Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano Review

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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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Review of Healing Piano of Sedona sheet music book.

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Healing Piano of Sedona
Louis Landon
2016 / Landon Creative, Inc.
12 pieces / 50 pages
Healing Piano of Sedona is the companion sheet music book for Louis Landon’s 2014 album by the same name. Subtitled “for massage, yoga and relaxation,” the twelve original piano solos are almost as relaxing to play as they are to listen to. Landon is a life-long musician with playing chops to burn, and much of his sheet music can be quite challenging, but because of the nature of this music, several of these pieces are much easier to play than some of his previous sheet music releases. My review copy of the book was downloaded, but Landon’s earlier books have been spiral-bound, and I assume the hard-cover version of this one is, too. 
The notation and layout of the music is well-spaced and easy to read. Most of the pieces have suggested pedaling and metronome settings. Several pieces have reaches of a tenth, but most of those chords can be rolled or shortened to better suit the span of smaller hands. (There aren’t enough of those kinds of chords to pose any kind of a problem for most pianists.) Because there are fewer jazz rhythms in this book, most of the timing is easier to count and a few of the pieces have repetitive left hand patterns. Most of the pieces are relatively short (3-5 pages) and there are no difficult key signatures (see below for details). This is a very enjoyable book to play and even though the music is quiet and peaceful, there is plenty of variety from one piece to the next to keep almost any pianist interested from cover to cover. For a description of the individual pieces please see my review of the recording. The songbook is available from www.louislandon.com. Recommended!
The song titles, the keys they are in, and the number of pages are:
BREATHE – Key of C (0 sharps or flats) – 4 pages
SANDS OF TIME – Key of Db (5 flats) – 3 1/4 pages
ASCENDING SOULS – Key of A minor (0 sharps or flats) – 4 pages
CHILD’S POSE – Key of Eb (3 flats) – 5 pages
HARP GODESS – Key of B minor (2 sharps) – 3 pages
DREAM WEAVER – Key of Bb (2 flats) – 3 pages
WATER WHEEL – Key of C – 4 pages
PERSEVERANCE – Key of G minor (2 flats) – 3 1/2 pages
GARDEN OF EDEN – Key of Ab (4 flats) – 3 pages
INTO THE DEPTHS – Key of A minor – 3 pages
SOARING – Key of Bb – 5 pages
SHANGRI-LA – Key of C – 3 1/2 pages
Kathy Parsons     MainlyPiano.com     10/31/16

 

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October Newsletter

Louis Landon October

CDs of Healing Hearts 3 are now available here!

Listen to samples

You can still support thepre-release before October 10th!

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Thursday, October 6th – 7:00 p.m.
COLORADO SPRINGS – Solo Piano Concert with Adam Andrews

CONCERTS:

Thursday, October 6th – 7:00 p.m.
COLORADO SPRINGS – Solo Piano Concert with Adam Andrews at Graner School of Music Concert 4460 Barnes Rd. Colorado Springs Advance tickets are $15 general, $10 students. $20/$15 at the door. Online tickets can be purchased here or call 800-838-3006. You can also get more information about the concert at Graner School of Music. Call 719-574-2001.

Friday October 7th – 7:00 p.m.
FRANKTOWN, CO – Private House Concert. Email Lynn to reserve a seat. Suggested donation $20.

Sat Oct 8 – 7:00 p.m.
ENGLEWOOD, CO – Solo Piano Concert – Schmitt Music, 155 W. Hampden Ave. Ste.155B, Englewood, CO. To reserve your seat or for more information, call 1-303-777-1900 or go online. This is a free concert.

Sun Oct 9
DENVER – 12:00 P.M. – Benefit – details will be on Tour Dates page of website soon.

Sunday,  October 23rd  – 2:00 p.m.
TEMPE, AZ – 2:00 P.M. – ‘The Gershwins, Cole Porter & Me.” King of Glory Church, 2085 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282. Call 480-838-0477 for more information or go to the website.

Thursday, October 27th – 7:00 p.m.
GALLUP, NM – Gallup Community Concert Association presents Steinway Artist Louis Landon at  Ken Holloway Auditorium, Gallup High School, 1055 Ricco Street, West 66, Gallup, NM Solo Piano Concert Call Antoinette Neff for more information at 505.862.3939 or email her.

Friday,  Oct 28th – 7:30 p.m.
MOUNTAINAIR, NM – House Concert – Solo piano concert with Kathleen Ryan. Contact Kathleen Ryan by e-mail if you would like to attend. $15 suggested donation.

