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Forget-Me-Not, Blue

by Evan Wish

Accomplished concert pianist performing on a Bosendorfer, brings an added depth of eloquence incorporating a string trio. Rooted in classical and transformed into contemporary with beautiful tones and rolling rhythms that engage your senses.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Tara
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2. And, What If
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3. What Will Man's Legacy Be?
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4. When Do Miracles Happen?
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5. Quietly I Say, All Things Happen
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6. I Love You, Or Something Like That
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7. Angles Are Near
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8. Walking on Water
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9. Three Times to the Right, You Will Find What You Are Looking For
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10. Forget-Me-Not, Blue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Official Nomination" - Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2011 - for the song Forget-me-not, blue in Classical/Orchestral.

“ As a whole, the album is pensive, introspective, and intensely personal. It is a musical meditation, a prayer for peace. In his own quiet, small way, Evan Wish has created a legacy of hope and value.”

Rajman Reviews Blogspot - (USA) Rating 5 Stars - Nov. 28,10 / Music Review by: Raj Manoharan

With the addition of live strings (violin, viola and cello) on five of the pieces and five as solo piano adds a nice balance. I researched for a studio to record in that had a top notch piano and chose the one with a 7” 4” Bosendorfer 225 Grand Piano, as it is one of the best pianos in the world.

Special attention was made during the recording and mixing process to preserve the piano’s clarity, power and warmth by Grammy Nominated engineer Peter Granet, reprising our creative collaboration since my Lullaby of Love Debut release that he produced as well.

Recorded and mixed at Firehouse Recording Studios in Pasadena CA and mastered with Dale S. Becker of Bernie Becker Mastering. This is a music project that followed the rules and regulations of the North American Musicians Union and I am proud of that as it retains a fellowship for musicians.

Retained the top of the ZMR world charts for 6 months. The November debut was a #6, a #3 in December. In 2011 a #4 in January, a top 20 in February and March, with a #49 in April.

Reviews have used descriptive words of "New and Exceptional" as well as "Evocative." Radio stations and media outlets around the world have added it to their play lists. My Radio and Media promotion campaign was with by Ed Bonk of LAZZ Promotions once again.

I traveled to Cannes, France to do a special invitation only concert at the MIdem 2011 Music Conference for industry executives, invited guests from Cannes and the media. As well as having pre arranged meetings with 33 music companies from all over the world.

In April (2011) I entered into a management agreement for all my music business, including performances, branding and social media. This is a wonderful achievement and I am proud they will work to have me on the concert stage more often and be able to provide a focus to my music career.

Some background to the preparation for recording:
While I was composing this album it became a message that I wanted to send to the world. I have always written from my heart and have learned to trust it. I experienced my times of love and heartbreak and I used it all as my source of inspiration.

I witnessed families of all races lose loved ones in war and the neglect of morals on a daily basis. in the musical piece, What will man’s legacy be? I incorporated the spoken words of Nobel Peace Prize winners to describe the human condition. The spoken words of Gandhi, Buddha, Mother Theresa and Dr. Martin Luther King are featured in the middle section of this piece. Against all odds these individuals dedicated their lives to freeing the world of suffering and to say the truth about the quality of daily life.

I also added a Native American Indian chanting, an Israeli female singer, singing “God and Amen” in Hebrew and Arabic, Persian hand drums, a large African drum and a military marching drummer from the USC Trojan Marching band.

I hope and trust that my new release will be a powerful musical message with the addition of the humanitarian statement, one that I feel needs to be heard.

Please write a review, I would appreciate the feedback and for those coming to my site for the first time. Join my fans list or facebook to hear of upcoming intimate performances I will be performing.

Peter Granet – Engineer and Producer.
With "Forget-Me-Not, Blue" Evan has reached even deeper into his creative wellspring and composed works suggestive of 20th century French composers Gabriel Faure and Eric Satie. His piano virtuosity combined with the glorious timber of the Bosendorfer Grand brought this recording to exquisite perfection.

