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Dark Sparkles

by Tim Fatchen

Lyrical classical solo piano: quiet, contemplative, melancholy, or darkly sparkling.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Lost Summers
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2. Dark Sparkles
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3. Romancing
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4. The Last Night (8pm)
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5. Snippet
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6. Retrospect
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7. Nightrunner
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8. Losing
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9. Panic Panic
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10. Firelight Piano
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11. Before the Front
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12. Embers
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13. July Rain
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14. Goodbye Song
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15. Ten Minutes
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16. The Secret Life of Snow (piano version)
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17. Thank You and Goodnight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Collected here are myriad gemstones for the heart and ear: the voice of Tim Fatchen's piano invites, cajoles, repents and glitters with wry humor and unabashed loveliness.

There are no soothing songs that slink into the background. Instead, we are carried forward and back through seasons of encroaching chill and rains that sigh down on parched hopes just often enough to renew faith that there will be, again, a Spring.

These are pieces that may lead down and through the emotional landscape of a moment, an hour or a decade, but always through. No shortcuts are taken, no bramble-laden paths turned aside from for safety's sake. No simple tinkling prettiness awaits.

From the gently rising regret of Last Night 8pm to the swift flowing obsession of Panic Panic, Fatchen is never reluctant to peer over the edge of lost beauty in order to gain insight, whether mournful or merry. Here is music that exults in each honeycomb cell of a given experience; as much in the tender wounds of love as in its glories. Music that is intelligent, cerebral even, but always approachable, unselfconsciously joyous or brushed with melancholy; darkly sparkling.

Enjoy it.

--Mari Kozlowski

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ARTWORK, MORE SAMPLES and liner notes at http://flyingtadpole.com/timfatchen/darksparkles

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INDIVIDUAL TRACK NOTES (Mari Kozlowski)

1. LOST SUMMERS

Dream through the eyes of childhood, the eyes of squinting sunshine, the rich days and sweet times flown too quickly; and the golden possibilities we all remember in the breeze of a perfect summer evening--when we have long moved past our own perfections.

2. DARK SPARKLES

When your heart walks in shadow, when the calm stream of life is teased to a ripple by wild airs, listen. Let these notes move you through the dusk tangled edges to a place of new freshness, where each bubbling scent and sound resonates, darkly sparkling.

3. ROMANCING

A soft touch of hand against hand, the spark of mind meeting mind, the fears that come with loves new or old, are carried here on a sensual but restrained coverlet of interwoven themes. An unabashed declaration of joy, an ode to the small beauties and pains that come when we express ourselves intimately.

4. LAST NIGHT 8PM

A story of yearning and waiting, of missed chances and half triumphs, of the fruit almost picked, the risk nearly taken. These brief moments glimmer through the spill of evening into a waking light of hope, of calm and resolute understanding— after all, there are other nights ahead.

5. SNIPPET

Changing skies and bright winds unfurling play a brash dance with the air, then drop lightly through the delicate, cool melodies of a small sip, a snippet of charged loveliness.

6. RETROSPECT

Sometimes in the muted fires of dusky sunset, we can see more clearly what has been kept or given away, what is precious or piercing, what cherished songs have already played to their conclusion. If we have the strength to look back, we may find the coming dawn.
Here is a steadily held glance at both the sweet and inglorious, the harsh and the hushed, taking in wounds and healing; an unflinching reverie.

7. NIGHTRUNNER

A race, a rush, the urgency of flight under dimming skies, to what end? In the thrill of secret imagining, who is it that chases us? What pitfalls lie ahead on the haunted roads of winnowing time?
The passion of Nightrunner is in the ear of the beholder; gasping, intrepid, dashing headlong towards the warmth and light.

8. LOSING

A more beautiful loser never existed— thickly haunted but laughing in the face of an often merciless universe, Losing slaps and scrapes and rolls away from defeat, finally smiling in undaunted wonderment. The unknowable unattainable crumbles beneath a slew of wry perceptions and bold attempts to stand free.

9. PANIC

Flipping, flowing, gushing— barely controlled mania springs up and outward, breaking the surface of calm illusions. A fluid discourse on obsession asks how and where the flood will pour next, and jumps frenetically past all answers in the surge.

10. FIRELIGHT PIANO

Put your feet up; there’s a snug spot waiting, close enough to hear the crackle and hiss of wood’s slow surrender. Give in to deep warmth in the folded light of an idyllic fire glow.

11. BEFORE THE FRONT

Seeking beyond the safe, a wayfaring soul may ride the tip of the tempest, driven by gales exhilarating and perilous; hurrying on before the implacable storm.

12. EMBERS

In faded corners of the mind or sky, what buried glints might not kindle, given room to breathe? Will these flickers of inspiration leap into full flame, or remain uncalled, dying down to the ash of endless evening?

13. JULY RAIN

Soft yet insistent, the cooling patter of a morning shower descends to freshen the view, tripping in indelible rhythms through a glimpse of sunlight or meandering its way to an impromptu pool. Splash, laughing, into July Rain.

14. GOODBYE

Farewells can bring resignation or a chance for renewal. Loss, yes, but understanding, forgiveness, and a memory of joy in the meeting can stand beside the grief of parting. Stricken but not struck down, wise and conscious sympathy rests in a lonely hour of goodbye.

15. TEN MINUTES

In the right mood, the right moment, time becomes elastic. A second stretching to hold more than we thought possible expands to a far shimmer; or shrinks to a ghostly veil, quickly hides our fondest wishes, steals away… leaves a bare gleam in passing.

16. THE SECRET LIFE OF SNOW (piano version)

Trace the rising crystalline castles, drifts born of the fall of a silent multitude. Chill prisms that begin unique and apart are destined to join, to build, to mould and to melt, their fragile existence a momentary beauty that envelopes the world in cold dreams.

(The Secret Life of Snow is a lyric poem by Mari Kozlowski. One day we will have it sung as well as played. Watch for it.)

17. THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT

A quiet walk towards the familiar smells and tender comforts we may take for granted; but always, at the end of day, search for with a full heart. Whatever flaws or idiosyncrasies reside there, still our gratitude and our yearning reach homeward.
For where kindness sits with patience, there lives peace. May it rest within you.


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Jane Ellen

Eloquent and evocative solo piano
‘Dark Sparkles’ is a tour de force for Australian pianist and composer Tim Fatchen. I first heard Fatchen’s work on the albums ‘Le Moulin du Bruel’ and ‘Tidewater’ and have been eagerly waiting to see in which direction his next release would go. The composer does not disappoint: 17 neo-classical and new age tracks cover the human emotional spectrum from bittersweet memory to wistful longing, from obsessive angst to clarity of vision; it soars, taking the listener on a journey from the inner dark spaces into the light of contemplative vistas. Introspective yet inviting, Fatchen’s compositions lay bare his emotional soul, and we find ourselves taking our own inner pilgrimage through the fabric of his virtuosic performances. An essential addition to any music library, ‘Dark Sparkles’ is a treasure for all seasons.
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