Saturday,  October 29th – 7:30 p.m.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Solo Piano Concert Albuquerque, NM, USA This is a private house concert. Email through the Louis Landon contact page if you are interested in attending. $15 – $20 suggested donation for the artist

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Healing Hearts 3 is now in pre-release on iTunes. Release date is October 10, 2016

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/healing-hearts-3-solo-piano/id1150628086

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Ebb and Flow Northwest Tour 2016

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The Ebb and Flow Northwest Tour September 2016
8 Concerts, 1 Master Class

Sat Sep 17 – 7:00 p.m. Steinway Spokane Steinway Piano Gallery of Spokane, 13418 E Nora Ave, Spokane, WA 99216, USA This is a free concert. Reserve your seat by calling 509-327-4266.

Sun Sep 18 – 7:00 p.m. Private House Concert with Mary Lydia Ryan and Mike Wall Seattle, WA, USA Tickets are $20. Buy online at http://tinyurl.com/zm433j6 For more information contact Mary Lydia Ryan at 206-915-0321 or email mary@iammarylydiaryan.com

Wed Sep 21 – Private Concert – Eugene, OR

Thur Sep 22 – Private Concert – Eugene, OR

Thur Sep 22 – 7:30 p.m. Louis Landon Trio – jazz The Jazz Station, 124 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, USA This is a jazz trio gig. Fun! Tickets are $13 – Buy them here http://tinyurl.com/guejhlm Call (458) 205-1030 for more information.

Fri Sep 23 – 4:00 p.m. Master Class in Improvisation 600 SE Stark S; Michelle’s Piano & Organ Co, 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA Tickets are $10/$5 students with ID $15/$10 at the door. Ticket link: http://tinyurl.com/za7v4w5 Call 503-295-6990 for more information

Fri Sep 23 – 7:00 p.m. Solo Piano Concert Michelle’s Piano & Organ Co, 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, An inspiring evening of solo piano music by Louis Landon. Advance tickets are $15/$10 Students with ID.
TICKETS AT THE DOOR WILL BE $20/$15 Students with ID.
Buy tickets online here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2571713

Sat Sep 24 – 7:00 p.m. Solo Piano Concert with Jon Mutchler Bellingham, WA $20 suggested donation. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat contact Jon by email at JonMutchler@gmail.com or call 360 927 1881. Address given when seat is reserved.

Sun Sep 25 – 3:00 p.m. Private House Concert with Kelsey Lee Keogh Bothell, WA, Tickets are $15 general/$10 students. Get tickets online here: https://louislandon.com/concert_reservations
Email Kelsey at keogh.kelsey@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Seating is limited. Address given when seat is reserved.

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Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano

Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano is now available as a pre-release on Bandcamp.  Official release date is October 10, 2016. You can also order CDs on my  website.

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Healing Hearts 3 – Solo Piano is my 21st album and 14th solo piano album. It is the 5th album I have recorded on my Steinway B at Peace Palace Studio, Sedona, AZ. The 13 tracks on the album were improvised for people while in session at Healing Piano of Sedona.  The music flows and is deep and emotional. Each song was inspired by a different soul journey.

This is, by far, the nicest sounding solo piano music I have ever released due to the steller mastering by Joe Bongiorno of Piano Haven Studio,  Sedona, AZ. What I was looking for was that classical concert hall sound. And this time I got it. Because we close mic the piano, there are pedal and damper sounds. Joe went in and removed all of those extraneous noises. He then added a beautiful symponic hall sound with virtual mics placed 20 meters out. I kept asking for more reverb until I closed my eyes, and there it was. So close to the sound I have been looking for. I might not have to trade up to a Steinway D now that we can get such great sound out of my B.

Here is more info about the album:                                             Recorded at The Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ,
from September 2015 – June 2016 on a Steinway B.
Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ,
Cover art: NewleafDesign.com,
Louis Landon photograph: Joe Bongiorno,
Design & Layout: DanLevin.com

1. Standing in the Light…………4:45
2. Heart Song……………………..4:45
3. Life is Beautiful……………….4:50
4. Triumph of the Soul………….4:42
5. Night Rain………………………5:08
6. Tears……………………………..3:02
7. Happy Man……………………..5:20
8. Phoenix Rising…………………4:58
9. Healing Time…………………..5:01
10. Guardian Angel……………….5:06
11. Ready and Willing…………….5:15
12. Music Runs Through Me…….4:42
13. Balance…………………………4:57
Running total……………………..63:06

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist All music produced, arranged, written & performed by Louis Landon All music published by Landon Creative, Inc. BMI

©(P) 2016 Landon Creative, Inc.

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The Louis Landon Trio at Green Valley Recreation.

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The Louis Landon Trio at Green Valley Recreation   (photo by Christine Cole)

I totally enjoyed my concert experience at Green Vally Recreation on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Performing with the Louis Landon Trio featuring Troy Perkins on the bass and Eddy Barattini on the drums. Great piano. Great sound. Great audience. Standing ovation with over 250 people in the audience. So much fun!

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