Connemara

by Derel Monteith

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Dovecote 08:33
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Connemara 07:36
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~SOLO PIANO IMPROVISATIONS~

DOVECOTE: This and "Where Old Men Gather" are the most meditative pieces on the album. This one moves from an evolving melodic section into more of a textural sound that evokes chimes or bells.

CONNEMARA: Lots of quick evolution here, mostly in a modern classical or free jazz vein. Aggressive figures eventually turn into a roaring, low-register drone. The title refers to an astonishingly beautiful area in the northwestern region of Ireland; the album cover art features a photograph of green marble indigenous to the area.

RISE & REPEAT: Repetitive, slowly-evolving percussive figures, again probably closest resembling modern classical music, from the minimalist school in this case. There's plenty of repeating and rising in this piece, so the title is quite literal in one sense, but it also describes what we all do every morning.

RAINBOW SYMPHONY REVISITED: The most adventurous free playing on the album is in this piece. One section of it reminded me of some music my then-5-year-old daughter improvised on the piano and immediately named "Rainbow Symphony," thus the title.

WHERE OLD MEN GATHER: A poignant piece I recorded on the first anniversary of my father's passing, and the most song-like piece on the album. 

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released October 18, 2019

Derel Monteith - piano

Tracks 1-4 recorded on February 28 and March 1, 2017
Track 5 recorded on July 27, 2017

Produced, recorded and mixed by Derel Monteith & William Duncan at Otter Mutiny Studios and Cedar Hills Sound in Peoria County, IL

Mastered by Michael MacDonald at AlgoRhythms Mastering, Santa Fe, NM

Graphic Design by Joep and Julie Huijbregts at iMAGIQ Works, Galesburg, IL

Photo of Connemara marble by Derel Monteith

Special thanks to Ellen and Ariel

Dedicated to the memory of Jim Monteith (1931-2016)

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