the healing power of music,” says Jon. “One of the times when our son was in the ICU of the hospital, a family whose child was dying asked to borrow one of my CDs. To walk by later and hear that my music was helping ease their pain during the most difficult of hours makes every ounce of energy I’ve ever spent with the piano worth it. If my music can help others, then that’s the icing on the cake.”

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Sandi Davis-The Daily Oklahoman

Wonderful stress reducer!
Jon Dahlander
“Piano Landscapes,” Vol. 1
Now that the snap of fall is in the air, thoughts of staying home in front of a fire or having friends over on a day when no one wants to go outside are good ones.
The perfect background for those days should be Oklahoma City pianist Jon Dahlander’s debut disc, “Piano Landscapes” Vol. 1.
Vol. 1 was written with the beach in mind, and the songs reflect the sand and water in all its moods, from thundering surf to calm waters.
I especially liked the opening cut “L’invitation a la Mer” (Invitation to the Sea) which evokes the calming sound of water rushing in and then out at a beach. Other good cuts are the sweetly romantic “Next Time” and the driving “Sand Castles.”
It is a wonderful stress reducer. You can’t help but feel your blood pressure drop and the problems of the day ease away while listening to this CD of piano solos.
-Sandi Davis
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Thomas Connor-Tulsa World

This stuff soothes and enchants for the sheer and seemingly effortless joy of it
Jon Dahlander's debut disc-”Solo Piano, Vol. 1”-is an exciting collection of thoughtful, airy piano compositions. These pieces are accessible and majestical; they have the same tone and charm as the tinkling of pianomeisters like George Winston, David Lanz and Philip Aaberg.

But Dahlander’s music steps just above the folk elements in the piano music of someone like Winston. This stuff soothes and enchants for the sheer and seemingly effortless joy of it. The kings of the Windham Hill are often bogged down in moodiness; Dahlander’s piano sings.

If you judge the album by its cover--a definite no-no--you might not believe that this is music on par with European cafes and noted French pianists. The album is first in a series of “Piano Landscapes,” and it has a basic beach theme to it; some song titles are”L’invitation a la Mer,””Searching for Sand Dollars” and “High Tide.” Make no mistake, this is not one of the thousand “atmospheric” recordings, featuring innocuous piano trickles with soothing surf and thunderstorm sounds in the background. This is real music, not a soundtrack for limpid romance.
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