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The Blue Light

by Seth Kaufman

solo piano
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Stadium
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2. First Moment (a score)
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3. Thursday
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4. Chambers of the Sea
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5. Strolling a Suspension Bridge
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6. Cayuga's Waters (live)
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7. Flight
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8. Dark Blue
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9. The Rainy Years
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10. Cascadilla Glen (live)
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11. Farewells
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12. Sunset Park
Seth Kaufman, Mimi Pasek
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Seth Kaufman developed his solo piano sound in Ithaca and New Orleans. Drawing upon influences in jazz, rock, and experimental music, Kaufman's style has been said to "push the piano's limits" (Times Picayune, New Orleans).

Kaufman's works are often inspired by silent film, literature, and experimental theatre. "Chambers of the Sea" on The Blue Light was inspired by "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot. "First Moment" was composed for a production of "Savage/Love" a play by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin.

The Blue Light also includes live performances of "Cascadilla Glen" and "Cayuga's Waters"

Seth Kaufman is a Bosendorfer Artist and performs regularly in Boston, New Orleans, NYC and San Francisco. A new CD, Compartments, is planned for 2007.


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Kathy Parsons

An incredible album!
Pianist/composer Seth Kaufman has remastered and re-released his first two albums as a prelude to the long-awaited release of an album of new material in March ‘06. “The Blue Light” was Kaufman’s second release and made its debut in 1994. As with his other albums, there is a variety of playing styles - some serene and peaceful with others being bigger, bolder, and more dramatic. Kaufman’s classical training is evident, as is his background in jazz, but his musical voice is his own. Plus, he has playing chops to die for! The music was inspired by various sources, including a one-act play that he scored, literature, and, of course, life itself. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing “Circling Noon” and “Red Descending” a few years ago, and am delighted that this incredible artist has resurfaced with lots of new (and not-so-new) music!

“Stadium” opens the CD with a burst of pianistic energy. Excitement and a feeling of bigness run through the piece. “First Moment” comes from the score of “Savage/Love,” a play written by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. The piece effectively alternates between themes that are wistful and dreamy to upbeat and anxious, creating something of a dialog. It’s a fascinating piece that tells a story as it evolves. “Thursday” comes from a passage in Tony Morrison’s novel, “Jazz,” that muses about the satisfaction and comfort of that day of the week. Thoughtful and reflective, this piece is almost a ballad. “Chambers of the Sea” is a favorite. Inspired by a poem by T.S. Eliot, themes range from peaceful to turbulent, but the piece is mostly dark, dramatic, and very passionate - I’d love to be able to play this one! “Strolling A Suspension Bridge” switches gears to light and carefree - you can almost feel the warmth of the sun with a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. Another favorite is “Dark Blue,” a mournfully sad piece with a lively theme in the middle that keeps it from descending to the depths of despair. “The Rainy Years” blows me away with how its emotional changes flow so seamlessly from one to another - absolutely amazing and utterly compelling. I love it! “Farewells” is warm and a little sad, as the title implies - a lovely piece. Parts of it become very intense, demonstrating several kinds of “farewells.” “Sunset Park” features wordless vocals by Mimi Pasek that are layered over the piano - a very effective close to an outstanding album.

”The Blue Light” is an excellent addition to any piano lover’s collection. Seth Kaufman is one of the best pianists out there, and I can’t wait to hear his new music! Highly recommended!
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derry martabano

our family loves seth's music
will his original album "cascadilla" ever be available on CD? i have the tape! and can't listen to it any more. thanks.
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