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Another Place and Time

by Heidi Anne Breyer

Described as achingly beautiful piano music and an antidote to the most stressful day, Heidi Anne Breyer presents "Another Place and Time"...stop for just a moment to take this one journey...
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1. All Souls Lullaby
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2. On His Wings
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3. Conversation
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4. American Gothic
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5. After the Last Rain
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6. Another Place and Time
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7. Winter Light
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8. In A Region of Clouds - Piano
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9. Off Season
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10. And Winter Came
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11. Nobody's Gold
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12. So It Was
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13. Chaconne For Our World
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14. Awakening
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Every now and then we feel like we are just visitors from another time. Memories of places we've never seen or times we've never lived, where do they come from? Could it be that during those instances we briefly return 'home', to our true selves?
Heidi Breyer's new album, ‘Another Place and Time’, is a collection of original piano and instrumental compositions with haunting melodies and vocals that reflect upon those most intimate moments of our lives. It has been released throughout the world. In addition to Heidi’s piano and vocals, ‘Another Place and Time’ features several of today’s finest musicians including cellist Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Jill Haley on English horn, Will Ackerman and David Cullen on guitar and Noah Wilding on vocals.
"Another Place and Time" has been produced by legendary guitarist and producer Will Ackerman, with Corin Nelsen's magical touch on engineering and mastering.


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Heidi Anne Breyer is a composer who paints with sound
Heidi Anne Breyer is a classically-trained instrumentalist who creates New Age compositions and original, entrancing melodies. Based in the US and born in the UK, Heidi takes an international approach to music composition with influences stemming from Chopin, Bach, and Rachmaninoff to modern performers, whether intentional or not, including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and George Winston. Heidi’s classical training is paramount for her success, though it is not always in the forefront. At times, her music crosses and parallels New Age, classical, neo-classical, instrumental, neo-jazz, and experimental lines without losing the warmth, charm, and inspirational moods of the compositions.
Heidi explores the New Age ambiances and subtleties of the piano -- and other instruments and performers -- to near perfection on her most recent release, Another Place and Time.

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Música de una notable suavidad!.
La segunda publicación de la compositora y pianista Heidi Anne Breyer lleva como título, Another Place and Time, una música que describe los pensamientos que nacen en la intimidad y los viajes a través de los sueños a lugares nunca vistos; lo que indica que nos encontramos ante una música de una notable suavidad, perfectos para el disfrute en un total aislamiento. Después de probar suerte en su primer trabajo junto al archiconocido productor y fundador de Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, Heidi vuelve a dejar en manos del guitarrista la producción de este último trabajo, un álbum donde las composiciones forman un dulce escenario, predominantemente despejado y en la que las notas se elevan con gracia penetrando en el interior del individuo, consiguiendo sosegar el alma y alejar ansiedades. Junto a Heidi participan grandes músicos como: Charlie Bisharat en el violín, Eugene Friesen en el chelo, Jill Haley al cuerno inglés, David Cullen y Will Ackerman en las guitarras, Jeff Oster a la trompeta y al fiscorno y Noah Wilding en las voces junto a la propia Heidi.


"All Souls Lullaby" es la primera composición del álbum, interpretada por el dúo formado por las artistas Heidi y Jill Haley. Una pieza en la que el piano marca con delicadeza un tempo lento, sin sobresaltos y el cuerno inglés de Haley va surgiendo al compás del piano en momentos claves, captando la atención y aportando pasión al tema. Gran obra!. Una de mis favoritas.

El trío compuesto por Heidi al piano, Bisharat al violín y Oster al fiscorno dan vida a "On His Wings". Este track es uno de los más apasionantes del CD, con unos preámbulos cuidados y misteriosos que van cambiando el tono, tomando fuerza y emoción en el cenit. Realmente una composición muy rica y que sorprende. Me gusta!.

"Conversation" posee un tono consolador y consejero. El piano muestra confianza desde el principio y si a este se le unen el chelo de Friesen y las voces de la propia Heidi y Noah, el resultado es sorprendente. Hermosos susurros que animan a seguir luchando.

Íntima y reservada es "American Gothic". La trompeta de Jeff surge esporádicamente con su intenso y melancólico sonido, mientras Heidi marca notas sueltas entre suaves golpes de acordes. Una pieza triste, nostálgica, cuyas notas invitan a la reflexión y la calma. Me gusta.

