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Ardor

by Matthew Mayer

Ardor is an intimate collection of New Age Piano original compositions by Award Winning Artist, Matthew Mayer.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Stars on 123
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2. Ardor
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3. Source of Blue
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4. Shoe Strings
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5. Disappear It May
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6. Doc
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7. A Kindled Soul
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8. Moonlight Walk
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9. When Flowers Grew Wild
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10. Escape
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11. Dreams VI
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12. We Met Once
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Matthew Mayer's 11th piano album, Ardor, is an emotional instrumental new age album capturing both reflective, and unforgettable original melodic themes.

Mayer's music has reached the corners of the globe, ever since his first piano release in the Spring of 1999. From humble beginnings in a small South Dakota town, to collaborating with Grammy Nominated artists, Matthew Mayer is leaving his mark on the new age and solo piano world.


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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
There is a certain whole heartedness about this brand new release from Matthew Mayer that is so appealing. The fluency is not only enticing, it is all encapsulating, and draws you in with a simply touch of the keys.
Ardor is an album that flows with passion, like the first offering entitled Stars on 123, a curious title indeed, but a composition that has a vastness about its arrangement that is akin to the galaxy itself, an ambient start that will lighten the load after a hard day in the real world.
The title track is next up and Ardor flows from the piano like a mountain stream in winter. The gentleness of performance here is what takes my attention, I would absolutely love to watch the artist perform this, his style is so mesmeric. The reflective nature of this piece is mood filled, but has certain avidity about its energy.
Source Of Blue has a depth and deepness about its essence that is so picturesque, yes it is reflective, but in a thoughtful way. This album would be perfect for those quiet moments I spend by the ocean, in a wistful and studious mood. The melody here seems familiar; perhaps it’s the resonance that it creates for me today!
We move slowly now into a track called Shoe Strings, the slight use of pause here adds to the structure of the arrangement, then with a wave of the hand the tempo picks up and the track moves from reflection, into action. This upbeat composition rejuvenates us and readies us for the next port of call.
That sojourn now approaches, so it’s time to spend a moment off the clock in the realm of a piece called Disappear It May. This is a tune of a different colour, as the artist draws a mysterious narrative that is so very addictive. This is one of those tracks that you will find yourself whistling late at night or during the day for no apparent reason.
Doc greets our arrival at the half way marker. This melodic short form arrangement has all the hall marks of a movie segment. The piece is so carefully performed it’s a pleasure to listen to, and the light it brings with it, equally so.
Our footfalls are now on the return pathway towards the end of the album and our anthem to take us there is called A Kindled Soul. Here is a song that has a real spark; this is an inspired performance by the artist. One that is played with a real essence of rapidity, but with style and panache, this musical narration literally pours from his hands, and brings forth a truly empowering and stimulating arrangement.
One of my many favourites from this release is Moonlight Walk. I should do more of these and perhaps this very track could be the soundtrack for my night time perambulations. A slow and delightfully eloquent composition can be found here, one that seems to ebb to and fro like the tide.
The memorable When Flowers Grew Wild is now upon us. Here is a piece that is bathed in a reminiscence that is so deeply felt, and perhaps a commemoration of when life seemed to be far easier and kinder than it appears today.
We now move forever onwards and come across a piece called Escape. The intensity here is truly evident and the pace created draws us a splendid narrative of running fast towards freedom and away from fear. Matthew Mayer has manifested something here that is cleverly dramatic and radiates with it an exciting gusto of musical energy.
We now arrive at the portal of the penultimate offering which is called Dreams V1. This once more has a sense of reflection about its construction and from the performance one could easily imagine waking from a dream into sunlight Sunday morning.
We have arrived at the departure lounge of the project called Ardor by Matthew Mayer, but before we make our way back to our reality, the artist has one more piece to share with you, a musical gift if you like, to take with you along your way, it is the ever so fluent and inspirational, We Met Once. Gentle and considerate are two words I would use to label this final composition, a truly clever way to end what has been a magnificent musical journey.
Ardor has a real passion about it that is absolutely undeniable, but from that passion emanates complete truth, from that truth comes one of the finest performances of solo piano your likely to hear for an age.
Matthew Mayer is a true master of his art and this, his eleventh album, will not only placate the legions of his eager fans, but grow that base experientially. The talents of the Mayer go to create something here that is not only sincerely special, but could rightfully be called genius in motion.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Webster’s Dictionary defines “ardor” as “emotional warmth; passion; eagerness; enthusiasm.” The term comes from the Latin word for “a flame or fire.” That pretty much sums up the music on Matthew Mayer’s excellent eleventh album, "Ardor," a collection of twelve original piano solos that explore emotional intensity on a variety of levels and from varied sources of inspiration. All twelve pieces are colorful, expressive and beautifully performed.

In addition to composing and recording his own music, Mayer is the founder and owner of SoloPiano.com, a website and internet radio station with a roster of more than three hundred piano artists from around the world. Earlier this year, Mayer received a Silver Outstanding Achievement Award from the Global Music Awards and he has consistently been a Top 20 Instrumental Artist on ReverbNation’s National Charts. His music has been featured in commercials as well as in a film titled Earthwork. Mayer started taking piano lessons at the age of 12 and released his first album, Crossing the Bridge, in 1999 at the age of 20.

