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Seattle, WA Performance

I have posted a number of videos from my recent performance in Seattle, WA at the Piano Haven Concert Series hosted by the beautiful pianist Joe Bongiorno. The first piece is unreleased and therefore I have not attached the name at this time.  Once the new album is released (Summer 2011) I will make this piece titled.  Enjoy and thanks for watching.

Unreleased – unreleased (Releasing Summer 2011)

Reflections – from Set on a Hill

Daniel’s Theme – unreleased (Releasing Summer 2011)

Set on a Hill– from Set on a Hill

 

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Summer Suite, Vol 1


It’s finally here. Summer. The season of lemonade, sunburns, bicycles, kiddie-pools, hot dogs and my favorite; ice cream. Oh how I love the ice cream. Häagen-Dazs has this flavor called Caramel Cone that I literally will run somebody over for. I’m not kidding, seriously. I will not hesitate. If it’s the last one, I’ll pull a Karate-Kid and sweep the leg. Buy it, and then ask for my mailing address. This will PROBABLY be the only time I’d make it public to a complete stranger. So good. So good. Here is the link again Yum.

Where was I? Oh yes, Summer. So, as I have mentioned earlier I have had this idea going through my head of an album consisting only of a piano and percussion. I know, it’s odd. I haven’t heard anything like it before either and I didn’t know if it would actually work. But, I thought I would at least give it some thought. In my close proximity lives a percussionist by the name of Jim Brock. His resume is only trumped by his beautiful spirit and ease of smile. To say he’s an artist of the percussion is a very grave understatement. I knew that if I wanted to execute this album idea, it had to be someone of Jim’s caliber. Someone that would think like Jim in a sense of allowing more space than noise. Of listening instead of speaking incoherently. Someone like Jim who would rather create a beautiful bed of sound rather than wait for those 2 or 3 seconds to through in a “lick” if you will. As you’ve probably already guessed, I stopped looking for someone like Jim, I humbly called and just asked.

We met on my birthday (March 26….I like ice cream, review previous paragraph if you need ideas) with neither of us knowing what to expect. We hadn’t rehearsed, hadn’t even talked about what we would do. I walked in feeling a wee bit of “oh crap-ness” what am I doing wasting everyone’s time, being that I hadn’t even written anything specifically for the occasion. Jim set up his entourage of noise makers while I sat at the piano and we just looked at each other. “Well” we both said without a word “now what?”.

What proceeded to take place is something that I thought could have happened, if two minds were of the same thought. And it did. I like space in my music, Jim likes space. I’d rather listen than talk (ask anyone who knows me and they’ll agree wholeheartedly). I played through a melody or two and then we decided let’s at least get something on tape (digitally speaking) and just go from there. We started with what are now tracks 2-10 on the EP. It starts with Jim creating sounds of the ocean with occasion birds (if you will) coming sparsely into the background. All percussion, all piano, nothing else. I then proceed to play exactly what in my mind was a release. A complete departure from Set on a Hill.

Before the recording, the only verbiage I gave to Jim was “Celebration”. Set on a Hill was recorded in a time of great struggle and hardship. That album sounds that way because it is exactly what I was dealing with then. With Summer Suite, Vol 1, it was time to rejoice, to celebrate new life. Not only in my life but also in knowing that my wife and I were (are) expecting our first child. This was a whole new chapter and I wanted to emulate such exuberance. If you notice, there are moments where you hear Jim clapping throughout the piece. Afterward, Jim told me the claps were that of rejoicing. He totally got it. I couldn’t have asked for a better fit.

So, here it is. Officially released today, June 21st the first day of Summer. I hope you enjoy it. It’s the first of a series that I intend to do, each volume being with a different artist, or perhaps just by myself at the black and whites. I’ll post the links below where it can be found. It’s only $3.99 as a download, or $5 for the actual disc. Stickers and t-shirts coming soon (if interest continues).

As always, thanks for reading. God bless.
chad

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What’s Around the Corner

So I’ve had this idea for months now.  Piano & Percussion.  That’s it, nothing else.  Technically the piano is a percussive instrument so it makes complete sense.  In my town there is a renowned percussion that I’ve had lingering in my head ever since I downloaded this idea from the Gracious Lord above (thank you Lord).  So, the other day Jim Brock & I had some free time to explore.  We started with a theme and then just let the tape roll (well…digitally speaking).  This is a quick glimpse of what is to come.  I hope you enjoy!  cheers, chad.

New Interview w/Piano Heaven

Chad Lawson

Chad Lawson

I had the wonderful privilege of being interviewed by the UK’s Piano Heaven.  A wonderful website dedicated to solo piano music.  Probably one of the top solo piano websites if not THE best out there.  So, I am very honored.  Below is the link for the interview.  Also, if you have a second please drop them a line to say thanks! Any words of encouragement for all of their efforts would be dearly appreciated I’m sure.

Cheers,
chad

http://www.piano-heaven.co.uk/ChadLawson.htm