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Panama Piano Album Review

Panama Piano is the 30th album from pianist/composer Louis Landon and is something of a musical documentary about a two-week road trip Louis and his partner, Christine, took through the country of Panama earlier this year (2020). I love the variety of music on this album – from bright and lively to relaxed and contemplative. Landon’s colorful jazz roots often bubble up and remind us what an amazing pianist he is. Quite a few of Landon’s recent albums have been improvisations captured by the recording process. He started putting this album together by thinking about the places that they visited and his feelings about those experiences and then improvising. Instead of compiling those improvisations into the album, this time Landon went in a different direction and composed the thirteen pieces that make up the album using the ideas and melodies that came up during the improvisations. Quite a few of the tracks are available as singles, but the full album will give a more complete experience. 


Panama Piano begins with “Pan-American Highway,” named for a 19,000 mile highway that goes from the southern tip of South America to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Feelings of excitement and movement run through the piece as the adventure begins. “Playa Santa Catalina” is named for a beach town where the travelers spent a couple of nights. The piece is quite rhythmic but relaxed and you can almost feel the warm ocean breezes. “Casco Viejo” is Spanish for “Old Quarter,” and this piece is reminiscent of the music from the old dance halls of Cuba. I really like this one! “Las Lajas” describes the pleasures of a serene walk on a deserted and unspoiled beach. “Panama” is vibrant and energetic, and I think anyone who knows Landon’s music would recognize this one as his creation. Pelicans have been my favorite birds to watch for most of my life, and anyone who has had the good luck to watch these amazing creatures glide through the air and then dive for food knows what I mean. “Pelicans” was inspired by watching this happen, and is composed as a slow, graceful waltz. “Boquete” is a small town adorned with tropical flowers everywhere. The album cover features a photo Landon took of a brilliant rainbow that appeared during their stay. The piece is mostly relaxed with a gentle rocking rhythm, but a few passages boost the energy level and then settle back down. “The Lost Waterfalls” is another favorite. Landon did a great job of capturing the feeling of falling water as well as the joy of finding three large waterfalls and being able to experience them without a lot of other people around. I love “Diablo Rojo” (“Red Devil”), a wonderful jazz piece about the rogue buses of Panama City that are brightly painted and roar through the city streets with music blaring. I dare you to keep your feet still while listening to this one! “Volcan Baru” is an active stratovolcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. Chords and octaves in the deep bass of the piano evoke feelings of majesty and power while the melody hints at beauty and grace. We end our Panamanian excursion with a spicy chicken soup called “Sancocho.” The piece begins slowly, but it’s not long before a lively Latin jazz rhythm takes over and sends the spirits soaring. 
Panama Piano is an excellent diversion from the doldrums of 2020! Great music, joyful piano and a mix of excitement and relaxation are just what we need right now!

The album is available from www.LouisLandon.com, Amazon, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. 

Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com
11/27/2020

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New Single – “Silver Lining”

“Silver Lining” was released on October 16, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

This song was inspired by the state of things today. We have a pandemic, lockdowns, layoffs, massive unemployment as well as serious political turmoil and division. With all that negativity, I try to focus on the positive. The idea with “Silver Lining”, is that something good will come out of all this darkness. 

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

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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New Single – “So Easy”

“So Easy” was released on October 2, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

This is a super relaxed and very positive swing tune. It’s a great follow up to “In the Flow” because when one doesn’t fight what is and actually goes with the flow, life is “So Easy”. It also fits in well with the album as it is Feel Good Music. There’s a long improv section at the end of the piece that kind of strolls off into the sunset. 

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

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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New Single – “In the Flow”

“In the Flow” was released on September 18, 2020. It is a single from the upcoming album, Feel Good Piano

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020 

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunesAmazon and Bandcamp

When one is aligned with what is, one is in the flow. This is an extremely positive state of being. Everything is accepted neutrally, there is no good or bad. Whatever one is presented with, all is accepted and appreciated. This is life in the highest state of consciousness. 

