Dan Campolieta | Guided Imagery

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Guided Imagery

by Dan Campolieta

Guided Imagery is a song cycle about love, loss, beauty, betrayal, wonder, and mystery. The music's heart beat is minimalist, but its soul is grounded in Romanticism.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Guided Imagery: I. Prelude (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
5:23 $0.99
2. Guided Imagery: II. Invitation (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
4:35 $0.99
3. Guided Imagery: III. Fresh Start (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
2:51 $0.99
4. Guided Imagery: IV. April After April (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
5:33 $0.99
5. Guided Imagery: V. the Photograph Recalled (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
3:25 $0.99
6. Guided Imagery: VI. Guided Imagery (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
8:18 album only
7. Guided Imagery VII: To Be Sung on the Water (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
2:13 $0.99
8. Guided Imagery: VIII. Notes On September (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
3:38 $0.99
9. Guided Imagery: IX/X. After the Ice Age/Epilogue (feat. Marques Jerrell Ruff & Dylan Armstrong)
5:21 album only
10. Seven Sketches: I. Prologue (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
2:54 $0.99
11. Seven Sketches: II. Cadenza/Recitative (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
3:34 $0.99
12. Seven Sketches: III. Elegy (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
2:04 $0.99
13. Seven Sketches: IV. Rondo (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
2:15 $0.99
14. Seven Sketches: V. Samba (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
1:59 album only
15. Seven Sketches: VI. Groove (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
1:51 $0.99
16. Seven Sketches: VII. Epilogue (feat. Tom Cooke & Eric Dahlin)
2:00 $0.99
17. Song (Bonus Track)
5:23 album only
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Album Notes
A CD of 21st century chamber music compositions, Guided Imagery is a showcase of recent works by composer and pianist, Dan Campolieta. Dan’s musical interests range from historically informed early music, to the most avant-garde, and everything in between. Having trained as both a classical organist and jazz pianist, his style of composition often fuses elements of both genres.

Guided Imagery (2011) started as an idea to write a work for my good friend and singer, Marques Jerrell Ruff, and to set the poetry of another beloved friend, Linda Beher, to music. Linda’s poems are timeless, and she has the amazing ability to sit still, observe, and beautifully recount the simple moments of life. She handed me a stack of over fifty unpublished poems in the summer of 2010, and if I had the stamina I would have set all of them. I picked eight, which I thought told a story and which follow the changing of seasons. Linda’s poetry takes the reader to a dream world full of vivid imagery through the use of metaphor, yet at its essence is about commonplace human to human interactions, drawn from her own experience, or through the general human experience. I have decided that instead of looking at each poem as its own “universe,” I would set up a tonal landscape that would fit the entire work, and then use subtle changes in tonality and texture to follow the changes in mood within, and between, each poem. From the first measure, the piece takes on a minimalist tone. The piano part consists of a series of slowly progressing ostinati. I chose the oboe, an instrument with a long history in the Western classical tradition, to contribute to the piano osinati, and at times soar above the texture as a solo voice of its own. The human voice presents the poetry in a speech rhythm often unrelated to the strict rhythmic patterns in the piano, but always agreeing in mode/scale. The voice part is, in a sense, a diatonic, chant-like recitation of the poetry while the harmonic landscape in the background reflects the underlying mood of the passage.

I had more fun writing Seven Sketches for Clarinet Trio (2010) than almost any other piece I have written. As the title implies, each short movement is but a sketch of musical material. Each little piece is a flare that sparks and ends before any of the motifs develop. By restricting myself to make several musical statements, each less than three minutes, the challenge came in stringing them together to create a work which holds together. Pulling from classical, bebop, Latin, tango, and funk styles, the piece has the effect of walking through the hallway outside of practice rooms in a music school, sampling little snippets of music coming from each room. I love the melancholy tone of the clarinet, and the voice-like quality of the cello, but also the versatility of the cello to be a melody instrument, an accompanying instrument, and even at times a walking pizzicato bass.

-notes by Dan Campolieta

Dan Campolieta, composer/pianist
Marques Jerrell Ruff, bass-baritone
Dylan Armstrong, oboe
Tom Cooke, clarinet
Eric Dahlin, cello



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