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The Naked Piano: Transitions

by Gary Girouard

Gary's "Transitions" is the dramatic final chapter in the multi-award winning "Naked Piano" series! Featuring evocative solo piano melodies perfect for that epic romantic evening - or even just unwinding at the end of the day...
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Solitude
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2. Redemption
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3. Invictus
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4. Cross the Chasm
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5. Beyond Tomorrow
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6. Forbidden Love
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7. Kairos
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8. Serenity
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9. Transformation
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10. Nebula
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11. Nexus
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12. Transitions
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13. Invictus (Orchestrated)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Gary Girouard is a multi-award winning composer of evocative solo piano melodies. "Transitions" is the 6th album in his "Naked Piano" series - and promises to be his best work yet! Often compared to George Winston, Frederic Chopin, Yanni and Keith Jarrett, Girouard’s raw, expressive style of contemporary piano combines equal parts classical, new age and pop into “a masterpiece, a testament to a fluid live recording” (Boston Live), and “a must-have for your solo piano collection”(SoloPiano.com). Girouard’s Naked Piano series has garnered critical and popular acclaim including multiple “Album of the Year” awards and nominations.

"Transitions" follows an epic tale of "Apollo" - a 15th century self-motivated Italian farm boy who falls in love with the privileged young "Lady Maria". The album chronicles a surprising string of events where Apollo's love helps him overcome incredible odds, rising from poverty and misfortune to become one of the richest and most influential thought leaders of his time.

Girouard has toured nationally and internationally including recent performances in Italy and his debut performance at Weill Hall at Carnegie (New York). His music has been described as “hauntingly beautiful”, “deeply moving” and “wonderfully inspiring”. Now residing on Cape Cod (MA), Girouard is heavily influenced by his European ancestry and time spent living and traveling through Italy.

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ThatGuy

Excellent easy listening music
I can't list off any musical jargon on why I like this music, but I can say this is my second album that I purchased from Gary, and it is equally as good as the other album (Naked Piano Vol II). This is very nice relaxing music for listening, studying, or just background music. I played this music at a family party in the background and it got a lot of compliments.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Transitions" is the sixth volume in pianist/composer Gary Girouard’s "The Naked Piano" series, and what a masterpiece it is! In fact, it will be very difficult to beat this one for “Album of the Year” status on MainlyPiano. Girouard has always poured his heart and soul into his music, but there is something incredibly special about this album. The music tells the story of Apollo and Lady Maria, a young couple who lived in Italy in the late 15th century. He was the son of a poor peasant family and she was of noble birth. The tragedy of these star-crossed lovers sets in motion a series of “transitions” that inspire the music. The physical CD also has liner notes that explain the personal meaning of each piece. It’s a very elegant and emotional creation, but the music, oh, the music! All fifteen of the pieces are solo piano except a fully-orchestrated version of “Invictus,” which also appears as a piano solo; both versions are highlights of this stellar album. The physical CD has two bonus tracks that are not included in the back-story but that fit in with the rest of the music beautifully.

"Transitions" begins with “Solitude,” inspired by the idea that everything worthwhile starts with moments of solitude. The piece opens quietly and introspectively, gradually building in intensity and then quieting again. “Redemption” gives a musical voice to guilt and forgiveness - especially self-forgiveness and acceptance. The solo version of “Invictus” comes from deep within Girouard’s soul and was inspired by the poem that gave us the quote: “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul.” Strength, passion, and determination pour from each note. “Beyond Tomorrow” is another favorite as it looks deep within, accepting sadness and the power of time to heal even the most painful hurts. “Serenity” expresses a perfect calm and peacefulness - gorgeous! “Transformation” overflows with deep emotion, expressing the challenges of each stage of life as well as the constant changes we all experience - dark, poignant and profoundly moving. “Nebula” is a mysterious and haunting improvisation. The title track uses several related motifs to illustrate development and change over time. Gently encouraging and reassuring, it’s a lovely conclusion to the backstory. The orchestrated version of “Invictus” is the first orchestral piece Girouard has released publicly. Arranged and orchestrated by Doug Hammer, it’s easy to imagine this wonderful piece behind the credits to the film version of the backstory (we can hope!)! The two bonus tracks are “Chronos” and “Taken.” “Chronos” looks at the passage of time and “Taken” was inspired by the tragedy of Sandy Hook.

