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In the Distance

by Michael Bohne

A global, extinction level event is certain and close in time. Developed under this focus, this solo piano and concept album explores the thought of living your life haunted by the ticking of a clock in the aftermath of a horrible truth revealed.
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1. When the Time Comes
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2. Regarding Stonehenge
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3. Solar Flare
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4. Never Looking Back
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5. Descent
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6. Phantoms Along the Shore
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7. The Wolves' Den
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8. Disconnected
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9. Taking the Scenic Route
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10. Fading Memories
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11. When the Stars Disappeared
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In The Distance is my debut full-length solo piano album following the EP released, Disenchanted.

In making the album, the fundamental goal was always to create beautiful solo piano music, and that goal was achieved, but it’s important to recognize In The Distance did take a step beyond that. With inspiration from some of my favorite music, shows, films and the many stories told throughout, the album was produced with a loose setting in mind and complementary themes.

I’ve always had an interest in sci-fi horror movies, and the music I’ve enjoyed most has typically had a distinct story or theme connecting it. In writing the music for this I wanted to create a concept record so that everyone could bring their own perspective. That was my commitment and focus throughout each song’s conception. However, these are piano solos and there’s no lyrics here to narrate a story for you. I wanted to recognize the intent and general inspirations behind it, but I’m interested in the different takeaways listeners will have.

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Steve Sheppard

A moving and deeply personal album
Michael Bohne is a new artist to me, but anyone who starts an album off in such an artistic manner as Bohne does with When the Time Comes, the ticking of an old clock and a steady rainfall outside the window, is always going to get a thumbs up from me, it’s the perfect way to draw a wonderful opening narrative to a new album.
In The Distance by Michael Bohne is a new and fresh look into the world of solo piano, one that takes many twists and turns down the alleyways of the genre, when we reach the composition Regarding Stonehenge I am stunned, as I it reminds me so very much of Cristofori’s Dream by the amazing David Lanz.
The energy and effervesce of this next offering is intriguing too and called Solar Flare, there is a serious essence here that almost tells of a warning within music, the tempo is almost breathless in its arrangement, one that is quite addictive to listen to.
This next piece is one of my personal favourites and entitled Never Looking Back. This has such a depth that it is undeniably emotive in its construction; however there is also a gentleness of performance here, which shows its light and darkness, as the arrangement moves ever onward, perhaps giving us hope from lessons learned in life.
The moody refrains of this next piece enthralled me and took me on a voyage of reflection like no other, this is called Descent and there is such sadness on its musical shoulders, there is an emphasis of days that were happier contained within, but as a performance Bohne has manifested one of the most meaningful tracks I have heard in this genre for a long while.
Phantoms Along the Shore takes us over the half way marker and is a sublimely fluent offering that seems to illustrate a really picturesque moment in time, there can be no doubt that Bohne really feels his music and the style of arrangement here is fascinating, pay also close attention to the ending of the track, leaving us in anticipation of more, or have the phantom’s just dissipated into the ether?
The Wolves’ Den is a well-crafted offering, there is a deepness of intensity here that is beautiful to listen to, but once more I am impressed with the artists ability to change from shadow to lightness and back again with such a calming, yet insightful ease, this piece is a fine example of that and also one that manifests a mood of depth and texture at the same time quite cleverly.
The shorter styled composition entitled Disconnected is up next; here we get to hear that fluency mentioned earlier in complete abundance, one that leads us sublimely into the next offering called Taking the Scenic Route. This for me was my favourite off the album, from the very first notes I could picture taking that route, sometimes you find things you never imagined and beauties in abundance may lay just around the corner, as of yet unfound, perhaps this piece could be the soundtrack for this moment of musical exploration.
We are near to completing our voyage and we do so by listening to this next piece called Fading Memories, our penultimate offering. This is a real treasure in the attic arrangement, but even as we do come across those gems from yesteryear, it seems to get harder to picture their energy in the mind. Here Bohne draws a quite loving last look back at the past, minor and major keys manifest a truly memorable offering and after all perhaps music is something we won’t forget.
So we arrive at the docking of our boat along this river of solo piano by artist Michael Bohne and he finishes with his last gift for us to enjoy, called When the Stars Disappeared. This anthem like ending piece has all the hall marks of a future great solo piano composition, the fluent and charming tones from this quite powerful offering are emotive and leaves us, the listener, with a flutter in the heart and a tear in the eye.
In The Distance by Michael Bohne is a moving and deeply personal release, one can feel the healing and cathartic energies that flow from his piano. The David Lanz influence is strong in this offering, you can feel that. Bohne has performed with his musical heart on his sleeve with the release of this album and anyone who adores solo piano, will fall in love with In The Distance and welcome it lovingly into their ever growing collections of very classy music.
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Dick Metcalf

