Austin, TX (PressExposure) July 06, 2009 -- Popular piano and keyboard player Marshall Styler recently launched his seventh solo album, SEVEN FALLS, with a romantic evening at upscale resort, The Crossings, in Austin, TX.
Friends, spa guests and dedicated fans from around the world spent an unforgettable evening outdoors enjoying the scenic view over Lake Travis, while Styler introduced new music from Seven Falls. The Crossings contributed special guest packages for the event. (http://www.marshallstyler.com)
Seven Falls arrived in stores on June 16th, presenting a whole new range of the deeply-moving piano melodies for which Styler is celebrated. Expertly composed, arranged and performed by Styler, Seven Falls is lovingly inspired by the special people and places in his life.
âThe images I had when I composed Seven Falls were romantic,â notes the Austin-based composer. âSeven Falls is symbolic of where my wife is from in upstate N.Y., where--early in our relationship--we already knew that we would spend our lives together.â
With this album, Styler -- an ex-rocker with Rochester, NY's Duke Jupiter -- offers an intensified blend of his unique instrumental piano music and keyboard accompaniments, subtly accentuated with orchestral sounds. Taking a new direction, he reunites with Duke Jupiter guitarist Greg Walker for guitars on "Camden to Monhegan." (http://www.dukejupiter.com)
The music on Seven Falls is perfect for relaxed entertaining, meditation and massage. Nine pieces lead us through the soundscapes of Stylerâs life from the plaintive âWelcome Back to Dreamland, Austin 4 a.m.â evoking the distant yet reassuring cry of the South Austin Train, to the nostalgic âMandala (Maryâs Waltz),â described as âa waltz that keeps going âround and âround like one of my mothers mandalas,â a sample of which can be seen in the CD liner notes. The compassionate tone of âOne Day in One Heartâ seems to acknowledge that everybody hurts, offering quiet reassurance that it really is going to be all right. âSeven Fallsâ commemorates the start of his 20-year romance with his cherished wife, Kate, and âAdirondackâ recalls memories of Stylerâs last extended family reunion in upstate New York, amidst a warm summer rainstorm.
Such personal inspirations will not surprise Stylerâs fans; it is exactly what they love about him and his music. Like a glimpse into his life, the music of Marshall Styler is unapologetically passionate and heartfelt. The melodies are rendered first by hand âon a little piano in the house as they come to me,â and eventually evolve into left- and right-handed parts. At that point, Styler heads for the sanctuary of his studio, where they are recorded and brought to life on a combination of Stylerâs seven synthesizers of various brands and ages.
Music from Stylerâs previous six new age albums has been feted in magazines (Massage, American Salon, New Age Reporter) and indie music webzines like Smother.net, which referred to Stylerâs most recent album, A Face in the Clouds, as âhauntingly-lovelyâ and âa fine new age album in the classic piano-with-synth-backing style.â Similarly, the Italian New Age magazine said it was "among the most beautifully orchestrated pieces Styler has ever conceived and recorded," while veteran New Age reviewer Bill Binkelman professed, "It reminds me of how good electronic keyboard music can still be when it's written and performed by someone who knows what he's doing."
Styler had just released A Face in the Clouds in 2007 when the muse called again, with songs for Seven Falls. âI was looking forward to taking a break, but all of a sudden I heard these melodies in my head, and Iâm not one to question it. I played them on the little piano, in the house, and then moved into the studio with a few songs to develop. This album took a little over two years, and as youâll see in the liner notes, itâs dedicated to all the fantastic mothers in my life.â
Styler looks forward to sharing Seven Falls with his fans, both in Texas and around the world. He gives the following insight: âListening to it now, It sounds like a culmination of what I've been striving for in my music â for the listener to feel what I felt writing it, and for the music not to overwhelm the emotion. Based on what I hear from my listeners, that emotional element runs quietly and deeply throughout my music."
The album is available at quality book and music stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble; online at Amazon.com, iTunes, MarshallStyler.com and others; and for wholesale from Burnside Distribution Corporation and New Leaf Distributing Company.
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