Listen to instrumental piano music by Jennifer DeFrayne on her new (2nd) album Sisu.
It embraces the spirit of the Finnish term Sisu, exploring its many characteristics as it takes you on a beautiful sonic excursion, with Jennifer on piano accompanied by these stellar musicians: Jeff Haynes (percussion), Premik Russell Tubbs (sax and EWI), Michael Manring (fretless bass), Jill Haley (english horn & oboe), Sara Milonovich (violin & vocals), Jeff Pearce (ambient guitar), and Jeff Oster (flugelhorn).
This album is dedicated to her heritage as a Finnish-American from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, during this year’s Finland 100 centenary celebration of independence. You can read more about her background, Finnish “sisu”, and this album on her web site.
Sisu is a universal capacity which we all share: perseverance, courage, endurance, determination, grit, fortitude, bravery, spirit, resilience, inner strength and more. Jennifer has this to say about how the songs on the album came about:
Each song embraces the spirit of sisu, and reflects its many characteristics. I am so thankful to all of these musicians who contributed their amazing talents creating the layers of beauty, clarity, and emotion to the music making it everything I envisioned, and more!
There are nice reviews of the album by Kathy Parsons at MainlyPiano.com, Rotcod Zzaj at Contemporary Fusion Reviews, as well a press release by Beth Hilton at PRWeb.
Sisu (2017) – 12 songs, 58 min
Watch unique Finnish photography while listening to samples of all tracks in the new album.
Sisu Album Preview (2017) – 7 min 42 sec
See my Jennifer DeFrayne music post with her albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.
Photo credit: Sisu @ Amazon (album cover)