Marcy Vaj - String Orchestrations.
Tara: I have the strings reflect that the song was written for Evan's daughter and he had commented that he wrote it with a dialogue in mind between a father and daughter. So we have the juxtaposition of higher and lower voices in a conversation.

What Will Man's Legacy Be? This song is the 21st century plea for the same thing students and activists yearned for in the 70's-- world concern for survival of the planet and most of all, peace. Hopefully, in this era the plea will be heard.

I Love You, Or Something Like That: A happy song, with a touch of melancholy.... or something like that.

Three Time To The Right (you will find what you are looking for): The concept for me was when turning three times to the right; one is back to the starting point. I thought of this as a joyous eventuality, the process being everything. The choruses reflect that optimism in the brook-like babbling interplay of the 3 strings.

Forget Me Not, Blue: This song is nostalgic and very romantic. I started and ended with a plaintive violin and built the middle around what I imagined was a Celtic-sounding waltz, harkening to old European roots.


Thank you, for taking the time to read about my… Forget-Me-Not, Blue.
take care,
Evan



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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Evan Wish is a sensitive soul who wears his heart on his sleeve, and that thoughtful sensibility comes through in his gorgeous compositions and his skillful mastery of the piano as evidenced on his latest release.

Wish is deeply concerned about the human condition: how we treat our planet, how we treat each other. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the song “What Will Man’s Legacy Be,” which features a beautiful melody accompanied by readings of the great sayings of many of the world’s prominent historical progressive leaders, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The musical subject matter is not limited to political and social issues but also finds inspiration from family and past loves. “Tara” is dedicated to Wish’s daughter and conveys the love and pride he has for her. The title track, “Forget Me Not, Blue,” exudes eternal longing.

A three-piece string ensemble adds drama, emotion, and urgency to the proceedings without overwhelming the subtlety of Wish’s musical message.

As a whole, the album is pensive, introspective, and intensely personal. It is a musical meditation, a prayer for peace. In his own quiet, small way, Evan Wish has created a legacy of hope and value.
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Romántica Pasión
Después de su álbum debut Lullaby For Love, el pianista Evan Wish lanza el álbum, Forget-Me-Not, Blue, un álbum que mantiene el mismo hilo que su primer CD, el romanticismo como principal inspiración. El romántico piano de Wish (Bösendorfer Gran Piano) comparte protagonismo con un arreglo de cuerdas dirigido por Marcy Vaj y formado por la propia Marcy Vaj al violín, Robin Ross a la viola y Vahe Hayrikyan en el chelo. Junto a esta gran formación, también se incluyen artistas adicionales que prestan su voz y otros instrumentos en algunas composiciones de Evan.

"Tara" es un apasionado comienzo para Forget-Me-Not, Blue. Las cuerdas reproducen una lamentación que acompaña al melancólico piano de Evan. Una pieza triste en la que parece decir un categórico y abatido adiós.

"And, What If" da la sensación de ser la continuación de la melodía anterior pero con un toque ligeramente más resignado. Una música preocupada que reproduce notas que invitan a la reflexión.

"What Will Man's Legacy Be?" esconde en su música una de las sorpresas del CD. El conjunto de cuerdas interpretan el fondo musical para la emotiva melodía del piano de Wish. La aparición sorprendente del canto indígena de Kenneth Little Hawk, la voz de Maya Haddi narrando una emocionante historia y una convincente percusión por Scott Spongeberg y Ronik Ital ofrecen durante unos instantes una gran energía a este tema.

Nuevamente pasión y dulzura se unen; en esta ocasión en "When Do Miracles Happen". La música guarda cierta similitud compositiva al segundo tema del CD, lo que ya empieza a ser algo repetitivo, pero no deja de ser una hermosa melodía.

Una de las obras más bellas es "Quietly I Say, All Things Happen". Una música donde la fragilidad está inscrita en cada nota que Evan interpreta al piano. Conmovedora y tierna, "Quietly I Say, All Things Happen" es una de mis preferidas. Qué belleza!.

