John Burke | Synesthesia

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Synesthesia

by John Burke

Listen to the colors of the piano with "Synesthesia," a new age album by John Burke.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Indigo
4:38 album only
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2. Amber
4:21 album only
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3. Sage
4:53 album only
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4. Violet
3:45 album only
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5. Gold
4:20 album only
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6. Crimson
6:11 album only
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7. Emerald
4:43 album only
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8. Teal
4:25 album only
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9. Silver
5:26 album only
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10. Cobalt
5:19 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
1. Indigo (4:38)
Composed in 2010 while living in Spain. Inspired by the smooth waters on Playa de la Concha beach in San Sebastian.

2. Amber (4:22)
Inspired by a Night Rider song. Composed in 2010.

3. Sage (4:53)
My first "Synesthesia" composition. Composed in 2009.

4. Violet (3:45)
Composed in 2010.

5. Gold (4:20)
Inspired by falling leaves in autumn. Composed in 2011.

6. Crimson (6:11)
Composed in 2011.

7. Emerald (4:43)
Inspired by a popular 80s song, though I can't remember the title. Composed in 2011.

8. Teal (4:25)
Inspired by Vince Guaraldi. Composed in 2010.

9. Silver (5:26)
This song only took about 2 or 3 days. Composed in 2011.

10. Cobalt (5:19)
Both the last song composed and the last song on this album. Specially dedicated to Becky LeCompte. Composed in 2011.

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Cathy Oakes

Review By Enlightened Piano Radio
In John Burke’s first album, Synesthesia, he literally paints a canvas filled with beautiful, rich colors. But he does it with music. He defines the word “synesthesia” on the CD cover as, “When the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.” And believe me, that is exactly what he does with his beautiful music. The listener hardly needs to look at the song titles. The music, itself paints the hues perfectly.

John comes from a musical family and was heavily influenced by the music of George Winston and Ray Manarek, keyboardist for the Doors. His harmonies, chord progressions and technique definitely reflect their styles, but do it in a unique way that is all his own.

Each of the ten tracks on this album bears the name of a color. Beginning with “Indigo,” he leads the listener to literally see the rich tones of the color. He paints the deep tones of indigo blue while bringing out the beauty of the color with the bright melody that shines through the entire piece.

“Amber,” one of my two favorites on this CD, is so warm and inviting with its beautiful harmonies and depth. The following track, “Sage,” brings forth the mystery, yet restfulness of the shade. The patterns in this piece brought, to this listeners mind, not only the color, but the wind blowing through sage plants in the desert. I could almost smell the tangy scent floating on the wind.

“Violet” is smooth with a subtle melody that causes one to really engage in the listening. In “Gold,” John portrays not only the color, but the shimmer and glitter of pure gold glistening in the sun. “Crimson” is written in a minor key and displays the dark richness and depth of the hue. This is not your ordinary red! It’s brooding, but slightly racy. It brings to mind the lush thickness of a deep red carpet.

The first glistening notes set the tone for “Emerald.” The late 60’s/early 70’s rhythms and chord progressions of the Doors, whose music influenced Mr. Burke are perhaps most evident in this piece. “Teal,” another of my favorites brings to mind the deep teal hues of the ocean with the sun reflecting off the surface, disguising the depth of the currents beneath.

“Silver,” like “Gold” portrays a glistening surface, but this time with a little less shimmer. One senses an inherent strength lying just under the shiny surface of this piece. A very fitting depiction. The CD ends with the piece, “Cobalt.” It is interesting to me that Mr. Burke chose to begin and end this album with rich shades of blue. This piece brings to mind the fathomless depth of an early evening sky with the stars just beginning to twinkle.

John says that he envisioned each color as he was writing the music. Some titles were decided before his hands went to the keyboard. But most were simply conjured in his mind as he played. It is quite impressive that he was able to so aptly translate the vision to the keyboard. My only complaint is that he didn’t paint every single hue on the color wheel. I could have listened to his beautiful music for hours on end.

This is excellent work by an outstandingly talented and gifted musician. I give this CD 4-1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it highly. I love the music and the whole creative idea behind the album! Fabulous work, Mr. Burke! I am looking forward to hearing more from this very creative artist!
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