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Piano Improvisations 1: Light Shining Through

by Suzanne Grosvenor

Melding classical, jazz and world music, fresh and powerful, spontaneous improvisations are a nourishment to the soul to lift your spirits and warm your heart.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning
2:51 FREE
2. Joy
6:36 $0.99
3. Majestic
6:23 $0.99
4. Child of God
3:29 $0.99
5. Celestial Nocturne
8:20 $0.99
6. Rhapsody
6:41 $0.99
7. Deborah's Song
3:34 $0.99
8. Cornelia's Dance
7:32 $0.99
9. For Corinne
3:13 $0.99
10. Susurrus
3:52 $0.99
11. Song of Strength
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Suzanne brings a new spin to piano improvisation with pieces that sound nearly composed though they are neither jazz, new age or classical. Melding various influences into a unique sound, her improvisations are stirring and beautiful.

"In the past year, I've been meeting with small groups of people and playing improvisations for them to reflect the moods of the moment. The music of the gatherings has explored many shades in the dances of life. This collection of eleven pieces was assembled from the sessions for their feeling of Heart Warmth." writes Suzanne.

Each piece was played live, inspired by, and created spontaneously for a specific person.

"In the moments before I play piano for anyone, I feel myself settling into a calm serenity. I hear, sense and feel subtle sounds in the air around us and I begin to play them.

"It's not as much about the music as it is about visiting subtle layers of feeling that often go unnoticed. As I play this music, life becomes simple. Complexities fall away. All there is is the music (tones, pulses, and rhythms that have been waiting to be noticed, felt and received) and a presence of peace enveloping us.

"Music becomes an expression for life, describing pathways of feeling, honoring subtle experiences in the place where we meet the sacred Presence. Sounds pour through like streams out of the invisible, evoking ways of being and living that are love and heart filled. Music reveals and shines light, acknowledges what may be ready to meet us, addressing two worlds and joining them together, as we open our hearts, listen and feel. The heart speaks. The mind listens. Love flourishes.

"I have played these improvisations since the 1980's. Never before has the music been so joyful and encouraging."


MUSIC TRACKS - Piano Improvisations 1: Light Shining Through
Distillations of the messages surrounding each song:

1. Morning ~ July 14, 2011 ~ 2:51
Arise, shine. The goodness in you is real. Let your spirit shine.

2. Joy ~ July 14, 2011 ~ 6:37
Continuation of Morning. Trust your own senses and the goodness in you to impact the world. Enjoy.

3. Majestic ~ February 15, 2011 ~ 6:23
Bask in kindness. The majesty of your spirit is felt and seen, not wasted.

4. Child of God ~ May 14, 2011 ~ 3:24
Open to receive as a flower to sunshine. Let go of walls of protection based in fear.

5. Celestial Nocturne ~ August 9, 2011 ~ 8:20
Replenishment. Light returning. Remembering God with a childlike heart.

6. Rhapsody ~ August 9, 2011 ~ 6:41
Continuation of Nocturne. Love on earth. Life is blessed.

7. Deborah's Song ~ November 20, 2010 ~ 3:34
Bless your heart. Abide in grace.

8. Cornelia's Dance ~ July 7, 2011 ~ 7:32
Savor life. Receive blessings. Dance!

9. For Corinne ~ December 1, 2010 ~ 3:14
Calm, reassuring love. Living with innocence, openness and surrender.

10. Susurrus ~ November 15, 2011 ~ 3:30
A murmuring, reflecting on the mystery of life.

11. Song of Strength ~ July 7, 2011 ~ 6:08
Strength awakens. Be fortified and restored with new hope and sense of purpose.

Recorded on a digitally reproduced Steinway Grand Piano



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Piano Improvisations 1: Light Shining Through" is not a new album (original release date is 2012), but it is by Suzanne Grosvenor, a pianist/composer I recently discovered and who is very deserving of a reintroduction to the music world. This album is a collection of eleven “Portraits in Sound,” spontaneous creations of music that Suzanne “hears” from the people that she works with as well as from various life events. These portraits are created when individuals and families reach out to her to participate in “stimulating musical explorations.” Suzanne was classically-trained from a young age, but as an adult, developed tendonitis in her wrists from practicing for eight hours a day. It is both amazing and fascinating that she found that she could still play improvisationally, so she continued to create the Sound Portraits (and has done more than two hundred of them) and teach while she waited for her wrists to heal. Recently, Suzanne has been releasing singles, but also wants her earlier recordings to reach new ears and work their magic. This quotation sums up the motivation well: “Spontaneous recovery from long held emotional conundrums and physical breakthroughs from chronic physical problems, these are things music has brought to light and woven the happy magic that only music can bring. Without stress or strain, music, the earliest reported human therapy, is undoubtedly a premiere healing modality to be explored and understood.”

The album begins with “Morning,” a quiet, peaceful piece that is both relaxed and full of possibilities - a lovely start! “Joy” overflows with warmth and the glow that happens when something brings us true joy and happiness. It’s almost impossible to not smile while listening to this piece - a favorite! “Majestic” is a piece Suzanne improvised in memory of her cousin, a blues musician. His piece is slow, delicate and graceful to reflect his “playful and thoughtful” spirit. I love the peacefully hypnotic “Child of God” and its jazzy middle section! “Celestial Nocturne” is my favorite piece on the album. At almost 8 1/2 minutes, it has plenty of time to evolve organically. Many themes are seamlessly woven into this piece, expressing many of the different tones and moods of nighttime. Magical! Poignant and deeply heartfelt, “Rhapsody” also really speaks to me. Gorgeous! “For Corinne,” a peaceful and soothing bit of piano serenity, feels like stretching out on a lawn (or on the beach or in a meadow) on a warm spring afternoon, soaking up the sunshine. Where many of the pieces on the album feel somewhat structured even though they are improvisations, “Susurrus” feels completely spontaneous and in the moment with a stronger jazz influence - I really like this one, too!

"Piano Improvisations 1: Light Shining Through" is excellent from the first note to the last!

Mike Heffley

Wine Finely Aged
Suzanne Grosvenor has been doing what she does on this CD for a good long time now: painting evocative tone poems on solo piano. What exactly they evoke varies with every listener, but the more familiar and in love you are with Pacific Northwest culture and the music associated with it (think labels such as Windham Hill and ECM, and internet station Classical/Solo Piano/SKY.fm) the better equipped you are to match this music with your own inner reveries.

Mine, like many fellow Oregonians, started back in the 1980s, with her LP Lantern in the Window. Her music then, as now, took its place in my life’s soundtrack something like that of Erik Satie’s: simple, pellucid, and again, above all, evocative. As Satie evokes a mythical Paris of Impressionism in its prime, Grosvenor gives the same piano voice to the living time and place of nature and culture that we both have lived and loved ourselves, in our own lives in Eugene and Portland, and the forest land they’re couched in.

These pieces come with “liner notes” that are part of that voice, and supplement the tracks with their own story. Each is an unscripted improvisation inspired by a person who “sat” for her, like a model for a painter. That approach is one she’s cultivated to mastery over time, which brings a focus and coherence to her spontaneity and intuition that belies ideological distinctions between the composed and the improvised. The quality of the instrument and recording add much to the music too; the low notes ring out like rock gongs, in satisfying contrast to the more diaphanously feminine range that prevails.

This wine is a tonic to soothe the stresses of the soul, even those of more demanding music. (A famous jazz drummer I know who plays very intense and challenging music routinely unwinds after a gig by listening to Satie.) It is all the more so now that it’s aged to its pithier bite and deeper bouquet.