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Evocation

by Craig Urquhart

Transcendent piano music from an acoustic piano master.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Fruhling
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2. Old Trees
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3. The Whale's Lament
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4. Strolling
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5. Blues
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6. Evocation
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7. Elegy
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8. Wind Dance
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9. Blues Too
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10. Nocturne
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11. Poem
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12. Epilogue
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Album Notes
PRESS QUOTES:

CRAIG URQUHART takes you even deeper into the possibilities of solo piano music... subtle as moonlight reflecting on ocean waves, yet [retaining] a thoughtfulness and elegance that betray [its] classical origins.
LINDA KOHANOV, Pulse Magazine

One of the finest independent pianists in America.
BRADLEY TORREANO, All Music Guide

One of new age's most transcendent voices.
PETER MANZI, New Age Voice Magazine

A beautiful addition to the collection of a fan who loves new age piano music.
JONATHAN WIDRAN, All Music Guide

A stunning collection of original piano solos, I give it my highest recommendation.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

An inspiring listening experience that will touch your soul and water your eyes.
MICHAEL DEBBAGE, Wind and Wire

Wonderful!
RICHARD MAURO, Producer, Sacred World Music, KFCK-FM

Craig Urquhart's "On This Wondrous Sea" was especially effective.
ALLAN KOZINN, The New York Times
(From review of Lauren Wagner's song recital
at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall)

...notable for sensitive and knowing settings of the Whitman text.
David Hall
From STEREO REVIEW's review of Thomas Hampson's "To The Soul."

Solo piano at its most personal and heartfelt.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

... simply excellent music... an exceptional CD!
NORVEL TROSST, Producer, "Soundspace," KPBX-FM,

An incredible pianist and artist... so delicate and gentle that it almost feels fragile - very, very beautiful.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

...sensitive piano playing....
STEPHEN HILL, Hearts of Space

An exceptionally expressive pianist, giving his music a broad range of musical colors.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications



Composer/solo pianist Craig Urquhart creates rich melodic landscapes which blossom into dramatic journeys from the heart. Expressing his passion for the environment as well as a belief in the healing power of music, while drawing upon the influences of classical music's keyboard masters, Urquhart has become one of modern acoustic piano's most transcendent voices.

Urquhart's timeless sound and compositional focus has gradually shifted from academic classical music to a more lyrical personal voice. His music draws upon the influence of such iconic keyboard composers as Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Copland, but Urquhart also considers pop/rock musicians Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, and Brian Eno as creative influences.

The composer's love of the piano began at age six, when he began taking piano lessons as a child growing up in Michigan; however he credits Leonard Bernstein's CBS series The Young People's Concerts with The New York Philharmonic as "literally educating a whole generation of kids about music, including myself."

Moving to New York City after receiving his Master's in Composition from the University of Michigan, Urquhart left some of his music with Bernstein's Manhattan doorman; the Maestro called Urquhart back, and the two became acquainted. In 1985 Urquhart was hired as Bernstein's musical assistant, and worked for Bernstein until the composer's death in 1990. He also served for ten years as a member of the music faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts, and was actor Tom Hulce's musical coach for the Academy Award winning film Amadeus.

Urquhart is also a well-known composer of American classical art songs, including musical settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. His songs have been performed and recorded by Thomas Hampson, Michael Slattery, Lauren Wagner and other artists.

Urquhart has been actively involved in a wide array of social and environmental causes over the years, performing at the United Nations for National AIDS Awareness Day and Earth Day, as well as at benefit concerts for such organizations as the Tidewater AIDS Taskforce of Norfolk, Virginia, Momentum AIDS Project in New York and Bread & Roses AIDS hospice in Connecticut. His "The Wonder of Miracles" was choreographed by the Turtle's Dance Company for a memorial concert at the Cathedral St. John the Divine.

SHEET MUSIC of Urquhart's solo piano works is available for purchase through his website (www.craigurquhart.com).

