From "Left Hand, Right Hand" liner notes:
I feel an obligation to pay homage to my hands. These are the tools with which I have worked for over thirty years now. I have no idea how the left and right sides of the brain send messages to the opposite hands to form a coherent musical phrase. How do they work together?
I have sometimes likened my hands to two lovers. At given moments one may have a voice that is more dramatic, but the relationship would not survive without trust and compromise. I cannot explain how I play the piano. I truth, I don't think about anything when I play; I only understand what I feel when I do. Release. Respite. Completely myself.
My classical roots show up on this album. These composers had the ability to use structure, yet maintain beauty, to give us the best of both musical worlds. I also love standards; "Summertime" is a piece that keeps evolving for me, sometimes taking unfamiliar form. The two original pieces were written at two very different times in my life.
The music on this album represents me, today. Thanks for listening.
Ryan A Marvel is a pianist, arranger and composer residing in Colorado.
Please visit www.ryanmarvel.com for more information.