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Inner Voyages

by Christopher Boscole

Original and innovative solo piano compositions and improvisations in the new age, jazz, and neoclassical styles. Meditative, inspirational, and contemplative, the melodies become more familar to warm your heart with each listen.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. A Melody in My Heart
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2. Inner Voyages
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3. Heart of Romance
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4. Spanish Dreamer
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5. The Ice Skater
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6. Princess Taiping
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7. Land of Sea and Sky
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8. Sea of Spirits
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9. Memories of Satie
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10. Om
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The music is very flowing and magical and it warmed my heart" Riki @ Mystic Living Today

Christopher Boscole Journeys to the Center of the Heart on" Inner Voyages" As the title and the cover artwork – a lone figure rowing a canoe in the middle of a vast sea – suggest, Christopher Boscole’s latest collection of solo piano recordings takes listeners on a quiet excursion into the deep solitude of the soul. Boscole’s intent here is not to impress with his range and ambidexterity, but to gently transport the audience to another dimension beyond the visceral and tangible. Boscole succeeds greatly in his desire to create a musical buffer zone of dreaminess, transcendence, and imagination. While the whole album is soft and gentle in feel, it really sojourns into otherworldly realms in the second half. “Princess Taiping” has a slightly Oriental affect to its airy chords; “Land of Sea and Sky” and “Sea of Spirits” conjure the mysticism of water and air; “Memories of Satie” is an appropriate tribute to the minimalist composer. The most affecting track on the album is “Om.” While it does not remind me anything of the Buddhist utterance, it comes the closest of any cut on the album to being pure New Age jazz, and, as a result, it becomes a spiritual meditation of its own. Set against swirling clouds of piano chords, Boscole’s lead piano line seems to be in search of a melody, slowly and steadily constructing one as it goes along. Whether deliberate or not, this makes the tune very much in the spirit of improvisation and makes it a fitting metaphor for anyone’s personal journey, whatever it may be. There’s plenty on this disc to keep lovers of solo piano music, New Age, and jazz engaged and enlightened. --Raj Manoharan

Review by The Borderland: I've previously had the pleasure of listening to and writing about an earlier album of Christopher Boscole [see Presents of Angels], so his new album, Inner Voyages, is very welcome. Christopher Boscole is a composer/pianist whose music has as much of a classical feel to it as it is 'new age'. I guess that Inner Voyages is as much music about exploring one's inner self as it is about the obvious maritime connotations of the cover illustration, though I would swear that I could hear seagulls faintly crying in the background of track two, the title track. The music on this album is rather grand, sweeping piano lines of melody, hugely romantic in the classical tradition, and also hinting at movie soundtrack style - the sort you'd hear in some of the great black and white movies of the golden era. That romanticism can also be found in the track titles: Spanish Dreamer, Princess Taiping, Sea of Spirits, Land Of Sea And Sky, and of course Heart Of Romance. I see that from the notes enclosed with the CD that Mr Boscole takes some of his inspiration from classical composers Erik Satie and Debussy, alongside Beethoven and Chopin, which makes sense as the music on this album is full of old fashioned melody and, dare one say it, good tunes. I think Inner Voyages is a thoroughly pleasant album, one that piano aficionados will find very enjoyable. http://www.the-borderland.co.uk/

Christopher Boscole is a multi-talented, composer, musician, artist in the new age jazz contemporary instrumental genre. He also explores creative relationships between nature, sailing adventures, photography, and music through mulit-media concerts. Christopher has been performing and composing music for over 20 years and has released seven albumns, see other links to "albums you will love" music on this page. Information about performances can bee seen at Facebook Group link below.



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Carolyn Fierro

Inner Voyages
Riki at Mystic Living Today said it better than I could. "The music is very flowing and magical and it warmed my heart".
Christopher is incredibly talented and it shows in all his work. Inner Voyages really took me on one.

