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by Michele de Wilton

Solo piano to relax your soul
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1. There is Another Sky
4:14 $0.99
2. The Dawn Rider
3:49 $0.99
3. Shimoda
3:28 $0.99
4. Heaven's Bridge
3:19 $0.99
5. In the Garden of the Selfish Giant
4:15 $0.99
6. Winterbluegreen
4:45 $0.99
7. The White Hart
4:23 $0.99
8. Song for Eurydice
3:40 $0.99
9. The Giver of Stars
3:36 $0.99
10. Memory of Sun
4:09 $0.99
11. Lullaby in Lavender
3:53 $0.99
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Independent artist Michele de Wilton launches new CD with full marketing
campaign, including music video, newsletter, fan e-cards, everyday serenity blog,
and Spring 2011 tour in exquisite gardens of the United States.

Columbus, Ohio (March 15, 2011) -- Today, solo pianist and composer Michele de Wilton announced the release of her new album, Daydream, along with her new artist’s blog, “everyday serenity,” and new music video, “Shimoda.” The independent artist also announced the first couple of dates on her upcoming piano tour – scheduled to take place in some of the United States’ most exquisite gardens – including May 22, 2011 at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio and June 7, 2011 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois.
Jim Brickman, renowned pianist and fellow Ohioan, commented on de Wilton’s new album, saying, “Michele’s original piano style transports the listener away to a place of peace and serenity. Daydream is the perfect salve to today’s stressful world.”
Daydream, with its eleven original piano solos, continues a signature theme that de Wilton presented in her first album, “Myths & Legends” (2009), which debuted at #19 on the The Zone Reporter New Age/Ambient/World Top 100 chart. Growing up in Cape Town, Athens, London, and Chicago as the child of an accomplished artist, de Wilton gathered a seemingly endless collection of romantic, mystical and sometimes tragic tales, which she brings to life in her captivating piano compositions and recordings.
“I understand that it’s a challenge to find serenity when, for instance, you’re snowbound with sick kids,” de Wilton offers, referring to her own everyday life challenges. “Serenity isn’t about escaping to a spa, it’s about tapping into an inner self that transcends the stress of daily life. My music transports me – it’s my doorway to serenity.”
The album’s first music video – “Shimoda” – debuted online three weeks ago, and judging from the high number of early views, it promises to be as popular as her first video, “The Ice Maiden.” With that video, de Wilton debuted her talent in understanding, translating and dramatizing timeless tales in a brand new way. For “Shimoda,” de Wilton says she was captivated by the legend of Okichi, a Japanese heroine who lived and died in Shimoda. In imagining Okichi, de Wilton found herself drawn to compose a piece in pentatonic scale, using only the piano’s black keys, to capture both the beauty of the city of Shimoda and the poignancy of Okichi’s story of love lost. Eventually, Okichi’s legend became the basis for Giacomo Puccini’s famed opera, Madame Butterfly. The video, currently available on the artist’s website and YouTube, is slated for release to Adult Contemporary video outlets via DMX video distribution and other private video networks. Veteran music reviewer Michael Diamond
commented on the video, “[Shimoda] is exquisitely done and wonderfully relaxing.”
Living passionately and cultivating a sense of beauty in life is high on de Wilton’s wish list for her fans. Her new blog, titled “everyday serenity,” provides insight to de Wilton’s personal approach to incorporating beauty and serenity into her busy family life, while giving fans an intriguing look at the stories behind her music. For instance, referring to her piece “Heaven’s Bridge,” de Wilton writes, “I was inspired by the burning ‘rainbow bridge’ that connects the human world and the realm of the gods in Norse mythology…” adding that the song “uses runs of arpeggios to represent the arch of the bridge, as well as the movement of the gods between the worlds. I also sought to capture the bridge’s majesty in the song’s melody; it is, by far, the ‘biggest’ piece on the album.”
As in her blog, the artist’s redesigned website (www.micheledewilton.com) and newsletter project the refreshing elegance of the artist, offering fans an array of free musical e-cards and ongoing promotional offers including sneak peeks at her forthcoming Holiday 2011 album.
In his review of Daydream, Michael Diamond wrote, “…Michele’s music definitely evokes images in the mind of the listener… Michele has accomplished a lot in a relatively short span of time, and I’m sure she has many enchanting tales yet to tell.” To read the full review, go to www.michaeldiamondmusic.com.
Daydream is available in both CD and downloadable format, and can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and the artist’s website. CPI Distribution handles retail distribution (www.cpidistribution.com).