Engaging solo piano debut Michael Bohne
Engaging solo piano debut Michael Bohne – IN THE DISTANCE: Michael performs solo piano with a most engaging and exciting style on his debut release… one of the most engaging is “Never Looking Back“; it’s full of emotions that you may have thought long-buried and inaccessible… Michael’s ability to “ride” the overtones he creates on his keyboard, and actually amplify them through his unique abilities as an artist… the fact that he’s able to do that in both upper and lower registers makes him one of the most amazing solo pianist I’ve listened to (yet) in 2018!

Samples for this release aren’t ready until early July, 2018, but I can tell you right now that you will find pieces like “Fading Memories” invading your waking moments, and (even) your dreams… the keyword for Michael’s playing on this wonderful song is “POWER”… I just love hearing his ability to go deep inside himself and lay it all out for you, the listener… in order to catch every little nuance of his marvelous playing, though, I recommend you listen to this (at least for your first sitting) with the headphones on.

The 4:53 “Regarding Stonehenge” explores darker tones, and had me on the edge of my seat right through to the very last bar.

Michael’s use of a “clock” tick-tocking away on the opener, “When The Time Comes”, creates just the ominous effect I believe he was looking for; this is actually a concept album, based on the “thought of living your life haunted by the ticking of a clock in the aftermath of a horrible truth revealed“, in Michael’s own words… his right-hand playing style is both strident and (in some magical way) soothing. This is one of the strongest solo compositions I’ve listened to (yet) in 2018, and I believe it could easily be nominated for an award!

Of the eleven songs Michael offers up for your aural enjoyment, it was easy to choose “Taking The Scenic Route” as my personal favorite… the instrument he’s playing is full of precision, and the recording is flawless on this fantastic piece.

I give Michael a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this excellent solo piano debut album. Get more information about this talented artist on Michael’s website. Rotcod Zzaj

#Engaging #solo #piano #debut #Michael #Bohne
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Dyan Garris

Brilliant Solo Piano
“In The Distance” is the full-length debut album for solo pianist Michael Bohne, following his 2014 EP “Disenchanted.” The album features eleven piano solos composed and performed by Michael, who currently lives in Albany, New York.

His last name is pronounced, “Bone.” Remember it, because we are sure to be hearing much more from this extraordinarily talented artist. This is someone too, who would be well worth seeing in concert. I’m sure it would be amazing.

This album, which releases July 6, 2018, is really quite remarkable and noteworthy. It’s not necessarily the passion that shines through in every note of every composition that makes it so. It’s not necessarily the absolutely flawless performance throughout. It’s not the perfect cadence either. And it’s not the fact that Michael expertly utilizes the entire instrument, both upper and lower registers. (It’s as if he is one with the piano, the whole thing and the whole way through). By the way, Michael is considered legally blind.

But all of that said, what perhaps makes this album so impressively memorable is that it is so vibrant overall. It’s hard to forget this kind of evocative emotion. And even though there are some deeply contemplative and poignant moments here, equally as vibrant in their own way, you won’t want to.

