Tim Neumark | Galaxy (Solo Piano, Op. 6)

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Galaxy (Solo Piano, Op. 6)

by Tim Neumark

Emotional, beautiful music that tells a story. A solo piano combination of classical and new age styles. Winner, Best Instrumental/Piano Album in June 2015 by The Akademia Music Awards, currently nominated for 2015 Best Solo Piano Album by One World Music
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Preludio
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2. Starlight
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3. Orbit
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4. Perspective
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5. Vast
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6. Traveling Music
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7. The Inner Light
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8. Tapestry
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9. Sweet Little Evening Melody
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10. Night
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11. Time's Arrow
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12. What You Leave Behind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Galaxy is Tim's sixth CD, released in May 2015. This album includes all of the tracks from Tim's 2014-2015 track-a-month campaign. It was named Best Instrumental/Piano Album in June 2015 by The Akademia Music Awards, and it is currently nominated for 2015 Best Solo Piano Album by One World Music.

Space... the final frontier... the tracks on this album are inspired by the awe and beauty of space. Almost a 50/50 mix of minor and major pieces, Galaxy includes both energetic pieces (Orbit, Perspective, Starlight) and calmer pieces to capture certain moods (Night, Time's Arrow, Vast).

Two tracks stand out for their high praise and were downloaded frequently during the track-a-month releases: Perspective is a song inspired by the "overview effect" that astronauts experience. When viewing Earth from space, astronauts observe that national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society becomes both obvious and imperative. Tapestry, the longest track on the album, is titled for the idea that an individual's life is woven together from many moments, both positive and negative. This track is a journey through a range of emotions.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Galaxy, Op. 6" is Tim Neumark’s sixth album of original piano solos and quite possibly his best album to date. Inspired by the beauty and mystery of space, the album includes pieces that are lively and energetic as well as music that is moodier and calmer - even ambient and “spacey.” The cover artwork is stunning and Neumark describes the inspiration for each piece in the liner notes. Although the album was released in May 2015, it has already been named Best Instrumental/Piano Album by the Akademia Music Awards. Neumark’s previous release, "Storm," was named Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 by One World Music, and it is currently nominated by Enlightened Piano Radio for Album of the Year. I would fully expect "Galaxy" to do equally as well.

"Galaxy" opens with “Preludio,” which is an arrangement from Dvorak’s Czech Suite. Light and graceful, it evokes a peaceful mood that has just a slightly mysterious edge. “Starlight” was inspired by the beauty of a night sky (away from the lights of the city) and the bright twinkling stars as they appear on the darkened backdrop of the sky. “Orbit” picks up the tempo and the excitement level, swirling through space and time. “Vast” is the meditation track for this album (Neumark always includes one) and is intended to convey the feeling of floating through space. The most ambient of the twelve tracks, it is also the most peaceful - VERY relaxing! “The Inner Light” refers to the inner beauty within all of us and is a graceful and lyrical ballad that is both thoughtful and soothing. “Tapestry” is a series of musical themes woven together in much the same way life’s events weave together to define who we are. “Night” is much darker and moodier - slow, mysterious, and yet dreamy. “Time’s Arrow” is my favorite track on the album. The steady tempo throughout represents the relentless passage of time and the somewhat melancholy melody explores the concept of time itself. The closing track was inspired by a quote from Pericles: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Introspective and calming, it’s a lovely close to an exceptional album.

Tim Neumark has become a prominent and very active member of the solo piano community, and his music just keeps getting better with each new album. Recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While Tim’s musical success indicates that he is aiming for the stars, figuratively speaking, this is true for his new recording in a more literal sense. In his words: “I've been fascinated by space for as long as I can remember, and I always wanted to write a space-themed album. The opining piece on this album is appropriately titled “Preludio.” It is actually an arrangement of the first movement of Antonín Dvořák's orchestral "Czech Suite." Tim describes it as having: “a certain quality to the melody of the piece that sort of floats above everything - it has a very ethereal sound that seemed like a perfect fit for an album about space.” It does indeed start out very lightly. As it evolves through various movements, Tim makes nice use of more spacious sections to reinforce that floating feeling.

The music on a track called “Vast,” lives up to its title with the expansiveness of the space between stars mirrored in the space between notes in the composition. Its open suspended feeling makes this the most meditative piece on the album and illuminates another facet of Tim’s musical spectrum. Similarly, the contemplative strains of “The Inner Light,” convey a feeling of gentle serenity.


