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Reflected in a Flowing Stream

by Kathryn Kaye

Original piano compositions with beautiful melodies and contemporary, meditative, instrumental production. Songs for solo piano and piano with bass, cello, violin, percussion, and English horn. An exceptionally talented composer and musician.
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1. A Lark in the Last Light of Day
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2. As Seasons Change
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3. Procession of Moon and Stars
5:42 $0.99
4. The Stillness Before Dawn
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5. No Reason Not to Dance
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6. Winters Deepest Sleep
5:09 $0.99
7. As Summer Fades to Fall
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8. April Rain
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9. A Shower of Summer Nights
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10. Reflected in a Flowing Stream
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11. Arctic Night
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Kathryn Kaye’s sixth album, "Reflected In a Flowing Stream," is a bit different from her previous releases in that her classical background is more readily apparent. What hasn’t changed is her velvet touch on the piano keys and gentle, sensitive composing style. I have loved all of Kathryn’s albums so my expectations were high, but this one still coaxes a quiet “wow!” from me each time I hear it. Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, and Kaye, and recorded, mixed and mastered by Eaton, the album features several of the extraordinary musicians who often grace the recordings from Imaginary Road.

A native of southeast Kentucky, Kaye started playing hymns, folk music, and children’s songs on her family’s piano at the age of four. Although she was a very active musical performer throughout her youth, it wasn’t until she attended college that she learned to read music. She continued her training in Germany in both singing and piano and also performed professionally as a classical singer, folk singer, composer, pianist, and church organist. She released her first album, Dreaming Still, in 2010.

" Reflected In a Flowing Stream" begins with “A Lark in the Last Light of Day,” one of two piano solos on the album. Sometimes very still, and sometimes full of movement, it’s a gorgeous opening that demonstrates the beauty and versatility of Kaye’s composing and playing styles. “As Seasons Change” features Eugene Friesen on cello and Tony Levin on bass. Poignant and full of longing, the haunting piano melody will stay with you long after the piece has ended. “Procession of Moon and Stars” goes in a more classical direction with cello, flugelhorn (Jeff Oster) and accordion (Eaton) in addition to the piano. Although the cadence of the piece is the steady rhythm of a processional, the melody is graceful and fluid - a very interesting study in contrasts. The first half of “The Stillness Before Dawn” is a gentle and delicate piano solo. The second movement features Jill Haley on English horn, and the third finishes as a piano solo. The quiet peacefulness of this piece is profound. “No Reason Not to Dance” picks up the tempo and brings in the wonderful Charlie Bisharat on violin. “April Rain” is the second piano solo and is exquisite, reminding me of a lyrical Mendelssohn “Song Without Words.” It is also my favorite piece on the album. “A Shower of Summer Nights” is performed by a trio of piano, violin (Bisharat) and accordion (Eaton). Really? Actually, the first part is solo piano and the accordion is pretty subtle, but Bisharat really gives this beautiful piece wings. The title track features piano, English horn (Haley) and cello (Friesen) and is as peaceful as its title implies. You can almost feel the dark chill of “Arctic Night,” a very spare and amazingly descriptive piece for piano, cello and bass - also a favorite as well as the closing track of the album.

As I said earlier, I have loved all of Kathryn Kaye’s albums, but I think this is her best work to date. It is my first “Pick” of 2017 and could very easily be a Favorite for the year. Very highly recommended!

Darla Bower

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano
This album is the sixth release of Kathryn Kaye. She grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky and began playing at the tender age of four. After college, she studied in Germany to further her musical training that creates her varied musical background. Her musical talent has been influenced by folk songs, hymns, and experiences as a professional solo performer in Germany and the United States. Kathryn has a melodic and gentle composing style that makes the piano sing and easily engages the listener. Classical elements are interwoven throughout the album further adding to its magical appeal. Reflected In a Flowing Stream was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios and produced by Will Ackerman. The album was mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton and boasts several of the fantastic musicians who frequent recordings of Imaginary Road Studios.

