Stare is the second solo piano release from Michael Halaas. Recorded at the age of 21. it captues a youthful emoationalism and remarkable understanding and nuance of the piano as an instrument.
Enter Michael Halaas' musical world, and you might get the feeling that you're in the presence of a phenomenon. His unique brand of richly-layered compositions evidences the deep stirrings within."
Halaas' playing seems to require a much louder, denser instrument than the acoustic piano -- and yet he makes due with it, playing with the same juggernaut intensity as Vladimir Horowitz"
[Halaas] has transformed sound into a powerful art form, capable of forcing listeners to look deeply into themselves.
Nobody plays with as much thunder and imperative.
A great composer of our time. Michael easily ranges from ferocity to tranquility with amazing adroitness.
A Brilliant Pianist"