GENRE: Holistic Music Healing, Contemporary Jazz, Solo Piano, Spiritual Jazz
This album of all original solo piano artistry by Andy Wasserman pays tribute to architecture, sound and sacred living spaces.
The tracks were inspired by an ecology of listening, where the outer world is an "atmosphere of the natural environment" and the inner world is a place for deep reflection, healing and receptivity to one's essence. These ideas are thought to have originated as far back as 4000 BC.
Each piece on this album is linked to a specific architectural structure that has played a significant role in musical artist Andy Wasserman's personal experience along his journey quest for the universal sound. These consist of the following types of homes, houses and buildings::
Long House (and the Long House of Living Time)
Six fundamental principles of architecture align closely to the structure of musical composition. They are summarized as follows:
It is a line established by two separate points in space. It defines the points at which shape and spaces can be set in asymmetrical and a balanced way.
It is the balanced division and collection of all equivalent forms and spaces on also sides of the separating plane or regarding its center axis.
It articulates the importance and significance of a shape or space by the assist of its size shape as well as placement.
It is a unifying movement that is characterized by a patterned repetition or an alteration of the formal elements.
the datum is a form which ties together or anchors all other elements of the design. It defines a line plane or volume that serves together, measure, as well as organize a pattern of form and spaces.
It is the principal of retaining an architectural design idea or association and strengthening as well as building it through a sequence of discrete transformations.
The collection of piano pieces on "Sonic Architecture" gives the listener an opportunity to connect more deeply to these ancient precepts to help perceive the sound within the sound and the music within the music.
In modern times, Sonic Architecture is a discipline concerned with the (re)construction of architectural spaces from the listening perspective, and vice versa - the creation of listening experiences as a sculptural-architectural process.
Performed live on a 1924 Steinway Model "M" Classic Grand, this album of newly recorded original solo piano compositions, arrangements and improvisations showcase Andy Wasserman's signature sound, combining an expressive piano dynamic range with an polished classical technique.
What you hear on this album is a unique piano style which merges rhythmic invention and elegant harmonies, standing as a living tribute to the tradition of virtuoso elegance, past and present.
released September 21, 2020
Musical Artist, pianist and music educator Andy Wasserman is the composer, arranger, performer, producer and recording engineer on all tracks.