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Across The Water

by Eric Chapelle

Eclectic sounds from piano and cello to electronic pop instrumentals.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Every Wish
5:30 $0.99
2. First Kiss
4:29 $0.99
3. Straight Ahead
3:03 $0.99
4. Soft Landing
8:26 $0.99
5. MoPac
1:12 $0.99
6. For Edna
4:17 $0.99
7. Norton Island
2:27 $0.99
8. Water Theme
2:29 $0.99
9. Across the Water
4:05 $0.99
10. Rainmaker
5:57 $0.99
11. Evora Amore
2:54 $0.99
12. Remembrance
6:33 $0.99
13. Spaghetti Eastern
3:17 $0.99
14. Catching a Glimpse of You
3:32 $0.99
15. Tide Pool
3:58 $0.99
16. Wild Iris
2:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
With five solo piano tunes, including two more with cellist Julia Cory, and other tracks with keyboards sounds in an enhance electronic world, this album covers lots of grounds. It's more an anthology of Eric Chapelle's recent works since his release of his album Our Time.



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Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
When you are alone with Nature you can be as you are without the farfetched pattern of behavior that is established in human societies. You can feel your own inner self which is beautiful and at the same time wild. You are able to sense how our world is rich and what a precious divine gift it is to be here. And your heart is filled with love and tenderness.

Twelve years passed from the issue of Eric Chapelle’s first album “Our Time”. And this long wait was worth it. The new release “Across the Water” of this renowned pianist is a very bright work. Its music easily flows in your mind with the first chords of the composition “Every Wish” when the passionate cello of Julia Cory combines with the meditative piano of Eric Chapelle. And then you can fully enjoy the beauty which is present in the refined tunes of “Across the Water”.

In general, the cello of Julia Cory is simply perfect. It is intertwined with the piano of Eric Chapelle into a single whole. But the composer isn’t satisfied by this effect only. He goes deeper and we can hear the ambient motifs and interesting sound effects on the composition “Rainmaker”, ethnic percussions on the “Evora Amore” and aerial chorals on the majestic “Remembrance”. This composition in my opinion is the most powerful on the album.

The aforesaid doesn’t fully describe “Across the Water”. The main characteristic of the music by Eric Chapelle is when you listen to it you realize that your true essence is love.

Serge Kozlovsky

John P. Olsen NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Across The Water with Eric Chapelle
Eric Chapelle is a composing pianist from Austin Texas whose original music scores conceivably calm the waters in several ways. Born in France, Eric is also an avid photographer who has lived in several countries around the world and his piano music retains the essential element for relaxing music by the calm buoyancy in sound that finds neutral ground with the pounding waves heard in some music today. Across The Water is his Contemporary Instrumental 2010 release that impart 16 songs in ambient expression and creative imagination. Eric has performed his original compositions in concerts across the U.S. for over a decade, plus movie soundtracks in television, film, and commercials have been the scores that yielded wider recognition in addition to the 2 albums to his credit. Our Time was his 1998 album admired by many and had justifiably earned Eric a place alongside more esteemed pianists after his opening debut. Eric Chapelle’s contributions in The Heart Aid Project has inspired me to tell you more about the story behind his dedicated efforts in a tribute CD in memorandum of the fateful World Trade Center events on 9 / 11. In addition to Eric who conceived and produced the project, he and review publicist Kathy Parsons had corresponded with 16 additional well respected pianists and everyone compiled the tribute CD without royalties. Simply put, their time and virtuous work on this 9 / 11 remembrance album is to be commended, in addition their efforts have also reaffirmed my current knowledge that every contributor response is very much representative of the caliber of people who comprise the New Age genre today. Across The Water is another fine illustration of the resourcefulness put into every composition. Julia Cory is a cellist from Texas joining Eric on songs Every Wish & Soft Landing then guitarist John Inmon & cellist Dawn Biega offer their contributing instrumentals on Across The Water ( Title Track ) Their level of performance and musical drama they offer expressively impart gentle movement into the picture and is well suited to the principal ideals this album represents. This album retains yet one more harmonious notation since some of the 16 songs on Across The Water were recorded at the 150 acre Norton Island Retreat residency program created by the Easter Frontier Educational Foundation in Maine. Eric has characterized the island as an inspiring destination of solitude where writers and musicians like him can compose in peaceful moments of relaxing clarity. Norton Island is one song where the natural environment of the retreat is evenly transferred then shown like a scenic picture of captured images. The comparatively timed piano solos, casual in ambient recollections like heard in Tide Pool wonderfully convey an impression of calm by the fluid detailing in chord phrasing and lighter melodies that offer subtle reflections using even handed moderation, much attune to Wild Iris in the mellow point of view it brings. Remembrance is another beautiful song that carries a wonderful Cinematic overtone with every measure, and although the song on the surface is light the well placed notes engrave a deep feel of melancholy, in nicely placed emotional content I found quite moving. Contrasting soprano chorals evenly trace the piano melody while outlining lower octaves then model into more dramatic posturing and boldly crescendo as if gentle waves were moving across the shoreline. While Across The Water from Eric Chapelle is not essential to daily living, his inspired by nature album is a solid collection of calming ambience that provides a wealth of relaxing harmony for the listener, smoothing out the rough edges of today while remaining anchored in a state of readiness for the next enduring wave of life challenges that are sure to arise.


