Auralis told me that he had been a session free-lance trombonist when he first started out and that the piano was a secondary instrument for him. He said that he only used it for working out arrangements and to write music. I had heard him inprovise on the instrument and thought otherwise and persuaded the composer to dust down the keys and open the lid of the grand. After practising his scales and arpeggios for a month, during which time Auralis arranged the music for this album, he was ready to perform his own music. I was not wrong. Auralis is a brilliant pianist as can be heard on this beautifully crafted album of mostly original compositions. The only piece not composed by Auralis is: 'Amazing Grace', but even here, Auralis takes poetic music licence and adds in eight bars to enhance the tune, making it more better and interesting.
What is amazing about Auralis is his depth of work. He has written over sixty works and music for nearly every genre - Orchestral, Solo/Ensemble Instrumental, Jazz, Big-Band, Classical, Easy Listening, Mood Music, Piano, Children's Pantomime Music and a stage musical: 'Hong Kong Oriental'. Auralis is also a published fiction author: 'Operation Jackdaw' & 'To Snare A Fox'.
'The Mood I'm In', reflected the mood Auralis was in at the time, when he wrote this brilliantly produced album. Orchestra well conducted by James Mackie. I can't wait for his next one. Other CDs by Auralis are: 'Sound Traveller Vols. 1 & 2', and 'Destiny'.
Notes by Peter Wright (Arranger)