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CEREMONIES
ceremonies todd walton piano

These sixteen improvisations are accompaniments to imagined ceremonies. The music might be called modern classical or meditative jazz.

Note to Jazz buffs: The cut “Blue Cathedral” is definitely jazz in the blues mode of Ray Bryant and Roland Hanna. The piece builds slowly, but is worth the wait. “Slender Sadness” might be homage to Bill Evans, whereas “The Magician” owes as much to Eric Satie as it does to Keith Jarrett.

The other cuts may or may not fall into your definition of jazz. They certainly fall into mine.

While I was creating the graphics for this album, I kept thinking about D.R. Wagner’s marvelous poem Grace, a fragment of which D.R. has allowed me to use in my presentation of Ceremonies.

We realized that these sounds could
Become more graceful, that one could
Stand in these sound pools for long
Periods; come to realize ideas, music,
The way the weaving went with sense.

Now we look for those places where
The sound ceases for a time; where
We can sit without its insistence,
Watching the spaces it occupies
Open and close, open and close,
Finding the music occasionally,
Finding the small silences within
The melody, the room switching
Identity, negative to positive.

Which were the holes of sound?
Which were the realms of silence?

(from Grace by D.R. Wagner)

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Sample Clips

  1. Ceremony of the Child
  2. The Hopeless Optimist
  3. Procession of Desire
  4. Baptism
  5. Slender Sadness
  6. Blue Cathedral
  7. Santa Juliette
  8. Four of Wands
  9. The Magician
  10. The Goodly Fool
  11. Now and Then
  12. Lions
  13. Ling Ch’i Ching
  14. What You Do Redux
  15. Dance of the Seahorses
  16. One Last Ceremony


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