Kathryn Toyama | Hope For Harmony

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Hope For Harmony

by Kathryn Toyama

Solo Piano compositions with purity of heart and a peaceful purpose. [Portion of proceeds will be donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.]
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Hope Kathryn Toyama
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2. Carefree Kathryn Toyama
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3. Understanding Each Other Kathryn Toyama
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4. Open Your Heart Kathryn Toyama
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5. Another Chance Kathryn Toyama
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6. Finding the Way Kathryn Toyama
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7. Slowly Healing Kathryn Toyama
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8. True Friends Kathryn Toyama
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9. The Light Kathryn Toyama
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10. Faith Kathryn Toyama
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11. Prayer for Peace Kathryn Toyama
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12. Acceptance Kathryn Toyama
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13. As Times Change Kathryn Toyama
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14. Floating on Dreams Kathryn Toyama
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15. The Parting Kathryn Toyama
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16. Spiritual War Kathryn Toyama
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17. Echoes of Healing Kathryn Toyama
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18. Beyond a Dream Kathryn Toyama / Richard Alan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
*~ Cover Art features the lovely painting by artist Angelo McCabe ~*

"The new album by pianist Kathryn Toyama, is by turns, lovely, passionate, and haunting and at moments, all three. Toyama weaves magic on the keyboard, throws a net and pulls the listener in. Spellbinding." ~ Kathleen Wallace King, Novelist & Screenwriter

Through an intensely sincere piano performance and personal cathartic journey, Kathryn's debut album gently implores the chance for harmony in our ever changing world, while sending an inspiring message to foster human relationships, personally and globally.

Emotionally eclectic, yet coherent, each piece unfolds on a journey to heal the heart, transporting the listener to a joyful finale when joined by a refreshingly warm acoustic guitar, played by Richard Alan, in a wondrous dialogue celebrating life.

** Posted Below: Review by Kathy Parsons (Solo Piano Publications) **


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Victor Litvinov

Amazing
Amazing music, thank you very much for doing this.

Paul

Hope For Harmony
Enchantingly beautiful. What a wonderful way to have the day's tensions soothed away. It surrounds me with comfort and transports me to dreamland.

Sharon Berry

Hope For Harmony
I came by Kathryn Toyama's Myspace by accident - and sooo glade that I found her! After listening to her beautiful music I immediately purchased Kathryn's lovely CD, Hope for Harmony. Her music is breathtakenly beautiful. There are those that are talented and then there are those that are exquisitly gifted. Kathryn is truly in a class by herself. I am greatful to Kathryn for making my world more beautiful by sharing her gift with us all.

Marc F.Rener

Goes beyond the typical medication/mood music
The music is more than spritual insperation,It creates a comfortabe setting that can be enjoyed by one or shared with many.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Un maravilloso álbum lleno de Paz y Armonía!.
Hope For Harmony es el álbum de debut de la pianista Kathryn Toyama. Un álbum compuesto por dieciocho cortos cuyo fin es que el corazón del oyente conozca el valor de la comprensión, la tolerancia y la aceptación de las diferencias y creencias con sus semejantes. Que aprenda a cultivar el respeto en su corazón. Un artista que compone música con este fin, es simplemente admirable y digno de elogio. Asimismo, cabe destacar, que parte de los beneficios que se recauden con este álbum, serán donados a la Coalición Nacional Contra la Violencia Doméstica en Estados Unidos.
"Hope" abre el álbum, una pieza tranquila que como su nombre revela, la esperanza es la principal protagonista; llena de ternura es perfecta para momentos de paz. Desde las notas más bajas, las progresiones de acordes que acompañan a la frágil melodía que se dibuja en la zona alta del teclado.

