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August Quarantine Concert #8

Quarantine Concert #8

Quarantine Concert #8 – Facebook Live concert. Sunday, August 23rd at 7:00pm PDT/10pm EDT. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/748149486017102/

This will be a free concert. However, If you are inspired to donate “Gratitude Dollars,” there are a few way to do it:

Pay Pal https://PayPal.Me/louislandon

Venmo https://venmo.com/Louis-Landon

Cash App https://cash.app/$LouisLandon

Artist donation page: https://louislandon.com/store/Artist_Donation_Page/Featuring_Louis_Landon

Many thanks in advance for your support and appreciation. Enjoy the music!

 

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Two New Album Reviews by Kathy Parsons of mainlypiano.com

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Southwest Solo Piano Louis Landon
2020 / Landon Creative, Inc.
56 minutes
I’ve lost track of how many albums pianist/composer Louis Landon has released, but Southwest Solo Piano is the twenty-seventh album of his that I’ve reviewed! A lifelong career musician, Landon has played and performed with some of the best artists in a variety of genres, but it is his original solo piano music that really defines him as an artist. Louis has made his home in the Southwest region of the US for the past several years, and his music has become much freer and more expansive. It is the beauty of the area that inspired the fourteen tracks on this album, and Landon explains his process: “The way that I created the music on this album was by visualizing some of the most beautiful places and then improvising music based on the thoughts and feelings that came up.” The titles of most of the pieces indicate the places that inspired them. The album was recorded at The Peace Palace, Landon’s home recording studio, and then mastered by Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio in Sedona, AZ.

Southwest Solo Piano begins with “Agave,” one of my favorites on the album. Inspired by some of the very distinctive plants of the Southwest, the piece has a swiftly-moving flow that is both uplifting and gently energetic. “Antelope Canyon” is more atmospheric and ambient and seems to suggest the shimmering beauty of the heat of the day and how it slows everything to a relaxed pace. Vast and expansive, I really like this one, too! “Apache Trail” is quite different. The left hand keeps a steady drum-like rhythm while the right hand dances freely on the piano keys. Lively, yet darkly mysterious, it has a distinctly Native American feel. “Tuscon” has a light and breezy mood that is both carefree and joyous. The hypnotic “Monsoon” is another favorite. The left hand keeps a steady rhythm while the right hand is much freer and occasionally cascades down the piano keyboard to emulate the dramatic, heavy rainfall. “Bandelier National Monument” is named for an area in New Mexico that preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloan’s. The homes are dwellings built into rocky hillsides and the surrounding areas are majestic. The piece creates a lovely blend of mystery and reverence – and yet another favorite! “House Mountain” is near Sedona, AZ, and the piece with that title is slow and expressive, conveying awe and wonder. “The Grand Canyon” closes the album with a bluesy gospel feeling that I makes me smile every time. Big and celebratory, it’s the perfect close to a great album!

If you’ve never visited the Southwest, this album will certainly kindle your desire to see it for yourself. If you have been there, Landon’s musical imagery will take you right back! The album is available from www.LouisLandon.com, Amazon, iTunes and many streaming sites. Both thumbs up!

April 19, 2020
Thanksgiving Piano
Louis Landon
2020 / Landon Creative, Inc.
53 minutes
Thanksgiving Piano is the second solo piano album by pianist/composer Louis Landon to be released in 2020. Several of the fourteen original tracks have a theme of gratitude and some are about the fall season. The album was recorded over a five-month period at The Peace Palace, Landon’s home recording studio, on his Steinway grand piano. Tim Jessup mastered all but one track on the album and the piano sound is somewhat brighter (but never harsh) than on previous recordings – especially at the high end of the piano keyboard; Michael McDonald in Eugene, OR mastered the last track. Landon is an avid outdoorsman and much of his music has an open, expansive feeling reflective of his time hiking in the Sedona, AZ area as well as other parts of the Southwestern US and beyond. He calls himself the “Pianist For Peace,” which is also strongly indicated in his music.

