Tim Neumark | Storm (Solo Piano, Op. 5)

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Storm (Solo Piano, Op. 5)

by Tim Neumark

Emotional, beautiful music that tells a story. A solo piano combination of classical and new age styles. Winner, Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 by One World Music.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Anticipation
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2. Ice
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3. See You Soon
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4. Setting Sail
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5. Stolen
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6. Transitions
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7. Meditation: Calm
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8. Storm
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9. Waiting
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10. Adrift
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11. Forgiveness
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12. Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Storm is Tim's fifth CD; it was named Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 by One World Music, and was nominated by Enlightened Piano Radio for 2014 Album of the Year. It was also named as one of the best CDs of 2014 by Audiosyncracy, and received two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations for best song (See You Soon: New Age/Ambient; Setting Sail: Contemporary Classical).

This album includes all of the tracks from Tim's 2013-2014 track-a-month campaign.

A different mood than his previous albums, Storm contains almost all minor tracks, reaching a deeper emotional depth including both anger and heartbreak. This album is dedicated to anyone who has experienced life's difficulties: the death of a loved one, illness, job loss, a breakup or divorce, or any other significant setback. These tracks describe a journey from timid hope (Anticipation, Ice, See You Soon, Setting Sail) to disappointment and questioning (Stolen, Transitions, Meditation: Calm, Storm, Waiting, Adrift) and ultimately to healing (Forgiveness, Peace).

In an era where individual tracks are the norm, Storm was composed as a single project that's meant to be experienced from the first track to the last, while also providing tracks that are memorable enough to stand alone.

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Cathy Oakes

Review By Enlightened Piano Radio
Tim Neumark’s newest CD, “Storm,” is a step away from his usual style. I have enjoyed all four of Tim’s previous CD’s immensely. “Opus Four” is a particular favorite of mine. However, this CD conveys a depth of emotion that I have not heard from him before. His skill and style with the keyboard are so pleasing to the ear. He flows with such ease and beauty. But this CD, while not biographical, takes the listener on a shared human journey. It ventures through the expression of the very human emotions of love, longing, joy, sadness, despair and yet leaves one with a sense of ultimate hope.

Most of the pieces are in minor keys. For this fellow composer, I found that I was not looking forward to that. I have a very difficult time writing in minor keys and much prefer the “happier” sounding major keys. However, as I listened, I realized that what I expected to sound morose and brooding did not! Granted, there are touches of that – and beautiful touches, I might add. But the overall effect of this deeply emotional music comes across as being genuine, “real,” honest and very human.

The CD begins with “Anticipation.” Neumark sets the mood in the first six notes, building suspense. The theme is repeated in different variations and returns to a simple statement of the original, anxious theme. It is the perfect opening to this CD. “Ice” follows in the second track. This piece, I found truly chilling. It brought visions of desolate beauty.

Track three, “See You Soon” is one of my personal favorites. I love the poignant melody in this piece. I must admit that Tim gave me a sneak preview of this track as he was writing it. I was instantly hooked by the almost haunting melody, his sensitive development of the song and the return to that beautiful, bittersweet, yet hopeful theme at the end of the piece.

It is followed by another favorite, “Setting Sail.” I’m a sucker for a good triplet pattern. And Neumark uses this masterfully to create a sense of movement. The rhythm is almost driving with beautiful, subtle chord changes. It crests with rich, textured chords and then brings the listener safely to shore with the return of the triplet pattern and melody floating above.

Track five, “Stolen” is, indeed dark and brooding with a sense of longing. But tucked amidst the surrounding tracks, it is the perfect contrast and beautifully expresses the darker side of human emotion. “Meditation” is so quietly beautiful. It is reflective and almost reverent.

The title track, “Storm” is just what I expected from the name. It is turbulent and sometimes brooding. Tim uses dissonance to its maximum advantage in this piece, building to a beautiful ferocity. It has its quiet moments. But even in those, there is an underlying anticipation of the coming crashes. I found myself thinking of the expression and style of Beethoven throughout this piece. “Forgiveness” was another of my picks. It is tender, just like its name and conveys a progression through many stages, coming to final rest.

The final track, “Peace” brings a beautiful end to a very real and beautiful human journey with the floating melody and its simplicity, expressing that in the end, we come through the “Storm” and find that final place of “Peace.”

