Craig Urquhart | The Dream of The Ancient Ones

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The Dream of The Ancient Ones

by Craig Urquhart

A powerful and spiritual album of piano music by one of America's finest independent pianists, Urquhart considers this nine-track recording a major conceptual and spiritual-minded work.
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1. Incantation 1
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2. The Dream of the Children
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3. The Dream of Make Believe
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4. Incantation 2
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5. The Dream of Flight
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6. The Dream of Mother Earth
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7. Incantation 3
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8. The Dream of the Silent One
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9. The Wonder of Miracles
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
PRESS QUOTES:

CRAIG URQUHART takes you even deeper into the possibilities of solo piano music... subtle as moonlight reflecting on ocean waves, yet [retaining] a thoughtfulness and elegance that betray [its] classical origins.
LINDA KOHANOV, Pulse Magazine

One of the finest independent pianists in America.
BRADLEY TORREANO, All Music Guide

One of new age's most transcendent voices.
PETER MANZI, New Age Voice Magazine

A beautiful addition to the collection of a fan who loves new age piano music.
JONATHAN WIDRAN, All Music Guide

A stunning collection of original piano solos, I give it my highest recommendation.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

An inspiring listening experience that will touch your soul and water your eyes.
MICHAEL DEBBAGE, Wind and Wire

Wonderful!
RICHARD MAURO, Producer, Sacred World Music, KFCK-FM

Craig Urquhart's "On This Wondrous Sea" was especially effective.
ALLAN KOZINN, The New York Times
(From review of Lauren Wagner's song recital
at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall)

...notable for sensitive and knowing settings of the Whitman text.
David Hall
From STEREO REVIEW's review of Thomas Hampson's "To The Soul."

Solo piano at its most personal and heartfelt.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

... simply excellent music... an exceptional CD!
NORVEL TROSST, Producer, "Soundspace," KPBX-FM,

An incredible pianist and artist... so delicate and gentle that it almost feels fragile - very, very beautiful.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications

...sensitive piano playing....
STEPHEN HILL, Hearts of Space

An exceptionally expressive pianist, giving his music a broad range of musical colors.
KATHY PARSONS, Solo Piano Publications


Composer/solo pianist Craig Urquhart creates rich melodic landscapes which blossom into dramatic journeys from the heart. Expressing his passion for the environment as well as a belief in the healing power of music, while drawing upon the influences of classical music's keyboard masters, Urquhart has become one of modern acoustic piano's most transcendent voices.

Urquhart's timeless sound and compositional focus has gradually shifted from academic classical music to a more lyrical personal voice. His music draws upon the influence of such iconic keyboard composers as Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Debussy, Satie and Copland, but Urquhart also considers pop/rock musicians Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, and Brian Eno as creative influences.

The composer's love of the piano began at age six, when he began taking piano lessons as a child growing up in Michigan; however he credits Leonard Bernstein's CBS series The Young People's Concerts with The New York Philharmonic as "literally educating a whole generation of kids about music, including myself."

Moving to New York City after receiving his Master's in Composition from the University of Michigan, Urquhart left some of his music with Bernstein's Manhattan doorman; the Maestro called Urquhart back, and the two became acquainted. In 1985 Urquhart was hired as Bernstein's musical assistant, and worked for Bernstein until the composer's death in 1990. He also served for ten years as a member of the music faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts, and was actor Tom Hulce's musical coach for the Academy Award winning film Amadeus.

Urquhart is also a well-known composer of American classical art songs, including musical settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. His songs have been performed and recorded by Thomas Hampson, Michael Slattery, Lauren Wagner, and other artists.

Urquhart has been actively involved in a wide array of social and environmental causes over the years, performing at the United Nations for National AIDS Awareness Day and Earth Day, as well as at benefit concerts for such organizations as the Tidewater AIDS Taskforce of Norfolk, Virginia, Momentum AIDS Project in New York and Bread & Roses AIDS hospice in Connecticut. His "The Wonder of Miracles" was choreographed by the Turtle's Dance Company for a memorial concert at the Cathedral St. John the Divine.

SHEET MUSIC of Urquhart's solo piano works is available for purchase through his website (www.craigurquhart.com).

Produced by Scott Petito & Craig Urquhart

Piano Technician Alexander Ostrovsky


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A music fan

Hauntingly beautiful, exquisitely performed
Craig Urquhart is a musical wonder, both as composer and pianist. His CD is beautifully rendered and has afforded many hours of enjoyment, solace and complete relaxation. I highly recommend Mr. Urquhart's work to anyone who seeks quality and creativity in their lives - musical and otherwise.

A music fan from New York City

Sit back and watch the musical tapestry unfold!
This is perhaps his most powerful album; it call forth vast energies and textures that have the capacity to transport the listener to and extremely palpable sacred space. If you want to be blown away this is the album for you.

Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications

A fascinating musical journey
“The Dream of the Ancient Ones” was pianist/composer Craig Urquhart’s second solo piano recording, and he accurately calls it ‘an epic.’ Somewhat ‘bigger’ and more powerful than Urquhart’s other recordings, “Ancient Ones” reveals another facet of his playing and composing styles.... “The Ancient Ones” are the ancestors from long ago who brought knowledge to civilization over the centuries and have special spiritual powers. The three Incantations reflect the use of magical ceremonies used to summon this ancient knowledge. Overall, the music is dark and mysterious with strong classical influences. Urquhart is an exceptionally expressive pianist, giving his music a broad range of musical colors. While the three incantations are darker and more improvised, there are also quieter, gentler pieces such as the warm and serene ‘The Wonder of Miracles,’ which closes the epic on an optimistic and peaceful note. ‘The Dream of Flight’ was composed for Urquhart’s late employer, Leonard Bernstein, as a birthday gift, and is also very tranquil, as is ‘The Dream of Mother Earth.’ I really enjoy all of the tracks on this album, but especially like the rhythm and energy of ‘Incantation II.’ “The Dream of the Ancient Ones” is a fascinating musical journey.

A Music Fan

Play This CD When You Paint
I love listening to "The Dream of the Ancient Ones" when I'm in the studio working. I highly recommend this CD to any artist seeking inspirational music.

A music fan from Los Angeles, California

This is very special, wonderful music. Do yourself a favor!
If you don't know the work of Craig Urquhart, you're in for that rare thrill -- the discovery of a major talent! You'll wonder where this special soul has been all your life. Forget the mishmosh of a lot of so-called new-age stuff -- this is the right stuff, the REAL THING! Greatness. Talent. Artistry. MUSIC!

KJON99FM

Go deep
With each listen one will discover a new layer of depth to his masterful piano compositions. There is far more to absorb than the mere surface here. What that is, exactly, is up to the listener to discover because it will mean different things to everyone. Mesmerizing nonetheless.