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True Reflections ( Solo Piano )

by Steven Cravis

If you like George Winston, you will like this - Soothing solo piano improvisations, with mellow, jazzy, improvisational sections, great for yoga, meditation and general relaxation - CD by Steven Cravis - MP3 download available here
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Falling Leaves
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2. True Reflections
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3. Tears of Joy
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4. Father
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5. Heart of Hearts
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6. Earth Journey
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7. Playful Mysteries
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8. First Light
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It is often said that music has the power to heal.

Pianist/Composer Steven Cravis takes this adage to heart. Steven, whose two CD releases, TRUE REFLECTIONS and THE SOUND OF LIGHT, are currently available on the StevenCravis.com label, has more than a passing interest in the power of healing.Steven's music, performed on acoustic grand piano, is a unique blend of styles, combining the meditative quality of new age, the improvisatory freedom of jazz, and the compositional elegance of the Classics. At its core, Steven's music is inspired by the composer's personal spiritual awareness.There are many twists and turns along any artist's path to success. The journey undertaken by Steven Cravis(also widely known as the Amazing Piano Magician) is no exception. After attending the prestigious Berkley College of Music in 1990, Steven moved into an artists community in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts. While crafting the meditative piano pieces that later became the foundation of his first CD TRUE REFLECTIONS, Steven supported himself by teaching the healing art of yoga. Steven recalls:"For many musicians, a day job is just a job, a way to pay the bills.

For me, it was different. The spiritual nature of my occupation was a source of inspiration for me. With my music, my goal is to transport my audience to that blissful, relaxed state that I have come to know through the art of yoga and meditation."In 1992, TRUE REFLECTIONS was released. Steven received the audience reaction that he had hoped for. "I think the music struck a chord, helped people to gain a peaceful break from the monotony in their lives. Things really started to go well for me when radio stations WGBH and WMJX began playing my music."To promote his new release, Steven played several well received concerts, including a benefit performance for The Muscular Dystrophy Association at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. Steven found the healing effect of his music to be equally effective in a live setting.

Given the cinematic quality of his music, it is not surprising that Steven is frequently asked to do film work. In the summer of 1994, Steven contributed the poignant ballad, "Is It True", to the Indian feature film, BOLLYWOOD, from Soni-Khan Productions. The film was singled out for recognition on the film festival circuit in both New York and Los Angeles.In the winter of 1995, Steven released his latest work, THE SOUND OF LIGHT. The intriguing title reflects Steven's continuing interest in spiritual exploration. "In certain cultures, it is said that by chanting specific sounds, one gains access to the dreamworld as sound is translated into light."Musically speaking, THE SOUND OF LIGHT is another success, a further refinement of Steven's unique style. Since its release, Steven has continued to perform, attempting to bring the healing power of his music to others around the world willing to share his journey.By K.
Hauptman/April, 1999

CD REVIEW by Kathy Parsons/Solo Piano Publications
Steven Cravis' debut CD is very appropriately titled "True Reflections". A beautiful series of reflective and introspective piano solos, these pieces are both intensely personal and easily accessible. Cravis attended The Berklee School of Music and has supported himself as a Yoga instructor. His understanding of music and the human spirit are a wonderful union, and he has stated that his goal with his music is to take people to the relaxing state he has come to know through yoga and meditation.

Some of the music on "True Reflections" is darker and perhaps deeper than several of the pieces on Cravis' later "The Sound of Light". "True Reflections" seems more improvised and less structured, and I really enjoy the freedom of pieces like "Earth Journey", a longer piece (almost seven minutes) that meanders where it will at a peacefully lazy pace. The title track is a wonderful, moody piece, full of questions as well as poignant memories. This piece also sounds mostly improvised over a basic structure. "Father" is very sad and deeply personal - possibly composed during or after a family crisis. I also really like "Heart of Hearts" - again questioning and reflective with a lovely flow.

"True Reflections" is an excellent solo piano album, and I highly recommend it.

The artist George Winston was very influential to Steven especially for this album.

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Jimmy Caterine

Very relaxing.
A great disc of somewhat introspective flavoring. This disc is a must for any fan of great piano work with very human elements. Very relaxing.
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Cherry blossom

The piano songs are so peaceful calming and beautiful.
The songs are great especially if your medetating, exercising and calming down and it can help release stress. And it brings peace and harmony to the surroundings.
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Juliana Eaton

One of the best CDs I've ever bought...well worth it.
This CD, along with the Sound of Light, have changed my life. I don't know who else out there is a fan of piano music, but I strongly encourage the purchase of True Reflections. I didn't know how much I would enjoy this CD until I actually listened to it, and to be honest, I had no idea that piano music could work such wonders. Each piece is amazing in its own way...especially the song "Tears of Joy". Even the nine minute piece, "Falling Leaves" never gets old....

I can honestly say that this is one of the best CDs I have ever bought. I listen to it at least once a day. Steven Cravis really knows how to express his ideas through music. Five stars!
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Andrew

peaceful, minimalist-oriented new age doesn't disappoint
minimalism is the perfect outline for cravis' compositions in this album. he manages to keep beautiful lyrical qualities while weaving in aspects of a complex genre. plus, the mastering volume level is perfect for this type of cd.
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David Blumberg

Steven is a great musician...
Steven is a great musician. I don't say that often at all and am the highest of critics as I walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
David Blumberg - Primetones.com Vice President and Director of Artist Development &
#1 Ranked Artist Roster Leader Mp3.com
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Don Shetterly - Licensed Massage Therapist

I would highly recommend...
I would highly recomend his music! It is awesome music!

"a previous customer"
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John Dunn

Cravis' music is medicine for the soul
His music gives proof that people don’t want control over the music but rather, people want to trust the music to enter their hearts and take control of their emotions- and Steven’s music assures you of that trust with confidence and grace. You must hear it to believe it!
John

John Dunn
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Jacqui

In our turbulant world this is pure peace
As a Visual Arts Consultant in the UK I am always on the look out for music which complements the display to make a totally holistic experience. True Reflections works in the home just listening quietly to aid homework,as background music to complement art work, as well as in church whether walking a labyrinth or sitting quietly in prayer. A really beautiful piece of work and a credit to its composer. Thank you.
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pixelengineer

Specifically, Cravis's music is minimalistic with a touch of impressionism
Spectacular Pianist, January 2, 2004
Reviewer: pixelengineer from United States
Specifically, Cravis's music is minimalistic with a touch of impressionism. There is little dissonance in the melodies that flow simply, easily, beautifully. True Reflections is Cravis's first album, and it contains a lot of his more "serious" works. Nevertheless, it makes for great entertainment whether you're intent on listening closely or just need some peaceful background music.
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Mark S. Greer - Musician, Composer, Producer

Best pianist...
Best pianist this side of anywhere. I for one and Im sure Im not alone would like to be kept informed of any live gigs. That would be cool.
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