Pianist and composer Lisa Swerdlow’s single release “Lasting Impressions” is also her first venture into arranging. The piano is joined by violin, cello, percussion and bass guitar and the result is fabulous.

Swerdlow says that this music was inspired by the many people – lovers, friends and teachers – and places that have left a lasting impression on her and guided the choices she has made in her life. It begins simply with just the piano and a touch of percussion; the key is minor, and the mood is rather dark and melancholy. As the piece continues, the texture gradually thickens and the music becomes almost conversational as the other instruments join in with countermelodies and rich harmonies. The effect is both mesmerizing and thought provoking, causing me to reflect upon my own history and those who have influenced me. Very highly recommended!

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