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by Vicente Avella

Instrumental music that features the piano but goes even further by incorporating strings, guitars, vocals, percussion and electronics. Neither classical nor pop but rather lying somewhere in between, the music is passionate, energetic and optimistic.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Yours
3:45 $0.99
2. For Always
8:57 $0.99
3. Rising
5:53 $0.99
4. Daybreak
4:26 $0.99
5. Relentless
2:54 $0.99
6. Everything
3:21 $0.99
7. I'm OK
3:27 $0.99
8. Turning Point
5:01 $0.99
9. Looking Up at the Sky
10:24 $0.99
10. Beyond
4:07 $0.99
11. Turning Off the Noise
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes


Recorded at Allegro Recordings, Burbank, California, 2017
Matthew Snyder: recording, editing
Michael Seberich: editing, mixing, mastering
Dave Glasser: mastering (Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colorado)
Vicente Avella played a Steinway B piano for this recording
All music published by Pandora’s Boombox (ASCAP)

Vicente Avella: piano, composer, arranger, orchestrator, producer, vocals,
conductor, score preparation, loops, sample programming
Eclipse Quartet: Strings
Tom Peters: Bass
Jim Lum: Guitars
Brad Dutz: Percussion
Kelci Hahn, Audra Nakane, Cindy Torroba, Kristin Soni: Vocals

Silvana Izquierdo: Graphic Design
Tony Ibarra: Cover Photo
Otto Scheuren: Photo Collage

To Christi - for your love, encouragement and support.
Isabella, Lucas and Nicolas - for making my life full, crazy and beautiful.




to write a review

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Rising" is the second full-length album from pianist/composer Vicente Avella and his first album of all original compositions. His debut album, "All the Days of My Life," was released in 2013 and was named “Best Solo Piano Album” by One World Music Awards and received an “Award of Excellence for Instrumental Performance Solo” from Global Music Awards. Born and raised in Venezuela, Avella has been writing and performing internationally since 1998. He has scored numerous independent films, orchestrated and worked on music production for major network television shows, and written music for worldwide advertising. Where the first album was solo piano, "Rising" is piano and orchestration with live musicians (strings, bass, guitars, percussion and wordless vocals). The overall theme of "Rising" is “life, its joys, its struggles and especially the strength needed to overcome life’s obstacles” (quoting Vicente Avella). The eleven pieces are varied and often emotionally charged and intense, much like life itself! Avella recorded the music and most of the instrumental parts in Southern California and then traveled to Italy to work with sound engineer Michael Seberich on the mixing process. Avella wanted the music to have a wide range of expression and to have a sound that wasn’t classical or pop but a balance of both. It was well worth the trip, as the sound quality is excellent and very dynamic. I love "All the Days of My Life," but "Rising" is even more personal with a wider range of expression. I can pretty much guarantee that "Rising" will be one of my Favorite Albums of 2018.

"Rising" begins with “Yours,” a tender, graceful love song for piano and strings that’s sets a romantic tone. “For Always” is a nine-minute piece not unlike some of Ludovico Einaudi’s music. A rhythmic pattern runs through much of the piece to keep it moving forward, but the melody itself is actually quite spare, played mostly on the piano. Strings intensify the poignance and emotional quality of the music - beautiful! I love the title track! Mysterious and very intense, this one grabbed me right away. There are several themes running through the piece - some are very rhythmic with a strong beat, some are quieter and haunting, and some exude a buoyant joyfulness. You have to hear this one! Avella did much of the composing for this album either before his family woke up or after they went to bed, so I’m sure he’s quite familiar with the calm peacefulness of “Daybreak,” setting it to music. “Relentless” is another favorite. Dark and very intense, the piano, strings and percussion draw you in and never let go. Love it! “Everything” is much lighter and more carefree. It’s very difficult to sit still while listening to this one! “Turning Point” begins with a dark, ominous theme that is intense and compelling. As the piece progresses, it stays very dramatic, but begins to lighten a bit, ending with a triumphant burst of energy. “Looking Up At the Sky” is more of a concept piece and is somewhat more ambient. At 10 1/2 minutes, it has plenty of time to create a relaxing atmosphere that is warm and soothing while maintaining a slight edge. The piano and strings blend together well to tell their hypnotic story, building to an energetic midsection, quieting and closing with a flourish - another gorgeous piece! “Turning Off the Noise” brings this excellent album to a very tranquil close, keeping is simple, open and heartfelt.

