Loren Evarts | Water and Light

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Water and Light

by Loren Evarts

Piano-based instrumental music with world, Celtic, new age and jazz influences, featuring cello, flutes and percussion.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Innisfree (feat. Rhonda Larson)
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2. Confluence (feat. Tony Levin, Eugene Friesen & Jeff Haynes)
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3. Lonely Road
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4. New Irish Waltz (feat. Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin & Rhonda Larson)
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5. Windmills
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6. The Cat and the Moon (feat. Eugene Friesen, Jeff Haynes & Rhonda Larson)
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7. The Pond in Winter
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8. 91 North (feat. Tom Eaton, Rhonda Larson & Jeff Haynes)
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9. Big Black Rapids
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10. Sojourn (feat. Rhonda Larson)
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11. C Effigy (feat. Jeff Haynes, Eugene Friesen & Tom Eaton)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Water and Light" is a CD of original instrumental music, featuring acoustic piano. It revisits some pieces previously recorded by Loren, and some new ones. It was produced by Grammy award winner Will Ackerman (Windham Hill Records) at his Imaginary Road studio in VT. Also appearing on various tracks are Grammy winning artists Eugene Friesen on cello (Paul Winter, Trio Globo), Rhonda Larson on many types of flutes (Paul Winter, Ventus) and Jeff Haynes on percussion (Pat Metheny, Pete Seeger.) In addition bassist Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, among countless others ) plays on two tracks. And all of this engineered, mixed and mastered by the amazing Tom Eaton. (He also plays bass on two tracks.)

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Steve Sheppard

One World Music Radio
Loren Evarts is back with a bang on his new release Water and Light, another exceptional album coming from the musical stables of Will Ackerman in Vermont.
Innisfree, the opening track, pays homage to the work of the great poet W.B. Yeats. The Celtic lilt is both charming and relevant, there also seems to be a running narrative here, that is manifested so beautifully by the Crystal Flute of Rhonda Larson.
The up-tempo, but beautifully flowing Confluence is up next. I found the percussion used subtle, the Cello of Eugene Friesen is sublime. Evarts has created a superb, fun track that has a light and happy motif for us to all enjoy.
The shorter piece, Lonely Road is next. Evarts piano creates a memorable, but also emotional composition here, that has a real sense of the past about its construction. One could easily walk miles down a long dusty road alone and with time to contemplate, to this track.
Next up is New Irish Waltz. The flute is back with an almost jig styled piece, there is a slight hint of Jazz here as well, but the Celtic dominance on this arrangement is emphasised by the percussion, a Bodhran, and the whistle and flute of Larson. The Jazz styled performance mixes extremely well with the theme.
Now we move to the shortest track Windmills. Evarts delivers a perfectly performed solo piano piece based on the slow, but ever moving energies of a Windmill.
The Cat and the Moon is a superb lively composition, paying its respects once more to the poet W.B. Yeats. The piano here has a tremendous fluency about it, that when combined with the multi instrumentation on the composition, gives us something really wonderful to listen to.
The Pond in Winter is next, this is a delight to listen to, the performance is deeply expressive, one can almost feel the frozen stillness that creeps over the vista of coldness with ease through this track.
The energies lift slightly with 91 North, and pays homage to the original release of the song back in 1992. The style here is free flowing and has a narrative of movement about it that is quite undeniable.
Big Black Rapids is our next port of call, another track of great movement and energy, as you would guess from the subject matter and also from the original Water Music album of 1998, and this is one vibrant composition.
The penultimate track is quite aptly called Sojourn, originally from the Confluence album of 1998, pay attention also to the delightful alto flute of Larson, perfectly accompanying Evarts on this quite cheer filled composition of great peace.
Our last gift from the musician is called ‘C’ Effigy, some smooth bass, an excellent rhythmic percussive beat from Haynes and a clever Cello from Friesen, all add weight to a lively performance by Evarts on this last track that has a real global feel to it.
Listening to and writing about Loren Evarts new release entitled Water and Light, is just what I needed today, it was just the place I needed to visit musically, a light, gentle and very calming album that will always keep the attention on the music, with some really professional and utterly flowing performances, Loren Evarts should be proud of this one, it’s a timeless album of memorable compositions that will live on for ever.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Water and Light" is the fourth album from pianist/composer Loren Evarts. Produced by Will Ackerman with Tom Eaton and Evarts, this album is a collection of re-imagined and re-recorded earlier works as well as some new ones. In addition to his solo piano work, Evarts was the leader, composer, and arranger for the new age/jazz ensemble, Confluence, as well as Sliders, an eight-piece band featuring five trombones. With a Master’s degree in music education and doctoral studies at Boston University, Evarts has taught for several public and private schools and is now an instructor for five colleges. Water and Light contains a beautiful combination of solo piano and ensemble works, some of which have a Celtic influence. Other musicians appearing on the album include Eugene Friesen (cello), Rhonda Larson (flutes), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Tony Levin (bass) and Tom Eaton (electric bass). The eleven tracks range from peaceful and soothing to more upbeat and lively. Evarts’ background in jazz is apparent in some of his harmonies and rhythms, keeping the music interesting as well as enjoyable in either the foreground or background.

"Water and Light" begins with “Innisfree,” a duet for piano and crystal flute that allows both artists to really shine. I find it fascinating how some musicians are so good at telling stories without words, and “Innisfree” definitely tells a story to listeners’ imaginations, leaving the actual plot and storyline up to them. “Confluence” was originally recorded in 1988 with the group with the same name and is a lively quartet for piano, cello, percussion, and bass. “Lonely Road” is the first of the piano solos. Slow and uncomplicated, it feels much like a walk off by yourself, letting thoughts roll and enjoying your surroundings (my interpretation). “New Irish Waltz” is an upbeat jazz waltz with Larson’s whistle and flute giving it a strong Celtic flavor - love this one! “Windmills” is another piano solo, this time with a steady rhythm that suggests the movement of the windmill blades turning at a moderate speed; the right hand is jazzier and never stops moving - another great piece! “The Cat and the Moon” is performed on an unusual variety of instruments that include cowbell and “Windham County black birch firewood (felled by Will Ackerman)”! The music is also really enjoyable! “The Pond in Winter” is my favorite track. This piano solo actually makes me feel cold - that’s how effective it is! Slowly flowing and very graceful, Evarts beautifully expresses the crystalline quality of ice and the profound stillness of snow. “91 North” picks up the pace and reminds me of some of Scott Cossu’s piano/flute combinations. Lively and joyful, the love of making music with others comes through loud and clear - another favorite. “‘C’ Effigy” is an intriguing title for a quartet for piano, cello, percussion, and electric bass. Lighthearted and jazzy, it’s a great ending to an excellent album.

"Water and Light" is recommended!
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