Nick Farr | The Ever Present Now

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The Ever Present Now

by Nick Farr

A unique blend of new age, classical, and smooth jazz creating an engaging auditory experience for all listeners. THE EVER PRESENT NOW is currently in the running for a Grammy Award in New Age for 2009.
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1. The Ever Present Now
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2. What Lies Ahead
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3. And So It Is
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4. Morning Coffee
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5. Not If, But When
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6. Solace
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7. Interplay
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8. Winter Prayer
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9. Traveler
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10. In Search Of
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11. The Lost Chord
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12. Shadow Green
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Upon the release of his sixth album "The Ever Present Now", recording artist Nick Farr offers a colorful palette of original compositions that is sure to please his long-standing fans as well as new listeners.

"The Ever Present Now" charted at # 1 for January 2009 and is receiving heavy airplay around the world. Tracks may be heard on Music Choice on the "Soundscapes" channel.

“This album,” the artist says, “is a recording I have long wanted to make. It seems to have a really natural feel, and the wonderful musicians who contribute on the cd really put their hearts into it.” The pianist/composer has included twelve original songs on this record, which sample his unique writing styles and creativity. With much variety in both composition and style that tastefully blends the genres of new age, jazz, classical and contemporary instrumental, this is an engaging yet beautiful auditory experience.

Nick’s fifth recording “Keep Moving” hit the airwaves strongly in the summer of 2004, debuting at #4 before moving into the #3 spot. A jazzier set, this recording shows Farr’s skills at composing more up-tempo tunes with more different instruments and far-ranging song writing.

"Farther", Farr's fourth release debuted at # 3 on the New Age Voice Airwaves chart in October 2000 and moved up to the respectable # 1 position for November. It remained in the Top 40 for six months on Top 20 radio lists well into 2002. As well, "Farther" has been used in television as theme and background music-a setting that is well-suited for the composer's wide range of styles.

"Fahrenheit", Nick's third release hit the NAV Top 100 for airplay in September 1999. "Old River, New Water", released in 1998, is a bolder and more percussive recording that shows more of the composer's unique writing styles. "Winterbourne", Farr's 1996 debut album, sets a serene stage around the piano. And with much the contemporary classical influence, the album fast became a favorite of lovers of piano and ensemble works. "Winterbourne", "Old River, New Water", "Fahrenheit" and Farther charted thirty-eight straight months in New Age Voice Airwaves Top 20 lists, which exemplifies his staying power in the new age and jazz markets. The music has also charted on CMJ , Gavin as well as other charts worldwide. As well, the music has aired daily on satellite television (DirecTV, Dish Net) for more than ten years.

A native of South Carolina, Farr began his journey into music at the age of five with classical piano training. With a music scholarship to college, Nick developed as a musician by studying various genres and styles. And later, as piano became more love than work, the writing process began again. Since that time, he has focused on a type of music and composition with which he is most proficient and comfortable--a style of piano concentrating on memorable melodies and harmonies intertwined with guitars, horns, woodwinds, percussion, strings and synths. And as each new recording unfolds through rich soundscapes and thoughtful solos, Nick's music takes each listener on an auditory journey into his creative imagination.

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John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusic.Nu

Poetry In Motion
American Contemporary New Age artist Nick Farr, apparently has the proper abilities involving rhythm and structure in both music and poetry since his accomplishments include being a published author of literary poetry, prose, short stories, fiction and children’s books. His literary career was perhaps second nature to him considering he began classical music studies at age 5 and then pursued music while in college. Nick Farr has 6 albums total with The Ever Present Now from 2009, on the Riverboy Records label as his latest release. This latest album held the number 1 and 2 positions in NAR’s Top 100 air wave chart in January and February 2009, with additional nation wide online airplay. The 12 songs represent a well versed language of music and poetry by this dedicated artist who reaches into genres of Contemporary Instrumental, New Age, Classical Piano, and Jazz. Produced by Grammy Award winning Randy Kling, this release is more Classical Piano than some of Nick’s previous albums and is a nice medium to display a finer sophisticated mindset without being over classical. Generous mixtures of mid tempo Contemporary Instrumental and nice Jazz influences do give it an aesthetic just right feel by employing the free style he is accustomed to in piano arrangements. Flute, saxophone, horns and strings provide the back drop in some songs, enhancing the classic description and giving it a distinguished tone. The song Solace is a poetic hopeful song, comforting by the graceful flute and piano duet that seems to incorporate well during melodic phrases, lending a hand by consoling stanzas of support. It is during these passages that uplifting and inspiring verses with note filled piano runs and flute, reveal patterns of consciously timed pauses between instrumental passages. The song Traveler is a deep moving piece, set to a faster paced melody that is structured by each key change, transforming each refrain into a sonnet set to musical time, never resting during each chord step along the way. Winter Prayer is a powerful melodic psalm, paying homage by offering a distinctly elegant classical composition. Masterfully delivered musical prayer requests are often emphasized in this piece, carefully turning each note into a hymn of reverence. The artist’s sincerity shines through from the beginning invocation of this song which is heart felt and moving. Momentary pauses then begin to take place as the final chapter of the song slows, bowing out gracefully upon reaching the closing benediction. The Ever Present Now by Nick Farr is praiseworthy New Age Classical, embracing all of the structural principals of written prose, leaving one with the impression that his music is thoughtfully displayed in a manner that from the very beginning, deserves the expression of poetry in motion.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
“The Ever Present Now” is the sixth release by pianist/composer Nick Farr and contains twelve original pieces that deftly blend the new age, jazz, classical, and contemporary instrumental genres. Farr appears on piano, synth, and percussion backed by live musicians on guitars, percussion, woodwinds, and French horn. Several of the pieces are up-beat and jazzy while others are quieter and more pensive, providing a warm and relaxing mix of music for kicking back, reading, or pure listening enjoyment. Lyman Golden, who co-produced the CD with Farr, shines on various guitars, percussion, and alto recorder. Farr’s six-year-old daughter, Marina, makes her musical debut on this recording playing additional piano and percussion. It is also noteworthy that Nora Bach, a descendant of JS Bach, appears on oboe. The music itself is a delight, and my only real criticism of the CD is that some of the piano solos have a rather two-dimensional electronic sound that isn’t as noticeable mixed with the other instruments. I’m a real purist in that regard, though, and most people probably will not hear the difference.

The title track opens the CD in a buoyant, carefree mood inspired by Farr’s two daughters. Piano, guitars, percussion, and sax paint a sunny soundscape that is more than welcoming. “What Lies Ahead” is a bit more introspective in a wistful kind of way. My favorite track is “Morning Coffee,” which is dreamy and relaxed like a lazy Sunday morning. The strong backbeat gives it a slow-dance feeling while the piano and rhythmic guitar give it grace. The sax comes in later, bringing in a stronger energy – a melodic caffeine rush? I really love this piece! “Not If, But When” is a quiet, soulful acoustic guitar solo – a nice contrast to the more ensemble pieces. Another favorite is “Interplay,” which is darker and more intense. Piano and guitar carry the strong melody against a strong beat that contrasts with the smooth strings. Later in the piece, oboe and French horn join in, adding more colors to the beautiful mix. “In Search Of” is a piano solo that sounds very true to its title – going here and there trying to find something elusive. “Shadow Green” is the closing track, another piano solo. Gently conversational, it conveys a soothing and peaceful message.

“The Ever Present Now” is my favorite of Nick Farr’s CDs that I’ve heard. If Nick is a new artist for you, check this one out. Those who are already fans won’t be disappointed!
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