Michael Halaas | The Lucidity Project

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The Lucidity Project

by Michael Halaas

Piano and cello music that straddles contemporary classical and new age. Cellist is from the Kronos Quartet.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. January
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2. Passing Ships
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3. Mural
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4. Imprint
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5. Lucidity
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6. Rootlock
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7. Arrival
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8. Black Point
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9. Swan Dive
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10. Waiting
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Reviews:

"Dramatic, passionate, soaring and epic. This is the epitome of
classically-informed new age where sophistication and artistry are
held no less important." - CDBaby"

"Thunderous, well-composed, and skillfully played. The Lucidity Project manages to range over a plethora of moods while maintaining, through the mountain-air clarity of the piano, a sound of its own and a distinct artistic vision." - Stephen Fruitman, Sonomu.net

Enter Michael Halaas' musical world, and you might get the feeling that you're in the presence of a phenomenon. His unique brand of richly-layered compositions evidences the deep stirrings within."
-Eluusive Magazine

#1 track [Passing Ships]. Love FM (76,1MHz Fukuoka/82.7 MHz Kitakzyushu/82.5 MHz FukuokaNishi) - Fukuoka, Japan

Halaas' playing seems to require a much louder, denser instrument than the acoustic piano -- and yet he makes due with it, playing with the same juggernaut intensity as Vladimir Horowitz"
-Intermission Magazine

[Halaas] has transformed sound into a powerful art form, capable of forcing listeners to look deeply into themselves.
-Stanford Daily

Nobody plays with as much thunder and imperative.
-Amazon.com review

A great composer of our time. Michael easily ranges from ferocity to tranquility with amazing adroitness.
-Amazon.com review

A Brilliant Pianist"
-Bayscene.com


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Chris O'Hare

Moving, complex; truly amazing
The Lucidity Project has become one of my family's new favorites, and I think it will remain one of my favorites in the years to come. It is well balanced; both energetic and swift in places, and smooth and calm in others. I love the rich complexity of the piano and cello blending easily with electronic noises. The occasional voices were a surprise, but nice.

I listen to this CD almost every night, often starting at a random track. Unlike most classical cds I've heard, this is never overwhelming or too soft to hear, which means that I can listen to it in quiet environments (at work, feeding our baby), but it won't put me to sleep.

This is one of the few cds that I can honestly recommend to everybody.

George Poe

A different sound all totgether
This one struck me as totally different. Hauntingly beautiful.

Kristin Dexter

Absolutely Brilliant!!
The fluidity between Michael's amazing piano playing and the passionate cellist speak a beautiful, unique language that is all their own. Sometimes I just have to listen to this CD for hours on end, and it's especially great when having to do hours of homework. Wonderful for college students who are tired of everyday music, and hunger for something more. I wouldn't trade this CD for anything in the world.

Travis Wonders


I've never found an instrumental album this good. Every note just oozes with emotion...and the cello and violin blend so well with the piano in peices that are truely breathtaking. Michael Halaas is passionate about his work, and his music shows. It doesn't get better then this.

lisa

good mix
Great new age music..very magical sound to it.If you like this you might want to check out Tia Knight as well.

Frank Jackson, Sunjada Productions

Introducing a new language!
Each artist is unique, and it is his responsibility to deliver his uniqueness to us in a language we can understand. This project delivers...I heard and I understand! Good stuff!

kpita

Slightly over-produced
Great moments, including the songs 'Passing Ships' and 'Lucidity.' Much of it sounds a little to 'slick,' and 'new-agey.' Most of the arrangements are powerful in and of themselves and could benefit from a slightly less 'slick' sound, the instruments themselves carry more than enough emotion for these arrangements without smoothing them over.

CD Baby


Grammy-nominated cellist, Joan Jeanrenaud, of the famous Kronos Quartet, sings through these songs, weaving his tumbling, river-like cello tone through fluid tapestries of classical, new age and jazz language. Dramatic, passionate, soaring and epic, these pieces dance through the imagination, calling up expansive landscapes, mountain ranges, and tender moments between lovers. This is the epitome of classically-informed new age where sophistication and artistry are held no less important. Like a soundtrack in need of a movie.

Roy Evans

Where to begin ? I listened as if my ears were new Instruments.
The combinations and mixes were superb ! The technical skill of all players was very apparent. The depth of the textures were astounding. Please, let there be an encore.

John Lijffijt

The lucidity project
A great discovery

I was lucky to discover this CD and the artist Michael Halaas.
As an Audiophile, I enjoy listening to the deep bass and high treble that is smoothly combined in this splendid CD.
This is one of the very less cd’s on which I like all tracks !
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