Zachary Bruno | Before the Rain

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Before the Rain

by Zachary Bruno

Heartfelt solo piano music that touches the soul. Will be sure to lift your mood!
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Before the Rain
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2. Faith Remembers
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3. Distant Echoes
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4. Migration
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5. Helping a Friend
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6. Autumn Leaves
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7. New Paths
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8. Forest Breezes
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9. Dancing in the Rain
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10. Sonoran Sunset
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11. Midnight Sky
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12. First Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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About the artist...

With a style somewhere between George Winston, Jim Brickman, and David Lanz, Zachary captures the beauty of life in nature with music that touches the soul.

Zachary Bruno is an 18 year old Canadian solo pianist and composer who resides in the sunny desert of Arizona with his family.

As early as age 7, after being introduced to piano lessons for the first time, music composition almost instantly caught Zachary’s interest, and it wasn’t long before he was attempting to scribble down numerous catchy melodies and riffs onto homemade staff-paper.

Fast forward eleven years later to the spring of 2013, and Zachary finished recording his debut album, Before the Rain—a collection of heartfelt original piano compositions he had been working on ever since his childhood.

Zachary is really overjoyed to finally have the opportunity to share his music with others. To be notified of the album’s release, make sure to follow him on facebook, twitter, and/or sign up for his mailing list. Also, please share this website with your friends and family!

Today, Zachary is passionately pursuing music full time and working on his next album of original compositions.

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Donovan Johnson

Review By Enlightened Piano Radio
Zachary Bruno
Before The Rain
2013

The few times I've talked with Zachary on the telephone have been really great. Here's an incredibly Spiritual, talented, and thoughtful young man with a passion for music and a dream to "make it happen." Zachary is an inspiration to me, and to many of us in this genre of piano music. I applaud his efforts! "Before the Rain" is his first recording, and one of the best debut disks I've listened to if I'm to be frank about it. One can hear a musical consistency throughout the recording that invites you to warm places, and affairs of the heart. And it's genuine. One can try all they want to reproduce music that comes from the heart, but it will always be lost in the translation. Especially in the recording process.

Zachary really likes to utilize the notes of the middle and higher register on the piano, rarely covering the low end of the instrument with any kind of intensity. This is actually a brilliant approach. It keeps the hands and the notes close together, the melodies noticeable, and the flow of the album extremely consistent. Creatively speaking it also provides for a very "sweet" sound in each of the tracks that is most pleasing to the ear. There is no dissonance, and the melody is never lost, which keeps the attention of the listener throughout the musical experience. It's also clear that Zachary has some pretty solid technique. Although the songs themselves are not extremely complicated, the precision with which he plays his ornaments and musical passages is very clean and well put together. I wasn't able to hear any quarter second glitches, bad notes or rhythms, etc.

The strongest tracks on the album, in my opinion, are tracks 1, 2, 6 and 9. "Before The Rain" begins with a lovely musical motif that does, indeed, seem to anticipate "the rain." The rain of course, is what you decide it will be. There are some really great pop music licks throughout this track that appeal to the modern listener., and the fingers play in a very fluid and artistic style. The music in this piece speaks to us in a positive and uplifting way, almost as if we're singing of the joy we experience in the knowledge of the blessings that are on their way.

Track two, "Faith Remembers," sounds just like the title implies. The music is reflective, and thoughtful. It seems to almost drift away, or off course, as you listen. Then, Zachary gently brings it back to it's starting place to resolve. Just as faith itself can sometimes stray, it remembers where it comes from and it returns. To write a piece with that kind of process is truly indicative of the depth that this young man possesses.

"Autumn Leaves" is a far cry from the jazz standard by the same title! Here is a piece that shows off Zachary's technical abilities a bit more, with the right hand playing runs and passages that glide over the keys quickly and effortlessly. There is also a touch, and I do mean just a small touch, of Latin influence here. The ends of the phrases in several spots are played descending the scale in a syncopated style which sounds very much like the musical phrases used in a number of Latin styles. Brilliant!

"Dancing In The Rain" begins with a slow and quiet rubato section of music that brings to mind a gentle sprinkling of rain, falling down on someone who may be standing on a mountaintop, arms outstretched. The track then moves into a waltz style with a Celtic feel-the dance begins. Later in the piece the rain begins falling a little harder, and both hands join together to create an intense but lyrical pattern of sound that refreshes and rejuvenates the listener. The song ends with a ritardando on a minor chord, which is almost to ask the question "Will the dance ever come to an end?"

"Before The Rain" is a recording that will appeal to anyone who likes fresh, original piano music and who's a fan of the genre. I highly recommend it. The album is an incredible feat for a first time recording, and I very much look forward to watching this young man blossom and seize all that he's capable of. Well done Zachary, you've got a great, great journey ahead of you.

You can purchase "Before The Rain" through Zachary's website at www.zacharybrunomusic.com. You can also find it at Amazon, CDBaby, Itunes, and many more websites!
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Kathy Parsons

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At eighteen years old, Zachary Bruno is the youngest pianist/composer I’ve reviewed in a very long time, and what a refreshing pleasure it is to hear such beautiful music coming from someone so young! Composed over a four-year period, it is not readily apparent which of the twelve piano solos on "Before the Rain" were written when Zachary was in his early teens. Warm, confident, and very expressive, this is amazing music and an extraordinary beginning to a very promising career in music. Look out world, here comes Zachary Bruno! Recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, Arizona, the sound quality of the recording is superb and brings out the beauty of these pieces.

"Before the Rain" begins with the title track, a piece that beautifully conveys the unsettled conditions of an approaching storm. Once the rain starts, the mood lifts, becoming sparkling and optimistic. “Faith Remembers” is a bit more subdued, but absolutely gorgeous. The gently-flowing melody speaks a soulful truth as it soothes and reassures. I love this one! “Distant Echoes” lightly dances on the keyboard as the piano dampers create occasional echoing effects - sweet and effortless. After a graceful start, “Migration” becomes an energetic etude in broken chords. “Helping a Friend” overflows with tenderness and caring - definitely a favorite. “Autumn Leaves” has a swirling energy like drying leaves caught in a playful wind - lively and upbeat. “Dancing in the Rain” is another favorite. The opening moments are slow, graceful and very rubato - almost a prelude. The second theme is a lighthearted waltz that gradually slows and segues into a third theme which is more effervescent and free, returning to the second theme with variations, and closing with a variation on the first theme - wonderful stuff!!! The elegant, graceful flow of “Sonoran Sunset” is a warm invitation to a shared experience. Tranquil and serene, “Midnight Sky” is a picture painted with sounds. The somewhat percussive high notes suggest the glitter of bright stars on a blackened sky. “First Light” is a welcoming and optimistic beginning to a new day and a lovely close to an fantastic new album.

Zachary Bruno is definitely an up-and-coming new artist to keep your eyes (and ears!) on! "Before the Rain" would be an outstanding achievement from someone much older, so I’m incredibly excited about the recording and Bruno himself. I give this CD my highest recommendation!
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