The drastic shifts in moods from one piece to another, and within the pieces themselves, brought to mind the title "Mood Swing." Most of these pieces were performed in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 7, 2006. I had hoped to record the CD immediately after I arrived home from that momentous occasion. Instead, I waited. Which was good, because three other pieces emerged from me that were important to include on this CD. September - A nostalgic, dark and playful piece Unspoken - An intense work which began with 5 notes drawn out of a hat Waltz - Chopin-esque, eerie and a favorite among kids! Last Dance - A bluesy lament Spring - Warm and stormy and surprising I Know - Sounding like a standard, this one has a nice bounce to it Out of the Blue - The writing of this piece lifted me out of my 'after-Carnegie-Hall' funk A Really Mean Boogie-Woogie - This one will make you smile, even when you're mad What Might Have Been - I didn't get my way, so I wrote this Rocktober - Fun, fun, fun with a heavy beat A Song in the Key of DAVE - Written in honor of my dear friend Dave Nehamkin Spring (duet) - A rich and beautiful cello/piano version of track 5, with Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello. I Know (trio) - Clarinet/French horn/piano version of track 6, with David Bellman, clarinet and Rick Graef, horn. Don't miss this one! Out of the Blue - A wilder verion of track 7, with P.J. Yinger, jazz trumpet. Cover illustration by Chris Pyle Art Direction/Design by P.J. Yinger Photography by Scott Schrecker Produced by Frank Felice Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alan Johnson Weaving the improvisational style of jazz with classical piano, award-winning composer/pianist Becky Archibald creates music that is inviting, intense and intimate. Becky's performances refresh the audience with relaxing and riveting harmonies, and stories behind the music. She received a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall following her debut performance in May, 2006. In Nashville, she has performed at the Renaissance Center, the Scarritt-Bennett Center, and has played several times on Nashville Public Radio's "Live in Studio C." In Indiana, Archibald has performed at Butler, Ball State, DePauw, IUPUI and Anderson Universities, as well as University of Indianapolis, where she served as an adjunct professor for six years. She has performed with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and has performed several times at the Indiana History Center, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Glendale Library and the Spirit & Place Festival. An Anderson, Indiana native, and a graduate of Anderson University, Becky received her Masters in Piano Performance from California State University at Long Beach. She has written the score for a musical comedy-The Pied Piper of Hoboken, and music for film-Coming to My Senses, and American Dreamer, a documentary about artist Robert Indiana. Her chamber music has been commissioned by the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Kent Leslie, and has received premieres by Kent Leslie, David and Ingrid Bellman, Fishers Chamber Players, Butler University Composers' Orchestra and Alias Chamber Ensemble in Nashville, TN. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and a composing commission from the Indianapolis Foundation. She has also received the ASCAPlus award for the past 8 years. Archibald is a Partner Artist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's educational program, and also teaches private piano. She has released two books of music written by her students, Kids Compose and Kids Compose 2. She has studied composition with Jody Nagel and Michael Schelle, and continues her piano studies with Robert Palmer. Becky's solo piano CDs, Searching, The Long Ride Home, The Light At the End of the Blues, and The Christmas One have been played on radio stations around the country and overseas, including NPR's All Things Considered and All Songs Considered. "Her music unfolds like I expect a good story to unfold," says Bob Boilen, creator of ASC. Scott Yanow of the L.A. Jazz Scene describes her music as "thoughtful, melodic and passionate." The Nashville Scene defines it as having "flashes of humor but with an introspective quality drawn from the wells of Chopin and Gershwin." Just Plain Folks, an international organization of independent musicians, calls Becky a "jewel" and selected The Long Ride Home as "Best Solo Instrumental Album" in their 2002 CD awards. And Just Plain Folks nominated "Happy Holiday Rag" from The Christmas One for "Best Traditional Holiday Song" for their 2006 awards. The CD received a "Recording of Exceptional Merit" award from Dr. Christmas himself, Gerry Gryzb, host of public radio affiliate WRST-FM, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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