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The Naked Piano: Elements

by Gary Girouard

Nominated "Album of the Year"! Described as "hauntingly beautiful", "deeply moving" and "incredibly powerful” - a natural compliment to a romantic evening, cooking, dining, reading or weekend relaxation.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Water
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2. Love
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3. August
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4. Miracles
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5. Springtime
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6. Footprints
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7. Time
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8. Winter's Wonder
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9. Sunshine
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10. Enchanted Forest
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11. Dreams
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12. Cosmic Journey
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13. Awakening
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Winner of Multiple “Album of the Year” awards for the contemporary solo piano genre, Gary Girouard has built a career around “The Naked Piano”. This original series composed, performed and produced by Girouard includes five full-length albums, sheet music and an assortment of compilation songbooks. Described as “hauntingly beautiful”, “deeply moving” and “incredibly powerful", the Naked Piano series evolved from Girouard’s strong passion for piano.

Girouard comments: ”People lead increasingly stressful lives. The Naked Piano is a simple response - highlighting a beautiful instrument in its most pure and natural form. Whether it’s cooking, dining or driving in your car - there are times we could all use some refreshing piano music.”

“The perfect Music for the heart, body and soul...” – Maurizio S.

“I love this CD! It calms me down. In the evening I sit by the pool wth a glass of wine and watch the sun set listening to this CD…” – C. Williams

"If you like solo piano…george winston type albums, do yourself a favor and listen to the naked piano… Hands down the best piano albums I’ve ever heard…" Amazon Review

"…a stirring combination of moods…brilliant tonal colors…very highly recommended!" - Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

Giving a nod to past experiences and worthy causes, Girouard donates a portion of album sales to charity.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Two years in the making, the fifth installment of Gary Girouard’s award-winning "The Naked Piano" series is here! Subtitled "Elements," it is a musical expression of “things that are in this world, but not of this world” and seeks to inspire listeners to “observe and enjoy the wonders and blessings surrounding each and every one of us” (quoted from the CD’s liner notes). Recorded on Piano Haven’s wonderful Shigeru Kawai grand piano, the music expresses a stirring combination of moods ranging from light and joyous to darker and more turbulent, using a palette of brilliant tonal colors. Girouard is one of the more accomplished pianists in this genre with impressive playing chops made even more impressive by the heart and soul he puts into his music. An exceptional recording in every way, I would expect "Elements" to be one of my Favorites for the year.

"Elements" begins with “Water,” which, for the first time in the Naked Piano series, contains a sound other than the piano - the sound of running water, which fades out as the piano enters. The flowing left hand and gently percussive right create a beautiful portrait of a stream or river running its course, sometimes slow and leisurely and sometimes strong and dramatic. Is there an unseen force in this life more powerful than “Love”? Girouard’s musical take is graceful, lyrical, and overflowing with heartfelt emotion. “Miracles” begins quietly and simply, gradually building as it stands in awe of life itself. “Footprints” is a bit darker than some of the other pieces, pondering history and those who have gone before us - a favorite. I also really like the dramatic “Time.” Sometimes lightly flowing and sometimes heavier and scary, it’s a great concept piece! You can almost feel an icy chill blow off “Winter’s Wonder” as it describes the sparkling beauty of a winter scene. At the other end of the spectrum is the lazy contentment of “Sunshine” as it warms the skin and soothes the body. “Enchanted Forest” is pure musical magic - a fairy tale without words that makes it easy to visualize iridescent fairy wings flickering in the darkened woods and elves hiding under mushrooms. “Cosmic Journey” expresses the freedom of improvisation while a simple melody line weaves in and out, sometimes gently, sometimes with gusto. “Awakening” speaks its message without a need for words, bringing this excellent album to a peaceful close.

Gary Girouard’s music is a very special listening experience - especially when you hear it with an open heart. His previous release, "The Naked Piano: Light & Dark" was awarded the 2012 “Album of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, and although I love that album, this one could be even better. Very highly recommended!
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