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Beyond the Turning

by Heidi Breyer

Beyond The Turning is undoubtedly the bright event of the year...each listener is able to reach the harmonious and creative state of their soul and mind...Listen to Beyond The Turning and sense what the music of the new epoch is...
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1. Farewell
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2. World Without End
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3. My Peace Piece
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4. Rive Droite
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5. The Long Way Home, Passage 1
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6. Eight Steps Free
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7. Tea and Sympathy
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8. The Long Way Home, Passage 2
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9. Moondancing
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10. May I Suggest
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11. Joy of the Road
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12. Adungu Inspiration
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13. Beyond the Turning
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14. The Long Way Home, Passage 3
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Beyond the Turning was produced over a period of 18 glorious months. I had the privilege of recording with the following studios. Thank you to all. Namaste.

Corin Nelsen of SynchroSonic Productions www.synchrosonicproductions.com
Guilford Sound www.guilford.com
Imaginary Road Studios www.imaginaryroadstudio.com
Kakinoki Studios
Komunyaka Studio www.jeffhaynesmusic.com
Michael Manring Studios www.michaelmanring.com
Samite Artistic Productions www.samite.com
The Root Cellar
Winterhall Records www.heidibreyer.com

Every single musician I have had the honor of working with on Beyond The Turning has a singularly outstanding gift. You are leaders in your field and I am deeply grateful that you shared with me your time and outstanding talents. Thank you.

In order of appearance-

To David Cullen for your extensive and incredible work on this album and mostly memorably for me the passion you brought to Farewell. You are a gift to music.
To Samite, for your beautiful voice and your open heart and acceptance of my creative impulsivity referring to ‘Adungu Inspiration’!
To Eugene for your breathtaking playing. Thank you for translating my simplistic explanations in to beautiful music.
To Charlie Bisharat, the master violinist whose virtuosic playing leaves us all breathless!
To Bob Colwell for your remarkable feel for French accordion!
To Premik Russell-Tubbs for lyricon and sax genius playing. You are the best out there without doubt…when my improv improves we’ll try another jam session!
To Steve Holley, for bringing me into the soft rock genre on May I Suggest and the smooth jazz realm on Joy of the Road. Brilliant work from the #1 drummer!
To me for one or two violin tones because Charlie was on tour.
To Marc Enfroy for providing a string group to go with my humble violin tones!

To Max MacFarland for jumping in at the last minute when we needed some deep ‘upright’ tones…
To Jeff Haynes for your amazing gift of bringing alive ‘the rhythm’ in all the songs you touch and for at least trying to teach me a basic beat!
To Michael Manring. Wow! The most lyrical and musical fretless bass player I will probably ever hear. Thank you for your beautiful contribution to ‘Joy of the Road’.
To Jill Haley for always playing so beautifully, in the studio or live! It is always such a pleasure to work with you. You make every song special and every concert tremendous fun!
And lastly I want to thank Corin Nelsen. Thank you for your loyalty and your support, and for patiently working through the laughter, the tears and much more importantly, the music! Thank you for being the best producer ever. You are a genius at what you do and if you don’t know already you will soon find out that the world is your oyster…!
The people in an artist’s personal life enable the music. It is because of the patience of these people we get to do what we do. Thank you to all my family and friends.
My Loving partner and friend Alexander Volkov…You believe in me and I in you. We walk on together.
My Children-You may like this one a little more and if you don’t, no worries, you can play Coldplay instead. I love you!!
My Parents- My rock and my roots. Always there, always so supportive. Love you both.

1 Farewell
A Valediction to things passed.
When I wrote this piano composition I immediately heard a duet with electric guitar and I couldn’t compromise on this unique combination. It had to be those two instruments. I could hear the guitar lines clearly, the ‘farewell’ conversation between them, with the type of playing we regularly hear from the likes of Santana. But I never anticipated this. I never anticipated the bittersweet tones of David Cullen’s weeping lines and never comprehended the incredible passion his playing would bring to the piece. Thank you David, for understanding without words, what it needed.

2 World Without End –Saecula Saeculorum. American Gothic III.
I thank Phillip Aaberg for suggesting this piece may never be completed.
This is the 3rd version. From an original piano solo (on my ‘Winter Light’ album, inspired by the beautiful painting by Alexander Volkov of the inside of a barn) to the cultural ode to America on ‘Another Place and Time’, to this version.
It is a retrospective, our world in the last few years, what we have endured globally and what we should summon collectively, for a better future.
Lyrics
Mirembe -Peace
Sonegua - Forgiveness
Tembuelalai – Bring Love

3 My Peace Piece
This is a dedication to jazz pianist Bill Evans (a huge inspiration for me) and also a thank
you to a dear friend, Maricet, whose support at times has been pivotal
to my spiritual journey.

4 Rive Droite
(The right bank of the river Seine)
Simply a fun piece that adopted a French flavor…I hear Edith Piaf singing, don’t you?

