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Fogland

by Richard Carr

Relaxing romantic new age/contemporary instrumental acoustic piano soundtracks for the soul, mind & body used by many to ease the tensions of the fast-paced world we live in.
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1. Sunrise At White House
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2. Lazy Summer Night
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3. Fogland
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4. Sonoma Coast Sunset
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5. Twilight Snowfall on the Prairie
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6. Canyon Memories
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7. Climbing the Sierra Buttes
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8. Rocky Mountain Peace
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9. Akers Ferry to Twin Rivers
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10. I Was Lost Until ...
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11. Champagne Improv
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12. Fogland Revisited
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13. Hidden In the Fog (revealed bonus track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Composer/contemporary pianist Richard Carr, native of St. Louis, Missouri, has returned to St. Louis after the ravaging of the hurricane Katrina of his home in New Orleans.

Carr's approach to creating is one of tapping into the free-flowing consciousness of music, Richard is freely improvising on the spot. There are no sequencing or tracking techniques used during the recording. Everything is recorded in real time without any edits.

In this regard, Richard's music has been favorably compared to Keith Jarrett, George Winston and David Lanz. His concerts are highlighted by his apparent ease at the piano or keyboard and his passionate playing. Most of his audiences are also treated with a new composition or improvisation created on the spot.

Carr's improvisational composition style is full of melodic lines and rich harmonies indicative of the classical influences of the American, Russian and French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, more modern influences as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, Tangerine Dream, John Adams, Keith Jarrett, Cole Porter, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Steve Reich, George Winston, and George Gershwin are also evident.

ABOUT FOGLAND
Fogland is a aural panorama of places I have been. The title track is a place many of us can relate to. We have all been there -- that foggy place in our mind that hides the reality and allows us to dream.

Each aural portrayal allows the listener to experience the spot for themselves, hopefully adding their experiences to the feelings invoked through listening.

Just a clarification, Akers Ferry to Twin Rivers is a popular conoe float on the Current River in southeastern Missouri.


***** The title track from "Fogland" was nominated in the "Best Instrumental Song" category by the 2001 Just Plain Folks Music Awards! *****




Reviews of "Fogland"



"Some people write music. Some people play piano. And then there is Richard Carr who, with Fogland, offers musical soundscapes that transport the listener.......Richard's original music will transport you to another, better place...........Rich melodies combined with delightful arrangements and the composer's love all combine to become a truly aural pleasure." - Richard Fuller, Metaphysical Reviews



"Richard Carr's Fogland is a fine recording in the impressionistic tone poem style of solo piano...It's a challenging statement from a musical individualist." - Bill Binkelman, WIND AND WIRE



"A new kind of New Orleans piano.... he's developed "a unique blend of classical music, jazz and pop resulting in a romantic new age piano style." In this newest release from Carr, he explores new soundscapes for the acoustic piano in 12 selections he composed and performed. And left alone. Sessions were recorded in a restaurant and at Tulane, and engineers didn't edit or remix any cuts, to preserve the spontaneity of his improvisational approach.....a new age tapestry of solo piano. Peaceful, soothing." - Book Reader, San Jose, CA



"Richard Carr's tender and gentle spirit is clearly seen, felt and heard in the unveiling of FOGLAND." - Wayne Wong, Global Reflections, WZRU, Roanoke Springs, NC



"Richard Carr conveys heartfelt emotion and portrays a deep sense of love for his instrument, the piano, in an impressive second effort." - Helen Uphoff, Music for Groups of Two or Less, WFDD, Winston-Salem, NC



"Last year Richard Carr burst onto the music scene with a fabulous solo piano release, Through the Mind's Eye. Very quickly it became obvious a new and beautiful voice for the piano had arrived. This work opened many ears to the talent of Richard Carr. His new offering reveals additional layers of talent. Welcome to Fogland, a masterpiece with stunning beauty and grace. If you enjoy the sound of artists like George Winston, Raphael, Michael Jones and John Boswell, add Carr to the list...
...This is the kind of music that's equally at home in a recital, as the background to a pleasant meal, or as the soundtrack to a lazy morning spent lounging in bed or reading the paper. Fogland elasticizes such peaceful moments, creating an airtight buffer zone between that calm, contented, Sunday-morning feeling and the rest of the world." - Kevin F. Moreau, The Gambit Weekly, New Orleans



"Richard Carr made his presence known with his first release, Through the Mind's Eye. His second, Fogland, not only reinforces his first achievement, but also announces that Carr is at the forefront of piano music today!" - Erik de Jonge, Bep's, New Orleans, LA


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Kathy Parsons

Solo piano impressions

“Fogland” is a series of solo piano impressions of areas all over the country from the California coast and mountains, to the prairies and southwest, and on to Richard Carr’s home in New Orleans. Carr is widely known for his evocative piano improvisations which are recorded without edits.

Not surprisingly, since I live in the SF Bay Area and know a lot about fog, I especially like the title song and “Fogland Revisited”, which closes the CD. Cool, mysterious, and gray, these two pieces really capture the feeling of the rolling mists along the coastline. “Revisited” seems to be more about being caught within the fog - a little fear creeps in as we loose our sense of direction and the fog settles in more densely. Deep fog can be ominous as well as beautiful, and “Revisited” expresses that very well. “Sonoma Coast Sunset” was inspired by one of my favorite places - a long rugged beach with majestic rock formations rising from the surf. Goat Rock Beach is a place I retreat to whenever I need a sense of peace and inspiration, and it sounds like Carr had a similar experience. “Canyon Memories” is also a favorite. Dwelling deep in the bass on the piano, this piece is full of mystery. The left hand holds a deep rhythm pattern as the right hand improvises over it, sometimes in the bass other times soaring to the upper registers. Bold without being showy, this is a fascinating piece. Other tracks include “Lazy Summer Night” (almost a dream-state), “Twilight Snowfall on the Prairie” (you can see light dance and twinkle on the snow as the moon begins to rise), “I Was Lost Until...” (dark and pensive, but not without hope), and “Champagne Improv” (introspective in places, celebratory in others, flowing, and melodic).

While not mainstream new age piano, this is an excellent album for those who like their piano music more complex and cerebral. It isn’t that accessible at first, but this album really grows on you as you discover what Carr is saying with his very personal music and style. It will take some time, but it’s worth the effort!