Gary Girouard | The Naked Piano, Vol. II

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The Naked Piano, Vol. II

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: Classical: Impressionism
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2. Gabriel
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3. Prairie
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4. The Ring
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5. Sanctuary
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6. Paragon
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7. Americana
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10. Blue
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11. Driftwood
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13. Heritage
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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!
Bought both Naked Piano I & II and they were both awesome!

Kim H

Awesome!!
A most awesome cd that reaches into the very core of you and bathes you in pure sensual delight. A wonderful gift for yourself or anyone else who loves beautiful music...

Boston Live

Supreme Elegance!!
Pianist/Composer Gary Girouard has done it again. The latest in a series, 'Naked Piano 2' continues the supreme elegance of where its predecessor 'Naked Piano 1', left off. Again recorded live using a Steinway D, in the world famous Steinhart Hall, Naked Piano 2 gives the audience a warm, emotionally inspired, 14-track epic; where notes dangle from rich mahogany, and ivory keys lift the soul to beautiful unimaginable places. Girouards' compositions on Naked Piano 2 have his listeners think, feel, and ponder life's little quirks and wonders. His melodies and high to low note transitions, entices the ears to feel each songs message with a delicate balance of wisdom and play. I can hardly wait for Naked Piano 3 to be released; I'll be looking forward to hearing it at the Grammy's in the background to the latest movie nominee.

Jan

"Soul Food"
This is truly music that feeds my sense of inner truth! You cannot listen to these pieces and not find yourself on a personal adventure. Brilliant! Thanks, Gary!

Dorothy LeConte

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!!
Since receiving this album, I have been playing it over and over and over!!! It truly "takes me away" to another time and place. I absolutely LOVE it!! I hope to see you on stage someday soon!

Donna

Awesome CD!
Absolutely love the CD.....haven't stopped listening to it. Great music! Thank you!!!

Alexis

So Relaxing!
I found out about this CD from solopianoradio.com and couldn't wait to get it in the mail. I was excited to get it into my cd player, and was very happy to discover that not only were the songs played on the website good, but so were all the rest :)