Astoria, New York (PressExposure) March 09, 2011 -- The recently released album LIGHTHOUSE of Viennese pianist, keyboarder and composer Gerald Krampl can be seen as the consequent continuation of the style that he had already been beginning to develop with his last work INNOCENT WASTELAND in 2009.
The nearly chamber music like structured pieces have this time no overall conceptual thematic behind, they rather are a collection of very personal solitaire impressions which were experienced throughout the one last year, and later on set to music. So f.e. the title track 'Lighthouse' was written under the impression of visiting ruins of dilapidated military harbor fortifications in Croatia, 'Walking The Last Mile' developed right after watching Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", 'Nightpearls' - written in one mystical night full of shooting stars, 'The Guiding Light' after lighting up a candle at the graveyard on a cold November day.
Besides the classical approach to write music for Piano + max. two strings, this relatively minimalistic and very elemental sound is again expanded with various electronic and nature sound effects to create very intense musical images and moods. Might be compared in some ways with the works of Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Ludovico Einaudi, Erik Satie etc. And of course you'll find again some reminiscences to Gerald's yearlong experiences with spiritual and meditative music with his Agnus Dei "Project for Music & Poetry", as well as to his former Prog-Rock times with his well known bands Kyrie Eleison and Indigo.
How one might classify this music in the end is in fact of nearly no concern, because Gerald's musical approach is since quite a time far away from any commercial or genre typical clichés, and has the only goal to transport as good as possible pure emotional feelings. Luckily it has shown that this very honest and unspectacular approach though can find appreciation in classic music circles as well as in ProgRock and New Age/Ambient journals and radios, and has led to many excellent reviews and articles in the world press.
CD title: Lighthouse
Artist: Gerald Krampl
Label: Sandrose Records
Cat. No.: SCD 30.018
Marketing and Distribution: IndigoMusic, Vienna
2. Tomorrow, Come What May
3. Distant Shorelines
4. In Better Days
5. Timeless Heart
6. Walking The Last Mile
7. Voices Unheard
8. Dance Of The Innocent
10. Thoughts Of Before
12. The Guiding Light
CD is available directly from the label's site http://www.indigomusic.at (Shop Infos page) or http://www.cdbaby.com (USA), as well as from many other online stores, and to download digitally from all well known stores as iTunes, Napster, Amazon, CDBaby, etc.
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