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Red (Piano)

by Isadar

Pushes the boundaries of contemporary solo piano by incorporating strong influences from jazz, new age, folk and classical.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Broken Valentine
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2. Red
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3. The Man Who Broke My Heart
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4. The Stairwell
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5. Letting Go
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6. En Face Du Miroir (Facing the Mirror)
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7. Blood... Thicker Than Water
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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As the last installment in a "trilogy" of back-to-back solo piano albums, Isadar ends the quick succession of releases with "Red," following both of his highly acclaimed, award-winning, and chart-topping 2012 albums, "Reconstructed" & "O Christmas." Given the proximity of these releases, one might assume that this album was quickly produced, but in reality "Red" (like "O Christmas") has been seven years in the making.

The seven intricate selections contained on Red defy genre categorization. Although the music throughout has strong influences and elements borrowed from Classical, New Age, and most particularly - Jazz, it is neither of these genres. The album instead pushes forward the idea to categorize Isadar as being his own genre and specific brand of solo piano.

According to Michael Diamond of Music & Media Focus, "...Red opens the door to a whole new dimension of Isadar's keyboard talent... On Red, Isadar steps out of any lingering shadows and charts a bold new direction... Red is a masterful recording that encompasses stunning technique, imaginative composition, and the willingness to take a risk..." - Mainya Music Entertainment


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Steve Sheppard

One World Radio
This would turn out to be an unusual review for me to do, I would really have to search my soul to feel this album around me and allow it to touch me in the same way as they events that have conspired over the years to touch musician Isadar to bring forth a real hard hitting, emotional roller coaster of the release RED.
Red is a true bittersweet relationship tester, Broken Valentine I almost felt was not only dark but also chaotic. Isadar as a unique quality to enable him to almost read you a story through his style of playing, you are literally travelling through the heart and mind with the musician and in Broken Valentine, through the journey perhaps of a dysfunctional relationship.
The title track is placed at two and Red seems to once more take you through this ever changing and emotive journey of love good or bad, it’s a piece that I found almost representative of being able to watch your life and love back in the wonderful luxury of hindsight and smart at the bad decisions and smile at the fond memories, love is indeed red and as close to anger in emotions as indeed is the colour.
The man who broke my heart was written about Isadar’s relationship problems with his father, as a listener and reviewer I found this piece almost cried out to me at such a deep level and you could almost hear the child crying alone in a dark corner of his bedroom with that helpless feeling of dejection and let down hanging over your head, this is a deeply felt composition, but where we see the music being the healer.
The Stairwell I can honestly say is the track I felt the most moved by, the beginning of this track could easily be a soundtrack for a blockbusting suspense movie, it has that emotive quality about it and indeed while listening to this piece and the next one I was almost moved to tears myself.
Who could have imagined what occurred in or on the stairwell and the caressing of the keys by Isadar on this piece almost imprints memories into the very walls of this place, from the stairwell and almost towards the end of this piece I could sense a light starting to appear from the darkness, perhaps a chink of brightness from a distant window close to the Stairwell?
Letting Go I found a difficult track personally for me, as one who has just come out of a thirty eight year relationship it is always hard to let go, especially of those like my late wife who has passed over. Part of the healing process is to eventually let go, but not just of the physical relationship but of all the regrets and guilt. Here this track really hits the nail right on the head, it deals with the very essence of the letting go process, it reflects the turbulence of emotions that seems to echo in the hard playing within this piece, as Isadar plays forcefully you can almost hear him working through this very process and of course the end result is what we should always have freedom, this piece is the perfect musical representation of the letting go process, as Isadar says about the album, it’s bittersweet.
En Face Du Miroir (Facing The mirror) This a composition of hope and renewal, but most of all courage, here Isadar’s style seems to be more reflective on his journey, the feeling from the chords and structure is almost like a person has come through a great time of struggle and at this point is literally looking down into his own soul for a time of reflection, the journey seems to be endless and the style here seems to reflect that and in the moment when love and hate collide there is always our passion that will set us free.
Blood Thicker Than Water, this is the ultimate track to end such an album with, from the journey of love and emotions, here Isadar stars with a dark reflective style, but that soon changes to a more upbeat conflict and resolution feel, we can truly sense here that some sort of reconciliation has been found and from that the melody it gives us a brilliant ending to the project, we can also truly feel that here now is a person who has really found his place in life and is now finding the support he always truly wanted. This was actually my favourite track from the album.
Red is a very powerful concept, it’s a rare album that actually does address the bittersweet emotions of love and hate as they crash together on the rocks of life, simply put if you are serious about your music and are very particular of what you play, then you really need to get a cop of RED by ISADAR.
Steve Sheppard
One World Radio
www.oneworldradio.org.uk

