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Chad Lawson: Re:Piano

Chad Lawson: Re:Piano

Listen to solo piano music (with iPad loops, effects, and layers) by Chad Lawson on his new album Re:Piano.

Here is how he describes this album.

At a time where iPads are center stage and tradition falls to the touchscreen, I ask myself “Is the piano dead?” With technology creating everything faster, newer, better and in every color, perhaps the 88s need an update; an adjustment even. Or, maybe it’s not the piano that needs the adjustment; maybe it’s us.

As a Steinway artist I find myself asking how I can connect with an audience whose view of the piano is antiquated but an iPad as second nature? Pairing the traditional (piano) with contemporary (iPad), I crafted an album using the piano as my ‘instrument’ and an iPad to create loops, effects and multiple layers using the software, Ableton Live. Before me sat a vast palette of colors, effects and inspiration like never before. Yet at the core of it all; the piano.

My hope in this recording is to create a new curiosity, a new approach and most importantly a new awareness of what can be made from the keys of black and white. And while the traditionalist in me would prefer to remain ‘un-plugged’, the optimist in me believes inspiring the next generation is only a touchscreen away.


Enjoy his new album.

Re:Piano – 10 songs, 39 min



Here is a promotional video for the new album.

Re:Piano – 1 min 36 sec


This is a video for a performance with drummer Alfred Sergel at Funkhaus Berlin. (Apr 2018)

Chad Lawson / Alfred Sergel – 1 min 58 sec


Listen to more of his music at my Chad Lawson post with playlist, albums, videos, and links.

Photo credit: Re:Piano @ Amazon (album cover).

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Birds of Chicago: Love in Wartime

Listen to Americana music by Birds of Chicago on their new album Love in Wartime.

New Album

Enjoy their new album.

Love in Wartime (2018) – 11 songs, 45 min



This is my playlist of their songs.

Birds of Chicago (Playlist) – 21 songs, 1 hr 36 min



Here are videos of a few songs from their new album.

Superlover – for Folk Alley Sessions – 3 min 55 sec


Lodestar – Live at Fayetteville Roots Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas (2016) – 4 min 44 sec


Baton Rouge – Live on Folk in the Field at Calgary Folk Festival (2017) – 6 min 31 sec


Love in Wartime – Concerts in the Kitchen – 6 min 48 sec


Listen to more of their music at my Birds of Chicago post for more albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist has been included there as well. Also you might like the Po’ Girl music from Allison Russell’s earlier group.

Photo credit: Love in Wartime @ Amazon (album cover)









Kim André Arnesen

Kim André Arnesen

Listen to beautiful choral music from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen.


Enjoy his albums.

Infinity (2018) – 12 songs, 1 hr 6 min


Magnificat – Live fra Haderslev Domkirke (2017) – 7 songs, 41 min



Here are some videos.

Cradle Hymn – performed by Nidaros Cathedral Girls´ Choir on Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir (2013) – 5 min 31 sec


Flight Song – performed by St. Olaf Choir for their Spring Concert (2015) – 3 min 56 sec


Magnificat 4. Et misericordia – recorded at the Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway (2015) – 5 min 36 sec


His Light in Us – performed by St. Olaf Choir on St. Olaf Christmas (2016) – 5 min 52 sec


Even When He Is Silent – performed by St. Olaf Choir at Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway (2013) – 6 min 23 sec


Making or Breaking – 4 min 43 sec


Holy Spirit Mass, Mvt 4 – Blessed – performed by National Lutheran Choir at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington DC (2017) – 8 min 11 sec


Dormi Jesu – performed by National Lutheran Choir at Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis MN (2016) – 5 min 9 sec


O Sacrum Convivium – performed by Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Chuch of Holmen, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016) – 7 min 26 sec


Sing the Earth (World Premier)– performed by Southwestern University Singers and Festival Mass Choir during Southwestern Music Festival at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas (2018) – 6 min 7 sec


Requiem (First Italian Execution) – performed by Brescia Philharmonic Choir for Concert in Memory of the Fallen of Piazza Loggia at Church Santa Maria del Carmine – Brescia (2016) – 48 min 59 sec



These are links to his website, social media, general information, and music stores.

