The Radiation Dept. at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts has recently started using the CD The Sound of Light by Steven Cravis along with radiation treatments.
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Steven Cravis has complete command of those wonderful ivory keys that create such beautiful sounds. This music really put me in the right place. Solitude, spiritual strength and a oneness with the creator is encouraged through the music Cravis presents on this CD.
The uniqueness of the instrument is it's ability to reach an absolutely phenomenal level of clarity and tone without any accompanying instruments to augment the sound. The common thread of all piano players, including Cravis, is a sparkling independence conveyed through the artistry of a solo pianist in his element. The self proclaimed Amazing Piano Magician lives up to the billing with each tune emanating The Sound of Light. This is a project that is in complete synchronicity with itself. It's evident in the music, corresponding song titles and the title of the recording that the idea or concept of this album is to project the completeness or vision derived from the circle of life. The references to the triangle of elements; fire, water and sky seemed to point in this direction from my viewpoint. The respect for life itself expressed through the perfectly blissful musical soundtrack that Steven Cravis has created is his gift to mankind. Seek out the beauty of life through the music. Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck/January, 26, 2000 www.muzikreviews.com
It is often said that music has the power to heal.
Pianist/Composer Steven Cravis takes this adage to heart. Steven, whose two CD releases, TRUE REFLECTIONS and THE SOUND OF LIGHT, are currently available on the Steven Cravis.com label, has more than a passing interest in the power of healing.Steven's music, performed on acoustic grand piano, is a unique blend of styles, combining the meditative quality of new age, the improvisatory freedom of jazz, and the compositional elegance of the Classics. At its core, Steven's music is inspired by the composer's personal spiritual awareness.There are many twists and turns along any artist's path to success. The journey undertaken by Steven Cravis(also widely known as the Amazing Piano Magician) is no exception. After attending the prestigious Berkley College of Music in 1990, Steven moved into an artists community in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts. While crafting the meditative piano pieces that later became the foundation of his first CD TRUE REFLECTIONS, Steven supported himself by teaching the healing art of yoga. Steven recalls:"For many musicians, a day job is just a job, a way to pay the bills. For me, it was different. The spiritual nature of my occupation was a source of inspiration for me. With my music, my goal is to transport my audience to that blissful, relaxed state that I have come to know through the art of yoga and meditation."In 1992, TRUE REFLECTIONS was released. Steven received the audience reaction that he had hoped for. "I think the music struck a chord, helped people to gain a peaceful break from the monotony in their lives.
Things really started to go well for me when radio stations WGBH and WMJX began playing my music."To promote his new release, Steven played several well received concerts, including a benefit performance for The Muscular Dystrophy Association at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. Steven found the healing effect of his music to be equally effective in a live setting.Given the cinematic quality of his music, it is not surprising that Steven is frequently asked to do film work. In the summer of 1994, Steven contributed the poignant ballad, "Is It True", to the Indian feature film, BOLLYWOOD, from Soni-Khan Productions. The film was singled out for recognition on the film festival circuit in both New York and Los Angeles.In the winter of 1995, Steven released his latest work, THE SOUND OF LIGHT. The intriguing title reflects Steven's continuing interest in spiritual exploration. "In certain cultures, it is said that by chanting specific sounds, one gains access to the dreamworld as sound is translated into light."Musically speaking, THE SOUND OF LIGHT is another success, a further refinement of Steven's unique style. Since its release, Steven has continued to perform, attempting to bring the healing power of his music to others around the world willing to share his journey.By K.
Steven Cravis' second album [The Sound of Light] is an excellent collection of thoughtful and peaceful piano solos. Many of the pieces are more classically structured than the music of other artists in the genre, andindicate a very well-trained and creative pianist-composer (he attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music). The music is peaceful, but is complex enough to allow the listener to hear something new after repeated hearings. The quiet tone of the CD makes it suitable for a lovely backdrop, but many of the songs deserve to be given ones full attention to hear and appreciate the beauty of this music. -By Kathy Parsons, http://www.mainlypiano.com
Artists such as Yanni, George Winston, and Jim Brickman have been influential to Steven on this solo piano sounds CD performed on a Steinway.