"Rising" is an album that really demonstrates Vicente Avella’s versatility as well as his passion, and I’m sure it will be widely recognized as one of the best albums of the year. I give it my highest recommendation.

Candice Michelle

Elegant and passionate instrumental music
Vicente Avella is a Venezuelan pianist and composer who’s scored numerous independent films, as well as orchestrated and worked on music production for major network television shows. In 2013, he released his debut solo-piano album, All the Days of My Life: The Wedding Album. Vicente’s sophomore album, Rising, incorporates additional instruments and styles into the fold with its varying arrangements of piano, strings, guitar, percussion and electronics. Comprised of eleven songs spanning approximately fifty-seven minutes, the album beautifully showcases an overall compelling range of emotion, enthusiasm and passion.

“Yours” opens with gently waltzing piano chords that are played in a repeating pattern with the left-hand and accompanied by a subtle swell of strings. Soon entering the composition is a piano melody initially comprised of single notes played with the right hand, as this combined arrangement becomes increasingly fuller with the composition overall swaying gently to and fro. Subtly brightening the mood a bit is “For Always”, a comparatively more fluid piece that boasts a repetitious stream of piano chords within a melodic ensemble of strings, as starker, sparsely-placed piano notes perfectly lend bolder accents along the way. One particular highlight is the title track, “Rising”, which showcases beautifully resonating piano chords within a mostly minor-key motif. Entering periodically throughout is a stringed percussive type of rhythm that lends the composition an infectious power, as it proceeds along in a galloping fashion that overall conveys both a sense of cinematic drama and pensive thought. The ensuing “Daybreak” is an expectedly optimistic and engagingly lively piece, which boasts a more contemporary piano melody amid a dynamically colorful string arrangement.

Another notably intriguing piece is “I’m Ok”, which features a buoyant arrangement of piano and violin that’s underscored throughout by a steady, staccato drumbeat. Likewise notable is the lengthy “Looking up at the Sky”, which clocks in at nearly ten-and-a-half minutes. One of my favorites, it mesmerizingly moves along like a rushing river, eventually picking up course at about the midway point before winding down to another pause of calm towards the end. Another highlight is the aptly-titled closing piece, “Turning off the Noise”, which is perfectly understated and somewhat minimal, as drifty piano notes hover in the mid-to-higher registers amid softly suspended strings emanating from the lower range.

Sure to appeal to a variety of listeners although especially those who enjoy classical-crossover styles, Rising is an impressive fusion of neoclassical and contemporary instrumental music that's wrapped in both passion and elegance!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
The supreme smooth talents of Vicente Avella are back, and this time he explores the realm of Piano with instrumentation on this his latest release entitled Rising.
I first came across Vicente back in 2013 with his All the Days of My Life release, now with some delightful string and orchestral sections he powers back with a glorious album, one which contains cinematic styled tracks like Yours and then the long form and deeply expressive opus of, For Always.
The title track Rising is incredibly impressive and Avella manifests something so moving and intriguing here, within a mystical weave of notes that is truly sublime, whilst creating a modernistic feel with the strings and piano, all in total symbiosis of tone.
With sun kissed tracks like the inspiring and quite beautiful Daybreak and the dramatic determination of Relentless, this album is always going to be a winner, as it contains something for literally everyone.
Everything has a melody that seems so familiar and its alternation between minor and major made this a total hit for me. While the chilled back beat of I’m OK gave us that easy like Sunday morning feel.
As a composer Avella has grown in leaps and bounds, you only have to take a listen to compositions like Turning Point, which has a stunning elevation in power and intensity, then the longest track off the release at over 10 minutes entitled Looking Up At The Sky, which in total honesty is the most beautiful piece off this delightful collection, the intricacy here is sublime and this dramatic symphony of grandeur, is Avella at his very best.
The last two offerings off the release are equally as striking and very inspiring to listen to, the crescendo filled Beyond is a winner by a mile, and contains some of the finest build and construction you will ever hear on a composition regardless of the genre.
Avella finishes this latest project off with a clever arrangement called Turning Off The Noise. This is the ultimate ending for you to just simply drift off into a dream filled world of ambience and bliss.
Rising by Vicente Avella is not just an impressive return for the artist, it’s a wonderful collection of quite breath-taking compositions, which contain passion, power, sensitivity and soul; this is one album you are really not going to want to miss under any circumstance.