Las cuerdas suenan en todo su esplendor para abrir "I Love You, Or Something Like That". Una delicada obra con una melodía que queda grabada en la mente, fácil de tararear incluso después de ser escuchada horas después. Otra de las piezas destacables en Forget-Me-Not, Blue. Me gusta el diálogo que mantienen violín y piano, es muy interesante!.

"Angels Are Near" es una pieza escrita para solo de piano que transmite una fuerte sensación de vacío, la soledad más absoluta. Sus tristes notas no dejan indiferente al oyente.

Uno de los temas alegres del CD es "Walking On Water". Sutilmente optimista, Evan reproduce una melodía danzante y tierna. Golpe de acordes son la base para una música radiante que nace en la zona alta del piano con gracia.

Un enigmático comienzo a golpe de piano presenta "Three Times To The Right, You Will Find What You Are Looking For", una pieza elegante, donde cuerdas y piano interpretan la misma melodía al unísono con una desenvoltura fascinante. Otra de mis preferidas!.

"Forget-Me-Not, Blue" es mi pieza preferida de todo el álbum. Claramente la pasión es la única protagonista de Forget-Me-Not, Blue. Esta última composición es alucinante, recordando a algunas composiciones de Mertens en algunos fragmentos. Wow!.


Hablar de Forget-Me-Not, Blue es hablar de un piano apasionado y sentimental a más no poder. El pianista Evan Wish revela su lado más íntimo en cada composición interpretada en el gran Bösendorfer, que unido al conjunto de cuerdas, muestran piezas de lo más emocionantes. Forget-Me-Not, Blue es un álbum recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
14/05/11
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Forget-Me-Not, Blue" is the follow-up to Evan Wish’s 2005 debut Lullaby of Love. Featuring solo piano, piano and live strings, and spoken word plus percussion (on one track), Wish proves himself to be a very expressive and evocative pianist and composer. Wish explains: “While I was composing this album it became a message that I wanted to send to the world. I have witnessed families of all races lose loved ones in war and the neglect of morals on a daily basis. I experienced my own heartbreak, love, hope... and my times of contemplation; I used it all as my source of inspiration.” Although the overall theme of the album is often somber, the music is far from joyless. Powerful emotions are expressed with eloquence and grace as Wish opens his heart at the piano.

The album begins with “Tara,” a piece Wish composed for his daughter after receiving an email from her one evening. A string trio and the piano create a dialog between a father and daughter and bring to life the poignant drama that inspired the piece - a lovely opening! “What Will Man’s Legacy Be?” is quite different from the other tracks. After a beautiful instrumental prelude, a Native American chant begins behind spoken words by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Gautama Buddha, and Mother Theresa. In addition to the chanting, a woman is singing the words “God and Amen” in Hebrew and Arabic. There is also a snare drum (for a military feel), a Persian hand drum, and a large African drum. There is so much going on in that section of the piece that it is almost impossible to hear what the spoken words are. Fortunately, those words are included in the liner notes. “When Do Miracles Happen?” is a gorgeous piano solo that was the result of a particularly difficult time in Wish’s life. I also really like the deeply emotional and very personal “Quietly I Say, All Things Happen.” “I Love You, Or Something Like That” is happier, tinged with a beautifully bittersweet interaction between the piano and string trio. “Angels Are Near” is a soothing piano solo made up of five different sections. The music reassures that angels will come to comfort those who call out to them. “Three Times to the Right, You Will Find What You Are Looking For” is a metaphor for starting a journey and taking three right turns, which will eventually bring you back to where you started. The interaction between the piano and strings is hopeful and optimistic. My favorite piece is the closing track, which is also the title track. Nostalgic yet very romantic, the strings enhance the drama and poignance of the music and end the album with a sigh.