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

All music published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI 

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist 

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR 

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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New Single – “So Beautiful”

So Beautiful Cover

“So Beautiful” is the first single from the upcoming Feel Good Piano album, and was released on September 4, 2020.

Recorded at the Peace Palace, Sedona, AZ on a Steinway B in June, 2020

It is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora Radio

It is also available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp

I have been writing music for 54 years. My guess is that I have written over 1,000 pieces in that time. “So Beautiful” feels like the most epic, emotional and all encompassing piece of music that I have written to date. It’s about life and all that being a human on the planet entails, including birth, love, a full life and leaving the body and the soul returning to pure energy at the end of the piece. I was channeling something very deep on this one. I am super happy with it. I hope you feel it!

Produced, arranged, composed & performed by Louis Landon

Published byLandon Creative, Inc. BMI

Louis Landon is a Steinway Artist

Music mastering by Michael McDonald, Syntharts, Eugene, OR

Cover photo and design by Louis Landon

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Successful Spotify Experiment

For the past four months I have been releasing singles, one every two weeks, that would ultimately end up as the Heartfelt Solo Piano album. I released ten singles, one directly through Spotify. Today, with the release of “Heartfelt Solo Piano,” I checked my new album release on Spotify through the artist portal, and everything worked out. All of the singles that I had released, showed up on the album with all of the streams intact. This is a good reason to be sure that all ISRC codes are the same when releasing an  album containing previously released singles. Before doing this, I checked with Spotify and Tunecore to see if this was something that was going to work and they both said that it would. It was great to verify that their guidance was correct.

The one thing that I did immediately was to notify Spotify that I needed to pull the one single that I distributed through them. It is not possible to isolate the one single from the album and not have it distributed by Tunecore with the rest of the album. Going directly through Spotify with one of the singles was also an experiment. I thought that by going directly through Spotify, I might get some preferential treatment playlist wise or perhaps payment wise. Unfortunately, my experience with going through Spotify was not what I had hoped for. From calculations that I made through streams and payments on Tunecore, it appeared that I was paid less through Spotify. Also, that particular track didn’t do very well stream wise. It could have been that particular piece of music and there is no way to know for sure why it didn’t do very well. In any case, I am not going to go directly through Spotify again.

I am going to wait a while before pulling the ten singles from Tunecore distribution. There is no hurry really. I already paid for the year for those singles. One thing I am not sure of is whether a single that is on a playlist will stay there once it is pulled. I don’t have any way to verify that because two of the singles that were on Spotify playlists were temporary. One was on a classical playlist that featured new music and the other was on a jazz playlist of the same kind. Both were on and then off. None of the other singles that I had released were currently on a Spotify playlist other than radio, release radar or daily mix. I am going to keep an eye on those stats to see if anything changes as I systematically pull singles.

In two weeks I will begin releasing singles for my next album, Solo Piano Space Traveler.  I will try another experiment by picking up the pace and releasing a single each week. I have no idea if this will help me in any way, but I’m sitting on an album and I don’t want to wait four months to release it. At the same time, I want to maximize the use of Spotify in promoting singles. I don’t know how long I can keep up that up. Releasing a single a week will require a little more busy work. I’ll stay in radio contact.  😉

Heartfelt Final CoverHEARTFELT SOLO PIANO WAS RELEASED ON MAY 20, 2019. THE CD IS AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE!

It is also available available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora Radio

Available for downloading at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and CDBaby.

 

Recorded at the Peace Palace from November 2018 – January 2019

Music mastering: Joe Bongiorno at Piano Haven Studio, Sedona, AZ
CD Layout and Design: Louis Landon
Cover design: Louis Landon
Cover, disc & back art: Louis Landon

Innocence 3:00
Sweet Honey 2:39
Yin and Yang 4:25
Sweet Sadness 4:10
Foreign Lands 4;02
Have No Fear 2:42
Epic World 3:41
Speak Your Truth 3:09
Resting in Grace 3:49
Remembering 3:18
Play 4:17
Viva 3:25
Day of Reckoning 4:35
Pure Joy- Live at Piano Haven 3:45

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Piano Haven Concert Series – August 26th

On Saturday, August 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in Sedona, AZ, I will be the featured artist at Piano Haven Concert Series. 