The album opens with “When the Time Comes,” which incorporates falling rain and a ticking clock into the mix. Different and interesting. Some other standouts and highlights on “In The Distance” include the song, “Fading Memories.” If it doesn’t have lyrics, it should. You can almost hear them there somewhere in the ethers. It’s a wonderful, catchy, “I’m moving forward” kind of tune. Dynamic and most definitely mind-sticking. I probably listened to it at least ten times. You may find yourself doing the same and never tiring of it.

“Never Looking Back,” “Phantoms Along the Shore,” and “Taking the Scenic Route,” are my other picks for favorites on this fresh and exciting album. “In The Distance” is highly recommended for solo piano lovers looking for something truly brilliant.

Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I was slightly unsettled to discover that I was reviewing two solo piano albums in two days based on the concept of what it would be like at the end of the world! "In The Distance" is the debut full-length album by Michael Bohne, who describes the idea for the album as: “A global, extinction level event is certain and close in time. Few will survive, those that do will slowly fade away. Developed under this focus, this concept album explores the thought of living your life haunted by the ticking of a clock in the aftermath of a horrible truth revealed.” As bleak as that sounds, much of the music suggests a sense of hope rather than despair, and while several of the eleven tracks are dark, some are not - possibly to express trying to carry on as normally as one can, even knowing the inevitable is near.

The album was recorded on a Chickering Anniversary Grand piano at Blue Sky Studios in New York. To quote Bohne: “The piano here has had a long life and I’ve embraced some of its current imperfections. It has given my recordings a slightly divergent sound that I think is fantastic, it complements 'In The Distance' very well.” As much as I love the sound of a top-notch piano, the imperfections of some of these old workhorses add a distinctive voice and charm all their own.

"In The Distance" begins with the sound of a ticking clock (it sounds like an old one) along with rain and thunder, leading into “When the Time Comes,” a prelude of sorts that sets the dark and mysterious tone of the album. “Regarding Stonehenge” was composed after visiting the Stonehenge site in England, exploring the idea of the formation being a calendar and what it could reveal if its true intentions were known. Graceful and very melodic, this is one of my favorites. “Solar Flare” ups the energy level with passages that are almost joyful. “Never Looking Back” explores making difficult, defining choices and often expresses the sadness of having to make those decisions. Poignant and very beautiful, it’s another favorite. “Descent” begins in a very dark, bleak place with feelings of being lost and alone. The theme changes to a more optimistic tone and then alternates with the first theme - a very interesting and effective series of transitions! “The Wolves’ Den” is somber and weighty, as though the tragedy of what is coming is being fully realized. I like the changing themes as the piece progresses and the powerful, expressive beauty of those themes. Not surprisingly, “Fading Memories” has a very nostalgic feeling, but does not suggest despair or fear. “When the Stars Disappeared” begins with a slow, steady rhythm that creates feelings of foreboding and perhaps resignation. It brings to my mind that the worst has happened and it will be a short time before all is lost. The feelings of hope and optimism are all but gone.

Michael Bohne has created quite a fascinating story here, leaving the narrative to each listener’s interpretation. I can’t wait to hear what else he has in store for us! Recommended!
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Keith "MuzikMan" Review

The Music Is As Close As It Gets
Michael Bohne (pronounced Bone) is quite a story. He is, in fact, an inspiration to anyone facing impairment or disability. He has a degenerative eye disease which has left him legally blind. Most of the music he plays he has either created or learned by listening and playing back by memory. So, what I see as one impairment then heightens the senses in other areas of one’s daily existence.

Interesting enough is the fact that Michael listened to a lot of hardcore and progressive music, he’s stated that My Chemical Romance is the rock band most important to him. What you will hear on In The Distance is a complete paradigm shift, an instrumental piano group of tracks. What I gather from the title is directly related to Michael’s eye site. Things may look off in the distance but his music is as close to him as it can be. His gifts are translated through those beautiful ivory keys on the piano.

