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Turbulent Grace

by Justin Taber

A piano solo album of diversity and contrast, of light and shadow, and profound emotional depth.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. See It in Your Eyes
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2. Going New Places
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3. Turbulent Grace
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4. Serrated Stairs
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5. What Could Have Been
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6. The Constancy
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7. Crystal Clock
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8. The Reach
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9. Through It All
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10. Resilience
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11. First Revolution
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12. Ani's Theme
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13. Last Lullaby
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14. Pendulum
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15. Royal Beauty Bright
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16. Until the Last Wave Breaks
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17. Coalescence
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18. Over Oceans
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19. An Unexpected Life
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Dazzling playing technique makes for more than an hour of unforgettable original piano solos that are far too exciting to relegate to background music. Combining classical drama and power with contemporary sensibilities, Taber has a distinctive style that is uniquely his own.” – Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano

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Michael Diamond (michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
To call Justin’s music “colorful” is more than just a figure of speech. Color is actually an element in his compositional style. Justin has a rare condition called “synesthesia” in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight - a sound may evoke sensations of color. Justin, who was born in Hawaii, began playing piano at the age of 6. Guided by his synesthesia, he began composing by “creating waves of overlapping color.

On the first track, “See It In Your Eyes,” rolling arpeggios conjured a picture of “amber waves of grain” rippling in the wind on a sunny day and a feeling of optimism in the air. The second track, “Going New Places,” is an up-tempo piece that is punctuated by an occasional touch of dissonance, and prepares the listener to expect the unexpected. I must admit that I was curious as to what the music on the title track would sound like with a name like “Turbulent Grace.” I think that the name does capture the vibe of this composition quite well with its powerful and dramatic currents that resolve into a more ethereal space in the last movement.

Many of Justin’s compositions are complex and quite active, lending themselves more to focused listening rather than as background music, which some solo piano albums are suited for. Justin’s music is very expressive and you get the feeling that there is a story and genuine emotion behind each song. “Turbulent Grace” is an album of diversity and contrast, of light and shadow, and profound emotional depth. I would love to have the ability to perceive the colors that Justin experiences with his music, but I think that he has come as close as possible in conveying them with sound and feeling.

To read a full-length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Turbulent Grace es una ejemplo de fuerza y destreza al piano.
A medio camino entre el piano new age y el clásico, el debut del compositor Justin Taber, Turbulent Grace, es una ejemplo de fuerza y destreza al piano. Compuesto por diecinueve piezas originales, Taber nos inspira buenas vibraciones con su música, melodías con luz propia que forman un álbum repleto de emociones. Aunque la música se encuentra en un segundo plano en la vida de Taber, la calidad musical de Turbulent Grace hace pensar todo lo contrario; que un diseñador en el campo de la medicina encuentre tiempo para componer maravillas como las que integran este trabajo es algo increíble.

“See It In Your Eyes” abre el album; una manera muy positiva de presentar el álbum. Con su lado más romántico y llena de brillo, esta pieza envuelve con sus cálidas notas al oyente.

No hay decaimiento en la música de Taber, “Going New Places” es ilusión. El descubrir nuevos lugares siempre es una hermosa experiencia que alimenta a la inspiración, así lo recoge Justin en esta composición de toques rápidos y juguetones.

La tercera pista da título al álbum. Apasionada y más personal, Taber realiza arpegios de acordes en diferentes escalas; manteniendo la tensión en todo momento, una tensión dulce, apacible, como si viajásemos en sueños. Me gusta!.

Una de las composiciones más interesantes del CD es “Serrated Stairs”, donde unos cambios en la melodía, de forma sorpresiva realzan la belleza de la pieza. Otra bella melodía en Turbulent Grace.

“What Could Have Been” es de esas composiciones que pasan desapercibidas. La melodía es repetida hasta la saciedad, dejando casi tres minutos de incesantes toques de acordes y notas en la zona alta del piano.

“The Constancy” es una extensión de la pista anterior, vuelve a repetirse el incansable toque rápido de acordes y notas sin sentido.

Llega la calma con “Crystal Clock”, una de las grandes melodías de este trabajo. Mucho más relajada y con un tono serio que ayuda a la reflexión, Taber interpreta una música fría e intensa a la vez.

“The Reach”. Regresando al ir y venir de rápidos acordes, Justin arranca del piano una música apasionada y nostálgica, de un fuerte sentimiento de dolor. Otra composición a destacar en Turbulent Grace.

La tristeza nos invade durantes unos minutos con “Through It All”, una composición que va creciendo con el paso del tiempo. La melodía comienza con pesadez y melancolía, hasta alcanzar una gran fuerza y arrojo.

“Resilience”. Como es habitual en la música de Taber, las melodías suelen guardar lo mejor para el final, realizando inesperados cambios de emociones. “Resilience” surge con cuidado, de forma pávida, pero esto cambia a los pocos minutos, la pieza se torna furiosa y alentadora.

