Gentle, Reflective, Nature-Inspired Solo Piano
The New Album by Pianist/Composer Kathryn Kaye, “Songs of Changing Light” Is an amazing treat! This is Kathryn Kaye’s 7th album, and is compilation of 14 pieces inspired by light and nature.
Kathryn Kaye has won abundant praise for her first six releases, highlighted by her richly expressive compositions as well as her carefully nuanced playing. Her sense of melody, which blends introspective reflection with a warm, palpable layer of nostalgia, has endeared her to fans of instrumental piano music.
The 14 pieces for this new album, were chosen from each of Kathryn’s previous six albums, and this time they are all presented as piano solos, it is a wonderful musical collection, filled with grace, beauty and her amazing touch.
Kathryn Kaye has an incredible velvet touch on the piano keys, “Songs of Changing Light” really showcases Kathryn’s personal solo form, it shows her intimate, delicate and expressive musical elegance.
The album begins with “Winter’s Deepest Sleep” from Kathryn’s 2017 release, Reflected In a Flowing Stream. As a solo, the beauty of Kaye’s lyrical melody and expressive touch gently soothe and caress the senses. “Summer Afternoon” is languid and lazy, feeling something like a sweet daydream. “Taos Song” was one of many favorites from Kathryn’s 2010 debut, Dreaming Still, and it’s even better as a solo. The title song from her 2011 Heavy As a Feather effortlessly drifts on the gentlest of breezes – perfection!
“Distances” expresses feelings of longing with a delicate melancholy. “A Lark In the Last Light of Day” makes almost as much use of the space between the notes as the notes themselves - very Impressionistic and elegant. “Willow Waltz” is a favorite Kathryn Kaye piece. Delicate, graceful and bittersweet with a hypnotic slowly-swirling melody, brilliant piece!
“Adrift in Fading Light” is another favorite piece, also from Patterns of Sun and Shade (2015) - melancholy, and very poignant. “There Was a Time” seems to be a fairy-tale of sorts told without words. Who needs words with an such an expressive touch that says so much
It would be very hard to choose a favorite between “Willow Waltz” and “Arctic Night,” the closing track on the album. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose, Both pieces are amazing and paint very different pictures. You can almost feel an icy wind in “Arctic Night” as well as experiencing the profound silence of falling snow
Newly mastered by ace engineer Tom Eaton, “Songs of Changing Light” reveals Kathryn Kaye’s piano mastery in a whole new “light” for long-time fans and novices alike. Hear an amazing artist at her creative peak and be mesmerized. “Songs of Changing Light” will become a favorite album for all her fans around the world.
As Co-Producer Will Ackerman says, “Kathryn has created her most personal collection by gathering her favorite solos and, in some cases, stripping away other instruments to reveal the essence of pieces of which had previously been ensembles. This collection is a brilliant statement by a remarkably talented composer and pianist.”
“Songs of the Changing Light” The New Album By Kathryn Kaye, Out Now!