The storms of life are a shared journey. And Tim Neumark has taken us on a beautiful guided tour of that journey with “Storm.” Excellent work of art, Mr. Neumark! I give this work 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to the listener. Put this wonderful CD in, put your walking shoes on and travel with Tim, from beginning to end, through the “Storm.”
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While a lot of new age music is all feel-good sunshine and rainbows, on this album, Tim makes a marked departure from his previous music that included song titles like “With Wonder,” “A Moment of Joy,” and “Finding Hope.” So what is behind the more ominous title and theme of Tim Neumark’s latest recording? In his words: “I started this album with the idea that I wanted to write a darker, more minor-key album. I chose the idea of a personal emotional storm for someone -- death, divorce, or other major disappointment -- because it's something that's relatable to all.”

The album opens with the appropriately titled “Anticipation,” which Tim describes as setting the mood for the album. The music is actually quite lovely despite its premonition of an approaching storm. That feeling carries over into the next track, entitled “Ice.” I liked the remote spaciousness that this piece evoked, which reminded me at times of some of Keith Jarrett’s recordings on the ECM Records label. An interesting change up happens with track 4, “Setting Sail,” which projects a more optimistic air and portrays a sense of forward motion.

I appreciate the feeling of resolution that the album provides as it arcs towards its conclusion with the final two songs, “Forgiveness” and “Peace,” both beautiful compositions. By the time the recording ends, the listener feels like they have been through a journey. A wide spectrum of sentiment is present in the course of these twelve tracks, which provides a sometimes intense, yet immersive experience for the listener. I also appreciate that Tim was willing to “step outside his comfort zone” to create this music which further reveals the breadth and depth of the talent displayed on his previous recordings. The listener may as well be required to step out of their own comfort zone to explore the emotional terrain of this album, but for those who are open, the experience is rewarding, and potentially cathartic. Tim Neumark has been on an upward evolutionary spiral with his music and this new release only serves to further his unfolding.

To read a full-length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Storm" is Tim Neumark’s fifth solo piano album and goes in a somewhat different direction from his previous releases. Wanting to step outside of his comfort zone, Neumark challenged himself to write music with a different emotional depth, including anger and heartbreak, and pieces that are mostly in minor keys. Although the music has been influenced by events in his own life and the lives of others around him, Neumark says that this album is not autobiographical, but is dedicated to anyone who has experienced any of life’s difficulties and set-backs. The music describes “a journey from hope to disappointment, and ultimately to healing” (from the liner notes). It’s no secret that I often prefer music that is on the dark side, so this could easily be my favorite of Neumark’s recordings (so far). Don’t get me wrong - this is NOT a depressing collection of piano solos. The emotions vary, and the feeling is often more of looking inward for answers rather than plunging into the darkest depths or feeling completely hopeless. I would say that the overall feeling of the album is one of compassion and empathy, although there are several very turbulent and “stormy” moments. Fellow pianists will be happy to learn that there is also a companion sheet music book available.

"Storm" begins with “Anticipation,” a beautifully-flowing piece with a variety of themes that feel anxious and restless. “Ice” is a favorite - this chill is definitely on the inside, expressing loss and hurt. “See You Soon” seems to be smiling through tears, trying to be strong but unable to hide the sadness. “Setting Sail” turns up the intensity and drama with a lively pace and a sense of excitement. “Stolen” is heartbreaking - a close friend or loved one unburdening and speaking from the heart. “Transitions” steps up the tempo and energy level to one of action and moving forward - I really like this one, too! Neumark always includes a shorter meditation piece on his albums, and this time it’s “Calm.” Again looking inward as acceptance of the situation and healing begin, it’s a soothing beauty. The title track starts out slowly and menacingly, becomes turbulent, calms, builds intensity, becomes ferocious, calms, and then races to a very dramatic ending. (I’m looking forward to seeing Neumark play this one live!) The first couple of themes of “Adrift” are slow and very sad, expressing loss and pain as anger seems to build. Suddenly, we’re in extreme darkness, lost in swirling emotions. A catharsis seems to take place, taking us to a much calmer place. The last two tracks, “Forgiveness” and “Peace” take us to the other side of the storm, once again able to see the sun and feel the gentle breezes - healing and ready to go on.

Tim Neumark has created quite a story without words with "Storm"! Recommended!
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