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Seven Falls

by Marshall Styler

Quiet instrumental piano music with orchestral background, perfect for yoga, meditation and relaxing.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Flight of the Great Blue (South Padre Island)
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2. All I Had to Hear You Say
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3. Camden to Monhegan
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4. Welcome Back to Dreamland
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5. Mandala (Mary\'s Waltz)
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6. Seven Falls
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7. The Locket
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8. One Day in One Heart
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9. Adirondack
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"The images I had when I composed Seven Falls were romantic,” notes Marshall. “Seven Falls is symbolic of where my wife is from in upstate N.Y., where--early in our relationship--we already knew that we would spend our lives together.”
Such a romantic notion may not surprise Styler’s fans; it’s exactly what they love about him and his music. Like a glimpse into his life, the music of Marshall Styler is unapologetically passionate and heartfelt. Rendered first by hand “on a little piano in the house as they come to me,” the tunes eventually evolve into left- and right-handed parts. At that point, Styler heads for his home-based studio, where they are recorded and honed on one or several of Styler’s seven synthesizers, some of them quite dated. Renowned music reviewer Bill Binkelman once detailed the process, writing, “Unlike many synth players who are always searching for the very latest technology, Styler feels he creates a unique sound by using a combination of piano, modern digital keyboards, and older classic analog-based synthesizers. ‘I love the warmth and feel that some of the early synths create, and some of those sounds are only available on that original equipment,’ explains Styler.”
Marshall Styler is a composer and recording artist based in Austin, TX. He is considered one of the premiere New Age musicians specializing in instrumental keyboard music featuring melodic piano; he’s humored by the fact that he’s also been called the “King of Texas New Age.” Perhaps best-known for his Red River Trilogy of albums inspired by places around Texas, that collection introduced Styler’s uniquely melodic music to thousands of fans around the world, and paved the way for albums like Jericho, The Twilight Concertos, A Face in the Clouds, and his latest work, Seven Falls, releasing in Summer 2009. (http://www.marshallstyler.com)
While Styler’s most recent music is broadly considered New Age, Styler is an ex-rocker. In 1967, he formed the psychedelic group Lincoln Zephyr, which once opened for Jimi Hendrix. He then became founder, lead singer and songwriter for the renowned Rochester, NY Rock band, Duke Jupiter. The band had two charting singles and seven albums to their credit on Mercury, Epic-CBS and Motown between 1973 and 1986. However, in the mid-1980s, he began to feel limited by lyrics and began composing instrumental pieces. Sometime along the way, he wrote an instrumental valentine for his girlfriend that would change his life. Kate, who later married Styler, loved hearing the piece as much as he enjoyed writing it, ultimately leading him to try composing a totally new type of music. With that change went the move to Austin, Texas, and, after a bit of time there, he released Camden Road, his first instrumental album compiling live performances on synthesizers.
With Marshall performing and Kate putting her marketing expertise to work selling CDs, the music slowly evolved into a family business, Styler Music, now based in Austin, TX. Styler continued to listen for the music as they went out on the road, exploring their new home state of Texas. Throughout the mid-late 1990s, they played at fairs and festivals, and set up the keyboards outside of favorite music and gift shops, valuing the folks they met along the way. Styler admits, “Some of my best customer feedback was found by just enjoying a chat with a fan outside a gift shop in the tourist town of Fredericksburg, TX.”
What emerged was the phenomenal Red River Trilogy, which struck a note with fans around the world, selling over 500,000 copies. He explains, “I began my three-CD trilogy in 1995 with the recording of Bluefields, followed in 1996 with Mockingbird Station, and rounding out the project with Red River Crossing in 1998. These compositions reflect my impressions of the people and places in Texas I have come to know and love since crossing the Red River for the first time in 1986.”
The emotion Styler feels in his life, both joy and sadness, clearly translates to the music itself. His follow-up album, Jericho, came in the midst of family health challenges. While it is technically a collection of soft, melodic piano instrumentals with harmonic accompaniment, using acoustic and synthesized layers of other keyboard sounds, Styler has described it simply as “a prayer for all of us.” AMAZING SOUND REVIEWS reflected that deep emotion in its review, saying, “Marshall offers us his mastery at creating a work full of beauty and romanticism. Jericho is a work that cannot leave any listener unmoved.”
Adversely, his next release, The Twilight Concertos, reflects his joy for life. It has been described as peaceful when times are stressed, uplifting when it's time to celebrate, and comforting when it's time to relax. Of this recording, Binkelman wrote, “The Twilight Concertos was a hit with me and I believe it will be the same for lovers of romantic new age keyboard music. I solidly recommend it.”
In 2005, Styler was moved to compose  a piece called " A Face In The Clouds" It was based on the story of a young boy who saw his fallen father’s face smiling at him in a cloud formation as he flew to Hawaii on a benefit  flight for the families  of survivors of the 9/11 attack. The album took another two years to finish, but was well worth the time. Italian New Age magazine said it was "among the most beautifully orchestrated pieces Styler has ever conceived and recorded," while Binkelman professed, "It reminds me of how good electronic keyboard music can still be when it's written and performed by someone who knows what he's doing."
A Face in the Clouds was long in production, but Styler notes it was only finished a matter of weeks when the muse came to him again. Of Seven Falls, he says “usually I need some time to reflect and recuperate after I've finished an album, which is usually a two to three year process, but with Seven Falls the music started coming to me pretty quickly. In my mind, Seven Falls seemed to be writing itself. I just went with it and let it take me where it wanted to go. I've never made an album this way, and it was a little scary. I worried that if I stopped to think about it, the magic would disappear; in fact, I didn't even listen to it until it was finished.  Listening to it now, It sounds like a culmination of what I've been striving for in my music – for the listener to feel what I felt writing it, and for the music not to overwhelm the emotion. Based on what I hear from my listeners, that emotional element runs quietly and deeply throughout my music."
Amidst these prolific periods of travel, creativity, and performance, Styler has also managed to produce an album of Christmas classics called Silent Night, as well as, Dreamaker, a relaxing visual music DVD with pictures from renowned photographer James M. Innes choreographed to Styler’s music. Innes and Styler enjoy a longtime collaboration with images for Styler’s album artwork and website. Clips from the DVD have become popular viewing on YouTube.
The love that is apparent in Styler’s music is present throughout his everyday life. Quick to share a laugh and a story, Styler also recognizes the frailty of our humanity. He and his wife, Kate, lobby for patient health care coverage rights, recently appearing on both national U.S. News & World Report, and Austin’s local NBC news. Having survived his own bout with skin cancer, and witnessing his wife’s continuing battle with breast cancer, he truly embraces the motto that is found within his CDs, “Nothing is worth more than this day.”
With the release of Seven Falls, Styler is looking forward to connecting with his beloved fans again, both in Texas and around the world.


