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Heart Song

by Elise Lebec

Reflective piano and vocals with cello by David Darling and flugelhorn by Jeff Oster. Engineered and Co-Produced by Grammy winner Michael Rosen. Mysterious and spiritual.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Silence
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2. Lullaby (feat. Elizabeth Vandervennet)
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3. Heart Song
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4. Pirates and Poets (feat. Jeff Oster & Elizabeth Vandervennet)
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5. It Was Always You (feat. George Chavez)
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6. Afternoon Kisses (feat. Jeff Oster & Michael Urbano)
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7. Ghost Ships
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8. Moonlit Waters
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9. A Break in the Clouds (feat. Elizabeth Vandervennet)
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10. Sacred Land
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11. Following the Rain
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12. Away Into the Horizon
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13. Heart Song Avec Cello (feat. David Darling)
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14. Green Leaves
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded in the Bay Area. Live piano and all original compositions. Most of the piano parts were performed in the moment with very little editing. I believe in creating a space for experienced musicians to be able to record from their hearts. Cello is performed by David Darling who is now a two times Grammy winner for the New Age Genre. Cello also performed by Elizabeth Vandervennet who has performed for almost every Bay Area Symphony.
The inspiration for this album, as always, comes from the heart from the love that I feel for life and for the people I meet and have come to adore. I spend a lot of time reflecting on things and questioning my own existence and the divine will that so enthusiastically embeds itself in our very core. I can't help but create music, its always pushing its voice through me either through the keys of a piano or my voice. Music is healing, whether being played or listened to, I feel truly blessed to able to create music. It has been a life long honor to bring these tunes to you and I thank you for listening.

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Helena Dee

NEW ALBUM BY ELISE LEBEC IS AN INTIMATE PIANO-PLUS PERFORMANCE
Elise Lebec is a pianist, composer, synthesist, occasional vocalist, arranger and producer who has a new album out, Heart Song, and the music is most definitely heartfelt. She touches on affairs of the heart with the instrumental tunes “It Was Always You” (a piano-cello duet), “Afternoon Kisses” (her piano joined with flugelhorn champ Jeff Oster and drummer-percussionist Michael Urbano) and “Heart Song” (a solo piano piece). Elise also was inspired by the sailing ships of yore and yesteryear -- “Pirates and Poets” (piano, synth drone, flugelhorn and cello), “Ghost Ships” (piano, synth strings, singing bowls and bells, and Elise on wordless background vocals) and “Away Into the Horizon” (forceful solo playing on the piano). Other highlights include “Lullaby” (an expressive piano and cello duet), “Moonlit Waters” (with Elise on piano and lead vocals singing “Where have you been?”), and “Heart Song Avec Cello” (a revisiting of the title tune but with well-known new age cellist David Darling sitting in).

This is a classic-sounding new age album with beautiful melodies, strong playing, and a sense of intimate performance as if you were sitting in a parlor sometime in the past being entertained.

This is simply enchanting music. It probably falls into the new age music category as well as anywhere. But an argument could be made that it is more neo-classical since the bulk of it is either solo piano or piano-cello pieces. Lebec mostly has a light touch, but she can bear-down on occasion. The important thing is that she plays with deep feeling. While there are definite melodies here, it sounds as if she also leaves room for some improvisational soloing (for herself and others) within the framework. This is an outstanding new album worth checking out.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
“Heart Song” certainly had a number of pleasant creative surprises for me. Elise has brought a diversity of styles and elements into play here that can range from sharing a sensitive story on solo piano to more experimental territory. Out of silence comes sound, so the opening track is the appropriately titled, “Silence.” It’s a quiet introspective piece that draws the listener into a peaceful place and sets a nice tone for the album. Pleasant dreams are evoked in the next piece, entitled “Lullaby,” which features the soulful cello playing of Elizabeth Vandervennet. A number of cellists contribute to the recording, including well-known Paul Winter Consort member David Darling who adds his musical magic to a reprise of the title track that appears near the end of the album.

On a track called “Pirates and Poets,” unexpected elements evolve as the piece unfolds, including unusual chord changes, atonality, trippy backwards tape loops, yin/yang melodic contrasts, and more. This piece is definitely more adventurous and exploratory than anything heard thus far on the album, providing a brief excursion into the avant-garde. A track called, “It Was Always You,” introduces George Chavez, the second of three cellists who grace the album. George can be quite experimental himself, and here his playing includes beautiful melodic phrasing, long drone-like tones, and multi-tracked cello creating atmospheric synthesizer-like textures.

