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Music Seeds

by Vincent Cordel

A cinematic piano album - "Music is the space between the notes"
Genre: New Age: Nature
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1. Music Seeds
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2. Life By Design
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3. Surfacing
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4. Raindrops
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5. 1+1=3
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6. Voltige
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7. Reflections
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8. The Breath Not Taken
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9. Swan Song
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10. I, Twilight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ABOUT MUSIC SEEDS

Escape into the emotional depth of each music seed on this cinematic piano album. Rooted in the essence of life, this aural experience unfurls into captivating melodies and thoughtful silences.

Inspired by the Canadian rain forest, Music Seeds is an album that captures the musical essence of the natural world.

The raw purity of the solo piano carries the listener away on a journey of life's many shades.
Chords of tranquil resonance envelop you in peacefulness.

The music's lingering weightlessness reminds you that true harmony is heard best in the silence between the notes.

Composed and performed by Vincent Cordel.

BIOGRAPHY

Who, what, wheres

Vincent is left-handed, near-sighted and has two very left feet, but he makes up for all that in the kitchen. Plugged into his keyboard wherever he goes, this Frenchman moonlights as a Canadian, wandering the world and throwing down roots wherever the mood strikes.

ABCs

As the son of two math teachers, Vincent's school marks always left his parents wondering whether there’d been a mix-up in the maternity ward.

But what he lacked in arithmetic skills he made up in music chops, graduating from the Paris Conservatory VIII and the Berklee School of Music with Magna Cum Laude in arranging and production.

Do, Re, Mis

Specializing in music for the moving image, Vincent has collaborated on over 200 titles for TV programs (like The Oprah Show), commercials and movie trailers. He was arranger/keyboardist for the Cirque du Soleil and Cavalia the mega-show, and he collaborated on soundtracks with film composer Michel Cusson.

Whenever he gets the chance, Vincent takes his fingers out of the studio and sets them free on stage, most recently touring with the Vincent Black Shadow.

Vincent's academic background made him a highly-regarded accompanist for Berklee's vocal department, while his creative side is unleashed composing original albums such as Music Seeds.

Whenever he gets the chance, Vincent takes his fingers out of the studio and sets them free on stage, most recently touring with Cirque du Soleil as musical director for the show 'Corteo'.

For this composer/pianist/accompanist, music is life and he has his finger on the pulse.

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"Breath Not Taken" -- Extraordinary!!
"Breath Not Taken," one of the album's selections, is gorgeous!! Beautifully composed and performed. I have listened to it over and over, and each time I discover something new. A perfect piece of music from start to finish.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Music Seeds" is the debut solo piano recording by French composer/musician Vincent Cordel. Currently the music director for the Japanese production of Corteo for Cirque du Soleil, Cordel has amassed an impressive set of musical credentials that includes graduating from both the Paris Conservatory VIII and the Berklee School of Music. He has collaborated on more than two hundred titles for television, commercials, and movie trailers. Music Seeds was inspired by the Canadian rain forest, and captures the musical essence of the natural world. Overall, the music on this album is minimal and spare, yet melodic, evocative, and deeply emotional. It provides a lovely backdrop for dining or other quiet activities, but deserves much closer attention to fully appreciate the nuances and subtle artistry of the music. Not many artists can say so much with so few notes, but Cordel is clearly one who can, and the listening experience is extraordinary.

The title track opens "Music Seeds," creating a mood of quiet tranquility and gentle reflection - a very promising beginning! “Life By Design” is somewhat more melancholy and very open. As it develops, a distinctive melody emerges and evolves into a number of interwoven themes that are both classical and contemporary - a fascinating piece! “Surfacing” picks up the energy level with a simple melody that is sometimes in the treble octaves and sometimes in the bass while the left hand plays a repetitive rhythmic pattern that makes it dance. The final section of the piece becomes an almost hymn-like meditation that trails off at the end. “Raindrops” begins with a growl from the low-end of the piano that I interpret as being distant thunder. Then lightly percussive notes in the treble suggest the start of a gentle rain shower that is perhaps falling on a pond. “1+1=3” again picks up an energetic repetitive rhythm that propels it forward while the calmer melody weaves in and out of it. “Voltige” (a combination of gymnastics and acrobatics on horseback) is probably the “biggest” and most complex of the ten tracks and clearly demonstrates Cordel’s effortless command of the piano. As its title suggests, “Reflections” takes a big step inward with quiet musings and bittersweet thoughts that are very open and spacious. “Swan Song” is my favorite track. Constructed in a theme and variations form, the haunting melody recurs with a variety of rhythmic patterns and varying degrees of intensity - gorgeous! “I, Twilight” is pure stillness and tranquility, closing out this excellent album with a contented sigh.

"Music Seeds" is sure to be in the running as a Favorite Album of 2009. Very highly recommended!
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terri

Piano music for the hi-fi system
This album is so gorgeous, to do the music justice you have to listen through a high-end hi-fidelity system, you owe it that much! I know, not everyone has an expensive component & speaker system......buy Music Seeds anyway & listen when you are in the mood for quietly beautiful piano music. I did buy it for my husband's hi-fi, so I am biased. It's just so heart-breakingly beautiful when heard as close to the way it was played as you can get.
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Isabel

Just beautiful!!
It's just so Nature!
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