Gary Girouard | The Naked Piano

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The Naked Piano

by Gary Girouard

From Award-winning Pianist and Composer Gary Girouard. Invigorate your mind & soothe the soul. Relax and enjoy the romantic and soulful sound of the Naked Piano. A natural compliment to a romantic evening, cooking, dining or weekend relaxation.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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2. Sorella
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3. Renaissance
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5. Trilogy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It is said that "you don't find your passion, your passion finds you" - and for Gary Girouard that passion has always been the piano. His first piano was a blue 'junkyard' upright that his parents bought for $50 from a local flea market - and from that moment on, Gary's life has always revolved around black and white keys.

Gary cites an eclectic background of musical influences including Debussy, Bill Evans, Pink Floyd, Beethoven and Kitaro - but he also credits art (Fiorentino) and literature (Emerson) as having an equal impact.

Girouard’s musical career began after living and backpacking through Europe - writing music on a battery-operated keyboard. When he returned to the US, he landed a job at a Boston piano store - developing his style "after-hours" on a fleet of Steinway pianos.

Girouard began honing his writing skills in bars and clubs around Boston - focusing first on the ‘feel’ of a composition - as Girouard describes it: "a memorable, timeless melody that resonates with listeners and an expression that can be felt".

The Naked Piano series evolved from this sentiment to capture timeless themes and to allow people an escape from an otherwise hectic lifestyle - with the intention to provide a method for introspection, analysis and understanding. Girouard comments; "People lead increasingly stressful lives. The Naked Piano is a simple response - highlighting a beautiful instrument in its most pure and natural form. Whether it's cooking, dining or driving in your car, there are times when we all could use some refreshing piano music."

Paul Breeden, the editor of Boston Live, hails The Naked Piano as "a masterpiece...a testament to the gracious sounds of a fluid live recording" and Wilton Syckes, President of the Piano Travelers Association heralds The Naked Piano as "the most expressive, relaxing piano music I have ever experienced". The Naked Piano has been featured on such prominent media as CNET, FCTV (Cape Cod), WMVY Radio and Whisperings (solo piano radio).

Giving a nod to past experiences and worthy causes, Girouard donates a portion of all album sales to charities including the Team Bryce Charity (www.brycefund.org) - and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (www.holeinthewallgang.org) - two organizations that benefit seriously ill and disadvantaged children.


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Donna

Loved It!
Great CD. I bought Naked Piano I & II and loved them both!

Annette D. Kitchener Ontario Canada

My Spirit Soars
When I play Naked Piano I and II, my spirit soars, the music deletes the days weight from my mind and heart. Thank you Gary. Please bring our CDs to 'Kitchener Center in the Square' performance centre. We need 'pure music from heaven' here too.

Kim H

Awesome!
A most wonderful blend of music that pampers the soul and senses.. I highly recommend Gary G's Naked Piano cds.

Steven Cravis - pianist

Gary did a great job
Gary did a great job on his debut solo piano CD. It's truly flowing and heartfelt.

Cathy

Like having a pianist play in your living room,a timeless piece !
The Naked Piano is the purest piano piece that I have ever heard,this artist imparts a unique tranquility to his music and clarity of tone. I play it over and over ,it sets a peaceful,relaxed atmosphere. Look forward to the next one.

Gail

MUST have dinner music!
Fantastic dinner music, we listen to it every night, recommended to us & we love it! Sent to relative for Christmas, already had it & loves it, will pass on to his friends!

Paul Breeden

A MASTERPIECE!
Using no edits or effects, a Steinway “D”, and recorded at world famous Steinert Hall, ‘Naked Piano’ is a testament to the gracious sounds of a fluid live recording… so pure it leaves an eternal candle burning in the souls of all classical lovers.

Wilton Syckes

The most expressive, relaxing piano music I have ever experienced...
The Naked Piano is the most expressive, relaxing piano music I have ever experienced. As one with a lifetime love of music, I could listen to these compositions for a lifetime.

Gerald

This CD is just too awesome!
Follow up to my last post:

The only trouble I have with this CD is keeping it. Every time someone hears it playing, I end up giving them my copy. I'm ordering my 14th copy today!

Gerald

All I can say is "WOW..."
Caption says it all...WOW...what an AWESOME album and a great pleasure to add it to my collection. Need MORE! Gary, are you listening?!?
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