Gary Girouard has been one of my favorite artists for quite a few years, but I still wasn’t prepared for the beauty and emotional impact of "The Naked Piano: Transitions." I give it my highest recommendation. Go get it!
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Shoshana Michel

Perfect music to relax and chill-out to!
I recently discovered Gary Girouard's The Naked Piano albums and have gained a new favorite composer/pianist. As in all of Gary's albums, 'Transitions' speaks to the heart and touches the soul. He expresses life through his music and takes you along on his journey. His compositions and his playing invoke a lightness and sensitivity that only an elite group of pianists seem to possess. This album is the perfect music to relax and chill-out to and a CD that I highly recommend.
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

A complete pleasure to listen to
I had been travelling so long, that I needed a place of solace, somewhere to rest my tired mind, the flash of train tracks, the frenetic bullying of road vehicles and lumbering planes going to and fro in a mist of a late winter haze. My solace that cold Friday morning would come in the guise of Gary Girouard and his latest release and part of The Naked Piano works called, Transitions.
I have now played track one called Solitude 5 times in a row, I found that it spoke of my needs and desires, the negative chord structures were so mournful, it reflected a real sense of a need for solitude, a place where one can be alone with the mood of reflection. Girouard has pulled off a master stroke here, by opening this album with a track of such quality.
If one is searching for Redemption, then in this track you have succeeded upon your quest, one more absolutely stunning composition has been created by the artist and again Girouard’s mood is both reflective and imploring, the little extra power here is quite sublime, but he also cleverly pulls back with a real deft and respectful style.
I wondered just how could the artist get any better, this is one of the most exciting and emotional albums of the solo piano genre I have heard for quite some time. The full flowing Invictus will prove my point; it has an element of authoritativeness about it that is quite uplifting.
Girouard has a rare talent; he has that masterful skill of being able to paint with music. His performance on Cross the Chasm is more than enough proof of this ability; it is both creative and progressive.
Beyond Tomorrow was another moment of thoughtful performing, but perhaps of things yet to come, the mood here is an almost philosophical musing of the future, the melody however is once again powerful and emotional and one could easily see this being used in a film soundtrack.
The difficult, but addictive subject of Forbidden Love is next and here is a piece that literally floats on the winds of time, this is a soundtrack for those who have touched this moment of the heart and felt both the pain and passion of this dualistic of circumstance.
Kairos is a word familiar to me, but not musically, I live in Cyprus and had heard it used in conversation, it actually means in short, the perfect moment, there are just to words for time in Greek, one Chronos and of course this song title, Karios. The song itself is beautiful, but made me miss home even more, but soon I would have that perfect moment, that Kairos, back on the island of love, this track is sublimely played and reminds me of the soft wind that blows around our coastline.
Listen to Serenity, its bliss, it’s transcendent, Girouard’s performing style is so very creative, it’s just a blessing to be able to listen to it, this is one happy song, so just surrender to Serenity.
As we turn the corner into the second half of the album we come across something very special indeed and this is, Transformation, this arrangement has power, poise, and delicacy, and all wrapped up in one heck of a stunning performance, the energy of this composition is both intense and dramatic at times, but played with such skill and passion, it has to be admired.
We move to Nebula, a vast and open performance, filled full of opportunities for you dear constant listener to discover at your leisure. From the nebula we move into an area of mystery called, Nexus, this is a composition of connection and Girouard almost plays for us a piece that has that place of balance, and in a way it also feels related in some way, to the previous track.
So now for the title track, that moment of opportunity for the artist to really reveal his feelings of the overall concept of the album, this of course is the ultimate canvas. Gary Girouard on The Naked Piano: Transitions, shows a good deal of intention here, but please listen carefully to this one, it is complex in its construction, but contains a beautiful quality of sound as a back drop, it is emotive at times, but has a deep felt resonance of confidence layered within.
Invictus (Orchestrated) breaks from the solo piano theme, but does gift us an opportunity to hear a Girouard piece with all the bells and whistles, to coin a phrase. This is simply amazing, I would love to see this appear on a movie, and I would imagine the artist is very proud of this arrangement and so he should be.
In perfect logical order, in fact in chronological order we have the father of time and the track, Chronos. I liked the tempo and time of this piece, it also had a bright quality about it that gives us a sense of lightness and as our penultimate piece off the album, it set us up perfectly for our last offering.
That last musical gift is a gentle track called Taken; this is a beautiful way for us to leave this journey with the artist, it’s smooth and calming and the perfect slow paced composition for us to relax and just be with.
The Naked Piano: Transitions was a complete pleasure for me to listen to and Gary Girouard should be very pleased with the outcome of this release, it is constructed with such passion and pride, a lot of work has gone into the performance and production of this album and it shows, therefore I have no hesitation to recommended, that you make this album part of your collection, it is thoroughly enjoyable.
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