Photo credit: InfinityAmazon (album cover).

Robin Spielberg: On the Edge of a Dream

Robin Spielberg: On the Edge of a Dream

Listen to solo piano music by Robin Spielberg on her new (18th) album On the Edge of a Dream. There’s a great review of the new album by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com. Also check out her memoir Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland available from Amazon.


Listen to her new album.

On the Edge of a Dream (2018) – 14 songs, 57 min



This is my playlist of her songs.

Robin Spielberg (Playlist) – 25 songs, 1 hr 37 min


Piano Music for Reading/Studying (Playlist) – 191 songs, 13 hr 41 min

Let Robin Spielberg and her piano friends aid you with your focus, concentration and creativity on this playlist that she personally created.


PIANO WOMEN! (Playlist) – 123 songs, 8 hr 19 min

Here’s a playlist of beautiful piano solos performed and/or composed by the women who created them. Created by pianist/composer Robin Spielberg… over 5 hours of music to accompany your day.



Album Preview by Robin Spielberg – 1 min 42 sec


The Healing Power of Music (TED Talk) by Robin Spielberg – 21 min 30 sec


Listen to more of her music at my Robin Spielberg post with more of her albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlists will be included there as well.

Photo credit: On the Edge of a Dream @ Amazon (album cover)

Anne Trenning: Beautiful Song

Anne Trenning: Beautiful Song

Listen to instrumental piano music by Anne Trenning and Friends on the new (4th) album Beautiful Song.

It features a collection of original music by composer and pianist Anne Trenning, with curated cover selections from a multi-genre spectrum. She is joined by James Todd (cello), Bill Leslie(Celtic flute), John Magnie (accordion), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Ciro Hurtado (guitar), Jane Brendle (violin), David Meyer (cello), Josh Daniel (guitar), Mark Schimick (mandolin), Brandon Bush (accordion), Fred Hiscock (tenor saxophone), Jennifer Dior (flute), and Rick Dior (percussion).

Beautiful Song by Anne Trenning and Friends is a musical box of chocolates in that each piece is different from the others. Instrumentation and genre vary from piece to piece, but the title really does say it all and could easily be ‘Beautiful Songs.’ This is my favorite of Anne Trenning’s albums so far!” — Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com


Enjoy her new album.

Beautiful Song (2018) – 11 songs, 38 min



Watch this video of a song from the album, featuring Josh Daniel (guitar) & Mark Schimick (mandolin).

It’s a Great Day to be Alive (Darrell Scott)  – 3 min 36 sec



Here is my playlist of her songs.

Anne Trenning (Playlist) – 28 songs, 1 hr 45 min


Listen to more of her music at my Anne Trenning post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Beautiful Song @ Amazon (album cover)

Wayne Gratz: An Eagle’s Zen

Wayne Gratz: An Eagle’s Zen

Listen to solo piano music by Wayne Gratz on his new album An Eagle’s Zen.


Enjoy his new album.

An Eagle’s Zen (2018) – 14 songs, 56 min



Here is my playlist of his songs.

Wayne Gratz (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 52 min


Listen to more of his music at my Wayne Gratz post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: An Eagle’s Zen @ Amazon (album cover)

Brian Crain: Piano and Night

Brian Crain: Piano and Night

Listen to solo piano music by Brian Crain on his new album Piano and Night.


Enjoy his new album.

Piano and Night (2018) – 11 songs, 41 min



Here is my playlist of his songs.

Brian Crain (Playlist) – 83 songs, 5 hr 27 min


Listen to more of his music at my Brian Crain post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Piano and Night @ Amazon (album cover)