Album Review: BEYOND MEASURES AND TIME by Steve Rivera

Beyond Measures and Time is solo pianist Steve Rivera’s second release. Like his critically acclaimed debut album Dividing the Darkness, it was recorded at the legendary Imaginary Roads Studios and produced by Will Ackerman. The remarkable cover art (concept by Steve Rivera, photography by Scott Shelly, design and layout by Matt Strieby of Newleaf Design) […]

Album Review: CELTIQUE by Doug Hammer

Celtique, Doug Hammer’s twelfth release, tells the story of a fisherman: a day in his life from daybreak to twilight. Inspired by his love of Celtic music as well as places and cultures he has experienced, Doug Hammer has created a masterpiece. Celtique begins and ends with the title track “like an unbroken, sacred circle.” […]

ON THE OTHER SIDE by Cathy Oakes

On the Other Side is composer and solo pianist Cathy Oakes’ fourth release and her first venture into the world of orchestration. Five years in the making, it is imbued with all the emotion, passion and reverence born of the myriad of life experiences that took place over the course of that time. It is, in […]

Release Day!

Album release day has come and gone; my holiday project Thankful Heart, Joyful Mind is now available everywhere music is streamed and sold! There are physical CD’s and digital albums and there is sheet music – note by note transcriptions of every arrangement, both individual PDF’s and the complete collection. Click HERE to order! I […]

Album Review: Even for a Moment by Gary Schmidt

Following the success of his 2016 album Landscapes of the Heart, Heart Dance Records pianist and composer Gary Schmidt has released his second album Even for a Moment. With twelve new original solo piano pieces and two classical selections, this album is a pleasure from start to finish. The album opens with If This Is […]

The results are in!

I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Europe! My colleague and dear friend Yumi and I visited Leipzig, Eisenach, Paris and Prague, paid homage to Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin, and explored castles in the Loire Valley of France. But the highlight of the trip for me, of course, was performing in the beautiful Berlin […]

Album Review: Where Giants Roam the Earth by Milana Zilnik

Milana Zilnik is an extraordinary pianist, composer and singer-songwriter. Milana was born in Ukraine, lived in Israel for many years, and has resided in Canada for the past ten years; this has provided her with rich experiences to draw from in her musical story telling. A performer and recording artist since childhood, she improvises like […]