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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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New Album – Solo Piano Fantasies

landon_solo_piano_fantasiesI am continuing to compose and record a lot of new music. After releasing five albums last year, I didn’t think I would still have so much music left in me. Fortunately, I no longer get writer’s block. I realize now that there is an unlimited supply of new music that is available. All I have to do is put myself in the right state of being and the music materializes! I am very grateful that this is happening! 

Solo Piano Fantasies is a collection of fourteen new pieces of music adding up to about 55 minutes of music. The plan is to release it in July. Not sure of the date yet.

The album was recorded at The Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ from March to May of 2018 on a Steinway B.

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

Cover photo: Louis Landon

Cover graphics: DanLevin.com

CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon.

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist

All Music published by Landon Creative, Inc. BMI

All music produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon.

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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.

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Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano Review

Healing Hearts 3 cover art _ Kunaki spec
Healing Hearts 3
Louis Landon
2016 / Landon Creative, Inc. 
63’06”
Louis Landon’s Healing Hearts 3 is the third in a series of solo piano albums that are comprised of improvisations that were created while clients were in session at his Healing Piano of Sedona (AZ). These sixty-minute healing and music sessions consist of forty minutes of mentoring and twenty minutes of music that includes personalized music for the client’s own use. Landon created Healing Piano of Sedona several years ago to help people live life joyously, passionately, and stress- and disease-free. Landon is a Steinway Artist who has been a life-long musician. Healing Hearts 3 is his twenty-first album and fourteenth solo piano collection. Each of the thirteen pieces on the album was inspired by a different “soul journey,” so the music is quite varied although it maintains a very calming and peaceful vibe throughout. 
It is interesting to note that Healing Hearts 3 has the closest to the ideal sound Landon has been looking for on his recordings. He attributes that achievement to the mastering and editing expertise of Joe Bongiorno of Piano Haven Studio, also in Sedona. Landon has been trying to get the sound of a classical concert hall in his Peace Palace studio recordings and this album definitely has that sound, which is exceptionally beautiful – clear, warm and resonant. 
Healing Hearts 3 begins with “Standing In the Light,” a softly flowing piece with a poignant melody that gently soothes the heart – a favorite. “Heart Song” is hushed, intimate and obviously very personal. “Triumph of the Soul” starts out in the deep bass of the piano – very dark and lost. As the piece evolves, it gradually lightens as it moves up the piano keyboard, ending in a very positive place. I’ve often said that the piano is the best instrument to express the sound and feeling of rain and “Night Rain” proves that point again. More energetic than most of the other tracks, the notes flow freely: sometimes smoothly and evenly, sometimes more percussive like big fat raindrops – love it! “Tears” is heartbreak set to music, although tears are so often a big part of the healing process. Such deep emotion is expressed in this piece! Landon wisely follows sadness with “Happy Man,” a lively slice of pianistic sunshine. “Phoenix Rising” begins in the deep bass of the piano, obviously signifying a very dark place or crisis. Over the course of the composition, there is turmoil and pain, but then Landon gradually moves the piece  into the upper end of the piano to a much lighter and more peaceful place – a stunning piece! “Healing Time” is gently uplifting and so soothing and serene that I can actually feel it melting away tension – another favorite. “Music Runs Through Me” flows quickly like a stream with sparkles of sunlight dancing happily on its surface. “Balance” returns to a calm stillness that comes when things/life are in balance. Slow, lyrical and very peaceful, it’s the perfect closing for another great album from Louis Landon!
I have thoroughly enjoyed all three Healing Hearts albums, but I think #3 is my favorite. It is available from LouisLandon.com, Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Very highly recommended!
Kathy Parsons   MainlyPiano.com    11/4/16

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Improvisation = Fun = New CD

Ever since I was a kid, I loved to make things up on the piano. I am not sure what compelled me to play music other than the music on paper that I was learning from my piano teacher. I think I liked the sounds that I could create. And I seemed to have more fun making up music than playing what someone else had written. Also, reading music did not come easy to me. It was a lot of work. Because I had a very good ear, if my teacher played the piece for me, I would pretty much remember what my teacher played, and then play the same thing. I’d kind of use the notes as a guide, but was too lazy to really figure out the rhythms and to really be able to sight read. I’m still not the greatest sight reader, but by being put in situations and having to read over the years, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on reading music.

When I was about 9, I started taking lessons from a Russian piano teacher. She would literally hit me in the back to make me sit up straight, and she would hit my hands if I wasn’t using proper technique. I put up with that longer than I’d like to admit, but at 13, when I officially became a teenager, I told my parents that I had had it with my teacher and piano and I was going to take up guitar. After all, I was in LA and between the Beach Boys and the Beatles, guitar was in and piano was out.

