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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Album Review: Voyager by Lisa Swerdlow

California native Lisa Swerdlow was raised in a musical family and began studying classical piano at the age of six. She turned to composing at the age of sixteen and has performed in a variety of situations, including playing piano in a rock band and touring with an all female salsa band. After an extended […]

Album Review: Phoenix by William Ögmundson

William Ögmundson is an award winning and EMMY-nominated composer and lyricist and a classically trained solo pianist. He began performing at the age of five, has played in prestigious halls around the world, and has released six solo piano albums to date. His 2016 release, “Phoenix,” is a musical feast. This unique collection cannot be […]

Album Review: Beautiful You by Matthew Mayer

Matthew Mayer started playing the piano at the age of twelve and self-published his first album when he was twenty. With eleven albums to his credit already, Mayer is also the owner and founder of the immensely popular SoloPiano.com platform and on August 31, 2018, he will release his twelfth album, “Beautiful You.” This captivating […]

Album Review: Sunset Breeze by Lynn Yew Evers

Lynn Yew Evers’ latest release, Sunset Breeze, is a sumptuous blend of joy and sorrow, optimism and regret, exuberance and melancholy. Evers’ polish and artistry as a performer are the result of many years of classical training but her original compositions are both contemporary and accessible. A native of Malaysia, Evers began her musical adventures […]

Album Review: Follow Your Heart by Eric Bikales

You name it; pianist Eric Bikales has done it. Following years of experience as a composer and performer in virtually every form and genre of music – as a studio musician, as a keyboard journeyman (traveling with likes of the Pointer Sisters, Keith Carradine, and Neil Sedaka), and as composer for popular and award-winning television […]