"Forget-Me-Not, Blue" is a beautiful and stirring musical experience, so check it out!
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Michael Diamond

In a word... "evocative"
From the first wistful notes, and throughout the album to its graceful conclusion, a word that repeatedly came to mind was “evocative.” Imagery and emotions awakened within as Evan’s spirited piano melodies unfolded. The album opens with “Tara”, a beautiful song for piano and strings. “What Will Man’s Legacy Be?” is important not only for it’s musical content, but for it’s powerful and inspirational theme. This track blends piano and strings, with spoken word quotes from Nobel Peace Prize winners such as Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, and Buddha as well as chanting and other instruments from around the world. Some of the piano solos that held special resonance for me were “When Do Miracles Happen” and “Angels Are Near, an intricate piece with five different sections. However it’s hard to pick favorites on an album where every song is exquisitely crafted and displays a level of instrumental virtuosity as well as masterful composition and arrangement.
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John P. Olsen / Review Publicist

Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu
Even if the holiday celebrations of Christmas and New Years are behind us now, one contemporary composing pianist has an important message to share having equal relevance to the honorable offerings of peace and harmony we celebrate during the close of one year and the hopeful new beginning of another, arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Evan Wish is a classical trained concert pianist from Encino California with a brand new release titled; Forget-me-not, blue. Incorporating the spoken words of honorable Nobel Peace Prize recipients, and like their principled humanitarian message of peace and hope, Evan Wish gives a heartfelt message of peace and hope, told by his beautiful design in inspiring contemporary instrumental music having a classic touch. Evan’s contemporary classic Solo Piano debut album titled Lullaby Of Love acquired the number 3 position in global charts, and remained in the Top 10 position for three months and the Top 100 for 6 months, earning a NARAS consideration for a Grammy Nomination for 2005 in the Best New Age Album of the Year category on his original composition. Evan travels and performs concerts in Europe, and does television, film, and theatre production writing, and is an active ASCAP & ACF member, plus you can find his music on Syndicated, Public, and College Radio Stations, along with AOL, Music Choice, Live 365 and numerous others. Forget-me-not, blue has 10 songs of Contemporary Instrumental bliss with 5 Solo Piano pieces and 5 piano with string ensemble of violin, viola and cello. Together in unison Evan Wish delivers gently contemplative and some inspirational songs while sharing the message of peace and hope in a positive upbeat manner. Recent recognition for Forget-me-not, blue is the # 3 chart success for December 2010, in ZMR’s Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart listings. In a universal message of harmony in tune with a multitude of people who share the same beliefs and ideals, the song What will man’s legacy be is the heart of the humanitarian side of this project. Here you will find past Nobel Peace Prize recipients incorporated spoken words of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King are included, along with Native American reciting, an Israeli singer and ethnic percussions. Forget-me-not, blue is a true achievement after many years as a Canadian born and educated pianist, beginning his first music instructions at age 7, where his gift as a pianist became apparent as a young adult which then led to formal studies at the Conservatory of Music institute in Canada where he won first class honors among many talented competitors. In addition Evan attended the prestigious Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and received tutoring from top composers in the entertainment industry. His unique gift at an early age was discovered thankfully, and those early formative years were the strong foundation for his composing skills. Today Evan has achieved international recognition while performing worldwide for the past 25 years. The Solo Piano and strings ensemble songs each retain their individual merits of quality, and Evan performs on a Bosendorfer Grand Piano, widely accepted as a fine tonal instrument which transfers a pianist musical arrangement with warmth and clarity. When touring the Provence region of France, Paris, or the French Riviera, Evan Wish is widely publicized as “The Passion of a Romantic” and you will find his Solo Piano and Instrumental release with ensemble allows one to hear his passionate work as others have discovered for themselves. In recent news, Evan has just returned from Cannes, France while attending the Midem 2011 Music Conference, meeting with music companies and industry leaders, in addition to performing an exclusive solo concert. While peaceful ambassadors of our past have arrived to us in the form of an ideological leader, an advocate for the poor and a nonviolent civil rights crusade of another, the beautiful Solo Piano and strings instrumental expressions from the heart of Evan Wish constitute a gallant and notable gesture too, arriving in a truly inspiring manner sure to be embraced by all. String orchestration by Marcy Vaj (violin) Robin Ross (viola) Vahe Hayrikyan (cello). Engineer/Co-produced by Peter Granet.
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