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A Delicate Balance

by Lisa Downing

A beautiful expression of the many experiences of day to day living, this CD is an inspired collection of solo piano impressionism. Lisa is absolutely re-defining the genre in this technically impressive and personally soul-touching masterpiece.
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3. Make Believe
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4. Lost
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5. Indecision
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6. A Delicate Balance
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7. No Matter What I Do
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8. Slow Dancing
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9. Song For Emma
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10. Diaphanous Breeze
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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These are wonderful recordings.....great sound...even on my computer the highs are terrific....that means alot. In fact, that was part of the key to the Windham Hill sound, really good treble! I love the ending to Lost!
- Liz Story

I got this CD today and listened to the first few songs. Wow! it sounds incredible! I really, really like it! The piano sounds great and the recording is superb. Lisa's playing is incredibly mature, very clean and sensitive, yet powerful. Her writing has interesting progressions with some surprises, yet strong melodies that you can ride along with. This CD is overdue! I think this one of the best solo piano albums I've heard recently. I also like the liner notes. The progression of her sons life for the first four tracks flows nicely. I like the title too. Anyhow, this is going on my regular playlist. I will be wearing out the grooves on the CD! (good thing I have an iPod) : )
- Joseph Akins



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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Technically awesome!.
"A Delicate Balance" is the third release of composer and pianist Lisa Downing. A very fresh album which consists of twelve tracks that are played with an amazing technique. It is a work that expresses beautiful and elaborate melodies of moments in Lisa's life; moments she remembers and shares with us. It is an album to listen very carefully to enjoy the skill that the artist displays in front of the big Yamaha C7. Imagine her hands dance this performance on the keyboard. It is a very exciting image.


"The Gift" is the theme that opens the CD. It is a delicate and cheerful piece inspired at a moment when Lisa's life was very hectic. It's fascinating how this song fills the listener with optimism thanks to the beautiful and graceful melody that Lisa draws with her right hand. Truly a work of art with which to begin this work. I love it.

"The Bedtime Song" is synonymous with endearing, showing the pure and infinite love of a mother for her child. With a delicacy that perplexes the listener, Lisa is giving birth to this beautiful and innocent lullaby. Pure delicacy and one of my favorites!

With the classic, "Make Believe," a piece inspired by the fantastic worlds which Lisa's son used to create with his toys while she was sitting at the piano, watching him. It is a sublime piece with an extraordinary composition which holds the constant attention of the listener. Again, Lisa surprised us with another masterpiece. Another of my favorites!

"Lost" tells us of pain, anger, love ... Endless emotions that emerged in the artist when her son, just fifteen years disappeared for three weeks. Difficultly, Lisa produces a heartfelt powerful melody, reflecting the despair of the artist to find her son. It is a bitter unimaginable situation with a happy ending. Another of my favorites!

"Indecision." is fast, and strong as Lisa's hands are on the keyboard at all times, creating a bewildering and exciting tune full of uncertainties. It is a piece inspired by her son and that his first attempts to start his own life, making his own decisions as an adult. Pure energy!

The longest piece on this CD is more than four minutes, and it is also the title of the album "A Delicate Balance." With a slow flowing, and improvisation, the melody gently paints a picture of the delicate balance that keeps life beautiful, elusive and at times, unpredictable. This piece is beautiful!

"No Matter What I Do" is about the helplessness of not understanding why certain unwelcome situations, appear in our life without apparent meaning. This theme is reflected in the frustration that, even though you try, avoiding them is impossible. The melody changes, while Lisa's hands stamp each note with courage, giving life to this song of discontent.

The romantic note to this album is "Slow Dancing." It is a song dedicated to her husband Pete. The wonderful melody begins hesitantly, and subsequently becomes lively and exciting, showing all the feelings of Lisa, as she and Pete corresponded through their first letters. Beautiful!

"Song for Emma" holds an interesting history. It is a Theme, composed for a girl who used to play in the street outside Lisa's suburban home. At just six years, Emma caught the attention of the pianist for her energy and enthusiasm about the games she played with other children. Lisa gave life to this piece, in a fascinating and affectionate way, which perfectly reflects the time that Emma enjoyed playing. Wonderful piece and another of my favorites!

The most powerful melody of this review is "Diaphanous Breeze." With a mixture of nostalgia and sense of freedom, the piece describes the spontaneous movement of cottonwood seeds carried in their flight. A beautiful image that captured Lisa as she looked through her window, and it added an extraordinary and sensitive soundtrack. Another of my favorites! Wow!

