Kathryn Kaye | Heavy as a Feather

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Heavy as a Feather

by Kathryn Kaye

Original compositions with beautiful melodies and contemporary, meditative, instrumental production. Songs for solo piano and piano with bass, cello, violin, percussion, and English horn. An exceptionally talented composer and musician
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Mountain Laurel
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2. Meadow Morning
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3. An Empty Street in Prague
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4. Wind in the Tall Autumn Grass
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5. So Much Sky
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6. Earth
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7. Summer Afternoon
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8. How Deep, How Simple
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9. Dusk at Rockhouse Creek
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10. Heavy as a Feather
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11. One Last Quiet Breath
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On Kathryn's second album, Heavy as a Feather, she continues her collaboration with WIll Ackerman and a group of extremely skilled musicians. The CD consists of 11 tracks of compelling lyrical, evocative melodies. Backup musicians include Will Ackerman, Charlie Bisharat, Tom Eaton, Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley, Ramesh Kannan, Tony Levin, and Michael Manring.


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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Kathryn Kaye’s second album lives up to its title, offering a collection of gentle piano-based compositions that soothe the soul.

The CD offers a nice balance between solo piano performances, moving duets, and full but not overbearing band accompaniment.

Kaye is joined on this outing by such studio stalwarts as Tony Levin on bass, Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jill Haley on English horn, Michael Manring on fretless bass, Tom Eaton on accordion and percussion, Ramesh on percussion, and producer Will Ackerman on guitar.

Kaye is as masterful in her restraint as she is in the vernacular of the keyboard, knowing when to give in and when to hold back, yielding a satisfying listening experience. And her musical collaborators provide solid support without ever upstaging the proceedings.

The result is a delightfully rich and engaging concoction that is a sight for sore ears.

Steve Sheppard

One World Radio
Heavy As A Feather is one of those rare albums that comes along every so many years and takes you to a place you had forgotten, a place of serenity and peace, but also a place of memories.
Musically this album is a total gem, from the art work to the very production itself you could not go wrong.
The start of the album has a wonderful almost classical feel, with a little hint of romance through the track "Mountain Laurel" While the second piece has the stunningly beautiful work of Eugene Friesen (cello), who almost illuminates the piece to a sultry glory and is called quite aptly Meadow Morning.
Heavy has to be regarded as a quantum leap of an album with musicians of such gentle but passionate quality as seen in track three one of my favourites, which is named "An Empty street in Prague" and one can almost hear ones heels moving with intent down the cobbled streets of that famous city at dusk.
Kaye brings hope to the darkening season of Autumn with the track "Wind In The Tall Autumn Grass" and its flows through a timeless procession of latent summer memories with a wonderful duel of Piano and Cello.
We now weave like a new worn carpet into the world of a soft and love felt piece called "So Much Sky" here Kaye melds both light and dark in this composition and during the music, on what is the shortest track on the album.
Into the deep now with "Earth” and with the strings once more in an alliance of beauty we are whisked upon the glory of a heart felt journey into a paradise of music and peaceful place on the ground where you can lay your head on the warm Earth and watch the clouds skim by in total safety and joy this is the longest piece on the album, but one to take your time with.
With talents like Will Ackerman (guitar), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen(cello), Tony Levin(bass),Tom Eaton(accordion, percussion), Jill Haley(English horn), Michael Manring (fretless bass) and Ramesh (percussion) one knows that an album of true quality and style will be the resultant package and is.
Heavy as a Feather has been one of those albums to review that you could almost cry while writing, it’s so full of an emotive quality sadly lacking today in many releases, "Summer Afternoon" and "How Deep How Simple" are tracks that will prove that point and with my all-time album selection "Dusk At Rock House Creek and the title track this, album is a real step up to the plate by Kathryn Kaye.
A gentle finish with One Quiet Last Breath which ushers in a Tibetan Bell, a unique and masterful way to finish what has and will be regarded as a truly masterful album in years to come.
Steve Sheppard
One World Radio
www.oneworldradio.org.uk

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Heavy As a Feather" is the second release by pianist/composer Kathryn Kaye, quickly following her very impressive debut, "Dreaming Still." Produced by Will Ackerman at Imaginary Road Studios, recorded by Tom Eaton, and mastered by Corin Nelsen, the eleven original tracks include four piano solos and seven ensemble pieces from duets to larger groups. The music reflects a variety of influences that includes folksongs and hymns from childhood, ten years of classical music training, an international performing career, and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado where Kaye makes her home. Supporting musicians include Ackerman (guitar), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Eugene Friesen (cello), Jill Haley (English horn), Tony Levin (bass), Michael Manring (fretless bass), and Ramesh (percussion). The piano is always front and center, but Kaye graciously gives the other musicians plenty of room to shine. The uncluttered melodies are played with such heartfelt expression that each becomes a distinctive gem as well as part of a flowing, cohesive whole.

