Looking Beyond the Mirror – Review

Looking Beyond the Mirror

Louis Landon – Composer, Steinway Artist and Pianist for Peace

Review by Joseph Akins, Professor – Composer – Pianist & Keyboard Player www.josephakins.com

I’ve been a big fan of the peaceful piano music from the talented Louis Landon for many years. Several of his albums are among my collection of CD’s and iTunes downloads. Looking Beyond the Mirror, one of his most recent releases, will fit nicely with them.

Recorded live in concert at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in November 10, 2017, Looking Beyond the Mirror was improvised and inspired by the glass art and sculptures of Peter Bremers. The liner notes state “the installation, in two gallery spaces, consisted of two parts”.

The first track is titled after one of those parts, “Perception”. The music is a beautiful journey of solo piano that exceeds thirteen minutes. At times, it sweetly floats along and at other times it drives ahead with fury. Landon’s pianistic skills and deep understanding of jazz is clearly heard. In fact, Louis referred to this album as his “jazz album”. It is likely not his only jazz album but it’s the one he released in 2017 (he released four other albums that year).

The other part of the previously mentioned art installation was called “The 7 Bodies” and Louis performed seven improvisations, one for each body. Track two on the album is titled “Physical Body”, and is one of my favorites on the album. I can imagine Louis performing this one at the concert and deeply touching every listener in the audience.

Tracks three through eight are the remaining six bodies. “Mental Body” sounds as though it’s alternating in and out of key. It reminds me a little of the model jazz I’ve heard from Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The next one, “Emotional Body”, is sweet, joyful and another favorite of mine. If I could have just one track from the album, I think it would be this one. Fortunately, I can have them all. “Vibrational Body”, “Spiritual Body”, “Creative Body” and “Ethereal Body” make up the four remaining bodies.

The last track on the album, “Another Perception” was not performed and recorded at the museum concert. Differently, it was recorded in a studio around the same time. However, it fits very nicely with the other tracks and is a great final track for the album. It’s a passionate improvisation that exceeds nine minutes and once again, Landon’s jazz influences shine clearly.

That evening on November 10th, 2017, at the Fort Wayne Music of Art had to be an incredible experience. Fortunately, the music was captured giving those who missed it a chance to “be there”. If you are a fan of Louis Landon and would like to hear more of his jazz side, this album is for your collection. I’m very pleased it’s now in mine.

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April Newsletter

Louis Landon April 2018 Newsletter
The new album/CD official release date is
APRIL 18, 2018. NOW IN PRE-RELEASE
ON BANDCAMP! Listen to samples and

ORDER HERE  

 

The sheet music e-book and hard copy book for
Departure – Solo Piano  is now available.
There are also single sheets available.

New Video
of the Whisperings Album of the Year
Concert at Kirkland Performance Center

If you like it, please give it a “thumbs up”!

CONCERT

DATES
 

  Friday, April 27th – 7:00 p.m. 
PITTSFORD, NY North Coast Whispers House 
Concerts Presents An Inspiring Evening of 
Original Solo Piano Music 
by Composer, Steinway Artist and 
Pianist for Peace Louis Landon
$20 Donation for the artist
Donate and reserve seat(s) online
or by phone: 1-800-838-3006
For more information call 585.654.7551
Refreshments will be served
(address supplied with seat reservation)Saturday, April 28th – 7:00 p.m. 
VOORHEESVILLE, NY
(Albany, NY area)
Suggested donation $20
RSVP Cindy via email
Private House Concert

Sunday, April 29th – 2:00 p.m. 
AMHERST, MA
Solo Piano concert with fellow 
Whisperings Artist, Dan Kennedy. 
$20 suggested donation. 
~reception to follow~
At the home of Dan and Rachel Kennedy
Seating is limited 
For seats and directions RSVP to 
to Dan by email.

Saturday, May 5th – 5:00 p.m. 
NYACK,  NY
Private House Concert

Sunday, May 6th- 2:00 p.m. 
SOMERS, NY

Sinatra, Songs the 40s, & More
This is a free concert
Somers Library 
Route 139 & Reis Park, Somers, NY 10589    
RSVP – 914.232.5717
 
Sunday, May 6th – 7:00 p.m. 
BEACON, NY 
This is my 66th birthday party!
An evening of piano music and song at 
The Town Crier, 379 Main Street Beacon, NY 
(845) 855-1300
Advance tickets are $20 / $25 at the door. 
 
Friday, May 11th – 7:00 p.m.
DOVER, PA 
Solo Piano House Concert with Greg Maroney. 
Limited seating for this very special house concert 
at Greg’s home. Might be sold out.
Contact Greg directly by email to
see if there are still seats available.
Suggested donations $15. 
 
Saturday, May 12th – 2:00 p.m. 
N. BETHESDA, MD
Solo Piano Concert – Tickets are $20/$15
Might be sold out. Contact Debbie Gerrity
via email or by phone at 301.325.0065 
to see if seats are still available.
Steinway Piano Gallery, 
11611 Old Georgetown Road

301-770-3377

Saturday, May 12th – 7:30 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD 
I am pleased to perform a house concert
to benefit a special nonprofit organization,
Sasha Bruce Youthworks, which has provided
a critical safety net for homeless and disconnected
youth in the nation’s capital for the last four decades.
This event is hosted by Mark and Patience Ball.