"After The Last Rain" visualiza un paraje húmedo, tranquilo, regado por las últimas gotas que con delicadeza caen sobre el follaje bajo un cielo gris. Dos fragmentos bien diferenciados componen esta bellísima pieza, una primera parte donde existe un extenso solo de piano por Heidi y una segunda parte, a pocos minutos del final, donde Ackerman sigue de cerca con su guitarra las notas que salen del piano. Una obra que deja ver una calidez increíble dentro de un frío otoñal!. Otra de mis preferidas!.

La pieza que da título al CD es de carácter nostálgico, pero de una nostalgia dulce, no tiene cabida la tristeza y donde simplemente los felices e inolvidables recuerdos nos llenan de luz por unos minutos. Violín y piano unidos en una emocionante partitura. Otra de mis favoritas!.

"Winter Light" nos abraza con su ternura. Aunque son dos los instrumentos que podemos distinguir en esta entrañable obra, piano y fiscorno, es el piano el que interpreta la mayor parte de la pieza, surgiendo sólo en el cenit Jeff Oster con su instrumento de viento.

Un sutil punteo de guitarra llevado a cabo por Will Ackerman presenta "In A Region Of Clouds - Piano", siendo el principal instrumento en el tema. El piano toma un papel de acompañamiento, dejando a Ackerman que interprete la melodía, fluyendo una música optimista y soñadora desde las cuerdas de la guitarra.

"Off Season" es el único solo de piano de Heidi en el álbum. Una pieza triste, sobrecogedora, donde las manos son interpretes del alma de la artista, dejando ver en cada nota y acorde una melancolía aguda, un lamento reservado en su interior.

"And Winter Came" es una apacible canción interpretada por la propia Anne a piano y voz y acompañada por un viento. Sorprendente, Heidi no sólo muestra una gran maestría frente al piano, la dulzura y pasión de su voz es otra de las riquezas que posee esta completísima artista, dejando boquiabierto al oyente. Qué ternura!.

Nuevamente la pasión se hace música. "Nobody's Gold" conserva dos caras, una triste y lenta y otra sorprendentemente emotiva y tierna. Su comienzo es incierto, triste, pero la música se torna emocionante en un estribillo inmensamente hermoso. Otra de las composiciones destacables de Another Place and Time.

Es increíble que una de las piezas más bellas de este trabajo no sea interpretada por la propia Heidi, es el caso de "So It Was", un solo de guitarra por David Cullen. Unos minutos de guitarra fingerstyle que sorprende al oyente por su inesperado sonido y con una melodía entrecortada carente de letra que narre los hechos del "Cómo fue..". Me gusta!.

De nuevo, el dúo compuesto por Heidi y Haley, en este caso para interpretar el tema "Chaconne For Our World". Una bella pieza, donde se resalta las penetrantes notas del cuerno inglés de Haley que, sin duda, ofrece toda la tristeza a la composición, dejando al oyente un gran sentimiento de perdida y unos momentos de reflexión.

Para concluir y dentro de la calma que posee Another Place and Time, Heidi nos enseña su particular visión de un despertar en "Awakenings". Acompañando a la pianista se encuentran Noah a las voces y Jeff al fiscorno, quienes con una elegancia y ternura extrema nos presentan una dulce manera de comenzar el día. Qué fragilidad.


Another Place and Time es un CD asombroso. Catorce piezas compuestas por Heidi Anne Breyer que poseen una personalidad propia y que sin palabras, narran hechos que penetran en el oyente y con una fuerza increíble, despertando en el interior sentimientos emocionantes. Pasión y ternura son algunos de los adjetivos que predominan en este maravilloso trabajo que sin duda, dará mucho que hablar. Another Place and Time es un CD muy recomendable.

reviewsnewage.com
21/01/11

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Heidi Anne Breyer’s latest CD, Another Place and Time, takes you to the destination indicated by the title, a feat that can be accomplished only by powerful and evocative music, such as that contained on this excellent recording.

Breyer manages this with gentle and soothing piano-based compositions that quietly work their way into your senses. It almost feels like osmosis -- the music absorbs you and you absorb the music.

While Breyer’s piano is the center of attention here, the album wouldn’t be what it is without the support of a fine lineup of master musicians, including Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Jill Haley on English horn, and David Cullen and Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records/Private Music and the album’s producer) on guitar. Rather than joining in a tsunami of sound, the instruments are individually paired with the piano on various tracks, resulting primarily in a collection of duets that stir the soul.

