Ryan Marvel | Generous Night, Redeem

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Generous Night, Redeem

by Ryan Marvel

The follow-up album to Ryan's personal and award-winning "Reflecting Forward". He continues his journey of self-discovery and delves deeper into the human experience.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Lunar Melody
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2. Whispered Words
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3. Crying Heart at Sleepless Dawn
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4. Fleeting Passage
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5. Overwhelm
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6. The Face of Truth
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7. Generous Night, Redeem
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8. Evening's Benediction
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9. Grounding
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10. Veiled in Tender Warmth
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11. Breath of the Vagabond
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12. Shifting Winds of Providence
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13. Sweet Memory, Deliver
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14. Glance the Stars
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the two years since releasing Reflecting Forward, I have shared that music on many stages and in several homes. As I found the courage to reveal myself and be vulnerable, it always proved to be cathartic. I realized that through sharing my stories with so many that the album would do exactly what I needed it to do - break my heart wide open. Connecting with people and hearing their own stories in return has been extraordinarily enriching.

Here's the next chapter. In Generous Night, Redeem I continue my journey of self-discovery and all that comes with it. I continually remind myself to see and feel everything as I go. It is my belief that we must practice empathy and seek understanding without judgment. Indeed, life is short. The music here reflects memory, truth, love, loss, transformation and letting go. It's about walking through - not around.

This album is a result of a partnership of two artists. I asked my mother, a published poet, to help create an album that had original music corresponding to an original poem. I gleaned this idea from chef Dominique Crenn, who presents her patrons with a poem instead of a menu at her restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco.

It was a true collaboration: she wrote words to my music and I wrote new music to her fresh prose. The music and poem each stand on their own, and together form a new piece of art entirely. Working creatively with my mom on a unique project such as this has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

We invite you, dear listener, on this adventure of memory, time, and deep personal discovery. May your journey be enlightened - always walking the path to better visions.


Seek inspiration from a lunar melody,
link twirling glad madness with moon’s sturdy scheme.

Decipher, child, meaning from
whispered words; quietude presumes lesson, here.

Console the crying heart at sleepless dawn.
Stand ye, then, against frigid,troubled desperation.

Eternal, such fleeting passage.
On destiny’s corner, connected, we, by curious ways.

Overwhelm misery’s companion,
mingle the meek and the bold, the crass and the wise.

Mystery abides where dawn wipes
darkness away, leaving us to gaze into the face of truth.

Generous night, redeem,
when folded into quiet thought, and nothing seems clear.

Captivating, evening’s benediction,
looking through the windows of time: evidence of transformation.

Unity sails conjoined, grounding
music’s flame, unexpected shades of lyrical bounty.

Love’s furnace prevails, two elevate
to more than one, nourished, veiled in tender warmth.

Carried by the breath of the vagabond,
stride heartily, dance and sing on the breeze of beckoning.

Assist the shifting winds of providence,
Mourn not the passage. Celebrate, rather, recollection.

Sweet memory, deliver, coalesce,
perform opulent favor, find receptive hearts--set us right.

Glance the stars, tonight they pause.
Soar on love’s orbit...walk the path to better visions.

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Kathy Parsons

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With “Album of the Year” awards for his past two releases, can Ryan Marvel keep up that kind of quality and emotional intensity in his subsequent music? I can say with all honesty: “Yes he can!” "Generous Night, Redeem" is another solo piano masterpiece overflowing with soulful emotional expression where every note rings true. This new music is a collaboration between pianist/composer Ryan Marvel and his mother, published poet Betti Bernardi. The idea was inspired by chef Dominique Crenn, who presents the patrons at her San Francisco restaurant with a poem instead of a menu. Ryan’s proposal to his mother was to create an album of original music corresponding to an original poem. In the process, Betti wrote words to Ryan’s music and Ryan wrote music to her prose. Each part stands on its own as a complete work of art, as they do by combining them. The poem appears on the back cover of the CD with the phrases that became song titles highlighted. In the liner notes, Ryan sums up the project beautifully: “The music here reflects memory, truth, love, loss, transformation and letting go. It’s about walking through - not around.”

Ryan Marvel’s 2017 release, "Reflecting Forward," earned Album of the Year awards from both Whisperings Solo Piano Radio and SoloPiano.com. Ryan opened his heart and soul in that music with honesty and a power that continues to be cathartic for him as it heals and strengthens those who hear it. His new music is equally emotional and deeply personal, yet it will communicate to anyone who takes the time to listen - heart to heart, spirit to spirit.

"Generous Night, Redeem" begins with “Lunar Melody,” a dark and mysterious piece that sets the tone of the album. “Whispered Words” has a steady flow that keeps its simple melody moving forward. As the title suggests, “Crying Heart At Sleepless Dawn” is sad and very poignant, reaching into your soul. The quietly introspective “Fleeting Passage” is calm but not quite peaceful. Intricate and rapidly-flowing, “Overwhelm” shows what an amazing pianist Ryan Marvel is. “The Face of Truth,” on the other hand, is very open and vulnerable with nothing to hide behind. The title track comes at about the mid-point of the album, and feels much like a heartfelt prayer. “Veiled in Tender Warmth” is the music of enduring love - peaceful, content and unbreakable. Very slow and still, yet expressive and profound. Although it is lighter, “Breath of the Vagabond” isn’t quite carefree. “Shifting Winds of Providence” returns to a more pensive feeling of reflection and gentle remembrance. “Sweet Memory, Deliver” is my favorite piece on the album. Very delicate and fragile, it feels much like watching the graceful movement of a butterfly. Gorgeous! “Glance the Stars” ends the album with a bit of musical magic that dances lightly with a quiet joy.

