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Clemens Orth Piano Solo "when we crossed paths"
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Clemens Orth - When we crossed path

About 6 years ago i could happily terminate my first piano solo CD!

It was truely a dream come true! "here now" was a mixture of composed and improvised parts, jazz originals and some standard interpretations but all in all pretty much what i felt like doing on a solo piano album - little constuct and much intuition.

This idea is also present on my new album "when we crossed paths" . Beside standards there are originals such as "gravina" and "when we crossed paths" which sprang out of an improvisation but still show a songlike quality - blending a rhythmical idea with a medoly that develops within a relatively plain form. Coldplay´s "viva la vida" turned into a 9/8 groove with a reharmonized chord progression ending with an ecstatic blowout.

Solar was the ideal tune for a contrapuntal experiment on a 17/8 clave. The melody is fragmented and appears in different layers, colors and octaves heading towards more powerful textures and montuno patterns.

I´ve chosen a quite traditional approach for "lush life" - My love for Stride- Piano-Styles was also fueled by Sir Roland Hanna(1932-2002) with whom i studied in New York. The solo section starts with a laid back stride feel turning into a 12/8 groove and finally switching into a funky thing. The finale brings back some neoromanticism and ends with melancholic regression. "i loves you muxl" is for my beloved one. Nothing more to say - just listen!

8 Variations on "here´s that rainy day" are completely improvised. Once i got the ideas together i started recording. The titles moreorless explain themselves already but here is a little synopsis:

2 voices: the most reduced version possible ;)

invention: a more horizontal approach -

outspaced: really spaced out -

dungeon: the nightmare on its way -

reharm: a reharmonized version of the tune -

raindrops: can you hear them?

bebop: i like bebop, you too?

pianobar: the elevator jazz version -


Enjoy my new solo piano rendition and have a great listening experience! ... hope to see you in the near future!

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