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Solo Piano Music

Quiet Wonder

Nathan Speir

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In the process of recording my baby grand piano, I tried to capture the shifting timbres of the instrument through the year. Of course this was a delicate process considering the need to care for the piano and maintain an acceptable tuning and humidity level. The result was a beautiful, subtle, changing definition in piano tones and nuances throughout a full length solo piano album; thus, my goal was acheived.

This music, in some respects, is about my wonder in the movements of my own heart. In other respects, my underlying theme for Quiet Wonder is the mysterious Way of return to pristine Simplicity...a mystery indeed. Perhaps the right music at the right time helps inspire such a noble and rare pursuit...or at least warm one’s heart to the idea. Forgive me who falls so short of such spirituallity, still polluting the world with my ego at times...and please accept this music as a small peace offering. Peace be with you.

~ Nathan Speir

Album Facts: + Quiet Wonder is Nathan Speir’s 11th solo artist full album release. + Out of those 11 albums, this is the fifth solo piano album released to date. + Past solo piano albums are as follows: Nathan’s Piano (2010), Ambient Piano Christmas Vol 1 (2012), Ambient Piano Christmas Vol 2 (2015), Improv 16 (2016) + Nathan recorded his baby grand piano in his basement studio using multiple recording techniques. Nathan purposefully experimented with natural timbre changes in his piano to add subtle changes and variety in piano tone and character. This resulted in additional instrument sounds in the recording such as quiet nocks, squeaks, and other lovely mechanical nuances.

Nathan’s composition style is not entirely “thru-composed”. At times, a map of chords or other tone clusters are premeditated and worked out. Final recordings do often capture unrehearsed ornaments and nuggets of musical character.

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Improv 16

Nathan Speir

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A solo piano improvisation performed by Nathan Speir in his private studio on October 23rd 2016. Describing his process for that performance Nathan Speir narrates: "The entire improvisation was approached with the intent to record a possibly special hour of music channeled in the moment. I found it special enough to save and share. I ended up dividing the final CD master into 3 parts with zero pause between tracks to preserve continuity of the performance. I performed the entire piece nonstop on a Roland RD800 and simultaneously ran a midi signal through Ivory II Pianos hosted in Cubase 8.5 pro. I then mixed a stereo audio file for mastering and made final polishes in Wavelab. Only regret... no one was around with a video camera."

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Nathan's Piano

Nathan Speir

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The tones of the piano change in sublime variations throughout the album...like light shifting through the clouds. The compositions are both objective and improvisationally heart-felt in style.

"Nathan's Piano" is Nathan Speir's debut solo piano album. Nice dark piano in tracks like "It's Not When". Titles like "Where Did That" give you challenging and stimulating thoughts to sift with as you listen to the melodramtic yet playful performance. Softer and deeper songs like "Drifting" and "Precious Moment" take you where ever you let them...perhaps, closer to the heart. This was the first of Nathan's music to premiere on NPR on Echoes radio program in 2010. The last two tracks of the album are instrumental bonus tracks.

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