Lore Constantine | Piano Expressions

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Piano Expressions

by Lore Constantine

This is an eclectic musical journey - blues music of New Orleans and classic rock standards as well as a few other musical diversions and original compositions mixed in - an eclectic contemporary styling with a classical ethos.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. She's No Lady
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2. Gonzo's Blue Dream
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3. Willie Fugal's Blues
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4. Black Peter
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5. Serenity
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6. Breathe
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7. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
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8. New York City Serenade
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9. Thank You
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10. Going To California
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11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
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12. Lay, Lady, Lay
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13. Hop Skip Blues
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14. Ripple
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lore Constantine has performed both piano and flute throughout the Mid-Atlantic region at a variety of venues, including music and arts festivals and universities, as well as weddings, receptions, and private parties. As a keyboardist, Lore has appeared in bands with Joe Frazier and Michael Averone in Atlantic City, New York City, and the Mohegan Sun Casino, CT. She teaches piano, flute and voice in her studio in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Lore has produced two contemporary albums, titled “Piano Impressions” and “Piano Expressions”, which include personal interpretations of music by Marian McPartland, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and New Orleans piano players, as well as original compositions. She has received radio airplay by David Gans on his live California radio show “Dead to the World”, Peter North on his show “Dead Ends and Detours” at CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Chuck Elliott on “Sleepy Hollow”, WXPN, Philadelphia, and "Downtown Deb" Trist on "Dead Air", KLCC, Eugene, Oregon and is a member of XPN’s Musicians On Call program.

"Piano Expressions" is described by Kathy Parsons of www.mainlypiano.com as a "a rather dizzying mix that is held together by Constantine’s playing style and approach to the music." It is "a lot of fun to listen to" and "will bring some real piano pizzazz to many parties!"


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Doug Matthews


Lovely unaccompanied piano simply surrounds you with pleasure. You know some of the songs already, but it like hearing them for the first time. Beautiful, hypnotic and addictive.

Kathy Parsons

A Great Follow-up!
“Piano Expressions” is Lore Constantine’s follow-up to her 2007 debut recording, “Piano Impressions.” The fourteen solo piano tracks consist of a broad range of music most of which is played in a New Orleans jazz style. Two of the pieces are originals, and the others are Constantine’s arrangements of pieces by Lyle Lovett, James Booker, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and others – a rather dizzying mix that is held together by Constantine’s playing style and approach to the music. Her playing is often big and bold, so I wouldn’t call this music to fall asleep with. It’s more for energizing than relaxation, although a few of the songs are on the quiet side. Along with the obvious rock and blues influences, Constantine has a strong classical music background that is the most apparent in her original music.

The CD begins with Lovett’s “She’s No Lady,” arranged in an upbeat, playful style that seems to grin. My favorite track is The Grateful Dead’s “Black Peter” with its slow, soulful, funky blues. Constantine’s “Serenity” is more delicate and peaceful, in keeping with its title. I never would have thought of Pink Floyd’s music being workable as piano solos, but Constantine’s version of “Breathe” is very effective. On the other hand, most of The Beatles’ music sounds great on the piano, and her take on “Norwegian Wood” is beautiful and flowing. I also really like Bruce Springsteen’s “New York City Serenade,” a slow, enchanting ballad that evokes real passion. Constantine included two of Bob Dylan’s songs, “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” and “Lay, Lady, Lay.” The first is good-time music, full of fun and spirit; and the second is a tender love song – Constantine brings both to life even without the words. “Hop Skip Blues” is the other original piece, and Constantine calls it “a kind of blues meets Chopin” piece – also a lot of fun! She then finishes the album with another Grateful Dead tune, the bright and energetic “Ripple.”

The music on “Piano Expressions” is a lot of fun to listen to and I’m sure it will bring some real piano pizzazz to many parties! Enjoy!

chuck


it is incredible and the selections are perfect