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Visions

by Uwe Gronau

Make sure you give this exciting and unusual album a listen. This may be the music everyone in the world is listening to in a few years. It has a sort of futuristic or sci-fi feel to it, like it would work as the soundtrack to a “Blade Runner” type of film. Get in on the ground floor and hear the future today. (Sandi Porter)
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Night On the Roof
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2. Children in the Park
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3. World in Your Arms
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4. Traffic
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5. Under the Pont Neuf
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6. Through the Backyard Window
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7. A Passion Play
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8. Confirming the Question
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9. Babylon People
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10. Open Windows
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11. Summer in the City
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12. Words You Say
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13. Oasis
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14. Night Visions
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15. Old Man in the Rain
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16. Sensitive Sentence
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17. Summerdays
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18. Centre Pompidou
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19. Ragman Talking
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20. Jungle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The sounds of the CD Visions can build pictures with imagination as listening to a beautiful soundtrack of a movie from romance to surrealistic. Every composition tells a story.


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Helena Dee

BRILLIANT USE OF SYNTH ON LATEST UWE GRONAU RECORDING
Uwe Gronau (pronounced oo-vuh grow-now) is a German musician who explores many different types of instrumental arrangements on his new CD called Visions. He plays a lot of synth on this recording, but it is interesting, innovative synth played like another instrument in the band. Sometimes he does make the synth sound like a bass, or drums, or a flute, or a guitar. But the most striking moments are when the synth sounds like a synth and still captures the listener’s imagination with its solos and fresh sounds. Sometimes it is soaring and floating synth; other times grinding, growling synth; and often-as-not it is playing keyboard notes (like a piano) but doing it as a creative solo and sounding like a synth. Gronau also plays some piano and a little organ, but the synth parts are what makes the ears perk up. It is also worth noting that most of the tunes have a strong rhythm, often with the sound of a full drum kit (or at least a snapping snare), but sometimes synth percussion.

It would be unfair to call this new age music in the strict sense because of all the rhythms and the power on several tracks (venturing into prog-rock territory here and there). But, fortunately, the new age category continues to grow and widen to encompass so many sounds, especially with instrumental music, that this recording fits into new age as well as anywhere else. This music sounds modern-contemporary, European, and new (crisp, refreshing, different). Much of it is melodic, but about a third of the CD is somewhat ambient (although often with a strong rhythm). The album also includes one space music tune (“Night Visions”), one solo piano number that is forceful jazz improv (“Open Windows”), and a whole list of compositions that capture moods and feelings. Gronau says the album was inspired by Paris, and the music does have some of that big-city atmosphere to it.

The best word to sum up this recording would have to be “brilliant.” The music is especially worth listening to for its innovative arrangements and creative use of synthesizer.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Visions" is a very eclectic collection of twenty original compositions by German musician/composer Uwe Gronau. Each of the pieces “represents a vision that came to me in the night, like a scene from a movie with specific imagery. I composed the music at night....I could see pictures and I formed these pictures into music. My music studio is very close to where I sleep so I was able to immediately transpose these nighttime ideas into music.” The common theme that brings all of these dreamlike snapshots together is a summertime late-night journey through Paris, a city Gronau knows well and visits often. To his credit, Gronau astutely avoids the stereotypical sounds that we usually associate with Paris - accordion, violin, and overly sentimental love songs - making these "Visions" very personal and also very fresh. Some of the pieces are on the ambient side, but many have a strong beat and contain influences as varied as jazz, prog-rock, pop, techno, trance, and space music. There are also traffic sounds, children laughing, and various other atmospheric sounds that add a different twist to the music. Sometimes high energy and sometimes serenely beautiful, this is a fascinating portrait - or series of portraits - of a city that for centuries, artists of many different genres and art-forms have tried to capture and describe from their individual points of view. Like the Woody Allen film "Midnight in Paris," "Visions" shows us a Paris that most of us would never experience even if we walked the streets late at night - a magical world of shadows, mystery, and intense vibrance. Gronau is primarily a pianist, synthesist, and organist, which gives him a wide range of instrumentation and sounds to work with. A couple of tracks include guest artists on soprano sax and guitar, but most of the music comes from the exceptionally capable hands of Mr. Gronau. So, if you’d like to take a late-night stroll through the streets and parks of Paris without needing a passport, slip this music into your player and let your imagination take you to places only you can imagine. It’s a short, safe, and very inexpensive tour that will get your own creative juices flowing.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Keyboardist/composer Uwe Gronau delivers yet again on his third major international release.

Inspired by a nocturnal sojourn through the streets of Paris, Gronau uses his synthesizers to create a whirlwind of visceral, layered sound that weaves its way through a multitude of musical genres, including progressive rock, jazz, fusion, and New Age, all the while enrapturing listeners in its intoxicating spell.

In addition to a Yamaha piano and a Hammond B3 organ, Gronau plays Virus synthesizers and a Mini Moog Voyager, generating searing electric guitar tones, pulsating bass lines, and kinetic percussion over lush, ethereal textures. The CD also features guest performances by guitarist Pete Sayer and saxophonist Matthias Kreidel, who contribute their talents to one track each.

The album package is exceptional as well, featuring stunning French-inspired artwork, crisp artist portraits, and breathtaking nighttime photography. The high quality design and layout are worthy of the excellent music contained within, making the overall presentation very attractive.

If you dig the sounds of Phil Collins, Genesis, Jan Hammer, Michael Stribling and David Mauk and appreciate fine CD cover/booklet visuals, this album is right up your alley.