Nine Improvisations

A powerful musical journey into the far reaches of spirit where words cannot go.
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Carol Lian's interpretations of 19th century composer Robert Schumann's music are stunning, as if the composer himself were speaking directly to the listener. Her own improvisations --- the music is spontaneous and nothing is written down -- are imaginatively lyrical and compelling, putting the listener into a beautiful world where the colorful piano sounds seem orchestral.
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“Highly Recommended”
Fanfare Magazine

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“One rarely has the opportunity to hear a pianist endowed with such temperament, expressive security and profound musicianship..."
--Alla Ribalta, Italian press.
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"This is truly an improvisational undertaking at its highest and purest form. Most of the music on this disc was created as the two were playing, building upon ideas and responses that the two cared about the most passionately "
--Dave Nathan, AMG Guide
(Allmusic.com).
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"Carol Lian is a technically amazing pianist with great imagination and taste. Escape with her into the subconscious world of beautiful music and exciting piano playing."
-- The Reading Eagle
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"This unrehearsed duo album offers just three lengthy tracks. Pianist Lian and percussionist Bedford collaborate with a mutual responsiveness that is not unlike a pair of soaring birds, swooping here, angling there. She launches lyrical journeys that he intercepts and compliments, merging melody and rhythm in an intriguing coalescence. The result is as much classical as it is free jazz."
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