"Heavy As a Feather" begins with the lovely “Mountain Laurel,” a piano solo bathed in spring breezes and dappled sunshine. “Meadow Morning” is a quintet for cello, English horn, piano, percussion,and bass. Peaceful contentment flows from each note, painting a picture in beautiful greens and pastel tones. “An Empty Street in Prague” is worth the price of the CD all by itself. It begins as a mournful piano solo - simple yet deeply emotional. When Charlie Bisharat enters with his violin a little past the halfway point, the music becomes tragic and heart-breaking. I really love this track! “So Much Sky” is a gorgeous piano solo - spare, graceful, and evocative. “Summer Afternoon” begins as a languid piano solo, but when Haley adds the voice of the English horn, it really becomes relaxed and downright lazy - delicious! “How Deep, How Simple” brings back Ackerman, Bisharat, Eaton, and Friesen for an easy-going tribute to the profound beauty of simplicity. “Dusk at Rockhouse Creek” is a quiet piano solo that tells of the stillness of the coming night as the day recedes from the sky. Very open and spacious, you can almost see stars starting to twinkle as the sky darkens. The title track is a duet for cello and piano with gentle strains that seem to float on the air - hence the title, I’m sure. It’s amazing how much an artist can convey with so few notes. “One Last Quiet Breath,” a solemn but very relaxed piano solo, ends the album with a peaceful kind of grace that will have you coming back for more!

"Heavy As a Feather" proves beyond a doubt that Kathryn Kaye will not be joining the long list of one-hit wonders! This is a great album, and I recommend it!

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
There’s an old saying: “If its’ not broke, don’t fix it.” Referring in this case to the repeating of a formula that worked so well on her previous CD and applying it again with the same stellar results, perhaps even better. The elements of that alchemy include Kathryn’s evocative compositions and grand piano expressions, produced by Grammy-winning Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Roads studio in Vermont, with mastering by Corin Nelsen, and a new addition to the team, recording engineer Tom Eaton. And last but not least, the accompaniment of a number of world-class studio musicians, some of whom graced her first album.

Some of Kathryn’s compositions, for me, are like musical portraits that evoke the earthy ambience and subtle shadings of an Andrew Wyeth painting. The opening track, a sweet piano solo, entitled “Mountain Laurel” is a perfect example. Within its’ serenely sylvan melody is revealed a depth for those with ears to hear. The nature theme continues on the second track, “Meadow Morning,” which is peaceful and pensive, but with a touch of wistfulness in the air. This is one of the larger ensemble pieces, yet it’s understated interplay maintains the delicate demeanor that characterizes the album.

As pastoral as Kathryn’s music can be, she also ventures into other landscapes, such as the decidedly more urban vista of “An Empty Street In Prague.” The music so perfectly captures the essence of the title that it is hard not to feel like you are there, your lone footsteps echoing down the cobblestone corridor of the city. The title of “How Deep, How Simple” mirrors some of the qualities of Kathryn’s music, with its reflective melodies that are unpretentious on the surface while illuminating deep waters below. Speaking of titles, the music on the title track “Heavy As A Feather” does a wonderful job of depicting a portrait in sound that has a lightness of being yet is counterbalanced by a subtle sense of gravity. Although there has been no mention (yet) with regard to the next CD, it is unlikely that Kathryn’s fans will cease calling for an encore until she obliges and paints yet another haunting musical masterpiece in colors of earth and sky.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Past sorrows burden throwing down
Fly like a feather

This music is weightless and full of inner freedom. It is like the flight of a small multicolored butterfly which flies from one beautiful flower to another on the lush Summer meadow. This music is overflowing with tenderness, compassion and forgiveness. When you listen to this project you realize what a joy to be here on this Earth and you want to stay here as long as possible in harmony and creativity.

It is not necessary to think how the artist achieves such a perfect sounding and deepest emotional impact of her performance. You just want to listen to the music of Kathryn Kaye and to recover your heart because the compositions of this project possess a strong healing effect.

I would like only to mention in short that “Heavy as a Feather” is the second CD of Kathryn Kaye. Like the first album this project was produced by Will Ackerman at his famous Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont. And, as it was on the first CD the team of outstanding artists helps Kathryn to record the second one.

“Heavy as a Feather” shows the obvious progress of Kathryn Kaye as an acoustic instrumental and new age music performer. The album discovers new facets of her talent. This music appeals to the highest aspirations of your soul. It awakens the yearning for love and beauty.

What will you feel when the music of “Heavy as a Feather” ends? You just want to live and to create and maybe to listen to this project once again.

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com