Monica Logani | Secret Garden

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Secret Garden

by Monica Logani

Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. The Gardener
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2. Anthem
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3. Autumn Sky
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4. Amber Rust
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5. Starboard
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6. Carousel
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7. Butterfly
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8. Bali Bells
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9. Nonlinear Love
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10. Second Hand
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11. Journey's End
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12. Between Two Worlds
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Secret Garden” is the debut album from Monica Logani, a pianist, composer and amazing photographer. She classically trained in piano as a child but didn’t return to the instrument until well into adulthood. Initially inspired by a gardener who passed away, “Secret Garden” is comprised of twelve compositions spanning thirty-five minutes total. Monica is joined on various tracks by Gregg Zubowicz on vintage acoustic and electric guitar, Maria Grigg on violin and Lyudmila Kadybaeva on cello.

“The Gardener” opens swiftly with piano and violin which are soon joined by electric guitar. The album’s shortest composition, it makes for an uplifting and warm introduction. “Anthem” continues in this mode, where gently soulful guitar accompanies a bright piano melody, as string instruments provide softer textures in the background. Following it up is the more lullaby-like “Autumn Tale”, a piece led by a soothing piano melody that gently rises and falls throughout. “Starboard” is another highlight showcasing a lovely interweaving of piano, cello and violin, exemplifying the album’s more contemplative moments with its classical nuances and subtle hint of nostalgia. It precedes the nearly two-minute “Carousel,” a piece characterized by higher-register piano with accompanying violin that seemingly alludes to the carefree innocence and playfulness of a carousel ride. “Nonlinear Love” is another favorite composition in which piano and violin affectively convey a sense of both romance and longing. I’m especially fond of the interplay of two distinct paces within this tune, one moment cautiously slow, and the next, giving way to a faster galloping rhythm. Rounding out the album is “Between Two Wolds”, another noteworthy piece that opens with the sound of an unplugged electric guitar which deftly mimics that of an Indian sitar. A minor-key, almost gypsy-like piano melody lends an exotic and interesting flavor, as one might imagine a darkening sky signaling an approaching rainstorm.

Touching upon a variety of musical styles without negating her classical roots, Monica mostly extends a firm touch to the keys, displaying gently robust gestures within these delightful piano-centric compositions of heartfelt inspiration. Overall, “Secret Garden” is a uniquely enjoyable debut from this rising talent, and will likely be appreciated by many fans of neoclassical, contemporary instrumental and new age piano music.
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Steve Sheppard

