As you listen to the spontaneous creations on this CD, you can feel Buttars moment by moment intuitively translating her emotions into sound, and actually sense her mind working.
And what beautiful and imaginative pieces they are! They take you on a rich sonic journey from energetic classical elements to world influences to meditative sound paintings--all played by a master pianist with a marvelous sense of timing and sensitivity of touch.
And she has total command over a real treat of a piano: a 9-foot concert grand with a brilliant tonal palette.
What makes this CD remarkable is its quality of artistry that invites deep listening, and repeated listening, and its directness of expression that truly touches.
Jane Buttars: "Most music we hear has been composed before its performance, either totally or in part. But for this music I had no plan, no tones in mind to begin with--other than a mood, a short motive, or a scale.
"From then on, my only intention was to be totally attentive to my impulses and follow them, to let my feelings, ears, muscles and intellect act without conscious effort, and to enjoy the ride! I made no overdubs or retakes, and I chose titles after recording was completed.
"This music is my gift to you. I hope that you are drawn in to the excitement of free improvisation--and inspired to explore your own inside music."
This CD was produced by Jane Buttars and David Darling, and was recorded June 11-13, 1999, at the David Darling Studio.
Jane Buttars is a versatile musician whose performances as pianist, harpsichordist, vocalist, and dancer have been delighting audiences for years. Classically trained, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in keyboard performance, and B.M. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler.
An innovative educator, she also directs Music From the Inside, a group program of courses and workshops which use music and movement improvisation to help people have fun, release their creative spirits, increase musical skills and build community.
1. Arabic (J Buttars, vocal)
2. Homage to Rachmaninoff
3. Ancient Echoes
4. Telling It
6. Full Moon, Clear Sky
7. Chinese Lanterns
8. I Want
11. From Infinity
12. The Castle
15. Into the Dark
17. Space Between the Tones
18. Goodbye, Chip