Endearing melodies, emotional shifts, and dramatic chord changes highlight some of Tim’s classical influences on his beautifully written compositions. The music is a well-integrated synergy of his classical background and new age music influences. Tim has certainly embraced this style and there is a distinct storytelling aspect to his composing as well as in the expressiveness of his playing. I appreciate his creative process in building an album around a central theme or concept. I also appreciate the contrast between this album and his previous one, “Storm,” where he stepped outside of his comfort zone to explore some of the darker emotional territory. On “Galaxy,” Tim Neumark has provided a well-balanced listening experience that many who enjoy solo piano music will find out of this world.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Steve Sheppard One World Music

If you’re a fan of the solo piano genre, you would be missing the journey of a l
It’s always a pleasure to review a Tim Neumark album; the man has that extra special ability to be able to combine the elements of New Age Piano with a little classical magic, the combination is irresistible.
Neumark’s latest offering is called Galaxy, so let’s go on the journey with the artist and delve into the first track called Preludio. This opening gambit has a sense of freshness about it, it’s almost like the engines to our star ship warming up for the journey and Neumark’s style increases with intensity and then flies off at the end, with a peaceful sense of self-assurance.
Once we have broken orbit with this album, we are gifted a powerful and almost emotive composition called Starlight. There is a subtle and heartfelt melody in here that you will love and that expansive quality is first felt within this piece of pure peace.
Neumark almost notches it up a gear, or should I say to warp 3? The composition is called Orbit. The classical element I eluded to earlier on can be heard within this arrangement and works brilliantly with the subject matter. The tempo has increased and the intent has been shown and through this track one can almost feel a certain tension, as the orbit has to be achieved correctly.
A slightly shorter composition is up next and is called Perspective. Here we have another quite emotional track that flows in and out of our perspective like a summer tide. This could be placed into a movie soundtrack, it has that quality of emotive proudness about it.
So here we are; we are in a region of space that is Vast. Here you will find one of those sparks of genius that he brings to each album and I adore this piece with a passion. It is truly expansive; it has a sumptuous slow mood and at times is just pure ambient perfection. Don’t mistake that statement, deep in the weave, dear listener, there is also a sense of wonderment in the performance; this truly is a well-played blissful composition.
We now pick up speed and both the tempo and intent increases as we move our musical spaceship along with the track called, quite aptly, Travelling Music. Here you can allow your senses to be carried into the second part of the album with this light hearted piece.
The Inner Light is one of those pieces that will fill you full of happiness with the stroke of each key, but while its tempo is downbeat, the energy of the song has a real feeling of a realised reality, or an inner peace having been found. Again the mixture of the classic and the New Age style is evident here and performed so very beautifully.
The longest track on Galaxy is called Tapestry. This six minute plus offering almost has a story of its own, the gentle, yet melodic arrangement paints a picture of the vastness of life’s rich tapestry, then at just over the half way marker Neumark kicks into a real opus of mixed emotions, this has to be one of the most original and in-depth compositions I have heard from the artist and one that I am sure he is deeply proud of.
I am sure dear constant reader you will adore this one, it’s called Sweet Little Evening Melody. The warming flow of this track and the way it is performed, is like walking into your home that has a glowing fire in the middle of winter, it is almost like Neumark is saying, “come on in out of the cold and welcome home”.
Now another favourite of mine is upon us and it’s called, Night. This as you would imagine is a deeply moving piece, which will take you past the early hours of the morning and into the very depth of the darkness of the night. The chords and melody here are sublime, there is a certain mournfulness that begs to be listened to and Neumark in this piece has achieved a real lonely 3am composition, quite brilliant.
The penultimate track off the album is called Times Arrow. This in itself is quite a powerful composition that has a lovely flowing texture about it. The track is again almost cinematic in its construction and has really beautiful mysterious melody about it that is played with such skill by the artist.
The final offering on the album is What You Leave Behind. This is quite clever in its build and arrangement and has all the hallmarks of the perfect ending composition.
The musical narrative within this last track sums up the entire album with a constructive ease and perhaps Tim Neumark has left behind one of the finest examples of how to create a stunning solo piano album, by giving us a perfect performance and using that magical touch of class that he has so much of in abundance.
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