Tim Neumark | Moments (Solo Piano, Op. 7)

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Moments (Solo Piano, Op. 7)

by Tim Neumark

Emotional, beautiful music that tells a story. A solo piano combination of classical and new age styles. Moments was nominated for 2015 Classical Album of the Year at SoloPiano.com
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Beauty
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2. And Then
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3. Little Renée
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4. Daughters
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5. Waiting for Ella
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6. Eight-Paw Waltz
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7. 11 Seconds
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8. Double in the Sun
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9. What If
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10. Meditation: Remembrance
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11. The Orange Bridge
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12. You Are Here
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13. Beginnings (For Orchestra) [feat. Doug Hammer]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Moments is Tim's seventh CD, released in October 2015. The album was nominated for 2015 Classical Album of the Year at SoloPiano.com.

A different album than Tim's previous releases, this CD includes shorter, happier tracks, all in major keys. In addition to the 12 solo piano tracks, this album includes the orchestrated version of Tim's song "Beginnings" that was originally released on his debut CD, Biography.


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Award winning solo pianist Tim Neumark always chooses interesting themes for his albums, and his latest release, “Moments,” is no exception. According to Tim: “The best moments and memories aren’t necessarily the weddings, graduations, and births, but the smaller events in your life: your child dancing, pets greeting you at the door, a touching book or piece of music. With this album, I tried to reflect on some moments that have mattered to me.” In comparison to some of his other albums, in particular “Storm,” Tim characterizes “Moments” as a “lighter, happier, more major key album.”

The stage is set with the opening solo piano track entitled “Beauty,” with its intentionally simple, yet graceful and heartfelt melody. It is not too hard to figure out what inspired track 4, “Daughters.” I really enjoyed the joyous uplifting energy of this song, and some interesting melodic and chordal changes caught my attention, on what was perhaps my favorite song on the album. With track 6, the focus shifts from Tim’s daughters to a couple of other beloved family members – his two cats, on “Eight-Paw Waltz.” The music is beautifully played and quite elegant, although I had to smile when I thought of it referring to the dance of excitement that Tim’s cats do when greeting him at the door. At track 7, we come to the “poignant” section of the album with a piece called “11 Seconds.” There is great sadness reflected in Tim’s composition, where he makes dramatic use of space between phrases as a kind of emotional punctuation in this moving song.

A most interesting inclusion on the album is a bonus track at the end entitled “Beginnings (for orchestra), which was done in collaboration with fellow pianist/composer Doug Hammer. What is most fascinating is that it is not a piano piece with orchestration, but is only orchestra – no piano. It is quite a grand composition filled with dramatic and cinematic overtones and I enjoyed hearing it in contrast to the solo piano pieces on the album.

I think this word “contrast” is relevant to all of Tim’s work on “Moments.” From one track to the next throughout the recording, a rainbow of emotional colors finds expression. From lighthearted and joyous to reflective, wistful, and bittersweet, Tim Neumark’s piano compositions illuminate a full spectrum of feeling portrayed with deep sensitivity and the soul of an artist. While the album is intended to shine a light on the small but significant moments in Tim’s life, listeners are drawn into his world in such a way that evokes precious memories of moments of their own life as well.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