5 The Long Way Home - Passage 1
The opening section of my first recorded improvisation, ever. I began nervously but reached a quiet moment and wanted to stay in that space, hardly changing harmony…It was the beginning of a new direction for me.

6 Eight Steps Free
This piece is all about courage. Having the courage to do what you know you have to do. This concept has been written about a million times before, in words and music, by many others. This is my version.

7 Tea and Sympathy – written by Janis Ian
Ever since I was 18 years old and heard Janis Ian’s original version played at a college gathering, I have wanted to write an arrangement of Tea and Sympathy. Everything in my version is how I have always wanted it to be. I am so lucky to have held onto it all these years! Thank you for writing this song, Janis.

8 The Long Way Home - Passage 2
A middle portion from my first improvisation. Finding my way…

9 Moondancing
I wrote this piece just wanting to play around with rhythm. It has always been a foreign land for me. It is the first piece of mine to have a touch of percussion, the first piece “to come out of the box” as they say…I’m not there yet, but I’m holding the key to a new vibe in my music and I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads…

10 May I Suggest - written by Susan Werner
I heard this song for the first time last year, a cappella. I left the performance deeply moved and immediately penned this arrangement. Thank you Susan Werner for your brilliance in song writing and bringing this beautiful gift to the world. It was sent to me at a time when I really needed it.

11 Adungu Inspiration
Samite plucked a few notes on a Ugandan instrument (the Adungu) he had returned with from a trip to his native country. They painted such a vivid picture of harmonious living for me, the world at peace, lightness of being, what I wish for in everyone’s daily lives. We were almost at the end of the album production but I was so inspired, I wrote this piece and used those same notes at the beginning. It is a beautiful sounding instrument. Thank you Samite for this gracious gift.

12 Joy of the Road
"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door…You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to." (Gandalf to Frodo in the Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien).

13 Beyond the Turning
I wrote this piece 3 years ago and unknowingly revisited it as a possible piece to include on the album. So much happened on the last 5 years of my journey and I often wondered what laid ‘Beyond the Turning’. It naturally became the most important concept on the album, the reason for producing this collection of music and the title track.
During this chapter I have come to realize there are so many turns we take in the roads we travel, so many decisions made, right or wrong, painful or joyous. It’s all part of the whole, we should let it flow through us.
The turning is here, it’s right in our hearts and it happens every day of our lives. Savor it, hold close the dearest things and release the pain.

14 The Long Way Home Passage-3
The third and last portion of my improvisation…we’re home.




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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Heidi Breyer unleashes a tour-de-force of musicality that leaves strong and vivid impressions long after the last note plays.

The sensitive pianist really ups the ante on this offering with a stellar lineup of top-notch musicians that makes the compositions come alive with passion. The CD starts off with a tender duet between Breyer’s comforting keys and David Cullen’s searing electric guitar tones.

From there, the album provides a steady flow of pensive emotion sustained by intricate solo, duo, and trio performances. Breyer’s collaborators include Cullen on acoustic guitar, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, Samite on vocals, flutes, and adungu (a nine-string African harp), Premik Russell-Tubbs on lyricon and saxophone, Bob Colwell on accordion, Marc Enfroy on string group coordination, Max MacFarland and Michael Manring on bass, Steve Holley on drums, and Jeff Haynes on percussion.

In coordinating all of this musical chemistry, Breyer has created a unique album of exotic sounds and deep personal insight whose appeal will reach far and wide beyond just fans of piano music.

John P. Olsen/Review Publicist

Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.com
Heidi Breyer is the recipient of a best album award at New Age Music World for her 2012 album Beyond the Turning. Professional recording artist Heidi Breyer's Beyond the Turning features 14 eloquent piano instrumental songs. This is her third album, and follow-up to Another Place and Time, an album produced by founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. Another Place and Time earned Heidi 2 ZMR Awards in 2010 for Best New Artist & Best Instrumental Piano Album.

Beyond the Turning, produced by GRAMMY® Winning producer and engineer Corin Nelsen, is another magnificent testimonial to the talents of composing pianist Heidi Breyer. An elemental variation in moods and influences is what makes Beyond the Turning shine from the rest. Artists include Eugene Friesen, Charlie Bisharat, Samite, Michael Manring, Steve Holley, Jeff Haynes, Jill Haley and David Cullen.

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
This new release by Heidi Breyer is one I’ve been looking forward to since I reviewed her previous CD in Awareness Magazine back in April of 2011. As outstanding as that one was, her latest recording takes it to the next level. The album was produced at Synchrosonic Productions by Grammy winner Corin Nelsen. While Heidi’s music may generally fall into the acoustic new age category, there are elements of classical, jazz, and folk, as well as some unexpected ones.

Interestingly, the album begins with “Farewell,” a bittersweet composition that Heidi refers to as “a valediction to things passed.” The piece which begins as a plaintive piano solo, evolves to include one of those “unexpected elements” alluded to earlier. In my mind I could imagine a scenario where jazz virtuoso Keith Jarrett is alone in his studio playing a solo piano ballad, when Carlos Santana slips in through the back door, plugs in, and begins to join in with his signature soaring lead guitar. However, in this case the Grammy-winning guitarist was David Cullen, and the pianist, of course, Heidi Breyer.