Artist’s site: http://www.micheledewilton.com

Video: http://www.micheledewilton.com/Videos/tabid/1037/Default.aspx

Blog: http://www.micheledewilton.com/NewsBlog/tabid/1034/BlogID/16/Default.aspx

Song clips & store: http://bit.ly/fQQQqm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-de-Wilton/26000011732

CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MicheledeWilton

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Michele de Wilton’s second release, "Daydream," is a collection of eleven original piano solos inspired by fairy tales, mythology, folk songs, and poetry. Recorded on a Steinway concert grand, most of the music is gentle and reflective, making this a great album for relaxing and unwinding. de Wilton’s playing style is expressive and graceful as she conveys her tales of love and loss, breathtaking imaginary places, and heroes and heroines of yore.

"Daydream" begins with “There is Another Sky,” inspired by a poem by Emily Dickinson that invites the reader/listener to escape to another reality whenever life becomes troubling and difficult. Warm and reassuring, it’s a lovely start. “Shimoda” is the name of a town in Japan where a tragic legend is told about a young geisha who became the mistress of an American diplomat and drowned herself when he left her behind (possibly also the inspiration for Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly). de Wilton composed the piece using a pentatonic scale which uses only on the black keys of the piano, giving the piece an appropriate Asian flavor. “Heaven’s Bridge” is a powerful and dramatic work that describes the mythological Bifrost Bridge that connects the human world and the realm of the gods in Norse mythology. de Wilton uses arpeggio runs to represent the arch of the Bifrost Bridge as well as the movement of the gods between the worlds - a colorful and evocative piece. One of my favorites is “In the Garden of the Selfish Giant,” inspired by one of Oscar Wilde’s poignant fairy tales. Gently told, the story is about a giant who built a wall around his beautiful garden to keep the local children out. Spring refuses to come, leaving the garden always in winter. The children eventually find a hole in the wall, and spring returns. The giant’s heart is softened by the sight of a child crying, and he knocks the wall down. The song was inspired specifically by the end of the story when the children find the giant has died peacefully under a tree, covered in blossoms. I also really like “Winterbluegreen,” inspired by a poem by Robert Francis. de Wilton uses a simple, melancholy melody played in the upper registers of the piano and triad chords in the bass to create a crystalline picture of winter’s deep chill. “Song For Eurydice” is painfully sad as it tells the story of Orpheus’ journey to the underworld to bring his recently-departed wife back to the world of the living. Instructed to not look at her until they have both reached the mortal world, Orpheus turns as he steps into our world and loses his wife forever. The foreboding tone of the song expresses grief and the deepest loss. “The Giver of the Stars” brings us back to a feeling of light and optimism. Our final “daydream” is “Lullaby in Lavender,” based on the traditional children’s folk song and arranged for de Wilton’s purple-loving daughter. It’s a gentle and loving piece that ends the album with a whisper.

"Daydream" is a lovely follow-up to "Myths and Legends." Recommended.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
“Daydream” is the latest release from solo pianist Michele de Wilton following in the wake of her intriguing and imaginative “Myths & Legends” CD. The title of that previous album goes a long way in explaining the inspiration behind her compositions. As a musical storyteller, Michele has always felt drawn to classical literature, poetry, and especially the magical world of traditional mythology.

One of my favorite tracks from “Daydream” is “Winterbluegreen” which, in my mind, painted a delicate picture of snowflakes softly falling, blanketing a crystalline winter wonderland. Interestingly, while listening to the song “The White Hart” the music conjured up, for me, a sense of Arthurian England and Camelot. When I later did a bit of research I found that The White Hart was actually the emblem of Richard ll of England in the 14th century. So I would have to say that Michele did a good job of conveying her vision musically. And I also especially enjoyed the last song, “Lullaby in Lavender,” with its sweet lilting melody that enfolds you in its comforting embrace.

It was not that long ago when people who heard her music made her aware of how it had a relaxing effect on the listener. This provided the motivation for Michele to begin recording her music and making it available. Michele has accomplished a lot in a relatively short span of time, and I’m sure she has many enchanting tales yet to tell.

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