One World Music Radio
Debut artist Monica Logani has arrived on the scene, and the freshness that she has brought to it is really appealing, a real mixture of piano and guitar to please the musical soul.
Her album Secret Garden is packed full of short form compositions that are arranged so well it’s a real pleasure to listen to them, like the opening track called The Gardener, a gentle beginning that has a sweet flowing melody, the guitar and piano dance well and open the gateway to another musical dimension of tone, like Alice through the looking glass.
The tones of Logani’s keyboards are both sensual, but almost very memorable; there are elements of past the present and future on the piece Anthem. The style of guitar and piano here really reminds me of Kevin Kendle’s flowers album, this is a brilliantly formed composition that actually illustrates to me our arrival in this extremely tranquil garden.
Autumn Tale was delightful, the tempo was slow, but romantic and one of the major things I like about Logani’s approach and performance is that her style is graphic and artistic, Autumn is both a sad and a happy time, we can witness the end of a season, watch the leaves fall, but we can also be inspired by the incredible beauty and hope that nature teaches us all.
Dear reader and listener, we now move to a track called Amber Rust, now here is a piece completely steeped in the New Age Piano genre, however its well performed and the tempo and motif are spot on, the melody here is very emotive at times, once more Logani allows the listener to create rich tapestries of colour within their minds.
Carousel is a real time machine of an arrangement, I felt almost drawn back to Tudor times, old English Country Gardens and long hot summers, the inclusion of strings were a stroke of genius in my view, adding age and depth to the composition and her performance illustrated to me, how much of a talented lady she really is.
If the preceding piece had an effect on you, this one will even more so, listen very carefully to Butterfly, there is a slight and very clever minor refrain that adds a hint of emotion to the track, but listen to the performance, yet again depicting the energy of the Butterfly with consummate ease.
We now move to Bali Bells, we are now once more joined by the guitar, which adds a slight eastern flavour to the music, after its opening refrain the piano joins the dance and creates a symbiotic rapture of musical class and beauty.
The curiously entitled Nonlinear Lover is now upon us, a song perhaps in two parts, there is a slow start, then around the minute mark it escalates into a fast paced tempo and then once again pulls back into a more laid back performance, this is a track dear reader you’re going to need to give multiple listens to and at times reminds me a lot of the work of U.S pianist Dan Kennedy.
There was something about the track Second Hand I really liked, it’s simple almost lullaby style was appealing, but there was an almost latent Jazz style built cleverly underneath the composition too. Logani’s performance here was very attentive, deliberate, but also careful and played with real love.
Our penultimate piece is called Journeys End. An opportunity here perhaps to be really artistic, Monica Logani pulls this off with great skill, but also with a very keen musical ear of what’s actually needed to manifest something quite moving, the guitar here on this piece reminded me of Telegraph Road by Dire Straits and if this track had been extended to some 14 minutes long, I wonder how it would have sounded!
Our last offering is a piece called Between Two Worlds, now when you listen to this one, be prepared to be impressed, I’m going to the Turkish occupied area of Cyprus on Friday and the opening to this piece would not be out of place there. The piano creates a great narrative here that does indeed swing from two cultures musically, this was an incredibly clever piece to both perform and compose and at well over 4 minutes, was the longest track off the release. One could really get a full picture here of the arrangement, Logani’s skill and changing from one musical world to another was simply sublime and my personal favourite off the album.
Secret Garden by Monica Logani as a debut album is a fantastic starting point, the combination of guitar and Piano worked brilliantly, neither over powered the other, and were played with a respectful balance at all times. Secret Garden is one of those albums that will bring you something different, something that is much needed in this genre of so called new age music, I personally liked it and cannot wait to hear more from Monica Logani in the future.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
This lovely collection of 12 original compositions, entitled “Secret Garden.” is the first step towards the fruition of a dream for pianist/composer Monica Logani on her debut album. The opening track is, most appropriately, “The Gardner,” which was the first song she composed, started her on the path to writing her own music compared to playing the classical compositions of others which she studied in her earlier years. I enjoyed its wistful sentimental air as well as reading in the liner notes about her inspiration for this piece. Accompanying Monica on mellow electric guitar is Gregg Zubowicz, who weaves bluesy phrases around the piano melody as well as unison lines on the chorus. Also on this track is violinist Maria Grig adding a bit of a classical feel to the piece. Other than two of the tracks, Gregg appears on every song, and Maria on five of them.

On a track called “Starboard,” Monica is not only joined by Maria on violin, but also by cellist Lyudmila Kadybaeva. I particularly liked the contrast of the cello in the lower register and the violin in the upper, as well as the balance of sustained notes and plucked notes in sections. The addition of a “string section” adds a great deal of texture and flow to the piece and helps it achieve the vibe Monica was going for with it.

A composition with perhaps the most thematic development is “Nonlinear Love,” which according to Monica: “is inspired by long-distance lovers who see each other intermittently. The slow part of the song represents longing to see each other and how time goes so slowly when the lovers are apart. Meanwhile the fast part depicts how their hearts race when the lovers see each other and how time flies when they are together.” Acoustic guitar and violin add to the dramatic effect. The album draws to a conclusion with “Between Two Worlds,” which was inspired by the time Monica spent living in India. The song has an intriguing feel and I liked Monica’s use of space and minor notes in her playing which added an air of mystery.

With the release of her debut album, it seems Monica has found the creative calling she has been searching for through the years, and opens the door to even more in the future.


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