A moment of absolute bliss
Tim Neumark is back again with Moments and on the back of the success of his last hit Galaxy. This is his best work so far and as we travel through this release together, you will find out why.
Beauty is a light, reflective opener, Neumark’s style here is filled with the subject matter of the title with a certain late summer warmth to his performance.
And Then gives us something rather special, a track that seems so gentle, one can almost hear a pause, perhaps a breath, perhaps a moment in time to stop and then! Move on.
Little Renee is a slightly shorter arrangement, but absolutely gloriously played. This has once more an element of things past being remembered with a fondness, but the refrain here is happy, filled with cheer and light.
Daughters is next, with slightly more resonance and a little more power, this is one beautifully fluent song, almost capturing in a melody the excitement and buzz of yet another moment of fond remembrance.
Waiting for Ella is next, with a certain mournful quality about it, allowing you to create great images in your mind. For some reason I see a girl sitting at an old railway station waiting for a train, to where and why I have no clue, what does your imagination say to you in this track?
Eight-Paw Waltz is just that, a fun waltz, for some reason this style of music almost always captures moments in the past that were happy and filled with an energetic movement of carefree bliss.
11 Seconds is up next, this slow almost dream like track is a pleasure to bathe in and shows that Neumark has really embraced the inner sensitivity of his musical soul.
Double in the Sun could be used with ease on any TV show as theme music. Neumark uses power when needed, this has to be one of the cleverest pieces I have hear from Tim Neumark.
What If is up next, once more one can see through the imagination, a thinker in a deep moment of deep thought, whilst gazing at the world flashing by outside his window.
Meditation: Remembrance, this is a stunning composition, passionately filled with space and a deliberately slow tempo, allowing the listener a second to reflect, or perhaps just be in the moment, one extremely beautiful piece of music.
The Orange Bridge is a piece that I have listened to many times over, it has power and grace, but stunningly pictorial, pretty much like this whole album has been.
You Are Here is the penultimate piece off the album. Here Neumark continues his beautiful flow, listening to this piece is like, watching a spring stream glistening with life in the early March sun.
Beginnings (For Orchestra) is the last piece, I’m sure you will already been won over by this albums utter brilliance, but to finish with a classical arrangement of orchestral genius like this, makes this a really superb way to leave the release. All I can say at this juncture is that this track alone will totally sell you the album, it just has to be a film score, to leave the listener with a feeling of great emotion and empowered to the hilt can never be a bad thing.
Moments just has to be Tim Neumark’s best ever release, he has embraced his passion, he has allowed his sensitivity to utterly flow and created a master piece of a release, with pauses, moments of amazing emotion that will bring you, the listener, a level of inspiration that you have rarely felt before. This has to be the best album in this genre I have heard this year, get it now and create your own special moments.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Moments, Op. 7" is pianist/composer Tim Neumark’s eighth album and his second album this year. Twelve of the thirteen tracks are solo piano, but the lucky thirteenth is a fully orchestrated arrangement of Neumark’s first composition, “Beginnings.” It was included as a piano solo on his debut album, "Biography," but Neumark always envisioned the piece as an orchestral work. With Doug Hammer’s help, that dream has become a reality for the whole world to hear! The music on Moments was inspired by those unplanned moments in life that mean so much and truly define what life is all about. Most of the music on this album is on the lighter, happier side, strongly influenced by life with two very young daughters and a couple of playful cats. The liner notes explain where these moments came from. Some are personal experiences and some are other people’s moments that affected Neumark enough to compose music for them. Although classical music has a strong influence, Neumark’s music isn’t overly flashy, but is confident, lyrical and heartfelt.

"Moments, Op. 7" begins with “Beauty,” a piece written for Neumark’s wife and daughters and the joy they bring to his life. Lighthearted yet tender and affectionate, it sets a lovely tone for the album. The delightful “Little Renee” was inspired by Neumark’s two-year-old daughter dancing while he was playing the piano. Composed in 10/8 time, Renee obviously dances to a different rhythm! “Waiting For Ella” was composed about the birth of Neumark’s second daughter, who arrived almost a week past her due date. Neumark wrote most of this song before they headed to the hospital on the day of her birth. Introspective and very loving, what a beautiful welcome to the world for a tiny little girl! “Eight-Paw Waltz” is about the moment when an excited pet (or two) dances around you as you return home. Light and playful, this piece is almost as much fun as the moments that inspired it. “11 Seconds” was inspired by the amazing spirit of Travis Roy, a collegiate hockey player who was seriously injured only eleven seconds into his playing career. It isn’t as joyful as the other pieces, but celebrates this young man’s strength and optimism. “What If” is a song about memories that didn’t happen. Poignant and reflective, it’s a favorite! “The Orange Bridge” recalls a moment when the young Neumark received a toy from his grandfather near an orange bridge that he still sees often, a reminder of that special moment. This gently flowing piece is another favorite.

One of the more prolific composers on the contemporary piano scene, Neumark seems to be constantly inspired by life and all of its highs and lows. I recommend "Moments, Op. 7"!
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