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Miss B.

Seven Falls: Sounds Like Love
Seven Falls is Marshall Styler's best album to date...he has six previous solo albums, plus a visual music DVD and a Christmas album called Silent Night, which is a must-have for the holidays. But, I digress...

Seven Falls is piano and analog synth, with a bit of guitar by ex-bandmate Greg Walker from the two musicians' days as part of Rochester-NY rock band Duke Jupiter. With this album, Styler offers a refreshing blend of his unique instrumental piano music and keyboard accompaniments, subtly accentuating them with orchestral sounds. It is perfect for relaxed entertaining, meditation and massage, hence the launch at The Crossings. Nine pieces lead us through the soundscapes of Styler’s life from the plaintive “Welcome Back to Dreamland, Austin 4 a.m.” evoking the distant yet reassuring cry of the South Austin Train, to the nostalgic “Mandala (Mary’s Waltz),” described as “a waltz that keeps going ‘round and ‘round like one of my mothers mandalas,” a sample of which can be seen in the CD liner notes. The compassionate tone of “One Day in One Heart” seems to acknowledge that everybody hurts, offering quiet reassurance that it really is going to be all right. “Seven Falls” commemorates the start of his 20-year romance with his cherished wife, Kate, and “Adirondack” recalls memories of Styler’s last extended family reunion in upstate New York, amidst a warm summer rainstorm.
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Such personal inspirations will not surprise Styler’s fans; it is exactly what they love about him and his music. Like a glimpse into his life, the music of Marshall Styler is unapologetically passionate and heartfelt. The melodies are rendered first by hand “on a little piano in the house as they come to me,” and eventually evolve into left- and right-handed parts. At that point, Styler heads for the sanctuary of his studio, where they are recorded and brought to life on a combination of Styler’s seven synthesizers of various brands and ages.
Music from Styler’s previous six new age albums has been feted in magazines (Massage, American Salon, New Age Reporter) and indie music webzines like Smother.net, which referred to Styler’s most recent album, A Face in the Clouds, as “hauntingly-lovely” and “a fine new age album in the classic piano-with-synth-backing style.” Similarly, the Italian New Age magazine said it was "among the most beautifully orchestrated pieces Styler has ever conceived and recorded," while veteran New Age reviewer Bill Binkelman professed, "It reminds me of how good electronic keyboard music can still be when it's written and performed by someone who knows what he's doing."
Styler had just released A Face in the Clouds in 2007 when the muse called again, with songs for Seven Falls. “I was looking forward to taking a break, but all of a sudden I heard these melodies in my head, and I’m not one to question it. I played them on the little piano, in the house, and then moved into the studio with a few songs to develop. This album took a little over two years, and as you’ll see in the liner notes, it’s dedicated to all the fantastic mothers in my life.”

Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
If you are able to feel love
You are extremely rich

How can one characterize the music of the new album “Seven Falls” by Marshall Styler? The key word would be “romantic” because it is overwhelmed with love and tenderness. It softly carries you on its invisible wings to a sanctuary filled of beauty and empathy. Marshall Styler’s music wakes up your hidden emotions and leads you towards the innermost places of your heart. It releases you from suppressed feelings and gives a long-awaited rest for your soul.

Marshall Styler creates weightless laced buildings by his bewitching piano. The music of “Seven Falls” is full of imagination and harmony. Marshall Styler paints magical castles in the air and colorful images of unknown beautiful lands. Gentle orchestration makes his music more expressive and touching.

The music of the album “Seven Falls” has a strong therapeutic effect and can be easily used for healing and recovery from the worries of everyday life. And yet Marshall Styler’s music is very positive.

“Seven Falls” is a bright example of poetical music. Listen to this wonderful album with your loved ones and be inspired!

Serge Kozlovsky
http://sergekozlovsky.com

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Seven Falls" is Marshall Styler’s seventh release, but is a first for me. The music was inspired by the special people and places in Styler’s life, and the title comes from the area in New York where his wife is from and where they knew they would spend their lives together. Styler performs his music on seven different keyboards, some of which are older and provide a warmer sound than some of the newer synths. Most of the melodies are played as piano, but they sound electronic to me, too - not a negative, just a little different sound from an acoustic piano. It’s interesting because the newer keyboards are getting better at emulating other instruments, but some of the earlier keyboards had sounds that weren’t supposed to be anything but interesting sounds. Styler’s use of those sounds makes the music seem a little more vintage, but that isn’t a negative point, either. Styler’s “music is designed to relax, heal, and uplift the body, mind, and soul,” so there are no sudden dynamic or tempo changes, making it also a good choice for reading, studying, and quiet background music.

“Flight of the Great Blue (South Padre Island)” begins the album with a quiet serenity and gentle sparkle. Flowing strings, a relaxed but free piano melody, and various ethereal sounds give an inviting indication of what’s to come. “All I Had to Hear You Say” is unabashedly romantic and tender. Warm string washes behind the piano and keyboards give the piece a contented glow. Greg Walker appears on guitars on “Camden to Monhegan,” providing a nice contrast to the keyboards. “Welcome Back to Dreamland” is one of my favorites. A bit more melancholy than some of the other eight pieces, I like the dreamy, reflective feel of the piece. “Mandala (Mary’s Waltz)” was inspired by the circular nature of the mandalas Styler’s mother makes from her own pressed and dried flowers - again very serene, tender, and contented. The title track is a deeply emotional love song that floats on air. “One Day In One Heart” offers hope and reassurance as the angelic background voices soothe and calm. The closing piece, “Adirondack,” is my favorite track. Somewhat more improvisational, the simplicity of the piece is very effective. The piano seems to meander at will while the background strings and ambient sounds keep it somewhat grounded. It’s a beautiful way to close!

"Seven Falls" has been a delightful introduction to Marshall Styler’s music. Check it out!