Thanksgiving Piano begins with “Thanksgiving,” a smooth and mellow reflection on what we are most grateful for in our lives – and a lovely way to start the album. “Autumnal Equinox” has a light and breezy feel while celebrating the majesty of the fall colors and seasonal changes. “Rocking Chair” is one of two singles that came out before the release of the full album and has a relaxed, easy-going spirit that could easily serve as a lullaby – or at least an invitation to sit and “rock a spell.” “Contentment” is even more relaxing, expressing the warmth and calm of inner peace with a gently hypnotic left hand pattern and a freer, more dynamic right. “Melancholia” is one of my favorites. More pensive than dark, it has a quiet energy and a feeling of moving forward that I really like. “It’s Complicated” is my favorite piece on the album. Strongly melodic, it seems to be telling a story – undoubtedly a rather complicated one! I love the crossovers into the deep bass of the piano as well as the sincerity of the melody. “Friendship” is something to always be thankful for and the piece with that title expresses the easy openness that happens with a true friend that we love and trust. In “Inner Space,” Landon uses the damper pedal on the piano to create the feeling of vast space. Played mostly in the upper octaves of the piano, the piece is ambient and spacious as well as peaceful. I also really like “Always Moving Forward” with its uncomplicated left hand pattern and more emotive right. “After the Rain Forward” has a beautiful moodiness that’s on the melancholy side. The slowly-flowing rhythm and freely expressive right hand create an exceptional pairing that evokes a variety of visual images. “We Give Thanks” is the second single released prior to the full album, and brings the album to a warm and thoughtful close.

The consistently high-quality of Louis Landon’s albums is amazing considering his prolific musical output and Thanksgiving Piano is no exception. It is available from LouisLandon.com, Amazon, iTunes and many streaming sites.

April 22, 2020

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The Quarantine Concerts

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In response to Covid-19 and the stay-at-home orders that began in March, I canceled my Northeast Tour that was scheduled for May. Also, all of my local concerts were canceled. Instead of playing out, I decided to play some online concerts. I played my first Facebook Live Quarantine Concert on Sunday, March 22nd at 6:00pm PDT/9:00pm EDT. I featured the entire Thanksgiving Piano album, that was unreleased at the time. The response was so positive, that I set an aim to play a concert every Sunday until the end of April, a total of six concerts. My plan was to play different music every week. I thought that after six weeks, things might get back to normal. My thinking was way off. My belief now is that things will never get back to normal. We will be living in the “Covid 19 New Normal.” In any case, I was hoping that I could get my piano tuned at the beginning of May so that I could move ahead on my new album, Panama Piano.

Having a concert each Sunday ended up being a great way to focus my musical and creative energy during the stay-at-home experience. It was a lot of work, but it was work that I love. I took requests and went back into my catalogue to revive songs that I hadn’t played in years as well as perform some songs that I had never performed live. It definitely kept me busy.

The Quarantine Concerts that I performed of Facebook Live in March and April are available as videos on Facebook.
Quarantine Concert #1
Quarantine Concert #2
Quarantine Concert #3
Quarantine Concert #4

Spotify has graciously added a Covid-19 donation link on my Spotify mobile artist profile. If you are so inlined to donate for the Quarantine Concerts I would be very grateful! You can also donate HERE.


			

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Solo Piano Gratitude

Solo Piano Gratitude Cover 5SOLO PIANO GRATITUDE WAS RELEASED ON JANUARY 28, 2019.

Available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Radio
Also available for download at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CDBaby.

Listen to samples here:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4puqsJ0A5gU0fqhiirqfXW

Recorded live at the Peace Palace during a “Gratitude Concert” on November 17, 2018. Audience members were asked to submit cards and write down the things they were thankful for before the concert. All selections were improvised live and based on those suggestions.

