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A Quiet Moment

by Matt Johnson

A solo piano recording combining new age and classical styling. This debut initially hit the stores in 1985.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Dance of Joy
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2. Dee Dee's Song
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3. E Major Jam
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4. Aloneness
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5. A Quiet Moment
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6. Changing Images (for Katja)
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7. The Beckoning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Matt Johnson, born in Sherman, Texas, is a dynamic, classically trained pianist who received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University. As a graduate student at New England Conservatory of Music, he formally expanded his talents in the area of composition. Studying under William Thomas McKinley, he received his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies & Composition with a Distinction in Performance.

A prolific writer and performer, Matt has performed extensively in venues from Boston to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His music is Neo-Romantic, employing a unique blend of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements.

Matt has released five Contemporary Instrumental recordings of original compositions. Origins, his fifth & latest CD, was released in 2000. In 1995, End of a Day was released – Matt’s fourth recording which he dedicated to his oldest son. The third CD Conversations was originally released by Critique Records in 1992, but has been reissued by Dolce & Nuit Productions. Matt’s second recording Something About the Moon came out in 1989 and his very first album (now on CD) A Quiet Moment hit the retail shelves in 1986.

Matt has been studying/playing the piano since the age of six. His classical training has included numerous piano performance competitions and orchestral appearances. Matt is a writer member of A.S.C.A.P. and his publishing company, Dolce & Nuit Productions, is a publisher member as well.

Matt currently resides in Florida, U.S.A. with his wife and three sons. His versatility allows him to teach piano, theory & composition…play piano, organ & keyboards for Contemporary & Traditional services at his local church…as well as accompany & adjudicate music festivals & competitions.

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P.S. - check out my site for more info about my piano scores & sheet music, choral & vocal works, handbell & instrumental works, private music lessons, workshops offered, photographic projects, YouTube links and additional stuff...;-)

www.MattJohnsonMusic.com

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Kathy Parsons

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"A Quiet Moment" was the debut album by pianist/composer Matt Johnson. Released in 1985, the seven original piano solos eloquently express a range of emotions with an honesty that belies the artist’s young age at the time (23). Even at that age, it was already apparent that Johnson had a background in both classical music and jazz, and he was well on his way to developing a distinctive style of his own.

Johnson started piano lessons at the age of six, earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University, and completed a Master of Music degree in Composition and Jazz Studies with a Distinction in Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1987. Johnson has released a large body of recorded music and sheet music, and is also a busy piano teacher in his own teaching studio in Florida.

"A Quiet Moment" begins with “Dance of Joy,” which is far from being a giddy happy dance. This dance expresses a deeper joy that moves the spirit and can last a lifetime. Some of the passages are slow and soulful while others are livelier and more upbeat - a wonderful beginning! “Dee Dee’s Song” is a slow, expressive waltz with a touch of melancholy and, perhaps, longing - lovely! The title “E Major Jam” sounds like it might be a bigger jazz piece, but it’s actually quite calm and has just a touch of country flavor. “Aloneness” is a beautiful ballad that overflows with emotion - something of a soliloquy that could have been created late at night by the light of a candle - a favorite. The title track is another favorite. A bit lighter than “Aloneness,” it has a flowing left hand and a graceful, lilting melody on the right - very expressive! At nearly eleven minutes, “Changing Images” is a major work (it’s 26 pages in the songbook!) and is basically in a theme and variations format. From very open and spare to bold, flashy and dramatic, it’s an extraordinary piece and clearly demonstrates Johnson’s command of his instrument and his ability to play in a wide spectrum of tonal colors. Both reflective and evocative, “The Beckoning” brings the album to a close with a heartfelt and passionate story without words.

What a great debut album! It’s truly a “golden oldie”!
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