John P. Olsen / NewAgeMusicWorld.Com / NewAgeMusic.nu

Inner Voyage on Solo Piano
Close your eyes then imagine a gentle breeze and warm sunshine against your skin. Add in the beautiful sights, sounds, and pleasing aroma of your surrounding environment so that when everything is considered, makes a memorable day you could term sensational. This scenario could easily place everyone in many favorite pastimes, but for one concert pianist who enjoys sailing the warm oceanic waters in Hawaii, this description closely matches the wonderful sensations realized while contemplating his next piano album. Christopher Boscole is the classically trained pianist, composer, and musician where genre’s of New Age, Jazz, folk, and Neo Classical piano, are just some of the elementary influences of his inner expressions as a pianist finding new enlightenment while recalling his personal experiences. Christopher’s educational achievements run deep, having a Bachelor of Arts in music as a professional music educator performing for over 20 years now that expectedly incorporates his scholastic abilities of quality. He is also a Master of Music in Studio Music, Jazz, and holds a Master in Teaching degree, also serving tenure as a piano teacher, concert band director, and church accompanist, all of which nicely reinforce his level of expertise. Inner Voyages is the 2010 release by Christopher Boscole, where after the return trip home to his concert piano, inner recollections and creative observations from voyages of the day are transposed to sheet music for our enjoyment. These creative inspirations that are drawn from a favorite pastime greatly show original piano compositions as positive memories, and where his freestyle music readily equates these recollections a truly memorable experience for the listener. A Melody in My Heart & Title Song Inner Voyages makes wonderful first preludes into the total of 12 songs showing inner expressions in a primarily moderate tempo recounted as an uplifting time of restful retreat and overall pleasing experience. Heart of Romance share mid range moments of calming ambience with very upper octaves during the final touches, while Spanish Dreamer in a more stirring melody, closely matches the joyful atmosphere of the moment by classic chords journey up and down the note filled landscape. Land of Sea and Sky gives breezier moments that smoothly glide in contrasting horizons of calm, where Sea of Spirits reflects leisurely back and forth steps in the scales in notes that give the feeling of time well spent by the song’s more inward introspection. Cry of the Birds in lingering moments, nicely correspond with key notes that similarly mimic sound imagery of the environment, and Suite Sunrise, has pondering contemplations by a singular key melody paired with upper octave trills where by effect, give a shimmering tint to the open flight of his personal experiences. Christopher Boscole readily shows much versatility by his prior piano compositions totaling 7 albums. September Songs & Land Of Music are Contemporary Instrumental, while Shimmer, O Christmas Tree, & Presents Of Angels are Solo Piano, with nominations in 2 categories at ZMR. His Jazz influenced album Natural Instincts combines talents with great performers in the Instrumental Jazz category, and is a nice selection too. Inner Voyages is an album where calmer winds and tides prevail during Christopher’s recollections. You will find the audible sensations closely match expectations one would discover if they were sitting right beside this music professional while he navigates the warm calm waters of his sensational inner piano compositions.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
As the title and the cover artwork – a lone figure rowing a canoe in the middle of a vast sea – suggest, Christopher Boscole’s latest collection of solo piano recordings takes listeners on a quiet excursion into the deep solitude of the soul.

Boscole’s intent here is not to impress with his range and ambidexterity, but to gently transport the audience to another dimension beyond the visceral and tangible. Boscole succeeds greatly in his desire to create a musical buffer zone of dreaminess, transcendance, and imagination.

While the whole album is soft and gentle in feel, it really sojourns into otherworldly realms in the second half. “Princess Taiping” has a slightly Oriental affect to its airy chords; “Land of Sea and Sky” and “Sea of Spirits” conjure the mysticism of water and air; “Memories of Satie” is an appropriate tribute to the minimalist composer.

The most affecting track on the album is “Om.” While it does not remind me anything of the Buddhist utterance, it comes the closest of any cut on the album to being pure New Age jazz, and, as a result, it becomes a spiritual meditation of its own. Set against swirling clouds of piano chords, Boscole’s lead piano line seems to be in search of a melody, slowly and steadily constructing one as it goes along. Whether deliberate or not, this makes the tune very much in the spirit of improvisation and makes it a fitting metaphor for anyone’s personal journey, whatever it may be.

There’s plenty on this disc to keep lovers of solo piano music, New Age, and jazz engaged and enlightened.