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at
Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ

CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon

Cover design: Louis Landon

Cover, disc & tray photos: Louis Landon

Photo of Louis Landon: Ted Grussing

Grateful for Wisdom 03:41

Grateful for Every Day 04:46

Grateful for Breath 04:33

Grateful for Artistry 04:41

Grateful for Awakening Hearts 04:16

Grateful for Peace 04:42.

Grateful for Love 04:35

Grateful for Kindness 04:36

Grateful for New Beginnings 04:41

Grateful for Freedon 04:02

Grateful for Family 04:12

Grateful for Life 04:54

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So Far, So Good

We are currently chilling out with friends in Delta, BC on our day first day off of the tour.  We’re four concerts in with twelve more to go. We will be traveling back to Victoria tomorrow and then on to Gig Harbor the next day. They are traveling days, but they are also days off. Two more ferry rides, which we really enjoy.

 

 

 

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Northwest Healing Tour 2017

Friday,  September 15th
VICTORIA, BC – 7:00 p.m.

 
House Concert presented
by Elaine Paterson.
Tickets $21 USD
available online only.
Limited seating
Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments provided.
4518 Tanglewood Crescent, Victoria

Saturday,  September 16th
VICTORIA, BC – 1:30 p.m
.
Tom Lee Music This is a free concert.
2401D Millstream Road, Unit #105,
Victoria, BC call 250-383-5222
to reserve your seat.

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 
11:00 a.m.
Unity of Vancouver
Playing selections for the Sunday service.
5840 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC. V6M 2V9.

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 2:00 p.m.

Tom Lee Music
This is a free Master Class and concert.
728 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Call 604-685-8471 to reserve your seat
or go online here

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 7:30 p.m.

Solo Piano Concert
This is a private concert.
RSVP online here
For more information contact
Colin Hillstrom at: 604-780-0686

Friday, September 22nd
SPOKANE, WA – 7:00 p.m.


Solo Piano Concert This is a free concert.
RSVP by calling 509-327-4266.
Steinway PIano Gallery of Spokane
13418 Nora Ave. Spokane, WA

Saturday, September 23rd
WENATCHEE, WA – 3:30 p.m. 


Solo Piano House Concert
$20 suggested donation.
RSVP Jay Lynne by calling
509.669.1566 or by email.

Sunday, September 24th
GREENBANK, WA – 4:00 p.m. 


Solo Piano Concert
This is a private house concert.
Buy tickets online at
Brown Paper Tickets 
or call 800-838-3006 
For more information 
email Debra 

Sunday, September 26th
EUGENE, OR – 7:00 p.m. 


Master Class in Improvisation
Demonstration/Lecture
Tickets are $15 adults/10 students
Buy tickets
Wednesday, September 27th
EUGENE, OR – 7:15 p.m. 

Solo Piano Concert 
This is a private concert. 
If you have interest in attending
email me.ThursdaySeptember 28th
EUGENE, OR – 3:15 p.m. 
This is a private concert. 

ThursdaySeptember 28th
FLORENCE, OR – 7:00 p.m.
 

Solo Piano Concert 
Suggested Donation $15 
Reservations are required by calling
Kathy Parsons at 541.999.9720 
or by email.

FridaySeptember 29th
McMINVILLE, OR – 7:00 p.m. 

Solo Piano Concert With Mike Strickland.
This is a private concert. 
If you have interest in attending
email me.

Saturday, September 30th
GIG HARBOR, WA – 7:00 p.m. 


Solo Piano Concert With Rhonda Mackert.
$20 suggested donation
This is a private concert.
Email
Rhonda to RSVP

Sunday, October 1st
TACOMA, WA – 10:00 a.m 
Solo Piano Concert
Unity of South Sound

710 S. Anderson St.,
Tacoma 253-517-3883.

Sunday, October 1st
BELLEVUE, WA – 4:00 p.m

Solo Piano Concert with Kelsey Lee Keogh
Resonance at Soma Towers
288 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA
Advance tickets are $20 general
$15 Students and seniors
Tickets are $25/$20 at the door.
Buy tickets online.

or call 800.836.3006
For more info call 425.686.5626
or email

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