Mark Christopher Brandt | Seven Gifts

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Seven Gifts

by Mark Christopher Brandt

Solo piano improvisations.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wisdom
5:15 $0.99
2. Understanding
4:54 $0.99
3. Counsel
4:51 $0.99
4. Courage
4:10 $0.99
5. Knowledge
4:48 $0.99
6. Piety
5:03 $0.99
7. Wonder and Awe of the Lord
4:58 $0.99
8. Come Creator Spirit
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
(From the back cover of the DVD)
Seven Gifts is the second in a series of four completely spontaneous piano solo recordings by improvising pianist and composer, Mark Christopher Brandt.  The first DVD was entitled Seven Moons. 

On August 22, 2015, Mark went back into the recording studio in Ashland, Virginia with videographer Scott Nurmi of Mojo Factory Productions, and together with Shaun Jurek and recording engineer Bill McElroy of Slipped Disc Audio, they produced this work of art. 

As Scott filmed Mark at the piano, Shaun randomly pulled from a bowl pieces of paper with previously written tonal centers on them.  These were the tonal centers not pulled during the recording of Seven Moons.  

Mark was told the tonal center in which to spontaneously create a piece of music. Using a stop watch, Mark was given four minutes and thirty seconds to improvise a piece of music.  The entire process was repeated eight times.  In most situations, and during both Seven Moons and Seven Gifts, Mark was absorbed in the process, so the visual cues that Shaun provided for Mark in order to know when it was time for him to fashion an ending were necessary to keep the pieces from running on endlessly.  

Track 4, ironically entitled "Courage", is shorter than the rest of the pieces simply because Mark found that the perfect ending was upon him before the cue.  Rather than milk the piece a few measures more for the sake of the clock, Mark stopped in the exact place that he heard the ending come forth.  The explanation in Mark’s own words says it all: “Sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason. You just have to be docile and surrender to the flow.”     

Those who love piano music will be enamored and enthralled with Mark’s “way” of musical expression.  There is no pretension here and no question that he offers all credit, praise, and glory for his gifts to God the Creator.



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