La tensión mana con “First Revolution”. Nuevamente, el pianista acude al toque descontrolado de acordes bajos. Se respira nerviosismo de principio a fin.

Un bello cambio. “Ani’s Theme” es una pieza entrañable que dibuja un contexto ideal, mágico. Aunque el pianista sigue torturando los acordes, la mayor parte de la pieza es interpretada con mimo entre acertadas notas que dibujan un hermosa melodía llena de sentido.

“Last Lullaby” es la pieza más clásica del álbum. Con cuidado y mimo, Taber interpreta una tierna canción de cuna, cuya melodía es de un fuerte poder sedante. Qué paz desprende!.

“Pendulum” es otra de las composiciones a destacar en el álbum. Aunque el estilo es inalterable, Justin interpreta una pieza fantástica, que bien podría ser la banda sonora de una película. En algunos fragmentos me recuerda al Einaudi!.

Intrépido. Otra vez el peculiar y vertiginoso estilo de Taber para “Royal Beauty Bright”. Entre rápidos acordes se distingue una música interpretada con ímpetu.

Otra maravilla del álbum es “Until the Last Wave Breaks”. Sosegada en su comienzo, esta vuelve a ser loca en sus acordes, por qué?!. La música es debería seguir con su melodía aplacada, dando un respiro al oyente.

Con un comienzo muy peculiar, algo que ya había escuchado antes. “Coalescence” es un calco de las melodías anteriores, tanto en técnica como con emociones. Justin debería realizar algún cambio que captara la atención del oyente. La técnica es magnifica.

Un sutil cambio en “Over Oceans”, pero por poco tiempo. Nuevamente, Justin acude a los arpegios rápidos de acordes sin cuidar la melodía de su mano derecha. Nos encontramos con otra música intensa, de carácter preocupado.

Increíble, el esperado cambio. La pieza final del álbum lleva el título “An Unexpected Life”, y esta sí es el placer para nuestros oídos, que después de percibir una técnica asombrosa, pero carente de composición melódica, disfruta a lo grande con la pieza que cierra el álbum.


Turbulent Grace es el debut del pianista Justin Taber, un álbum donde se muestra la grandiosa técnica de este compositor que impresiona con sus rápidas manos. Turbulent Grace es un álbum asombroso, compuesto por diecinueve piezas que no dan respiro al oyente, todas las composiciones son intrépidas y llenas de fuerza, formando un conjunto extenso en cuanto a tensión. Turbulent Grace es un álbum recomendado, que mantiene al oyente expectante a nuevos lanzamientos de este gran músico, Justin Taber.

reviewsnewage.com
07/07/12
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I’d be hard-pressed to name another debut solo piano album that has impressed me as much as Justin Taber’s "Turbulent Grace" has. An engineer working in the medical field, Taber can obviously let go of his technical side and become a brilliant and passionate pianist/composer on his own time. His current bio is a bit sketchy, but it says that Taber started playing the piano at 6 and that he has a condition known as synesthesia. In Taber’s case, musical notes are associated with colors, making his music colorful in more ways than one! That coupled with a dazzling playing technique makes for more than an hour of unforgettable original piano solos that are far too exciting to relegate to background music. Combining classical drama and power with contemporary sensibilities, Taber has a distinctive style that is uniquely his own. The nineteen compositions on the album were composed over a decade or so beginning with his freshman year of college, and there isn’t a weak track among them.

"Turbulent Grace" begins with the delicate and flowing “See It In Your Eyes,” a sweet love song that reveals a young man’s passion. “Going New Places” is one of the more upbeat pieces, conveying the excitement of discovery and the anticipation of new experiences. The title track has a lot of movement in both hands while the melody is rather spare and simple - a very impressive example of Taber’s control of his instrument. “What Could Have Been” has the feel of a soul crying out at night, sleepless with relentless thoughts and regrets. “The Reach” is a favorite. The melody of this cinematic piece is uncomplicated, but the underlying rhythms and harmonies are complex, sounding like they would require a minimum of three hands. Dark, dramatic, and very emotional, it’s an amazing piece. “Resilience” is another emotional powerhouse that ranges from very dark to more hopeful. Taber’s playing is jaw-dropping! “Last Lullaby” goes in an entirely different direction with its beautiful and soothing tenderness - a poignant contrast to some of the other pieces. In “Royal Beauty Bright,” Taber utilizes a more percussive touch to evoke images of sparkling prismatic colors spinning in the light. “Until the Last Wave Breaks” is gorgeous - intense yet very graceful. “Coalescence” reminds me a bit of “The Heart Asks Pleasure First” from the film "The Piano," one of my favorite pieces ever (even though I hated the movie). Passionate and constantly in motion, it’s another favorite.

Reviewing this album and really getting into the music has been a breathtaking experience that I’m anxious to share! I give "Turbulent Grace" my highest recommendation.
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