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Although Isadar’s third consecutive solo piano album was timed to release around Valentine’s Day because of its love-inspired themes, the music is wide-ranging and versatile enough to be enjoyed all year long.

The real love that comes through on the CD is that which Isadar clearly has for music and the piano, as evidenced by his brilliant and quirky songwriting and passionate performances. Some of the tunes are subtle and intimate, and others are grand and sweeping, but they are all clever and original thanks to Isadar’s convention-defying compositions. Sometimes you think you know where the music’s leading you, and then all of a sudden it comes at you out of left field, making it lively and engaging.

This writing style keeps Isadar’s fingers on their toes, so to speak. Isadar’s mastery of his craft is apparent in the seemingly effortless ease with which he can go from light to dark and from understated to emphatic. His phrasing and chord progressions are also smart and snappy.

This is a rewarding experience for those who are willing to accompany Isadar on his musical journey of love.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
If you’ve heard Isadar’s previous music and think you are familiar with his style, as the saying goes, “you ain’t heard nothing yet.” While still a solo piano recording, Red opens the door to a whole new dimension of Isadar’s keyboard talent and vision. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of Red is the infusion of high-energy jazz and neo-classical elements into Isadar’s generally impressionistic new age style. On Red, Isadar steps out and charts a bold new direction for his music.

Interestingly, Red is being released around Valentines Day, and opens with a track entitled “Broken Valentine.” This piece is a perfect example of the creative freedom Isadar has chosen to express on this album. As I listened to the lovely emotionally moving melody, I assumed that the entire composition would unfold along similar lines. So I had a bit of a surprise after about a minute when the piece suddenly took off in a decidedly jazzier direction, with the feel of a hang glider pilot leaping off a cliff and taking to the wind. At this point, I experienced a side of Isadar’s playing that I hadn’t heard before quite like this. It was powerful, passionate, and spirited, bringing to mind jazz greats Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. Yet even in the midst of this intense forward motion, Isadar makes good use of dynamics and modulates the tempo and movement using an occasional pregnant pause as a prelude to shifting musical gears.

The title song does not have quite the same dramatic ratio of yin to yang as the first track, but does shift freely between a flowing melody and a bouncy rhythmic motif within the composition. “The Man Who Broke My Heart” is a lush evocative piece that highlights Isadar’s ability to dig deep into emotional terrain with impeccable style and grace. Likewise on “The Stairwell,” which is a beautifully sensitive piece that unlike some of the earlier songs has a higher degree of thematic consistency throughout, although there are some crescendos that are quite powerful within the context of the song’s subtlety. “Letting Go” marks a return to Isadar’s pattern of contrasting diverse elements within the framework of a single composition. Starting out in a more wistful and melancholy air, it evolves, within its nine-minute length, into a markedly different space that actually had my head nodding and my toe tapping along with it.

Red is a masterful recording that encompasses stunning technique, imaginative composition, and the willingness to take a risk in following the pied piper of one’s muse, wherever it may lead. I have every reason to believe that listeners will happily get in line behind him on this exciting musical adventure.

To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others. please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Una música con personalidad y fuertemente atractiva.
Se acerca San Valentín e Isadar nos regala un álbum EP inspirado en esta fecha tan señalada para todos. Bajo el nombre de Red, Isadar compone piezas de carácter romántico y algunas llenas de energía, piezas que mantienen al oyente expectante en cada momento.

La primera composición es “Broken Valentine”, un tema que goza de dos sentimientos muy contrariados. Una primera parte amable y cariñosa, que minutos más tarde se torna rápida y contundente. Típico en las composiciones de este pianista.