La Voz de la Naturaleza!
El pianista y teclista Eric Chapelle lanza su segundo trabajo bajo el título de Across The Water, una agradable mezcla de sonidos acústicos y eléctricos que crean durante una hora, un ambiente apacible, relajado, perfecto para la reflexión o el descanso. Inspirado en un verano mientras Eric atendía en el estado de Maine al Programa Norton Island Residency, Across the Water es la dulce voz de la naturaleza, donde el sonido de la lluvia, el correr del agua o el silbido del viento formaban la sinfonía de aquel lugar.

El pasaje que abre el álbum, "Every Wish", es profundamente bella. La chelista Julia Cory, es la voz principal de este tema, al que le acompañada delicadas notas altas del piano de Eric y un conjunto de cuerdas que crean un fondo musical misterioso. Una pieza con una gran carga emotiva, donde la melancolía y la nostalgia se unen para afligir el alma. Es increíble las sensaciones que transmite esta pieza.

Un cariñoso y cálido solo de piano da vida a "First Kiss". Eric reproduce una melodía que envuelve al oyente en un bello desconcierto. Son los primeros instantes de ese esperado y deseado momento. La melodía en su primera parte es lenta, con un sutil toque de indecisión, hasta que se torna apasionada para, posteriormente, bajar a un estado de relajación. Eric ha logrado captar a la perfección ese instante. Una de mis favoritas!.

"Straight Ahead" posee un carácter ligeramente travieso. Una pieza completamente electrónica, donde un teclado da vida a una melodía optimista y alegre que se repite de principio a fin. Un tema lleno de buenas vibraciones!.

Profunda es la pista más extensa del álbum, "Soft Landing". Nuevamente, el chelo de Cory, acompañado por el piano de Eric y las cuerdas, crean una pieza nostálgica donde la añoranza se mezcla con el dolor. Un nuevo destino y un lugar desconocido al que acostumbrarse. Un track inmensamente abatido, pero dotado de una gran belleza. Otra de mis favoritas!.

Breve pero elegante "MoPac" mezcla el piano con sintetizadores. Eric lanza furtivas notas del piano al aire que se unen en armonía con un sonido electrónico que viene y va. Una composición relajante e hipnótica que nos sumerge en positivos sueños.

"For Edna" es sinónimo de dolor. A los suaves golpes de acordes que reproduce el piano, se le une un synth pad brillante que aparece en ocasiones para acentuar la tristeza y el dolor, que ya de por sí, posee la melodía a la que da vida las manos de Eric al piano. La pieza es sumamente herida, no aportando ni un ápice de felicidad. Una tristeza que deja al desnudo los sentimientos del oyente.

Con "Norton Island" llega la alegría. Un solo de piano que invade de optimismo al oyente con una grácil melodía de carácter tierno y apacible. Una lindísima pieza que logra espantar aquellos pensamientos negativos y creando un dulce estado de paz. Otra de mis favoritas!.

En "Water Theme" un sintetizador reproduce un sonido que copia el piano. Eric sigue su ritmo con una melodía repetitiva, acompañada por cuerdas de fondo que, en su cenit, se torna convincente y poderosa sin sobresaltar al oyente. Un tema que fluye con suavidad, como si el vaivén de las mareas pusieran el tempo, perfecto y relajado, a esta amable pieza. Me encanta!.

La pieza que da título al álbum es sencillamente sorprendente, alucinante. El piano reproduce unos acordes al que se unen la guitarra de John Inmon y el chelo de Dwan Biaga. Estos últimos dan vida a una de las melodías más emocionantes y bellas de este trabajo. El piano, pasado a un segundo lugar, acompaña, casi imperceptible, a la melodía que dibuja la guitarra y el chelo. Es mi preferida sin duda alguna, de carácter poderoso y emotivo. Una obra maestra!. Wow!.

"Rainmaker" comienza, como no podía ser de otra forma, con el sonido de la lluvia. Synth pads crean una melodía con una delicadeza tan extrema que relaja a los corazones más inquietos. Todos conocemos el poder relajante de la lluvia, Eric se aprovecha de esto para dar vida a la pieza más sedante del álbum, mezclando este bello sonido con tiernas melodías de sintetizadores. Un momento para el descanso!.

Una percusión étnica abre "Evora Amore". Con aires orientales, el piano es acompañado de de varios synth que reproducen la melodía principal, establecida en la canal izquierdo, mientras en el diestro, el piano reproduce progresiones de acordes, casi imperceptibles. De nuevo, una melodía hipnótica que encierra una gran belleza.

