The Color of Light blends 15 tracks of idyllic artistry featuring piano soloist, Dana Cunningham’s original compositions and improvisations. Among her distinctively lyrical solo works are a number of pieces enhanced with instrumental textures and contemporary structures. Featured Grammy Award-winning artists include cellist, Eugene Friesen, percussionist, Glen Velez, and Will Ackerman, on guitar. Within the contemplative nature of Dana\'s previous works, the result is a surprisingly powerful and evocative album radiating with liberating colors, textures, line, and space as remarkable as any natural vista or visual work of art. The Color of Light is required listening for peacekeepers, contemplative listeners, as well as classical, and jazz aficionados.
About the Artist
Contemporary instrumentalist Dana Cunningham invites you sit beside her Steinway and listen as she takes you on a journey inspired by the colors of the day, the night, and what she discovers between twilight and dusk. That her music is fresh and engaging opens the door to Cunningham becoming one of the leading female soloists of the 21st century. Dana has a degree in Communication from Vanderbilt University where she also studied piano at Blair School of Music. Since 1998 she has been living and composing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
”… a rare recent work that not only sounds beautiful, but also evokes emotional journeys. As a film producer, I know how hard it is to inspire emotion in an audience.
Clark Peterson, Producer of Academy Award-winning film, “Monster”
“…so wedded with her instrument that she weaves a magic spell over her audience. At the completion of each piece, there is a period of silence, almost to the point that one wonders if applause is forthcoming. Of course there is – hearty and long, almost reverential. It’s that the audience has been lost in serene reverie.”
Conway Daily Sun
\"... simply the most impressive work of composition and performance I have heard from a pianist in twenty years. That the music connects on such a deep emotional level and is so accessible only makes it more remarkable.\"
Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill
“Deeply emotional and full of grace, Cunningham’s music exudes warmth and calm. A gorgeous collection of original pieces and improvisations that create a setting for contemplation and presence….excellent from start to finish. It is sure to be one of my favorite CDs for 2007!”
Solo Piano Publications
“There is a directness of purpose and communication in Cunningham’s technique… she gets to the heart of her compositions to create soulful moments rich in feeling and contemplation.”
“Very rare is the musician whose music can create a sense of quiet and peace.”
Light of Consciousness