The musical interaction continues on the second track, this time between Heidi’s eloquent grand piano and three-time Grammy winner, cellist Eugene Friesen, who is well known as a member of The Paul Winter Consort. While Heidi’s influences range from the classical masters such as Bach and Chopin to the earthy folk music of Janis Ian, she pays a heartfelt tribute to her favorite jazz pianist, Bill Evans, on a spacious solo composition called “My Peace Piece. The album is mostly instrumental, yet Heidi’s lovely vocals also grace the recording.

While solo piano “passages” are interspersed throughout the album, further creative collaborations ensue on an evocative and soulful composition entitled “Moondancing,” which features former Pat Metheney Group percussionist Jeff Haynes, and Premik Russell-Tubbs on sax. On the title track, Heidi is joined by the always-tasteful English horn accompaniment of Jill Haley. Insight into the inspiration for the title “Beyond The Turning” can be found in Heidi’s reflection that "the concept of the road is so important, precisely because you don't know what lies beyond the turning, and the only way to find out is to travel it."
To read a full length review of this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Life runs away forever
To never return back
You won't be able to predict
What’s waiting for tomorrow
These strong and very emotional melodies capture the soul from the first moments. You are not able to go away without continuing to hear this incredible music. Heidi Breyer returns with a new unbelievably wonderful 3rd project “Beyond the Turning”.
It reminds us that life is a long road and invites us to move along on this exciting journey.
What is the first impression of the new album of Heidi Breyer? Her piano music is filled with warmth and sincerity. These melodies are born from the bottom of the artist’s heart. Their cordiality and easiness thrill the listener’s heart.
But the emotional impact is not the only memorable feature of “Beyond the Turning”. The music of Heidi Breyer is perfectly composed and arranged. Her newest project was produced by renowned sound engineer Corin Nelsen. The result of his work is the refined sound of the “Beyond the Turning”.
The masters of acoustic instruments such as David Cullen (electric guitar), Eugene Friesen (cello), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Michael Manring (fretless bass) along with many other brilliant performers including tremendous ethnic vocals by Samite help to create the unique atmosphere of Heidi Breyer’s project and achieve depths of emotional experiences.
The releasing of “Beyond the Turning” is undoubtedly a bright event of this year. Heidi Breyer continues to create and each listener is able to reach the harmonious and creative state of his soul and mind listening to her astonishing and vibrant new album.
Listen to the “Beyond the Turning” and sense what the music of the new epoch is…

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Beyond the Turning" is pianist/composer Heidi Breyer’s third album to date, following her award-winning and critically-acclaimed 2010 release, "Another Place and Time." Like her previous album, the fourteen tracks on "Beyond the Turning" are a varied mix of styles that contain elements of classical, jazz, folk, new age, and pop music blended to create Heidi Breyer’s unique voice and vision. The other musicians on the album are as varied as the music and bring an eclectic sound to the mix. Breyer adds her delicate vocals to the two cover tunes and presents her first ever recorded improvisation (“The Long Way Home, Passages 1-3”), making this album a musical and emotional journey.

"Beyond the Turning" opens with “Farewell,” a piece that contains one of the album’s biggest surprises. Beginning as a heartfelt piano solo, I was blown away when David Cullen’s electric guitar entered at about the halfway point. Breyer heard this piece as a piano and electric guitar duet when she wrote it and refused to compromise on the unique combination of instruments. I wasn’t sure I liked that combination at first, but Cullen’s passionate playing communicates so well and contrasts so dramatically with the piano that it won me over. “World Without End” was inspired by a painting by Alexander Volkov. This is actually the third version of this piece, which Breyer concedes may never be completely finished. Her piano, Eugene Friesen’s cello, and Samite’s vocals give it a hauntingly beautiful expression. “My Peace Piece” is a piano solo dedicated to jazz pianist Bill Evans. Slow, fluid, and very graceful, this one’s a favorite. So is “Rive Droite,” which features the violin artistry of the amazing Charlie Bisharat and Bob Colwell on accordion in addition to Breyer’s rhythmic and sensual piano. I also really like “Eight Steps Free,” a duet for piano and lyricon (an electronic wind instrument with a very ethereal quality) played by Premik Russell-Tubbs. “Tea and Sympathy” is an arrangement of one of Janis Ian’s classics. Guitar, piano, and bass are a simple but very effective accompaniment to Breyer’s heartfelt vocals and Ian’s poetic lyrics. “Moondancing” was an experiment in rhythm and is the first of Breyer’s pieces with percussion (tam-tam). Russell-Tubbs’ soulful saxophone adds the perfect emotional element and makes it soar. The title track is a gorgeous duet for piano and English horn (Jill Haley) that expresses the realization that there are so many turns in the roads we travel in life, often wondering what lies “beyond the turning,” and the inner peace that comes with the acceptance that the turning happens every day and letting it flow through us.

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