"Remembrance" es apasionada y nostálgica, donde el piano esta vez se ve acompañado por un sintetizador que recuerda a voces celestiales, un coro de niños que calcan la melodía reproducida por la mano derecha de Eric al piano. Un tema que logra que regresemos a momentos únicos que un día vivimos, y aunque sea en nuestra propia mente, seguiremos disfrutando. Otra de mis favoritas!.

"Spaghetti Eastern" posee una guitarra con un sonido sintetizado extraordinario. Una suave percusión, casi inapreciable, marca el ritmo de los sintetizadores que dibujan junto a al guitarra la melodía principal. Una pieza con una melodía desconcertante pero que gusta. Me encanta!.

Otra de mis preferidas es "Catching a Glimpse of You". Un sólo de piano extraordinario, posiblemente el piano más sensible y emocionante de todo el álbum, con una carga emotiva alucinante que deja perplejo al oyente. Una pieza inspirada, seguramente, a la contemplación de una belleza imposible de creer, sobrehumana. Un piano asombroso!.

"Tide Pool". En ocasiones agitada, otras veces delicada. Una pieza que refleja los sentimientos que el mar despierta en Eric. Con golpes de acordes, este marca un tono poderoso al track que se torna de un carácter más suave y delicado. Una delicia!.

"Wild Iris". Como un soplo de viento que viene y va, la melodía fluye libre, como improvisada. Con gran dulzura, Eric da vida a otra pieza relajante, sosegada. Un tema que sumerge al oyente en la calma más absoluta. Perfecta terminación para el álbum!. Qué delicadeza!.

Altamente recomendable, Across The Water es la última publicación de Eric Chapelle. Un CD muy esperado por todos, ya que han pasado más de diez años desde su primer lanzamiento en el 98, Our Time. Across The Water es la música ambiental perfecta para alcanzar un estado de relax absoluto, para meditar, o sencillamente, para escuchar mientras se realiza cualquier tarea como: estudiar, leer, escribir... La mezcla de los sonidos acústicos con los sintetizadores hacen que sea muy aconsejable escucharlo con auriculares en una profunda escucha, mostrando sorpresas muy gratas para el oído.


Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Composer/pianist Eric Chapelle has released "Across the Water," the long-awaited follow-up to his 1998 debut, "Our Time," and it was well worth the wait! Combining acoustic piano, keyboards, live cello (Julia Cory and Dawn Biaga) and guitar (John Inman), Chapelle has created a masterpiece of tranquil yet complex music that is gentle enough to soothe the soul yet complex and intricate enough to invite repeated listenings that allow the listener to go ever deeper into the music each time. Sometimes ambient and sometimes melodic, the sixteen tracks are varied while sustaining a sublime mood for massage, studying, relaxing, reading, or simply chilling. Composed over the past twelve years, much of Chapelle’s new music was inspired by profound experiences in nature while attending the Norton Island Residency Program in Maine one summer. Deeply emotional on several different levels, the music “evokes the stages of longing, discovery, transformation of many sorts, and all journeys of becoming.” (quoted from the liner notes)

“Every Wish” begins our journey "Across the Water." Performed on keyboards, Julia Cory’s cello, and piano, the piece goes right to the soul with the force of its emotional impact. Not a simple daydream, the feelings of yearning and heartache go deep. “First Kiss” is much lighter and more serene with a passionate undertone. A graceful piano solo, it needs no accompaniment to convey its lovely message. “Straight Ahead” is almost buoyant in its light-hearted dance. Performed on keyboards, the instrumentation accentuates the carefree mood. “Soft Landing” brings back Julia Cory’s soulful cello with piano and keyboard washes creating a mood as gentle and dreamy as floating on a cloud. “For Edna” is a lovely piano solo composed in honor of a relative who passed away at the age of 94. Chapelle composed this tribute while looking at photos of “Edna” at different stages of her life. Gorgeous! “Norton Island” is a gently-flowing piano solo that conveys perfect peace and contentment. The title track is a trio for piano, guitar, and cello (Dawn Biaga) - bliss with a slight edge. “Rainmaker” combines ambient keyboard with the sound of gentle rain - so soothing! “Evora Amore” is more ambient than melodic and hints of Middle Eastern influences - hypnotic! I really like “Spaghetti Eastern,” with its rhythmic percussion and tranquil melody - fascinating! “Tide Pool” is an especially beautiful piano solo that depicts the calm clarity of a tide pool contrasted with the rippling water that changes movement at will. Chapelle saves (one of) the best for last with “Wild Iris,” a melancholy, dreamy piano solo recorded in a log cabin on Norton Island.

Eric Chapelle makes a strong comeback with "Across the Water." We’ll hope album #3 arrives sooner than twelve years, but if Chapelle’s future music is as good as "Our Time" and "Across the Water," we’ll wait patiently! Very highly recommended!