Susan Centorino, March 2014: "Welcome to my CD Baby page."
"From the Heart" (C# major), an original piano solo composition by Susan Centorino in the "Contemporary Impressionist" genre, "is the reflection of time and energy painted from a palette of thoughts, feelings and sounds. This is the portrait of a professor's world in vignettes over time. One very special day, he meets the love of a lifetime."
("From the Heart" is dedicated to Professor Emeritus and Ms. Rowe--respected by family, students and community.)
Susan Centorino, The Story Behind the Music:
"The Professor, quintessential professional, infinitely honest and honorable, passionate scholar-scientist-skeptic and distinguished fellow: his door opens to higher levels of awareness. Unknown to him, his stories touched my heart and I translated them into several compositions of instrumental music, each unique. Time and energy are not always linear, nor are knowledge and reality--they bounce, bend, spiral, shift, exist, move at different speeds. Present, past and future seemed to collide and compress simultaneously, my life was never quite the same. The English language is vastly inadequate to explain. Why do things happen the way they do? Paradox? Destiny? Chance? Some things are beyond words, outside comprehension."
"At the time of this performance I was nervous. My left hand was numb, slightly paralyzed, and I was pushing myself to finish "From the Heart" because the Professor's anniversary was days away. This was the first time I had recorded one of my own compositions with industry professionals in a major studio. I considered hiring a professional pianist to perform my work. That was ruled out; time was of the essence, so was my hard-earned money. To perform in recitals or for juries is one thing; to perform in a professional studio is quite another. A studio is a very special dimension. What one hears in one's head, what one hears coming from the instrument during days of rehearsals, and what finally comes out as the final recorded product can be quite variable. While listening to the initial playbacks of my work, I could hear the potential for much more. Music can be lots of things, but most of all it can be a higher form of thought and communication. That's where love and the soul embrace, that's the art. In the formal dance and discourse passages, a sublime warmth resonated through the piano. A purpose exists to everything in the piece. This first recording represents a life's work, a struggle to survive, literally and figuratively. All along I had the feeling that I was supposed to have been there recording--that it was meant to be. And it was."
News: "From the Heart" is on WEZI Radio-DB, Memphis, Tennessee and iTunes.
See our interview on Andover Television, "Music Matters," November 1, 2013.
A native of Southern California, born to American parents, Susan was immersed in music at a young age. At the advice of Ardella Shaub, formal training began at a music conservatory in Studio City/North Hollywood. Her primary instructor in piano became Charles Galloway (of Sherwood Music School: Leo Podolsky) for fifteen years in Los Angeles. Other important mentors in piano and musicology include Alessandra-Althoff (of Villa Schifanoia, Conservatory L. Cherubini, Accademia of La Scala, Accademia M. Ravel, and Mozarteum), Carol Cole (of CSULB and USC) and Elizabeth Irek Tholberg. Influenced by the Romantic, Impressionist and Jazz Eras, Centorino's favorite composers include Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Puccini, Joplin, Gershwin, Grofé, Copland, Britten, M. Steiner, B. Herrmann, Brubeck and many others.
As co-producer Susan Centorino worked behind the scenes on "Three Dreams" and "Bananas for Lunch" released under the Centorino Productions label. Previous albums, "Footsteps in the Sand" and "Ivory" came about when Susan encouraged Jim Centorino, to share his variety of colorful music, ranging from light entertainment to serious art. (For more on Jim Centorino, see the "Centorino Productions" website.) The two albums were originally released by World Disc in the early 1990s. The music was unique in that it was sold at the Disney theme parks under the World Disc label. Under the Centorino Productions label, the music is regularly licensed and broadcasted on television, radio, and other venues.
Technical Information: "From the Heart" was performed by Susan Centorino on a Yamaha DC-7 piano at Robert Irving Productions, Inc. and mastered at "Whisper and Shout," Los Angeles. Written by Susan Centorino (ASCAP), published by Susan Centorino Music (ASCAP), copyright 2012
"Each of us is unique in our own ways and experiences. Life is precious. So are the diversity of arts. They are our creative legacy--past, present and future. Music is an intangible and tangible of significant value, and affects many lives, families and livelihoods. Music education is disappearing in many places. So is instruction in individual instruments. Music teaches priceless skills and discipline. Music teaches patience and concentration. Music improves listening and interpretation skills. Music improves communication and language skills. Music improves fine motor, precision, timing and anticipation skills. Music teaches consistence, continuity and endurance. Music, a language of mathematics, improves reading and higher thought processes. Music teaches cooperation and etiquette. Music teaches responsibility and respect. Music gives insight into human nature, culture and history. Music opens the door to discovery and creativity in other areas. Music can shift energy, change lives for the better. Music can lift spirits, relieve pain, heal. Music makes life worth living. If only every child (adults, too) were given access to an instrument of their choosing in a nurturing environment of patience, positive reinforcement and respect, the world would change."--Susan Centorino