What a fantastic album! "Generous Night, Redeem" is definitely one of the best albums of the year! Don’t miss it!
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Steve Sheppard

Music to enrich
I spent many an hour reflecting forward through Marvels last release that lies within my collection, and here I am once more on the borderlands of a new dimension of solo piano by the artist called Generous Night, Redeem, and another musical voyage calls to me from the inner realms of tone and sound.
We start this sojourn through this new offering with a piece called Lunar Melody, a really powerful opener, one that seemed to provoke many thoughts through this intrigued mind of mine. There was such a delicious depth to this piece that made it the perfect opener and also the sound track for many a moonlight perambulation.
The ranks of the solo piano genre are jam packed with talent and artists of all standards, but Marvel stands out as one of those special performers, one that has the ability to manifest something special with a thoughtful and crafted performance; music like this next composition called Whispered Words, oh how I wished this had been longer, I really fell in love with the major, minor narrative and chord structures on this beautiful opus.
On Crying Heart at Sleepless Dawn we have a truly moving arrangement, one that has a real sense of sadness upon its shoulders; there is a mournful refrain that seems almost inconsolable at times and also one that is really addictive to listen to as well, Marvels skill set on the piano here leaves us in heightened anticipation of what is going to come next.
What does actually come next is one of the finest slices of piano I have heard from Marvel, and called Fleeting Passage. There is a wonderful sense of calmness built into the narrative here, much in the way you can glimpse a moment of a sun kissed beauty in autumn, but its presence is fleeting, but always memorable, this performance by Marvel is one of those I never wanted to end.
We are now in the full current of the release and as we reach this piece called Overwhelm, it certainly feels that way, a fast running offering that feels like a fresh winter stream is about to burst its banks is upon us; this graphic musical narrative is incredibly compelling and thoroughly enjoyable at each and every twist and turn, a wonderfully inventive piece from Marvel indeed.
One of the hardest things to gaze upon is The Face of Truth; this undeniable moment of life’s rich tapestry is something quite brutal at times, but it can also bring with it a sense of freedom as well. Here Marvel explores that narrative with a performance that is solemn, mood filled, reflective and above all else brutally honest in its manifestation, a thoughtful musical prose indeed, one tinged with a little hope at the very end as well.
At the half way marker we come across the title track and that of course is Generous Night, Redeem. Ryan Marvel is proving to be a master builder of fluent reflective music, and on this very composition I would say that is so true and even to film score standard. One could imagine taking a moonlit walk whilst listening to this offering, perhaps whilst going over emotional moments of the recent past or actions of a future yet to be written, this is without doubt one of the cleverest tracks off the album and beautifully played too.
Interesting that we come to this piece as we take our first musical footfalls into the second half of the album, it is called Evening Benediction, perhaps a blessing from the divine to help us along on our way, whatever, this is one very classy composition and performance. Marvel has brought a beautiful fluency to our ears with this piece, one to be thoroughly enjoyed.
Grounding - I did this very function a few hours ago, something happened that knocked me off kilter for a short while, so I needed to ground myself; a small meditation and some sage helped then, perhaps I should have played this offering as well, the gentle but firm guidance through the keys here would have been just the medication required, this is one of those offerings that to some may seem easy to perform, but Marvel squeezes such emotion out of each and every note played, that when finished your left truly moved at what you have just received.
Our musical boat is now sailing in the deeper waters of the release and as it does so we can view the next offering in comfort and safety, it is a track so beautifully composed and played and entitled Veiled in Tender Warmth. This piece is like a reconciliation song from a movie, it is like a reassuring arm going around your shoulder when you most need it, and with ease one of the warmest offerings off the album
The exotically entitled offering Breath of the Vagabond is up next, here is a really charming musical narrative, one that has an incredible resonance built into its construction, there is an almost cheeky theme that runs through the piece too, one bathed in a stylish Celtic energy.
One of my personal favourites, music and title, is about to unfurl and called Shifting Sands of Providence. At just short of 5 minutes it is also the longest offering off the album and certainly a composition that is not only emotive, it has a thought provoking moodiness that I completely adored. Life changes, times change, but with a farsighted awareness one can be at peace with this perhaps. Marvels performance here is sublimely crafted on a track that could easily be described as anthem like it is manifestation.
Amazingly we have just touched the hem of our penultimate offering and it is called Sweet Memory Deliver. The lightness of touch here was so delightful to hear and indeed feel. There is such a sweet sensitivity here that is so appreciated and its calming musical narrative is almost romantic at times in its mood, one most also praise the performance on the keys as simply one of the best I have heard from the artist.
The ending of this epic voyage is upon us, but before we depart the artist has one more musical gift of tone and splendour to give us, it is called Glance the Stars. Marvel’s thoughtful and thoroughly professional approach leaves us wanting more with this cheer filled finish, one that is so exhilarating and bright in its construction and of course simply the best way to leave the album possible.
I must admit I was eager to listen to this album, let alone write about it, in my opinion Generous Night, Redeem is Marvels best work so far with ease. Each and every composition has been very carefully composed, but also with an openness of heart and hands of complete honesty. The reflection allowed by the arrangements gives us music to enrich ourselves with, so much so, that at its conclusion, we feel fulfilled from the presentations given and the performances so beautifully played. If you are a fan of the solo piano genre, you are going to be in utter heaven with this album.
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