Triplet Records Inc. introduces a new solo piano series…
Muskoka Solace: TMPS # 1 UPC-A 6 2076-61014-2 3
Release date: May 1 2006
The Music of Scott Joplin, performed by Steve Hunter.
Recorded Jan 24th and February 2nd 2006.
Triplet Master Piano Series (TMPS) is a new series of solo piano recordings from Triplet Records Inc. The inaugural release (titled Muskoka Solace) is a collection of Scott Joplin’s songs that will take the listener back 100 years to a peaceful and simpler time. According to Triplet Records Inc. founders, Joe Sealy and Paul Novotny, “future recordings will feature songbooks from composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Also there will be room for artists to contribute original repertoire, note Sealy and Novotny. Pianists will choose their songbook based on a long personal relationship with the music. The series will have its roots in jazz but will border other genres as well. The quality of the recordings will be warm and the piano itself is dynamic and sonorous. When all is combined we aim to offer the listener a wonderful mood throughout the recording.
Piano virtuoso Steve Hunter is the first artist to be featured. Hunter offers up Scott Joplin’s music in a fresh new light. The performance is sensitive, thoughtful and tells a story that gives wonderful insight into the era. Steve Hunter has been playing Scott Joplin’s music for over thirty years. Hunter says, “The music has humility, humor, pathos and unpredictability. In my opinion these traits have not really been evident in most performances of Joplin’s music to date.” Hunter also says, “the opportunity to do this recording is the fulfillment of a dream that I’ve had since I was 14 years old”.
The question may arise as to why this recording is titled Muskoka Solace. Sealy and Novotny say, ‘The answer is simple, because Steve envisions listening to this music at his cottage in the Muskoka area, located just north of Toronto”. Steve says’ “The slower tempo of life, the fresh air and old soul feel is a wonderful compliment to Joplin’s music”. Steve is right, but we also suggest that if you can’t get to your cottage this weekend, you may try playing Muskoka Solace wherever you are. It might just offer up that “old soul mood” with out the long drive.
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