With the exception of a track co-written and co-performed with Ackerman, Breyer composed all the other tracks, including one performed entirely on guitar by Cullen. Breyer’s songwriting, inspired by the artwork of her life partner Alexander Volkov, is as masterful as her brilliantly understated piano playing.

Although the album is named after one of the tracks, it’s the tune Chaconne for Our World that truly transports me to another place and time. There’s just something about the pairing of the piano and the horn on that track. But then again, there’s just something about the entire album.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
In winter cold I recollect again
A meadow of multicolored flowers

This music is full of tenderness. The piano of Heidi Anne Breyer carries away all your anxieties and nervousness. It easily soothes your soul and gives you a long awaited rest. Your mind begins to achieve a tranquil and peaceful state.

Heidi’s piano music contains an evident feminine nature. It consoles your heart and enchants you with its genuine sincerity. At the same time the music of Heidi is very clear. Her piano speaks a very understandable and sometimes even minimalistic language. But it always is deeply emotional.

A whole constellation of outstanding musicians help Heidi record her album “Another Place and Time…”. Cellist Eugene Friesen, vocalist Noah Wilding, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Jill Haley on English horn and Will Ackerman and David Cullen on guitar with their delicate touches create inimitable, very light and a meditative atmosphere of this release. It remains for me to add that the album “Another Place and Time…” was recorded and mastered at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios by famous sound engineer Corin Nelsen and produced by none other than Will Ackerman.

All compositions of “Another Place and Time...” are like beautiful pictures and this is not by accident because they were inspired by paintings of Heidi’s partner American/Russian realist Alexander Volkov. Each tune of her album is full of beauty and appreciation to the present moment of life. It makes the album “Another Place and Time…” a precious sample of true art.

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Another Place and Time...” is Heidi Anne Breyer’s second release and has been submitted in six categories for the 2011 Grammy Awards. Produced and engineered by the legendary team of Will Ackerman and Corin Nelsen, the sound quality is impeccable and the accompanying musicians are some of the best anywhere. Breyer’s piano-based music includes vocals by herself and Noah Wilding - a haunting combination - as well as duets (mostly) with other instruments. The result is a compelling variation of sounds with a fairly consistent mood of contemplation and reflection. Some of the music was inspired by the paintings of Alexander Volkov, an American/Russian realist, who is also Breyer’s life partner, while other inspiration came from those intimate moments when we return to our true selves. The liner notes include a few of the paintings that inspired the music as well as the lyrics to the songs. It’s a beautiful package, and the album is well worth checking out!

"Another Place and Time" opens with “All Souls Lullaby,” a gorgeous duet with Jill Haley on English horn. Beginning with an exquisite solo prelude, Haley sets the mood and tonal color. As the piano enters, there is a quiet, even flow of sound that caresses the mind as the piece slowly evolves. “On His Wings” brings in Charlie Bisharat on violin and Jeff Oster on flugelhorn. Dark and very pensive for the first half of the piece, it picks up momentum in the middle and begins to soar, returning later to the somber opening themes - very effective! “Conversation” features Eugene Friesen on cello along with piano and the two vocalists - very haunting yet warm and loving. “American Gothic” was inspired by a painting of the inside of an old barn that has fallen into disrepair. Light filters through holes in the roof and walls, and one senses that this old barn could tell many stories. The piece is a duet with Breyer on piano and Oster with a muted trumpet. Slow and reflective with a touch of reverence, the piece tells a story of its own. “After the Last Rain” is one of two duets with Breyer on piano and Ackerman on guitar - sweet and very peaceful. The title track is a soulful, nostalgic duet with Bisharat - my favorite track. “In a Region of Clouds” puts Ackerman and his guitar in the front with Breyer accompanying on piano - tranquil and soothing! “Off Season” is the only piano solo, and it reminds me just a bit of Erik Satie - simple, melancholy, and delicate. I really like this one, too! “So It Was” is a gorgeous solo guitar piece performed by David Cullen. “Chaconne For Our World” is another favorite. A duet for piano and English horn, the two instruments blend beautifully to express a solemn, if not sorrowful, message. It gives me goosebumps! The final track, “Awakenings,” features piano, flugel horn, and the two vocalists - this time without lyrics. Very smooth, soothing, and open, the album ends as peacefully and beautifully as it started.

"Another Place and Time" will undoubtedly be on many “best of the year” lists. Recommended!