"Ardor" begins with “Stars On 123,” a heartfelt piece that expresses deep longing with poignance and grace. I really liked Mayer’s previous release, "Art," so my expectations were very high for this album. Even so, this piece grabbed me right away (I love when that happens!). The title tune is more than achingly beautiful. The simplicity of the piece seems to make it even more emotionally direct and sincere. “Source of Blue” begins with a short but ominous introduction, and the main theme seems to express profound loneliness and loss. I’m very curious about where the title for “Shoe Strings” comes from, but the piece is positively giddy with joyful excitement. “Disappear It May” seems to be a cautionary tale of an unpleasant possibility in the not-too-distant future. Told simply and with sincere emotion, the tone is very mournful. “A Kindled Soul” goes even darker and more turbulent with very effective use of the deep bass of the piano for tonal color - a favorite. “Moonlight Walk” feels very much like a late-night walk to sort things out in solitude - hauntingly beautiful and also a favorite. I really like the flowing quality of “Escape” and how the energy level increases as the piece unfolds. “Dreams VI” returns to a softer, more wistful style with no edges or boundaries. “We Met Once” brings the album to a close with a gentle love song that looks back to the very beginning of an important relationship and perhaps what life was like before that meeting. Tender and very beautiful, it’s a lovely close to an exceptional album.

"Ardor," like its predecessor, "Art," has been a joy to review and is a very likely candidate for my Favorites list for 2017. Highly recommended!
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Ardor is the 11th studio album from pianist-composer Matthew Mayer, and follow-up to his children’s album Art, which earned him a Parents Choice Award. A pioneering supporter of piano music, Matthew is the owner and founder of Solo Piano Radio, an internationally renowned website and online station that features over 300 piano artists from around the world. Comprised of 12 solo piano compositions spanning 43 minutes, Ardor is an exquisite album of both emotional reflection and expression, which gracefully unfolds among a soundscape of personal moods and scenic settings throughout.

“Stars on 123” opens the album in a somewhat pensive mood, proceeding along in a gentle manner with light exertion on the keys. The title piece, “Ardor”, follows next, a minor key rumination that subtly shifts from gentle pauses in the shadows to delicate, dance-like movements in the sunlight. My favorite piece on the album is “Source of Blue”, another minor key composition in a characteristically minimalist style. Hauntingly emotive yet perfectly understated, this mesmerizing piece seemingly conveys a stirring sense of nostalgia and heartfelt longing. “Escape” is another minor key composition in a definitively neo-classical fashion. Likewise, supremely lovely, it flows continuously in a hurried manner like that of a cascading river. Striking a careful balance throughout between the major-key pieces (like “Dreams VI” and “We Met Once”) and minor key passages, Matthew demonstrates his expertise at creating the perfect mood for each composition with his skilled approach to tempo and playing dynamics.

Elegantly arranged with a beautiful simplicity, Ardor is another impressive album from this supremely talented composer, which will likely appeal, especially, to fans of fellow pianists George Winston and Michele McLaughlin!
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Dyan Garris

Beautiful Solo Piano to Love
Review of Ardor by Matthew Mayer
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD


Matthew Mayer, a notable and award winning pianist and composer, is the founder and owner of the website and radio station SoloPiano.com. Ardor, the 11th album release by Mayer, is eloquent, sophisticated solo piano at its best. It’s everything solo piano ought to be.

As to be expected, the compositions on Ardor are masterfully composed without being pretentious on any level. Performance-wise, Matthew has perfect pacing and exquisite movement of expression. Ardor is grace, elegance, and refinement. The superbly composed melodies lift the spirit immediately and lead us into a world of peace and serenity where we can leave our cares to waft in the wind.
The opening track, “Stars on 123,” enticingly draws us into a world rife with inherent beauty and offers us a vast, otherworldly, and refreshing viewpoint. “Disappear It May,” track 5 on Ardor, is wistful, evocatively poignant, and emotionally stirring. It’s one to listen to over and over again.

My favorite track, the soulful, hypnotic, “Moonlight Walk,” track 8, carries us effortlessly to another place. We are on that walk, deeply contemplating not just the moon and the stars, but the universe and our place in it.

Another favorite is the warm and zesty “Escape” on track 10. Here our spirit is free of all burdens and yet oh, so alive.
Winding down the album, track 11, is the most lovely and deeply relaxing “Dreams VI.” Here we are immersed in sublime pleasantries like day-dreaming and cloud watching.

“We Met Once,” is the last track on Ardor, and also a favorite. The catchy, memorable melody lingers deliciously in your heart and soul long, long after the album ends. It’s exactly as if “we met once and we shall indeed meet again.” Eternally.

Matthew Mayer is an extraordinarily gifted pianist and composer. Without a doubt, there is so much to like here in Ardor, and nothing at all not to completely love.
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