Alternately meditative, curious, and tempestuous, these are free improvisations on the piano, with impressionist, jazz, blues, and pop influences. These pieces were fully improvised – no part of them existed in any form until milliseconds before the first note was played.
These pieces were were inspired by ten great works of art:
“Wheat Field Under Threatening Skies” by Vincent Van Gogh (1890)
“Narcissus” by Caravaggio (1597-99)
“Bricoleur's Daughter” by Mark Tansey (1987)
“Figures in a Landscape” by Sidney Goodman (1972-73)
“Night Burn” by Sidney Goodman (1986-87)
“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” by David Hockney (1971)
“Gulf Stream” by Homer Winslow (1899)
“Man Sitting - Back View” by Wayne Thiebaud (1964)
“In The Car” by Roy Lichtenstein (1963)
“Winter, 1946” by Andrew Wyeth (1946)
The process was simple enough: Mont Chris Hubbard entered the studio with images of these paintings. He picked the first one, semi-randomly, set it up in a line of sight from the piano, and began to play.
Says Hubbard: "I drew upon the colors, the shapes, the themes of the painting and the feelings it aroused in me to inform my playing, whether in the creation of a motif or a texture, or the level of passion. Some pieces were more successful than others in matching the tone of the painting, but all are interesting and successful pieces of music in their own right."
released January 9, 2009
This CD was recorded on August 12th, 2008, by Bryan Daste at The Magic Closet, in Portland, Oregon. It was mastered by Erik Ames at SuperDigital, also in Portland, and duplicated there too.