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Cascades of Fog

by Glenn Stallcop

His sixth album of solo piano improvisation. Expressive yet adventurous, lyrical yet virtuosic, passionate yet fresh and intelligent, spontaneously free yet reflective and articulate. Meditative music which captures and focuses your attention.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Which Leaves Us Alone
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2. On a Still Lake in the Morning
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3. Hiding the Way Home
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4. Through a Deep Canyon
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5. Around a Bird On a Cattail
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6. Swirling Around Rocky Peaks
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7. Through the Trees
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8. In the Graveyard
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9. Past an Old Stone Ruin
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10. Throughout My Memory
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11. Around a Boat At Anchor
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Cascades Of Fog was recorded in January of 2007. The previous year had been one of multiple personal tragedies and had left me somewhat shell-shocked. I used the opportunity to record this group of improvisations as both an emotional outlet and a source of healing. Some of these improvisations are rather dark, but more often, they are simply reflective. I had no regrets, really, but did need time to work out the sense of loss and subsequent hints of personal mortality.

So the metaphor of “cascades of fog” is much more appropriate than, say, “waves of anguish.” I had not lost my way, but maybe I was just a little bit hesitant. The music suggests a dialog with memories, losing touch with ones foundation, turbulence, mystery, fantasy, and a little romance.

Though the music on this album is freely improvised, it is more classical than jazz (certain free jazz/improvisation artists excepted). I am a classical musician by trade, and have been a composer since I was very young. I am more prone to spontaneously compose while improvising rather than to “groove” as a jazz musician would. I treat rhythm and harmony freely and in a complex fashion at times. However, my music is always expressive. It is the direct emotional and spontaneous outpouring that drew me to improvisation in the first place.

I also use improvisation as a spiritual practice. The act of improvisation forces me to concentrate all of my attention on what I am doing now, not on what I just did, what I am going to do, or what I was planning to do. As such, my music always has a certain meditative quality, a certain inner stillness, even when it gets busy. There cannot be fog without silence.

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