Michael Allen Harrison | Little Neighborhood

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Little Neighborhood

by Michael Allen Harrison

Lush piano interpretations of beautiful Jewish melodies with a calming feel everyone can enjoy.
Genre: Spiritual: Hebrew
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1. Sh'chuna K'tana
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2. Y'Rushalayim Shel Zahav
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3. Ose Shalom
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4. Sivonne
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5. Ilse
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6. Ema Sh'li
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7. Hi'ne Ma Tov
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8. Maoz Tsur
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9. Wedding Medley
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10. Hatikvah
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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At once intensely personal and universal, the music of Michael Allen Harrison finds a place in our deepest emotions.

He reflects somber moments with the gentle touch in his heartfelt piano melodies. His fiery concerto movements match charged moments with magnificent bravado. His strikingly diverse musical styles meet us at high and low touch points that extend far beyond the seven octaves on his grand piano.

Recognized as Steinway Signature Artist, Michael has built a reputation as a prolific and stylistically multifaceted pianist, playing classical, new age/world, and contemporary jazz. In a career that has spanned over two decades, he has expanded his talents as a producer, composer, and arranger.

Michael released his inaugural album in 1986. Since then, he has released more than 40 albums showcasing his vast variety of performing and composing styles. He launched his own record company, MAH Records, in 1984; it is now a well-known label for other popular Northwest artists. To date, Michael has produced music for more than 200 musicians.

His songs have touched the sky and circled the earth, as they have been played on the space shuttles Endeavor and Discovery. He and his beloved Steinway have performed for President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Quincy Jones, Walter Cronkite, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell and the Dalai Lama. Michael has also performed at the United Nations in New York City premiering his tribute song, Remembrance, for the 50th anniversary of Israel's independence in 1998. He also played at the World Peace Conference at The Hague, in the Netherlands in 1999.


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Kathy Parsons

Haunting and Uplifting
“Little Neighborhood” is one of pianist/composer Michael Allen Harrison’s older recordings, but what a gem! Recorded for the benefit of The Robison Jewish Home in Portland, Oregon, the CD is comprised of Harrison’s arrangements of traditional Jewish songs and several originals. Most of the pieces have minimal orchestrations accompanying Harrison’s impeccable piano. Jewish music tends to have a haunting, melancholy quality that Harrison captures to full effect. Deeply emotional and soulful, this recording touches the heart and lifts the spirit. Some of the traditional songs that are included are “Sh’chuna K’tana,” a lovely piece about the little neighborhood; “Ose Shalom,” a gentle plea for peace in Israel and for all mankind; “Hi’ne Ma Tov,” a lively and rhythmic toast to brotherhood and unity; “Maoz Tzur,” the Jewish “Rock of Ages”; a gorgeous Wedding Medley”; and “Hatikvah,” a deeply emotional song of the two thousand-year hope to be a free nation in Zion. Harrison’s compositions include “Sivonne,” a “welcome to the world” to a little angel; “Ilse’,” written for a dear friend; and “Ema’ sh’li,” composed for the artist’s mother. The music on this recording is both specific in its ethnicity and universal in its message. I can’t imagine anyone not thoroughly enjoying this music. Highly recommended!