I have just completed my first solo album, “Piano Palettes”. This was a six month project and journey into the unknown! I am exceedingly grateful to Michael Stegner for his coaching and guidance over the past two years. He has opened the door to a new musical language for me, as well as did a spectacular job of mixing and mastering the album (and tried to help me understand THAT new language).
Other credits go to Mike Werner, who helped record the album and investigate all of the different microphone placements and sounds. Ryan Sowers, Registered Piano Technician, who was able to fine-tune my very individual Steinway, and keep tweaking it to sound more and more awesome. He even came early in the morning!
I found the beautiful painters palette photo on a website called Unsplash. Credits go to Karolina Badzmierowska. Check out her amazing website and vast array of photos. Album art layout credits go to my awesome mom, Elizabeth Walsh, who is an incredible visual artist. Karen Abbot did a wonderful job with my new promotional headshots. And special thanks to Angela French for hosting the album recital!
About the Pieces
“Lapis” is a melodic piece with jazz chords and a stride style accompaniment. It is intended to evoke the color of the sky just before dawn.
“Sunburst” was inspired by the colors of dawn: that unique mix of pink, orange and yellow in the sky.
“Emerald” was nicknamed “Peaceful E Flat” until I realized that emerald was the perfect mix of dark and light shades of green.
“Amber” was inspired by my love of the distinctive features of this stone. Sometimes clear, sometimes muddy, sometimes with layers of texture. Always mysterious.
“Graphite” is in honor of J. S. Bach. I chose this title because the mood is quite dark and steely, yet there are hints of sparkle, just like in the stone.
“Fuchsia” represents the huge variety of blossoms. Red, pink, purple, mixed. Big, robust, thin, delicate. Appropriate for the many moods of this piece.
“Alabaster” started out with twice as many notes. Now, it is more still and peaceful, reminding me of the beautiful art made using this white mineral.
“Cobalt” is the same melody as “Lapis” but with a flowing accompaniment figure. It is intended to depict the sky at the end of the day, just as the stars start emerging.
I will be posting videos of me playing the pieces. Some will be casual versions in my downstairs studio others will be live performances. Any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org