"Carefree" comienza con un toque continuado en notas bajas, un sonido relajante, al que segundos después le acompaña un repique de notas altas. Una melodía dulce, sensible, perfecta para momentos de sosiego. Fantástica!.
"Understanding Each Other" es un tema con un valioso significado; todas las emociones que puede llegar a sentir una persona, emociones buenas, malas, alegres, tristes... y el don de poder sentirlo uno mismo con sólo mirar sus ojos. Una melodía con un vaivén de acordes que da juego a una mano derecha nerviosa que puntea notas rápidas . Reflexiva pieza!.
"Open Your Heart" es perfecta, armoniosa. Un juego de manos reproducen una dulce melodía, un ir y venir de progresiones de acordes introducen al oyente en un estado de relax absoluto. Perfecta!
"Another Chance" comienza con una melodía suave y pegadiza, marcada por progresiones que dibujan una sutil sintonía. Una pieza introspectiva que muestra las distintas posibilidades que pueden existir en la vida.

"Finding the Way", lenta y sentida pieza, una melancólica melodía con momentos de silencio que invitan al oyente a reflexionar, a tomar la acertada decisión. Como en piezas anteriores, Kathryn reproduce un vaivén de acordes, mientras su diestra dibuja la intima canción. Introspectiva pieza!.
"Slowly Healing" es quizás el track más triste del álbum que muestra el sufrimiento de un corazón roto por el dolor y su lenta recuperación. Un track abatido, que fluye lento en las notas del piano.
"True Friends" refleja la importancia que Kathryn da a los amigos, los verdaderos amigos. Una melodía alegre, corta pero sentida, es quizás la pieza más afable del álbum. Un verdadero regalo para ellos!.
"The Light" es un tema optimista, esperanzador. Idóneo para la introspeccion, su melodía dibuja una sonrisa al oyente y transmite mucha paz. Esperanzadora pieza!.
"Faith" es una pieza dedicada a su sobrino Matt, que gracias a unos escritos, inspiraron a Kathryn a crear esta hermosa pieza. Un tema con muy positivo, donde la mano derecha, muy expresiva, dibuja una dulce melodía en las notas más altas, mientras le acompaña la mano izquierda en las notas más bajas.
"Prayer For Peace" es una conversación con el Creador. Una pieza íntima, desperada por mantener la paz en los corazones. Una melodía sensible y dulce que invita a reflexionar.
"Acceptance" encierra una bella melodía, con tono optimista ambas manos dibujan una tierna sinfonía, relajante. Perfecta para evadirse.
"As Times Change" es una llamada a un tiempo pasado, un toque nostálgico en su melodía traslada al oyente a momentos vividos, tiernos, inolvidables. Fantastica pieza!.
"Floating On Dreams" es posiblemente la pieza más conocida de este álbum, llena de ternura, nos pasea por espacios imaginarios, un sueño creado por el autor, lleno de color y vida. Sublime!.
"The Parting" es triste, colmada de amarga emoción. Las notas fluyen de una lado a otro, como si de una improvisación se tratase, reproduciendo exactamente lo que el corazón dicta en ese momento. Melancólica pieza.
"Spiritual War" refleja una batalla interna, indecisión por no saber que camino elegir. Las manos lidian sobre el teclado, lo que genera una de las más sentidas melodías de este trabajo.
"Echoes Of Healing" es el tema más extenso del álbum, poco más de seis minutos. Continuas progresiones de acordes en ambas escalas y pocos silencios dan origen a una melodía insistente, pero decaída, triste.
"Beyond A Dream" es la sorpresa del álbum, un piano que rasguea acordes da paso a una guitarra clásica, la guitarra de Richard Alan, una sintonía perfecta entre ambos instrumentos. Una melodía positiva y llena de alegría. Un track sublime como desenlace de Hope For Harmony.

Hope For Harmony es un trabajo esperanzador, lleno de paz y buenas vibraciones. Muy recomendado para momentos de sosiego y paz, un álbum idóneo para Spa.

reviewsnewage.com
08/04/10

Kathy Parsons

An impressive and expressive debut!
“Hope For Harmony” is a gorgeous debut from pianist/composer Kathryn Toyama. Gentle, subtle, and very soothing, the eighteen tracks flow from one to the next as a seamless whole yet hold up beautifully as individual pieces. Most of the music has the spontaneous feeling of improvisation, and much of it is more ambient than melodic, setting a mood of quiet yet intense peacefulness. Several pieces remind me of George Skaroulis’ music that so effortlessly floats on a cloud of sound. The closing track is a duet for piano and guitar, but the others are solo piano. Passionate yet serene, the music follows the path of a spiritual journey that hopes for harmony within each individual and reaches out to global peace through acceptance and tolerant understanding. What a refreshing journey it is!

