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A Delicate Balance

An album by Lisa Downing

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  • Mar 3, 2010
"A Delicate Balance" is the third solo piano release from Colorado pianist/composer Lisa Downing, and what a gem it is! A longtime piano teacher with an impressive training of her own, Downing brings a flawless technique to her playing that allows her to express whatever she chooses in her music. The twelve original pieces on this album are truly slices of her life, told with passion and grace through the language of the piano. Downing also explains the inspiration for each piece in the liner notes, offering insight and a very personal touch. I'm reminded of the wonderful musical storytelling of favorite artists like Robin Spielberg, David Lanz, and Spencer Brewer. I expect that A Delicate Balance will be one of my favorite albums of 2010.

"The Gift" is the opening piece, and is a composition that came to Downing all at once during a tumultuous time in her life. A graceful energy flows through the piece that is both thoughtful and life-affirming. The sweet and dreamy "The Bedtime Song" refers to a time when Downing and her young son made up original songs together at bedtime each night. This melody was a favorite, conveying love and innocence. "Make Believe" is one of my favorites. Composed while watching her son building things with his Legos and creating a fantasy world with his teddy bears, the piece is playful yet intense and slightly mysterious, winding down at the end like a music box. "Lost" goes to the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, expressing the emotions felt when her beloved teenage son ran away from home for three weeks. The piece ends with a major chord, indicating that story has a happy ending. "Indecision" expresses the frustration and confusion of trying to make life choices and decisions - an amazing portrait of those troubling feelings. "A Diaphanous Breeze" is another favorite. Inspired by a thick haze of cottonwood seeds drifting on the wind, the piece is dreamy, sensuous, and gorgeous. "Night Games" emerged while watching a group of neighbor kids playing in the cul-de-sac under the glow of a street lamp. Energetic and full of fun, it's a delight! "Speaker/Listener" refers to a powerful tool for developing intimacy, where one person speaks his or her truth and then the listener speaks what he or she has heard. The piece elegantly conveys the message of several unique voices reaching out to each other.

"A Delicate Balance" is an incredible musical experience that shouldn't be missed! Very highly recommended!

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I have been a private piano teacher since 1981. I have been writing reviews for a long time, and have my own review and interview site, MainlyPiano.com. I teach piano in person and online, so now I can … more
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Lisa Downing has lived in the Denver, Colorado area all of her life and has been actively composing and performing solo piano in the Denver area since 1982.

Lisa has a passion for writing and performing original music for solo piano. Her premier album is entitled "Think On These Things," released in 1991. This collection of original solo piano compositions might be classified as "Neo Classical" or New Age. Melodic reflective and contemplative pieces will generate peaceful visualizations that are perfect for quieting your world and centering your soul.

Lisa's Holiday CD, "Christmas for Two, "offers traditional holiday music with original solo piano arrangements. The melodies are all familiar and recognizable to her audience. Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com says: "...it's excellent from the first note to the last.."

Lisa's most recent recording, "A Delicate Balance," is Lisa's newest collection of original solo piano compositions. An intimate expression of the personal moments in her life, this CD is an inspired collection of solo piano impressionism. Lisa is completely re-defining the genre in this technically impressive and soul-touching masterpiece.

Ms. Downing also owns Vision Quest Entertainment, originally her own record label and now also a talent agency in Colorado since 1982. Vision Quest represents over 1200 musicians and event services in the Denver/Boulder area.

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Label: Vision Quest Entertainment
Artist: Lisa Downing
Release Date: November 10, 2009

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