Inspired by a summer night in which several children play in the light of a lamppost, "Night Games" is a playful and intense piece, where Lisa's hands are on the keyboard masterfully describing the fun games that children performed this night. I love it.

"Speaker / Listener" is a theme based on a communication exercise to help to develop intimacy. The slow flow of the piece makes it perfect for this role, conveying a wonderful sense of stillness and peace. Amazing!

"A Delicate Balance" is a simply stunning album, which will form part of the albums nominated for Best Album of the Year 2010 RNA, Wow! An essential album for those piano lovers looking fall in love with beautiful and elaborate melodies composed with an amazing technique. "A Delicate Balance" captivates the listener from start to finish, making it a highly recommended work!.

reviewsnewage.com
05/31/10

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Tecnicamente sorprendente!.
A Delicate Balance es el tercer lanzamiento de la compositora y pianista Lisa Downing. Un álbum de gran frescura compuesto por doce tracks que son interpretados con una técnica asombrosa. Un trabajo que expresa con bellas y elaboradas melodías momentos de la vida de Lisa; instantes que ella recuerda y comparte con nosotros. Un álbum para escuchar con mucha atención y disfrutar de la maestría que la artista muestra al frente del gran Yamaha C7. Imaginar el baile que sus manos realizan sobre el teclado, es una imagen bien emocionante.

"The Gift" es el tema que abre el CD, una delicada y risueña pieza inspirada en un momento en el que la vida de Lisa era demasiado agitada. Es fascinante como este tema llena de optimismo al oyente gracias a la bella y grácil melodía que dibuja la mano derecha de Lisa. Realmente una obra de arte con la que comenzar este trabajo. Me encanta!.

"The Bedtime Song" es sinónimo de entrañable, mostrando el amor puro e infinito de una madre hacia su hijo. Con una delicadeza que deja perplejo al oyente, Lisa va dando vida a esta hermosa e inocente canción de cuna. Pura delicadeza y otra de mis favoritas!.

Con un toque clásico, "Make Believe" es una pieza inspirada en los mundos fantásticos a los que el hijo de Lisa solía dar vida con sus juguetes, mientras esta le observaba sentada al piano. Una pieza sublime, con una composición extraordinaria que mantiene en continua atención al oyente. De nuevo, Lisa nos sorprende con otra obra maestra. Otra de mis favoritas!.

"Lost" nos muestra el dolor, el coraje, el amor... Un sin fin de emociones que afloraron en la artista cuando su hijo, de tan sólo quince años, desapareció durante tres semanas. Con fuerza, Lisa da vida a una sentida melodía, poderosa, que refleja la desesperación de la artista por encontrar a su hijo. Una inimaginable y amarga situación con final feliz. Otra de mis favoritas!.

Rápida, enérgica es "Indecision". Las manos de Lisa corren por el teclado en todo momento, creando una desconcertante e interesante melodía llena de incertidumbres. Una pieza inspirada en su hijo y en los primeros intentos que este hizo para iniciar su propia vida, tomando decisiones propias de adultos. Pura energía!.

La pieza más extensa de este trabajo, más de cuatro minutos, y también la que da título al álbum es "A Delicate Balance". Con un fluir lento, como improvisado, la suave melodía dibuja con sus notas el delicado equilibrio que guarda la vida, bello, difícil de conseguir en ciertas ocasiones y fácilmente alterable. Es bellísima esta pieza!.

"No Matter What I Do" es la impotencia de no entender como ciertas situaciones, que no son bienvenidas, aparecen en nuestra vida sin quererlo; esto mismo refleja este tema, la frustración de que, por más que se intente salir de ellas, es imposible. La melodía es alterada, donde las manos de Lisa marcan con coraje cada nota que da vida a esta desdichada pieza.

La nota romántica a este álbum la pone "Slow Dancing", un tema dedicado a su marido Pete. Una maravillosa melodía que comienza vacilante, y que posteriormente se torna alegre y emocionante; mostrando todos los sentimientos de Lisa, desde que ella recibió la primera carta de Pete hasta el día de hoy. Bellísima!.

"Song for Emma" guarda una interesante historia. Es un tema dedicado y compuesto para una niña que solía jugar en la calle, frente a la casa de Lisa. Con tan sólo seis años, Emma llamó la atención de la pianista por su energía y entusiasmo en el juego con los demás niños. Lisa dio vida a esta pieza, fascinante y cariñosa, que refleja a la perfección esos momentos de juego que Emma disfrutaba. Maravillosa pieza y otra de mis favoritas!.

