Here is the review of my album Unknown Faces by Steve Sheppard of OWMR... Thanks again Steve for the wonderful review!
There is nothing quite like the fluent genius of a Mark Pinkus release, the Canadian born composer and performer has been on my musical radar now for some 20 years, and with each release more beauty of composition is created, with this brand new offering entitled Unknown Faces, we have one of the most colourful and powerful collections of solo piano arrangements yet.
This 17 track exhibition of solo pieces is outstanding; take songs like the sparkling reverie of Came Back to Life as an example, or the moving opus that is A Cry for Peace, a composition that seems to have been created from the artists very own desire for the subject matter, and without doubt one of the most moving tracks off the album.
Nestled just around the half way marker is another personal favourite of mine, and called Little Black Heart, the reflective nuances here were simply amazing, and Pinkus’s performance on this composition alone would have gained a standing ovation with ease, mix that with a topical subject at the moment as we listen to the arrangement Isolation. There is true darkness about this piece that is compelling, but also strangely cathartic.
My next chosen piece is a fine presentation of what we all need right now, and called Inner Strength. This is a curious, yet inventive offering, almost in tone and energy to an anthem, but with a layer of sensitivity built into the weave of the song as well.
Unknown Faces by Mark Pinkus would be in my view the artists best work to date, he has captured those all-important reflective and emotional nuances perfectly, and manifested a vast collection of solo piano compositions, that are completely accessible to all who just love really good music, and appreciate the hard work and dedication put in to achieve such a wonderful goal.
Here I am In New York city moments before performing at Carnegie Hall.
Below is the front cover of my new solo piano cd Unknown Faces released in 2021. The tracks from this album are playing on stations/programs around the world. It is my 15th album and I will be submitting in October 2021 this album in the Instrumental category at the Juno Awards in Toronto.. As well I have 20 pieces ready to record my next piano album to be released in 2022. stay tuned!!
Cds of my piano albums still available
If you would like to purchase a physical cd of my music simply write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what cd (or cds)you would like and I can mail it to you like the good ol days. I live very close to the post office and it would be very easy for me to mail the cd to you anywhere in the world. The cds that I have left in stock are the following: Starting to Believe, Breakthrough, Slowly the Day Goes By, Travel Light, Deep Diving, Sonyando, My love to you and Feeling Right at Home. My cds Free spirit, Quiet Place, Simplicity, Touching, The Peace Messenger are all sold out but are for sale used on amazon.com. So simply choose what cd you would like and I can mail it to your front door. Thanks very much, Muchas Gracias, et Merci Beaucoup.