There will also be guest appearances by my friends and fellow Whisperings Artists, Joe BongiornoAmy Janelle and Zachary Bruno.

This will be a CD release concert for my album entitled Solo Piano Fantasies. There is a suggested donation 0f $20 and it is necessary to make a seat request at the Piano Haven website.

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EWR > DEN – 37K feet

I have been thinking about my mission and how it is in need of revision. My mission changes as I change. The album I am working on is a retrospective. I am calling it “Ten Years of Peaceful Solo Piano.” It has what I consider to be my best work from my 6 solo piano albums. It took about 10 years to find my inner peace. My mission was (and still is) to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing music from the heart. It has served me well and I have served it well. Inner peace and outer peace in the world has been a worthy goal and mission. I will continue to promote peace, but additionally, I am looking to inspire people to live passionately and joyously. Wow, that’s it!! My mission is to inspire people to live passionately and joyously. My vehicle to do that is music, but I don’t think it’s necessarily the only way that I can inspire people to live passionately and joyously. I can do it through teaching and life coaching as well.

I have done work using Native American traditions and through that work, I discovered my animal name. My animal name was “Running Deer.” I stayed with that name for about 5 or 6 years. The name changed when I had an experience with my daughter when driving on a country road in the Catskill Mountains. We saw what seemed to be a large dog or deer in the road. It turned out to be a black bear. We got pretty close to it and I slowed the car and we looked at the bear and the bear looked at us. Then it slowly walked away into the woods. I felt a strong connection to that bear and felt that I needed to change my animal name. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the bear symbolizes transformation in the way that it goes into a cave to hibernate and comes out refreshed and reborn in the Spring. In a similar way, people can transforms themselves by looking into their darkest depths to truly know and understand who they are and why they do what they do. For a while my name was “Loving Bear.” It then became “Fearless Loving Bear.” Very recently it has changed again. My new animal name is “Joyous Super Star Bear.”

The joyous is pretty clear and in keeping with my new state of being and new mission. But why “Super Star”? When I am on the road traveling, performing, concertizing, teaching and meeting people, I am totally fulfilled. I am living my mission and I am joyous. I have taken to calling this joyous state my inner super star. I am successful. I am open. I am loving. I am loved. I am appreciated and I inspire people. It is an amazing feeling. What an amazing job I have! Then, when I go home, I can’t keep that same state of joyousness at the same level. I am doing busy work. Making calls. Washing dishes. Cleaning. What I needed to do was to bring my inner super star, that state, that feeling, to all the mundane activities in my life so that I could remain in the joyous elevated state. This also relates to the work that I do to be present always and everywhere; living in the moment. But it’s not just about being aware of my Higher Self in any given moment, it is about living passionately and joyously in any given moment. Yes, a tall order in the world that we live in, especially in the 21st century. But then again, it has always been difficult for anyone to live in the moment. And it always will be because it is not mechanical. It requires effort, desire and will.

I will be landing in Denver in one hour. Concert tonight in Denver. Day off tomorrow. Master Class in Improvisation in Boulder on Saturday afternoon. Concert in Boulder on Saturday night. House concert outside of Denver on Sunday afternoon. I can say that I’m looking forward to it, but when I say that I am looking forward to anything, I really don’t mean it. To derive a feeling in the moment for a future moment is not real. It’s nice to know that there are things coming up in the future that one enjoys, but trying to get a charge in the present out of events or activities that will take place in the future does not allow for getting the very most out of what this present moment has to offer.

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Friday, March 22nd – Mesa, AZ – Whisperings solo piano concert at My First Piano

Whisperings solo piano concert at My First Piano

Concert poster – tickets are general $15/students $10 in advance and $20/$15 at the door. Ticket link is: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/307670

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March 15, 2013 · 5:37 pm

Solo Piano Concert at Downtown Piano Works

Solo Piano Concert at Downtown Piano Works

Concert flyer

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February 17, 2013 · 12:48 pm