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The Piano Diaries

by Joanna Weinberg

Brilliant lyrics that tell powerful stories, great tunes that stay with you, authentic instruments played by great musicians, gentle eccentric jazzy vocals, a unique and classic work of art.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. Freckled Angels
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2. Innocence
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3. Daughters of the Empire
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4. The Artists are Leaving
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5. Benjamin and Penelope
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6. The Winds of Fear
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7. Wide Open Eyes
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8. Beautiful Old Man
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9. Witness
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10. Mama Buy Your Baby a Piano
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11. Trophy Wife
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12. The Piano at the Cabaret
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Piano Diaries comprises twelve original songs by singer- songwriter Joanna Weinberg.
The album was written, mixed, mastered and produced in Sydney, Australia, in September 2011.
This is Joanna's second album and is produced by Rafael A. Nazario, with seven superb Sydney jazz and folk musicians:
Rafael A Nazario: Piano, keyboards
Kate Adams: Cello
Mark Ginsburg: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone, flute
Martijn Hadders: Guitar
Jonathan Zwartz: Bass
Simon Fishburn: Drums
Blair Greenberg: African Drums, Percussion
The Piano Diaries encompasses the styles of folk, jazz, African jazz, swing and even cabaret. The stage show of the Piano Diaries has toured in Australia and tells, like the songs, the story of the writer's intimate journey with her grandmother's piano, from it's origins in the forests of Africa, to the place where it sits today, in the writer's home. '... the originality of her songwriting is so distinctive, compelling and surpassing, much of it imbued with and informed by South African roots, that it puts her other talents in the shade. Did I mention she's a fine pianist too? In fact, as the name implies, that's where this show begins. With the story of a piano that is second only to Jane Campion's film of that name for narrative interest, pathos and intensity. '
Who knew, or recalled, one polished ivory with milk? Not I, until the moment of! Joanna's revelation, recounting the story of her daughter, questioning! her sanity. It's astounding she's cleaved to it so faithfully: it was at her grandmother's piano that she saw a man being murdered. Noone took her statement. She's written a haunting song about it. Witness. She still sits at the very same piano, so it carries the memory as much as her. Like her, it's endured hard times and has almost fallen apart. But both are alive and well and living in ... Don't, for a moment, make the mistake of assuming it's all about the dark moments, however. There's a song of romantic homage to sensitive souls everywhere, that also has a personal particularity of yearning for her revered father: The Artists Are Leaving. Joanna Weinberg and The Piano Diaries will only take about an hour of your time. But it'll give pleasure and meaning that'll last for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years, after.

Brad Sykes, Australian Theatre Review
March 13th 2011

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