With guitar it was a whole new world. Instead of taking lessons, I taught myself guitar. And it wasn’t about reading notes. It was about learning chords and learning licks. It was this learning licks that I was particularly attracted to. The pentatonic scale and the blues really intrigued me. It is was simple enough that I could hear it and play it. So I used to play every note of a B.B. King solo, or learn every Clapton and Hendrix lick. After a while, I was playing my own licks, and I loved it. Playing lead guitar and soloing was so gratifying. I played in bands and it was tons of fun. I still played some piano and I also played organ in a band or two.

In high school, it was guitar all the way. And I continued playing guitar in bands through my second year of college. Even though I was considered a very good rock and blues guitarist, I had a pivotal moment when I heard Jim Hall play some jazz at the college I was at. He was with Ron Carter, and he completely blew me away. I knew that then that I wanted to understand what he was playing. Jazz was beyond my understanding and beyond my hearing. I didn’t get it, but I knew I wanted to.

It was at this time that I quit school and went out to California. I am not sure that this move is in my official bio, but it happened. When I went out to California, one of my jobs was playing piano for dance classes. And I took some of the knowledge that I had learned on guitar, and shifted it over to piano. It was during this period that I heard the Chick Corea’s, Light as a Feather album. That was it, I knew that I wanted to play jazz piano and to play the way Chick did on that album.

I moved back to New York and then on to Boston, where I attended Berklee College of Music. Meanwhile, as a way to earn some money while I was in school, I used to play piano for dance classes at Boston University and Boston Conservatory. These were modern classes and I would improvise for hour long classes. All that I had to do was deliver a particular count or rhythm, and I could pretty much play anything. I started incorporating the jazz voicings and modes that I was learning at Berklee. I loved those classes. It made me feel pretty confident of my improvising. It was a more sophisticated version of making up my own music, the way I had done as a child. It was so much fun.

Fast forward to June of 2008. I had two solo piano CDs under my belt. My mission, which I had established in 2006, I believe, was to create a peaceful world by writing, recording, and performing music from the heart. I decided to do an Improv for Peace a day in protest against the wars in the Middle East. I would post these for free download on MySpace each day. I think it was after doing about 50 Improvs for Peace, I couldn’t handle having that pressure of a daily Improv for Peace, so I decided to keep it up when possible. That turned into about an Improv for Peace a week, and I have been able to keep that happening. At this point, I have 101 Improvs for Peace. #101 is currently available on my website. All you have to do is look for the FileDEN link where it talks about my Improvs for Peace.

After doing so many Improvs, I realized that I had to do a CD of Improvs. My good friend, and fellow Whisperings artist, Joe Bongiorno, invited me to record my new CD at Piano Haven Studios in Kenmore, WA. Joe has a beautiful studio with a wonderful piano, a seven foot Kawai RX-7. I had 1 1/2 days in August of 2008, where I would just sit down at the piano and play and record. If I made a blatant mistake, I would start recording again. Sometimes I would play something and nail it on the first take. Sometimes I would play something and it wouldn’t go in a good direction, or I make one of those blatant mistakes, and I would go back and record again. Sometimes the improvs would evolve as I would go for another take. I ended up coming away with about 15 pieces of music. I was very happy with what I had. And I was pretty amazed too. It was much better than I thought it would be.

I took that music and listened for a while. I sent some out to David Nevue, another solo pianist and friend, who started Whisperings. I asked him to be brutally honest with me about what he heard. Because David has listened to so much solo piano music, I knew that he would be a great person to run it by. And David gave me what I wanted, a critical ear. I agree much of what David said about the music. He even suggested that I go back to Joe’s studio and go for some more music. I was very resistant to that idea because of the time and the expense of flying back out to Seattle. Didn’t know when I could fit it in. So, I sat with that for a while. Then, through my publicist, Janet Hansen, I met Erik Tingstad. This was a fortuitous meeting. Knowing Erik’s work with Tingstad and Rumbel, and after hearing some of his solo work, I had a very good feeling that he could help me get the music to the next level. He also suggested that I go back and record some more music. Well, after hearing two people tell me to record some more, I knew that I had to go back. Meanwhile, Eric suggested that he “take the blade” (that’s what you literally had to do when you used to edit tape) to the Improvs and take out some of (in Eric’s words) noodling, that wasn’t up to the level of some of the other melodies and playing. For some reason I trusted Eric to do that. I knew that I was too close to it to edit it, and I trusted Eric’s musicianship. And I must say, Eric did a fantastic job. He took the music to a much higher level and pared away what wasn’t great, and even created some new music by repeating a melody here or there. And some of the new piece that I recorded at the end of January were just the additions that were needed to make it a great CD. On that same trip, I got together with Eric at his studio, All the Comforts of Home in Sammamish, WA. We hammered out the final order of songs and got it ready for mastering the following day.

I think that the music on this CD is the best music I have ever created and recorded. I am so happy with the result. Can’t wait to get the packaging together and release this. It should happen sometime in April, if I’m lucky. Want to promote it on the radio in May and June.

Peace ☮ Love ♥ & Light ☼ always and everywhere~
Louis

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