A nice change up takes place on “Ghost Ships” where Elise opens the piece playing electronic keyboards to create an appropriately haunting soundscape that serves as an ambient background for her piano that eventually appears out of the mist. A track called “Sacred Land” features an elder from a Guatemalan native tribe speaking about respecting and blessing the earth, being grateful and honoring all of nature and life. The piece includes ambient synthesizers, earthy native drumming, airy wooden flute, environmental sounds, piano, and more

I enjoyed the mystery of listening to the album for the first time and not knowing what direction the next piece would take. I particularly appreciated the expressiveness of Elise’s playing, as well as her creativity and willingness to think outside the box musically. On “Heart Song,” her third album, Elise has presented a unique collection of solo piano and ensemble pieces that provide a most intriguing listening experience. The artistic touches that adorn her music have certainly piqued my interest for what she will do next. I’ll be looking forward to that.


To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
"Heart Song" is the sophomore album from composer and pianist, Elise Lebec, who is a self-taught musician. As a child, Elise would fall asleep at night while listening on headphones to artists like George Winston, Enya, Loreena McKennitt and Andreas Vollenweider, which led her to explore a world of musical composition at a young age. Combining neoclassical and ambient piano with other instruments, Elise is joined by a handful of guest musicians on several of the compositions, which include cellists Elizabeth Vandervennet and David Darling, as well as Jeff Oster on Fugelhorn. A theme of sailing, seaside and the ocean is conveyed throughout by wistful melodies that often create feelings of both serenity and solitude. Contemplative, romantic and beautifully tranquil, "Heart Song" is evocative of the past, like drawing upon memories that are sacred to the heart, or rediscovering love letters long tucked away or once forgotten only to be reflected upon sometime later.

One of my favorite pieces on the album is "Ghost Ships", which opens with Tibetan singing bowls, bells and synthesized vocal sounds. Mesmerizing and haunting, the song is named for the centuries-old phenomenon where ancient sailors would see phantom ships in the distance due to an optical illusion. The equally gorgeous "Moonlit Waters" showcases the delicate, ethereal vocals of Elise herself amidst solo piano. She sings a forlorn melody with melancholic lyrics of love and longing, and I certainly hope to hear more of her captivating voice on future recordings.

With "Heart Song", Elise has created one of the loveliest piano-centric albums that I've had the pleasure of listening to in recent memory. The pensive, tender moods and overall sense of nostalgia really resonated with me, making it sure to be among my personal favorite albums of the year. Creative, innovative and most of all heartfelt, "Heart Song" comes highly recommended as a musical gift that beckons repeated listens.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from On World Music
I am constantly amazed by the sheer talent of musicians out there these days and their ability to simply create something wonderful in a world of chaos, this is pretty much what Elise Lebec has done on Heart Song.
I always like a good opening and Lebec provides that, with the peace filled tranquil oasis of piano called, quite aptly, Silence.
There is something so very confident and assured with her playing and the creation of tracks like Lullaby emphasises the point entirely. The inclusion of Elizabeth Vandervennet is nothing more than sheer genius, as were gifted beauty from keys and strings combined.
The title track Heart Song, is packed with overflowing emotion and a melody that is a true musical reflection of our feelings. Jeff Oster joins Lebec and Vandervennet, for the delightfully mysterious and dark at the edges track, Pirates and Poets, a real light and shade composition, but this is just another fine example of Lebec’s expertise and talent, as she plays out a musical narrative that captures the imagination of us, the listener.
Heart Songs truly has something for everyone, at every turn and at every corner, the ambience of, It Was Always You, is stunningly spacious and both honest and reflective in its tale. While Afternoon Kisses, is a little light reverie, through the bedroom window, watching the day drift past in bliss and in love, a real lazy Sunday afternoon song.
The chimes of the Ghost Ship returns our musical tale to the nautical and I must say this is an extremely well performed piece that I personally liked a lot, it had such a beautiful slow movement to it, that allows us to drift along with the track, but creates a sonic backdrop of utter magnificence along the way.
Lebec creates something special on Moonlit Waters with some quite incredible misty, spirit driven vocals on a track that is as brilliant as it is packed with an underpinned sense of emotion. While A Break in the Clouds takes us on a gentle hill side moment of happiness, then the performance inspires a fresh start, as the clouds clear at last.
On Sacred Land we have a respectful reflective tip of the hat to the indigenous peoples of the land and the music reflects the care and love we must have for our mother, there are some amazing natural sounds and effects in this piece as well. On Following the Rain, she calmly plays a piece that is so gentle, but with a sense of purpose built deep within, the energy of new life is strong, in this delicate track.
Lebec has proved her ability to change course and power at will, the deep and more powerful resonance of, Away into the Horizon, will acknowledge that. We even have time to sample a sublime moment of genius once again, as David Darling, joins Lebec on a reprise of the title track Heart Song (Avec Cello). Its time therefore to round up, what has been a total breath of fresh air in the genre known as, solo piano with instrumentation, with a nod in the direction of a the traditional, with a final ballad called Greensleeves.
Heart Song represents to me an album that is not only performed with extremely talented playing and style, but a well-crafted and well though out release, that really deserves to chart and receive future awards, a good album with a great narrative, is always a winner and Heart Song is just that.
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