La melodía más poderosa de este trabajo la posee "Diaphanous Breeze". Con una mezcla de nostalgia y sensación de libertad, la pieza describe el espontáneo movimiento que las semillas de álamo realizan en su vuelo. Una imagen hermosa que Lisa capturó a través de su ventana y a la que le sumó una extraordinaria y sensible banda sonora. Otra de mis preferidas!. Wow!.

Inspirada en una noche de verano en el que varios niños juegan bajo la luz de una farola, "Night Games" es una pieza juguetona e intensa, donde las manos de Lisa corren con maestría por el teclado describiendo los divertidos juegos que los niños realizaban esa noche. Me encanta!.

"Speaker / Listener" es un tema basado en un ejercicio de comunicación para lograr desarrollar la intimidad. El fluir lento de la pieza la hace perfecta para este cometido, transmitiendo una maravillosa sensación de quietud y paz. Asombroso!.
A Delicate Balance es un álbum sencillamente impresionante, que formará parte de los álbumes nominados como Mejor Álbum RNA del Año 2010, Wow!. Un álbum imprescindible para aquellas personas amantes del piano que buscan enamorarse de bellísimas y elaboradas melodías compuestas con una técnica sorprendente. A Delicate Balance cautiva al oyente de principio a fin, haciendo que sea un trabajo altamente recomendable!.
reviewsnewage.com
31/05/10

Raj Manoharan

The RajMan Review (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)
Lisa Downing’s third solo piano album, A Delicate Balance, is inspired mostly by her son, and this is evident by the passion with which she has infused her new CD.

Downing has channeled this passion into a wide range of emotions. The variety of moods runs the gamut from inner reflection and quiet contentment to confident determination and exuberant joy. Downing conveys all of this with engaging arrangements, lyrical melodies, and rapturous chords.

Two standout tracks on the album are “Indecision” and “No Matter What I Do.” Downing has been compared to Liz Story and Peter Kater and rightly so. With these two tracks, the adventurous and quirky spirit of Bruce Hornsby can also be detected.

Downing definitely has musical chops. Apparently, in addition to recording and touring, she is available for private engagements. If this CD is any indication, no one could go wrong booking her for anything from weddings to anniversaries and other social and corporate events.

A Delicate Balance is definitely recommended for connoisseurs of solo piano music and anyone interested in hiring a professional and accomplished musician.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"A Delicate Balance" is the third solo piano release from Colorado pianist/composer Lisa Downing, and what a gem it is! A longtime piano teacher with an impressive training of her own, Downing brings a flawless technique to her playing that allows her to express whatever she chooses in her music. The twelve original pieces on this album are truly slices of her life, told with passion and grace through the language of the piano. Downing also explains the inspiration for each piece in the liner notes, offering insight and a very personal touch. I’m reminded of the wonderful musical storytelling of favorite artists like Robin Spielberg, David Lanz, and Spencer Brewer. I expect that A Delicate Balance will be one of my favorite albums of 2010.

“The Gift” is the opening piece, and is a composition that came to Downing all at once during a tumultuous time in her life. A graceful energy flows through the piece that is both thoughtful and life-affirming. The sweet and dreamy “The Bedtime Song” refers to a time when Downing and her young son made up original songs together at bedtime each night. This melody was a favorite, conveying love and innocence. “Make Believe” is one of my favorites. Composed while watching her son building things with his Legos and creating a fantasy world with his teddy bears, the piece is playful yet intense and slightly mysterious, winding down at the end like a music box. “Lost” goes to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, expressing the emotions felt when her beloved teenage son ran away from home for three weeks. The piece ends with a major chord, indicating that story has a happy ending. “Indecision” expresses the frustration and confusion of trying to make life choices and decisions - an amazing portrait of those troubling feelings. “A Diaphanous Breeze” is another favorite. Inspired by a thick haze of cottonwood seeds drifting on the wind, the piece is dreamy, sensuous, and gorgeous. “Night Games” emerged while watching a group of neighbor kids playing in the cul-de-sac under the glow of a street lamp. Energetic and full of fun, it’s a delight! “Speaker/Listener” refers to a powerful tool for developing intimacy, where one person speaks his or her truth and then the listener speaks what he or she has heard. The piece elegantly conveys the message of several unique voices reaching out to each other.