Michael’s sound is fluid, purposeful and very classically influenced. I think what we term as “New Age” is very close to being classical however it is flexible enough for other influences to find a home in that foundation. There are many great rock albums over the years that were backed or even interpreted by classical music. After all, that is where all our music is derived from so it does make sense you can either add it to your basic sound or branch off. It is like an ancient oak or sequoia tree with incredibly strong roots and many branches.

Some tracks are in constant change and rhythm, which I really appreciated. Then others with a prolific title like “Fading Memories” tell a story, one that pulls on your heartstrings and has a hint of sadness. Inside that sadness, there is still joy and elation to be found in those memories. It made me look at my own life and gave me so much gratitude to be alive and listening to such beautiful art translated into a musical form. This is the path of one man that serves as an inspiration not only to other musicians but to all of mankind, and living proof that any impairment one may face, it can be overcome with excellence in many other areas of your life.

The talent of one man, Michael Bohne, showed me all of that in one listen without saying a word. That my music loving friends, is the power of music, the kind of music that comes from deep down in the soul. That is music that moves me and I find instant recognition with. I hope those of you that have taken the time to read this review will also listen and find the joy and emotion I did with In The Distance.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
July 19, 2018

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Pam Asberry

Poignant and distinctive!
“In the Distance” is the debut full-length solo piano album from solo piano artist Michael Bohne (pronounced “bone”) following his 2014 EP “Disenchanted.” As a loose concept for the album, these pieces describe the world in the aftermath of a catastrophic global event, the survivors living lives “haunted by the ticking of a clock in the aftermath of a horrible truth revealed.” Bohne’s hope is that each listener will bring his own individual perspective to this concept and take something unique away.

Overall, this music is introspective, brooding, and evocative. The first track, “When the Time Comes,” sets the scene for the album in an unusual way, opening with the ticking of a clock during a thunderstorm and transitions. The rain ends and the music segues immediately into “Regarding Stonehenge” - dark and eerie, utilizing the full range of the piano, and perfectly capturing the mystery surrounding the formation and meaning of the ancient monument. “Solar Flare,” with its fiery melody and rapid ostinato accompaniment, and is a musical description of the astronomical phenomenon that is associated with sunspots and known to cause electromagnetic disturbances on the earth. The winsome and nostalgic “Never Looking Back,” which Bohne explains “explores the theme of making difficult, defining choices,” is a personal favorite and a magnificent contrast to the sinister “Descent” which follows. This piece explores the lower registers of the piano and the heavy utilization of open intervals creates a strange and eerie effect. “Phantoms Along the Shore” is another somber melody, bringing to mind our instinctive fear of the darkness and the unseen creatures that might lurk there. With an irregular meter and rubato feel, “The Wolves’ Den” provides another shift in mood. The pulsing “Disconnected” is perhaps a nod to the loss of human connection experienced these modern days of cell phones and the Internet. “Taking the Scenic Route,” previously released as a single, is meant to “capture emotions tied to living in the moment and making the best of a situation.” For me, it was a musical meandering capturing the joy of discovery experienced when one chooses to take the longer and slower path as opposed to the more direct way and another favorite but “Fading Memories,” putting me in mind of an afternoon spent sifting through a box filled with keepsakes, souvenirs and old photograph, is my hands-down favorite piece of all. The album ends with “When the Stars Disappeared” - a long, sad farewell and a fitting conclusion to this unique listening experience.

Bohne recorded “In the Distance” at Blue Sky Studios in Delmar, New York on a Chickering & Sons Anniversary Grand Piano. While Bohne admits to the piano’s age and imperfections, he claims that the character of the instrument “has given my recordings a slightly divergent sound that I think is fantastic.” Unfortunately, I felt that the sound and intonation of the piano was a distraction from the beauty of Bohne’s compositions. Otherwise, I recommend “In the Distance” as a poignant and distinctive solo piano album.
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