“Stand this album in a row with the best samples of the famous Windham Hill Records.”
One winter a few years ago I got a case of pneumonia. While recovering, I was inspired to write these pieces. Friends helped me to rehearse and record this album of piano music – a lifelong dream come true.
Recorded March 30 and April 3, 2009 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Only natural reverberation of the hall was used.
Piano: Gunnar Madsen
Violin (on Kerenyi, Ordinary Day, and Red Bird): Irene Sazer
Piano: Yamaha III F-CS
Microphones: 3 pair stereo. Close mics: AKG 414EB through a Brent Averil Neve 1272; Mid mics: Sennheiser MKH800; Far mics: Sennheiser MKH80, both mid and far pairs sent through Millennia Media HV-3D mic pres. Recorded digitally, 24bit, 88.2 khz.
Producer: Kent Sparling
Recording Engineer: Dann Michael Thompson
2nd Engineer: Judy Kirschner
Piano Technician: Mark Schecter
Mixed: Gunnar Madsen & Kent Sparling
Mastered: Myles Boisen (Headless Buddha, Oakland)
Art and design by Janet Boye Jenkins
Cover/landscape Photos by Rob Jenkins
Portrait photos by Tom Erikson, Gunnar Madsen, Kent Sparling
Recorded at Skywalker Sound
Many selections are one take, unedited. A few are composited from 2 different takes.
All compositions Mop Mop Music ASCAP © 2009 Gunnar Madsen except: Ordinary Day © 2003 Gunnar Madsen and Joy Gregory
“By far the best instrumental piano album to cross this desk this year….avoiding classifications such as classical, pop or new age by transcending them all.”
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