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The Long Road

by Monica Logani

Reminiscent of the golden era of New Age Piano, The Long Road is a solo piano album with classical and world elements.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Birds
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2. Daybreak
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3. Juliette
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4. Poette
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5. Temporality
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6. Mantra
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7. The Long Road
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8. Storyteller
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9. Space
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10. Dreamer
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11. Valencia
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12. Devotion
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13. Savior
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14. Summer's End
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15. The Last Embrace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Monica Logani is a solo piano artist with classical and world music influences that reflect her multi-cultural identity. While she was born in West Africa to North Indian parents, Monica grew up in the Midwest and currently splits her time between New York and Valencia, Spain. Monica’s first album, Secret Garden, hit the top 20 in the Zone charts in 2016. It is played on the Sirius XM Spa channel, dozens of radio stations and airlines around the world and is streamed in over 27 countries. Her second album, The Long Road, releases March 6th.

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Dyan Garris

Album Review by Dyan Garris, New Age CD
“This loving tribute to a dear friend is masterful artistry.” – Dyan Garris

It is said that life is short, particularly when compared to the eternal nature of the soul. We are here on Earth for a brief time. As if to underscore this, the 15 tracks on “The Long Road” by Monica Logani, are mostly brief as well, ranging from “Daybreak” at 1:15 to “Devotion” at 3:48.

Monica is a solo piano artist with classical and world music influences that reflect her multicultural identity. She was born in West Africa to North Indian parents but grew up in the Midwest, USA. These days she spends her time in New York as well as Spain. Her first album, “Secret Garden,” made it to the top 20 in the Zone Music Reporter charts.

“The Long Road” is 35 minutes of emotionally stirring solo piano with some minimal string instrumentation (Gregg Zubowicz, guitar, Maria Grigoryeva, violin, Ekaterina Gaydareva, viola, and Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva, cello).

The album is about the journey of life, and was inspired by the short, yet full life of her dear friend, Juliette Calayag Pralle. What a loving tribute!

The album opens with the soft and peaceful, “Birds.” This is a perfect beginning and precedes - as it is also so in life - the beautiful, “Daybreak.” Good use of the deep lower register here in “Daybreak” gives us that exact feeling between night and the very first glimpse and promise of the day. If you’ve been up at that time of day/night you know precisely what I mean.

The almost 2 minute “Juliette,” is reverent and flowing. The various strings add a wonderful dimensional feel to the rich tapestry of what surely must have been Juliette’s full, albeit short, life. It’s as if we now know her too. Very touching.

“Poette” is lovely, structured, and played with perfect pacing. I might venture to say that Juliette was a poetess. This is very relaxing. “Temporality” speaks to the impermanence of our time here. Somber, yet not necessarily sad, this is also perfectly paced, and for some reason reminded me of the poetry of Emily Dickenson. Not surprising, however, since many of Ms. Dickenson’s poems were also brief and dealt with the topics of death and immortality. Interesting.

The splendid guitar of Gregg Zubowicz opens the song, “Mantra,” which then glides very eloquently into piano. This song is effortless, just as a mantra should be. And here again, is that perfect cadence, which allows for breath to flow. This is aptly one of the longer tracks at almost 3-1/2 minutes. Very nice.

The title track paints us a quite effective piano soundscape of a flowing road, yet also bittersweet, as life is most certainly not without its adversities along the way. This is a favorite on the album.

“Storyteller” is another favorite. Like any good story this flows and enchants us along the way. Great use of both upper and lower registers.

My ultimate favorite on the album is, “Space.” This is stunningly beautiful, with the piano and string instrumentation giving us a delicious depth and expansive breadth of atmosphere. Wonderful! At 1:34, I wish it was just a little longer. However, such is the nature of life, and following is the lush and luxuriant, “Dreamer,” which has a similar feel to it.

I believe that Valencia is a city in Spain, and the song, “Valencia,” has a very pleasant Spanish motif, with guitar and piano dancing a sumptuous dance together. This is quite engaging.

“Devotion” has a wonderful air of foreign mystery and deep intrigue. This would fit nicely into a spy movie. Steady under-beat and string instrumentation add to the enchantment. Love it.

With a bittersweet flavor you can feel seeping into your soul from the very first notes, “Savior,” evokes deep emotions. We can feel this one tugging at our heartstrings.

The wistful “Summer’s End” starts winding down the album. So short, just like a summer season in most parts of the country (USA), this is 1:24. The album closes out with the poignant, and also brief, “The Last Embrace.” The piano here is lovely, and again, we experience Monica’s deliberate and perfect pacing. The whole album “breathes” throughout. Eternally. And such, it is said, is the nature of death and the journey of the soul.

One of the things notable about this album is that each song leaves you wanting more. This is masterful artistry. Because when someone we care about is gone, all we can think of is wishing they were still here and wishing we had more time with them. Yes, masterful, indeed.
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Kathy Parsons

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"The Long Road" is the second album from pianist/composer Monica Logani, following her 2016 debut, "Secret Garden." Many of the fifteen original pieces are solo piano while others include guitar, violin, viola and/or cello. The music was inspired by the loss of a close friend “whose journey was short, but her love was strong, and her life was full.” Most of the tracks are relatively short (under 2 1/2 minutes), and the music reflects on and expresses a broad mix of the emotions that flow into our lives when someone we love passes on, including grief, loss, loneliness, memories, spirituality, and, finally, acceptance. Additional artists are Gregg Zubowicz (guitar), Maria Grigoryeva (violin), Ekaterina Gaydareva (viola), and Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva (cello); Zubowicz also produced the album.

"The Long Road" begins with “Birds,” a piano solo that hints at tragedy and heartbreak in a freely unstructured piece that seems to ask “why?” Many pieces about the dawning of a new day are light and optimistic, but “Daybreak” awakens to pain and sorrow. “Juliette” is named for Logani’s late friend, and, with the addition of strings, this piece effectively expresses grace and loving memories while an occasional discordant chord jolts with the pain of great loss. “Mantra” begins with a short acoustic guitar solo before becoming a piano solo with a much lighter spirit than the previous tracks. It is far from joyful, but feels more hopeful. The title track seems to reflect on grief and loss while processing it to, hopefully, become more manageable. “Space” includes the string trio in addition to the piano and is one of the more melodic pieces on the album, expressing (to me) a cautious sense of optimism. “Dreamer” also includes the strings and has a very fluid, “dreamy” feeling. In “Valencia,” the piano provides a flowing accompaniment to Zubowicz’s beautiful guitar lead - a favorite. My favorite piece on the album is the exotic and mysterious “Devotion.” Hypnotic Middle Eastern harmonies and rhythms captivate as the piano and guitars work their magic. The longest piece on the album at just under four minutes, it’s a real standout to these ears! “Savior” and “Summer’s End” seem to be gentle expressions of grief and, hopefully, healing. “The Last Embrace” brings the album to a very sad close.

"The Long Road" is a very personal expression of emotional experiences most of us dread, and I’m sure Monica Logani’s sharing of her experience through her music will help many people with their own losses and grief. I hope it helped her to heal as well.
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