Sunday, May 13th – 1:30 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD
Private concert 

Sunday, May 13th – 3:00 p.m.
KENSINGTON, MD

For the second year running,
Patience Ball will be hosting a concert
in Washington DC on Mother’s Day to support
the International Center for Research on Women
ICRW advances gender equity, inclusion
and the alleviation of poverty worldwide.
I am pleased to support this incredible organization,
with its powerful mission and vision.

LINKS
 

Check Tour Dates
for complete listing of performances if you are

looking to book me and need to know availability.

To sample and buy SHEET MUSIC.
To sample and buy CDs.
To buy CD DOWNLOADS.
You can also download music at:
 iTunes – Amazon – CDBaby.  
Create a Louis Landon station on Pandora
Follow me on Spotify and create
a Louis Landon playlist.
Be a fan and “like” my fan page on Facebook.
Follow me on Twitter

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Keys for Peace – New Album!

Worked with Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio today on the new music for Keys for Peace. Thirteen new compositions. This will be my 27th album and 20th solo piano album. The cover is going to look something like this:

Keys for Peace CD cover rev5 copy

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November News 2017

Happy Fall!🍁Happy Halloween!🎃
Christine and I took a
little trip to Winslow, AZ
No, that’s not Christine! That’s
a Jackson Browne statue. 😎

All press is good press,
especially good press.
Music In His Soul” by
Shea Stansfield  

Peaceful Solo Piano Christmas 2
officially releases on Nov. 12th.
Please support the pre-release.


CDs available here

See all Peaceful Christmas 2
sheet music here

sheet music ebook – $20
order here

hard copy book – $30
order here

CONCERT DATES

Friday, November 10th
Sedona, AZ 
Solo Piano Concert featuring Joe Yamada,
Joe Bongiorno and Amy Janelle. I will be
making a short guest appearance.
Suggested donation $20. RSVP here 

Friday, November 10th
Fort Wayne, IN 
Private VIP concert/party
for glass artist Peter Bremers‘ opening
“Looking Beyond the Mirror”
at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Thursday, November 16th
Sedona, AZ 
This solo piano concert is a benefit for
Big Park Community School and will support
the emerging International Baccalaureate
program. Featuring Joe Bongiorno,
Amy Janelle, and Louis Landon.
Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door.
at the Collective, Vista Hall
7000 St. Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door
Buy tickets online You can also get tickets
directly by emailing me. 

LINKS

Check Tour Dates
for complete listing of performances if you are
looking to book me and need to know availability.

To sample and buy SHEET MUSIC.
To sample and buy CDs.
To buy CD DOWNLOADS.
You can also download music at:
iTunes – Amazon – CDBaby.
Create a Louis Landon station on Pandora.
Follow me on Spotify and create
a Louis Landon playlist.
Be a fan and “like” my fan page on Facebook.
Follow me on Twitter

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Music Is In His Soul

10/25/17

Shea Stanfield in The Foothills Focus
Arts Columnist

“To create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart”: A motto local musician Louis Landon has built his career around. By all indications, from his concerts, recording schedule, and fan feedback, Louis is spot-on in his mission.  read more…

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October Sheet Music Book Sale

 

50% 0ff

the following sheet music books

from October 15 – 31 while supplies last

Free shipping in the US

 

unwind – $15
order here

Peace Revolution! – $15
order here

Solo Piano for Peace – $15
order here

Solo Piano for Love,
Peace & Mermaids – $15
order here

Peaceful Solo Piano
from the Heart – $15
order here

Peaceful Christmas
solo piano – $20
order here

 

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A Big Thank You!

Final Northwest Healing Thank You

The Northwest Healing Tour 2017 was an outstanding success in so many ways.  We are so grateful for all of the open hearted generosity, love and support. 

Special thanks are in order to the following people: Christine Cole, Elaine Paterson, Jonathan Beals, Karen Stein, Simon Phillips, Aida Liang, David Collins, Alan James, Eve Johnson, Bruce Kellogg, Jennifer Molton, Colin Hillstrom, Laura and Mik Madsen, Rhonda and Howard Mackert, Joyce Hawkins, Ryan Crossette, Jay Lynne Kimbal. Ann Fulghum-Trammel, Julie Ann Kimbal Cockburn, Chuck Cockburn, Debra Richardson, Neil Patton, Laura Dubois, Chandra Bigelow, Ellen Siegel, Ed Sussman, Harriet Siegel, Kathy Parsons, Carol, Kristi and Mike Strickland, Serni Solidarios, Dave Cross, Kelsey Lee Keogh and the Keogh family.  

Christine and I were out for just shy of three weeks and working sixteen events. We loved every minute of it. Usually, when we go out on tour, as we approach the last few days, we start feeling road weary. That did not happen on this tour. We received so much positive energy back from the people that we came in contact with. This tour exceeded any expectations that we could have imagined. 

We would also like to thank all of the people who came out to support live music! Without your participation, appreciation and support, touring would not be possible.

We hope that we will be able to come back to the Northwest next fall for encore performances and more good times. 

Thank you all for helping me to live my mission(s) and do what I love: compose, perform, teach, inspire, assist people in healing themselves through music, and helping create a more peaceful world. 

love peace joy gratitude~

Louis

 

 

 

 

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