R J Lannan

From a single piano to a singular experience.
Vicente Avella
Pandora’s Boombox Records
From a single piano to a singular experience.
It wasn’t long ago, merely five years, that I reviewed another album by Vicente Avella and liked it very much. Since then he has taken a leap from fine pianist to incredible orchestrator. If you ever wondered what the next level is in neo-classical music, then look no more. His new album Rising is a musical work of art. It is a collection of eleven contemporary tracks that are overflowing with texture, verve, and passion. Along with a small group of musicians, Avella has managed to turn music into a phenomenon.
The first cut Yours is achingly ardent. It is the sound a heart makes when it surrenders to love. The score is slow and heart rendering to the point that one can imagine the tears of submission. The strings (Eclipse Quartet) and piano dance around in a weightless waltz. You can feel them swirling, or maybe that is the rotation of the earth itself under your feet.
One of the two really long cuts on Rising is For Always (8:57). It is the song of promise. The music flows and falls. It envelops you like water covering a city after a night of rain. The beautiful symphonic piece is romantic, but it has the secret property of energizing the spirit and giving it hopefulness.
Rising is a song of awareness. It is the tipping point where you know what comes next. Vicente’s melody takes turns meeting the challenge and overcoming it and adds a short time of celebration. You can rise to the occasion, rise from the ashes, or rise about your tribulations. This song is the third one.
Relentless is bold and powerful. It has a touch of the cinematic in it that makes it that much more affecting. Perhaps Avella was suggesting a lifelong search, a pursuit that that will never end, but that is imperative to the heart.
Looking Up at the Sky is my favorite of all if I have to choose. It is the longest cut at over ten minutes, but the story seems to go on and on and in a most wonderful way. There is power and grace in this song, but there is also a driving force that is palpable. It is heavier than its title suggests, maybe even darker, but sometimes the sky is full of gray clouds and strong winds. It segues into the next song rather well. The more subdued tune is called Beyond, but it still had a kind of electricity to it. It starts with a simple riff and builds in intensity. Piano, strings and ethereal voice heightens and then ascends musically until it reaches the heavens. This is a song in where the clouds part and the sun once again, commands the sky.
The final cut is called Turning Off the Noise. The very title is an enigma as this album contains only the most refined and emotionally rich kinds of music. Avella’s unassuming tune is the point at which only the good is accepted, the positive is allowed, and the loved are welcome. When it is all said and done, or in this case, composed, only the music remains.
I admit I liked every cut on Rising. I cannot praise Vicente Avella enough for the amount of time, thought, and talent it took to compose this music and make it a reality. Credit goes out to the Eclipse Quartet, Tom Peters on bass, Jim Lum on guitar, Brad Dutz on percussion and vocalists Kelci Hahn, Audra Nakane, Cindy Torroba, and Kristin Soni. Avella should be placed beside other notable contemporary composers like Ludovico Einaudi and Helen Jane Long for his adroit conversions of simplicity to complexity and piano to passion. Every song lends itself to public performance. And I would be the first in line to buy a ticket.
Rating; Excellent