A Lark In the Last Light of Day begins the musical journey. This song is one of two pianos solos on the album. The beautiful slow moving intro captured my attention right away. With each gentle pause I found myself pausing with relaxation and expectation of faster movement that came quickly. I love the contrast of both still and faster movement. Simply delightful. The Stillness Before Dawn was my next favorite on the album. It begins with a gentle and graceful piano solo. Jill Haley is featured on English horn on this piece which adds to the already charming melody. This delightful piece then ends with a gentle and mesmerizing piano solo. Love it! My next favorite was April Rain. This is the second solo piano piece on the album and with a more classical feel. The steady rhythmic flow of the song reminded me of steadily falling rain in spring. The melody creates a beautiful picture of brighter possibilities of new life in spring at the hands of this lyrical pianist. It became a favorite on the album.

A Shower of Summer Nights features the welcoming trio of piano, accordion and violin. I found the accordion to be non-intrusive with each instrument adding to the overall melodic blend of the piece. The violin takes this piece into our hearts soaring into the sky of a summer night. I really loved this piece. Its gorgeous! The title track Reflected In a Flowing Stream features a trio of piano, English horn and cello. The melody accurately reflects the word picture the title implies. The cello and English horn showcase a captivating blend of musical bliss. The theme is like a steady stream of notes with a gentle crescendo flowing in a trio of reverie. I loved it! This beautiful album closes with Artic Night. This piece had more of a haunting resonance to me with the cello and bass adding to the mysterious feel of the song and highlighting the ending. Artic Night ended up being my absolute favorite on the album. Its stunning and I loved the darker tones of this piano poem. The album is enchanting and showcases a gentle and perceptive master at the piano. I highly recommend Reflected In a Flowing Stream.

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Reflected in a Flowing Stream is the sixth full-length album from notably accomplished and award-winning pianist-composer, Kathryn Kaye. Co-produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and herself, Kathryn’s latest release was recorded at Will’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, as well as mixed and mastered by Tom. Comprised of eleven compositions spanning fifty-five minutes, a talented team of guest musicians are variably featured throughout, of which includes Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Tony Levin on bass, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Jill Haley on English horn, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Tom Eaton on accordion, and Will Ackerman on guitar. As always, the most visually suited cover artwork was chosen to represent her album, with this one perfectly capturing a gentle repose, observant of nature and the seasonal cycles of the year.

“A Lark in the Last Night of Day” offers a gently spirited solo piano introduction with notable classical touches, delicately alternating between drifty notes and bubbling, flowing key strokes. Capturing a sense of nostalgia seemingly reflective upon the past, an allusion to the end of a season is conveyed, as further indicated by the title of the next piece, “As Seasons Change”. Here, a solemn touch of cello is accompanied by bass, preceding a lovely piano melody that becomes more formidable, yet remains ever graceful, before softly winding down again. The next composition, “Procession of Moon and Stars”, is likewise aptly-named, as it moves along in a procession-like manner with a marching stanza in the lower registers. Alternating between major and minor chord shifts throughout its main melodic riff, this exquisite number is further enhanced by accordion and cello, as the caressing sound of flugelhorn lends an interval of dreaminess. Bookended by sparse piano notes, “The Stillness Before Dawn” ensues, while a more clearly defined melody exchanges subtle gestures with English horn nestled in-between. Noticeably brightening up the mood is “No Reason Not to Dance”, an optimistically lively, moderately-paced ensemble piece joined by accordion, bass, percussion and violin. I’m especially fond of the closing piece, “Arctic Night”, which is likewise accompanied by cello and bass. As if having saved the best for last, this mysterious number beautifully paints a nocturnal landscape, while brooding minor chords softly cast a shadow upon cascading influxes of improvisational piano throughout.

Reflected in a Flowing Stream gently nudges the listener to take a pause for quiet reflection. It never becomes bombastic or overly imposing in nature, but rather feels intimately subdued. Executed with utmost elegance and an expertly refined restraint, Kathryn’s prepossessing compositions feel innately unhurried and mindful of every detail within the present moment. Her compositional style, along with the moods she creates, often bear reminiscence to the works of Chad Lawson, as well as those of early David Lanz, such as his Narada-released album, Nightfall. Existing fans of Kathryn’s work will note much to praise about this album, while newcomers will find a perfect place to start, especially, those who enjoy classically-infused, contemplative new age piano music!