The opening track, “Hope,” sets a mood of quiet reflection. “Carefree” is more about a blissful nap in a warm sunny spot than jumping for joy, and has a real sparkle about it. “Finding the Way” is a favorite. The rolling chords in the left hand are a leisurely accompaniment to the poignant and passionate right. The minor key in this piece gives it an exotic, bittersweet feeling that is really effective. Beautiful! “Slowly Healing” is cautiously optimistic, but feels very vulnerable - qualities you don’t often hear in music. As the piece progresses, it becomes stronger and then trails off. “True Friends” reflects the joy as well as the confidence and strength that come from true friendships. “The Light” and “Faith” seem to imply a turning point on the spiritual path to strength and inner peace. “Prayer for Peace” is another favorite. Deeply emotional and heartfelt, this short little gem touches the soul. “As Times Change” is reflective and nostalgic, with a strong sense of longing. “Floating on Dreams” is a daydream set to music - warm and gently smiling, wrapped in inner peace. Another beauty! “Spiritual War” is much more turbulent than the other tracks, and overflows with intense passion. Is this an inner struggle or a battle with a loved one with an opposing spirit? Fascinating! “Beyond a Dream” ends the journey with an uplifting duet with Kathryn Toyama on piano and Richard Alan on acoustic guitar, kindred musical spirits that communicate the peace and joy of hope and understanding.

“Hope For Harmony” is a very impressive and expressive first album from a very promising artist, Kathryn Toyama. It is best listened to with full attention, but also provides a quiet and soothing backdrop for massage, relaxation, and reflection. Recommended!

Harry Housley

Awesome!
Kathryn requested me to be a new "friend" on her MySpace page and after I sampled her music I not only added her immediately but ordered the "Hope For Harmony" CD as well. Since I received it I've played it probably fifty times! I have over 1800 CDs in my collection, including most everything from Kitaro, Jarre, Tangerine Dream, George Winston, Ray Lynch, and countless other great musicians I've admired the past 30 years. Let me say, Kathryn's piano music is quite different, in the most wonderful kind of way. After countless hours of listening to this CD (and feeling extremely uplifted!)I can say with confidence the music is elegant, delicate, undeniably heartfelt and emotional. The fact she is so personable and takes the time to post messages on MySpace only inspires me to love and respect her more.

Every once in a while one is lucky enough to cross pathes with a truly beautiful person and I can honestly say Kathryn is such an individual.

Buy this CD! You won't regret it and I'm certain you'll enjoy it as much as I have...

Also, let me add that the sound quality is pristine; meticulously recorded with incredible depth and warmth.

I don't often rate albums with 5 stars but "Hope For Harmony" is a real treasure!

Harry :o)

Deborah Enos

Hope For Harmony
As I told Kathryn, I highly recommend anyone and everyone getting this CD. It is the most beautiful piano music that I ever heard. She requested me as a friend on "My Space" and let me tell you I think I receieved the best gift..her friendship! This is one CD that you can listen to over and over again and get something new out of it each time. I only wish I had the talent that Kathryn has. I thank God for her and her musical talent. You have to listen to the music in order to apprectiate the true essence of Kathryn. God Bless you my friend.

Renaud SCHMITT

Beautiful...
Kathryn's music on piano is sooooo beautiful! It's relaxing, peaceful. But it's especially full of emotions and feelings. When you listen to her music, you enter in a new dimension filled with emotions and peace, feelings and power of Positivity.
Get it, you'll see ! ;)
Renaud

Vasco Duarte Abranches

A Masterpiece: a spiritual musical Journey
This is an outstanding work done by the Wonderful Pianist Kathryn Toyama.
I think God Spelled on her ear the exact notes He wanted to listen... She plays like an angel and the piano sings full of Peace, Hope and Love.
When im listenting to this Music i start having images of the best places i´ve ever been in my life and i feel surrounded by an intense Love that peaces my heart and my mind and gives me an imense tranquility. Its a Marvelous Journey for the spirit and the mind.

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