"A Delicate Balance" is an incredible musical experience that shouldn’t be missed! Very highly recommended!

Erich Boeck - Host New Age Radio newageradio.de

Ein klingendes Tagebuch
Die neueste Solopiano-CD „A Delicate Balance“ von Lisa Downing ist ein Album, das mich vor kurzem erreichte.
Jede Menge Piano CD´s landen bei mir auf dem Schreibtisch, doch nur wenige finde ich so beachtenswert wie dieses Album.
Wenn man das CD-Booklet liest, so meint man gerade in Lisa´s Tagebuch zu blättern.
Zu jedem Song erzählt sie eine kleine Geschichte mit ihren musikalisch ausgedrückten Gedanken.
Egal ob es das Wiegenlied ihres Sohnes Andy in „The Bedtime Song“, oder die des Nächtens spielende Kinder auf der Strasse in „Night Games“ sind.
Lisa versteht es hervorragend, ihre Beobachtungen und Gedanken, sowie ihre Gefühle am Piano auszudrücken.
Die Pianistin, die schon seit der Kindheit vom Klavier begeistert ist und seitdem Klavierunterricht nahm, lebt mit ihrem Ehemann in Colorado.
Sie unterrichtet inzwischen selbst Piano und vermittelt ihr Wissen und ihr musikalisches Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten an ihre eigenen Musikschüler.
Mehr über die Musik und das Leben von Lisa Downing auf ihrer Webseite www.lisadowning.com
Vielleicht kommen wir ja eines Tages in den Genuss, ihre Musik live in Deutschland zu erleben. Wünschenswert wäre dies jedenfalls!!

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

Searching For Talented Artists
When searching by computer for talented artists, Lisa Downing is one name to search for and Vision Quest Entertainment is another search term you can try. With either result, Lisa Downing’s name will appear since this business was originally her own record label and now a combined talent agency doing business as Vision Quest Entertainment, representing over 1200 musicians in Colorado. Now that we know Lisa Downing as a businesswoman, let me tell you about her busy career as composer, recording artists, and concert pianist. Lisa performs in many concert venues including corporate and private events, along with conducting workshops and concerts with Liz Story and Joseph Akins, among many additional reputable artists. Teaching piano along with her academic studies, Lisa attended the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State College to study music and piano performance. Graduating with a degree in Traditional and Nontraditional Music with Keyboard Emphasis in 1982, her educational pursuits appear to be nicely balanced too. A Delicate Balance is her 2010 Solo Piano, New Age, Neo Classical release, in an album title that is pretty well equal to her business and creative endeavors as a Solo Pianist. What’s interesting about the inside cover of this CD is the special written diary about the thoughts behind each song’s composition which uniquely portrays Lisa’s intimate expressions during some rather personal moments in her life. I did enjoy reading her diary of songs while listening and preparing for this review of A Delicate Balance since it meticulously brought her personal recounting for each composition into the picture, giving her piano melodies a conclusively heartfelt and well spoken reflection. Without giving away all of the diary secrets, many songs like The Gift, reflect a wonderful positive expression by the classical phrasing leading to the uplifting feel given by full register piano runs. This song aligned in a moderate tempo made me think of the intrinsic treasures a gift giver feels and the unexpected joyful surprises a recipient receives. The song Lost nicely portrays the first quiet moments in piano composition before well placed notes makes one realize that someone dear has lost their way, leading to deeper moments of pause and curiosity by her intonation. After bolder dynamic chords suggest a winding road of lost hope, an upbeat conclusive ending happily points to a more familiar direction, ending with a more moderate calming tone of security. Indecision is a faster moving piece where treble runs are shown like racing thoughts of indecisiveness, and lower register chords lean towards equal balance in an affirmative way, reflecting the decisive moments in life that are pretty much universal to everyone. No Matter What I Do involves a special dedication and meaning to Lisa and does reflect this by quieter phrases giving way to pause, leading to a wider path, where positive chords suggest a new resolve in this scenario, ending in a more relaxed contemplation. Lisa’s prior albums Think On These Things is much like her current personal melodies with well timed moments of reflection, and her Holiday CD Christmas for Two are traditional holiday arrangements you will easily recognize and are easy to find CDs. A Delicate Balance is a fine Solo Piano album with the personal Lisa Downing expressive touch. Reading her song diary while listening to her latest musical gift about finding many delicate lines during the search for perfect balance is sure to please everyone, provided they take the time to search and then find this talented artist for themselves.