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by Jennifer Castellano

Original piano music performed and composed by Jennifer Castellano. The central piece on this disc, Images, is a collection of seven pieces inspired by a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, each inspired by either a specific place, moment, or feeling.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Winging It
3:06 $0.99
2. Three
2:42 $0.99
3. Peaceful Pause
1:16 $0.99
4. Avian Adventures
1:32 $0.99
5. Modern Dance
3:10 $0.99
6. Avoiding Time
3:02 $0.99
7. Cool Cats
3:15 $0.99
8. Images: In the Beginning
1:47 $0.99
9. Images: Prayer at Dawn
2:05 $0.99
10. Images: By the River
2:52 $0.99
11. Images: Joyful Encounters
1:57 $0.99
12. Images: View of the City
2:18 $0.99
13. Images: The Garden
2:27 $0.99
14. Images: Dancing on Water
2:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Completed in June 2014, Winging It was inspired by none other than my two small, female parrots, Sunny and Nikki. This avian-inspired piece is in three sections. The outer sections are in 7/8 and consist of rhythmic themes, while the middle section switches to 4/4 with more playful, lyrical melodies. Three was also written in 2014, and its title refers to the meter of 3/4 and its three-part form. This piece is similar in style to a jazz waltz with its swing and syncopated rhythms.

Peaceful Pause, Avian Adventures and Modern Dance were commissioned by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) in 2012. These three compositions were written for student pianists and vary in level of technical difficulty. Peaceful Pause (elementary level) is a calm piece in which the listener has a moment to experience inner quiet. Avian Adventures (intermediate level), inspired again by my two avian companions, is light and playful; it depicts the chatty and childlike qualities of these wonderful creatures. Modern Dance (advanced level) is a rhythmic and upbeat piece that came out of the blue one day while I was improvising at the piano. The syncopated rhythms heard in the opening come from the happy and rhythmic calls of my feathered friends. The piece, however, is not about parrots or birds, but simply a fun, celebratory 21st century dance.

Avoiding Time (2015) is a rhythmic and percussive composition based on a short rhythmic motive that is set in different harmonic environments. The piece has a "stop and go" feel to it, which reflects my own failed attempts to both "hang on" to time and keep up with it.

Cool Cats (2013) was written for radio host and pianist, Marvin Rosen, a champion of music written by living composers. Marvin is known to many as "Fred the Cat" because of the title of his first piano recording, featuring the music of Alan Hovhaness, Marvin's mentor and friend. Marvin has a great love for cats and so it seemed appropriate for me to write this composition. for him and his four feline companions, Mimi, Poo-Poo, Pix and Puszek. The piece is calm and relaxed and has a lullaby quality.

Early in 2015, I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with members of my church where we visited various historic and holy places. This wonderful trip was the inspiration behind Images, a collection of seven piano pieces, each inspired by either a specific place, moment or feeling during my visit. "In the Beginning" sounds like a reference to the first verse in the Book of Genesis, but this piece was inspired by my feelings of joy upon arrival at the airport in the city of Tel Aviv. "Prayer at Dawn" relates to our joining together in group prayer and celebrating daily Mass at various churches and shrines. "By the River" refers to the Jordan River where we renewed our baptismal vows. "Joyful Encounters" not only alludes to the many kind and interesting people whom I met during my visit, but my wish to experience a spiritual encounter of some kind with the Lord as well. "View of the City" was inspired by the magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and "The Garden" refers to the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, "Dancing on Water" was influenced by a joyous boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we danced to traditional Israeli folk music.



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mary ann walter

wonderful piano pieces and performances!
These are marvelous pieces for any piano teacher to hear AND for any performer to consider. Jennifer''s rhythmic sense is amazing, and the excitement and musical instinct is superior. I highly recommend this CD to any lover of piano music and music educators as well. She has an absolutely unique style - love it!

Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Wonderful piano pieces!
I am a piano teacher always in search of new, vibrant and unusual pieces, and found these in the compostions of Jennifer Castellano. Her style is like no other: it is exciting and so rhythmic and piaistically "friendly." Once in a great while, one finds a "modern" coposer who can speak to the general audience whether professional or otherwise. SHE IS IT!! I love her pieces, and highly recommed that you listen to these pieces on the CD. You will fall in love with them and her unique style.
Mary Ann Joyce

Mary Ann Joyce

Marvelous piano pieces (and terrific performances)
Pianists: whether you are a performing artist OR a teacher, these pieces are a MUST for you. They are exceptionally vibrant, and rhythmic, and highly unusual; you will not hear many works inspired by two parrots and hear and end result which is fascinating and exciting. What a delight to perform these works, and to teach them! I highly recommend them to music lovers and performers. You will not be sorry to have purchased this amazing CD!