“Red”, en cambio, es más amable, con un tono agridulce y de notas más emotivas que la pieza que abría el álbum. “Red” es una pieza que invita a ser escuchada con atención, dejando que nuestros oídos se seduzcan con los diferentes sonidos que el compositor arranca al piano.

“The Man Who Broke My Heart” es una de mis preferidas, esta música posee una fuerza extraordinaria en su melodía. El arpegio de los acordes y la poderosa música que brota de la diestra de Isadar son hipnóticos, creando una pieza que podría escuchar cientos de veces sin agotarme. Me gusta!.

Más relajada y reflexiva que las piezas anteriores es “The Stairwell”, una hermosa pieza que se convierte en el descanso perfecto para nuestros sentidos, después de la contundencia de las composiciones escuchadas anteriormente. “The Stairwell” es una pieza que ayuda a la introversión.

Amargas son las notas de “Letting Go”, una música con un sentimiento que va multiplicando su sufrimiento, pasando del dolor al odio, de la lamentación al coraje en casi los nueve minutos de duración.

La más romántica de todas las piezas es “En Face Du Minor (Facing The Mirror)”. Esta música es una de las más amables y entrañables que podemos encontrar en este álbum. Y aunque Isadar acude en ocasiones a sus toques rápidos y contundentes, no deja de ser una pieza encantadora.

Para finalizar, “Blood… Thicker Than Water”, una composición que engaña al oyente con un comienzo melancólico, pero nada más lejos, la pieza se torna alegre y llena de fuerza, un golpe de optimismo y buenas vibraciones para finalizar el álbum. Otra de las composiciones a destacar!.


Isadar nos regala siete piezas poderosas y aunque se aleja ligeramente del tópico romántico de canciones amables y entrañables, es un álbum de lo más interesante. Isadar apuesta por continuar con su rápido y magistral toque, dejando al oyente boquiabierto con cada composición, y mostrando una música con personalidad y fuertemente atractiva.

reviewsnewage.com
09/02/13

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Red" is pianist/composer Isadar’s genre-defying tenth solo piano album and seventeenth independent release from the past twenty years. It is also the third installment in a trilogy of solo piano albums released in the past year - "Reconstructed," a Will Ackerman-produced anthology of some of Isadar’s best piano pieces; "O Christmas," Isadar’s second piano Christmas album; and now "Red," a bittersweet love-themed album that took seven years to produce and that consists of the first new original solo piano material Isadar has released in more than ten years. I have been reviewing and thoroughly enjoying Isadar’s releases since his second piano album, 1999’s "Active Imagination," which still stands as one of my favorite recordings. Even though I have been a big fan for many years, I was still blown away by Isadar’s live performance in my house concert series in July 2010. The man has magic fingers and an extraordinary piano touch that are perfectly suited to express his imaginative, distinctive, and emotionally powerful music. Isadar is also a singer/songwriter and an electronic musician who creates the music videos for much of his music, dramatizing the stories that inspired the songs. I will always be partial to Isadar’s piano albums because his voice and vision are unique, incorporating jazz, new age, pop, and classical stylings into a musical language all his own.

"Red" opens with “Broken Valentine,” a free-flowing expression of heartbreak and the broad range of emotions that go with it, alternating between grief and confusion then shifting to perhaps anger and resignation - a great beginning. The title track conveys the freedom of an improvisation while weaving together a variety of upbeat themes. “The Man Who Broke My Heart” is energetic and in constant swirling motion - also very free and from deep within. “The Stairwell” is darker and much more mysterious, overflowing with Isadar’s intriguing accented rhythms and picturesque compositional style. My favorite track is the almost nine-minute “Letting Go,” a piece that intertwines a series of musical vignettes into a powerful, colorful musical collage. I love the way Isadar seamlessly goes from flowing and smooth to a bouncy jazz style to high drama without missing a beat. Great stuff! “En Face Du Miroir (Facing the Mirror)” is much lighter, with fingers dancing nimbly around the piano keyboard. The album closes with “Blood ... Thicker Than Water,” again a combination of changing themes that could well be a musical family portrait - different personalities working separately and as a unit, bound together by the unseen ties that keep families together through thick and thin.

Isadar has created another piano masterpiece that should be more widely heard than his previous releases due to the success of "Reconstructed." I hope so, anyway! Very highly recommended!