Produced by Scott Petito and Craig Urquhart

Piano Technician Alexander Ostrovsky


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Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

A stunning collection of original piano solos
This is music to be savored many times with full attention, and perhaps in a darkened room without distractions. With nature and environmental concerns as the primary sources of inspiration...Urquhart’s voice is uniquely his own. The pieces tend to be very spare and uncluttered, but are played with such openness and purity of emotion that each piece packs a wallop. Each song carries a somewhat different message, and yet the album holds together as a strong and powerful whole, creating an unusually satisfying experience from the first note to the last.
“Poem” was composed for Urquhart’s ailing father, and is a reflection of the peace that came upon his family with the acceptance of passage. It is structured, but has the improvisational quality of a soliloquy or a private and intimate conversation. “Old Trees” is Urquhart’s reaction to a world where ancient trees can be cut down for profit. The tale of the old trees is told from the trees’ point of view, and is a call for mankind to leave a more reverent legacy.... “The Whale’s Lament” represents the singing voice of the whale as he or she makes a lonely journey through the ocean. I can’t imagine anyone hearing this piece and not stopping dead in their tracks to listen more closely.
I wouldn’t be surprised if “Evocation” was my favorite album for the year. I give it my highest recommendation.

Jeff Kirsch from Baltimore, Maryland

The Essence of Craig
Craig's music is truly timeless and with its power will command your full attention. Through his music Craig will enter your mind, take your soul by the hand and walk you to the edge of time and back. His music sets the stage and orchestrates the mood. About all you can add is a flickering candle and perhaps a glass of fine wine.
At the end of my day, the stress, the noise and the bombardment of the outside world has put me in a state of mind whereby I feel I could single handedly lift a city bus. After listening to Craig's music and walking with him in song through my mind, I find myself at peace, and with barely enough strength to do anything but smile. Its a wonderful experience and Craig's music is means for me to talk with God, reflect on life and regain my perspective.
Knowing Craig's music is knowing Craig the man. His music is nothing short of his soul reaching out to touch everything and anything that needs to be touched. Never have I known any composer/performer to put so much of himself in his music. Experiencing Craig's music is a "must do" type of thing. It's the only thing I have that helps me make sense and get through the craziness of today's world.

bruderson

Timeless
Craig's music is like the stars: timeless... powerful but subtle. One sits in stillness, secure in the music's flow, while becoming more and more aware of the beautiful glints sprinkled throughout. Quiet, but certainly not boring! And his exquisite playing allows the music full expression of its detail. Highly recommended.

Alexander Frey -- Berlin, Germany

URQUHART TRIUMPHS AGAIN
Once again, we are blessed with another album of music from the soulful pen of the American composer-pianist Craig Urquhart. The title of his latest release is an appropriate one: EVOCATION indeed evokes those moments that most of us let pass by in our lives. I cannot help wonder if Urquhart is, in his gentle way, almost commanding us to stop, notice and savor those precious scenes of nature, both human and animal. Certainly my own listener response was to take the telephone off the hook, sit still and let the music guide me to where it desired.
The music on this CD evokes a number of images which will differ from listener to listener depending on his or her own experience. This is what I have always admired about Urquhart’s music: it doesn’t jab us in a hard, twisting way, tossing us around in an effort to drive home its point. Instead, each work subtly persuades and seduces us into shutting out the world and its daily storms, then takes us to a better, calmer place, a place where our awareness and sensitivities are heightened.
“Whale’s Lament” is an absolutely heart-wrenching piece. “Strolling” takes us for a pensive walk through a park at dusk. “Blues” evokes the image of a pianist in a dark bar, a lone spotlight fixed on his solitary figure, smoke wafting from the cigarette dangling between his lips, a glass of scotch next to the music rack. “Nocturne” is a portrait in sound of the sadness of love lost. The final work, “Epilogue”, is a perfect summation of the music on this recording, a thoughtful ending that seems to say, “This is a glimpse of the journey of life, of that which surrounds you everyday and everywhere. You could possibly miss it if you don’t stop and notice.” Thank you, Maestro Urquhart, for this journey, and the many journeys we look forward to taking with you in the future!