Seven Moons is the first in a series of four completely spontaneous piano solo recordings by improvising pianist and composer, Mark Christopher Brandt. Subsequent recordings have yet to be named or even conceptualized at this point in time.
On October 7, 2014, Mark went into the recording studio in Ashland, Virginia with videographer Scott Nurmi of Mojo Factory Productions and fellow musicians Shaun Jurek and Russell Lucas, both from the band No Explanations, and with recording engineer, Bill McElroy of Slipped Disc Audio, they produced this work of art.
As Scott filmed Mark at the piano from three different angles, Shaun randomly pulled from a bowl pieces of paper with previously written tonal centers on them. He then told Russell, sitting next to Mark at the piano, what key Mark was to spontaneously create a piece of music in. Using a stopwatch, Russell allowed Mark five minutes to improvise a piece of music. The entire process was repeated eight times and produced eight pieces of music, all captured on CD and video as it occurred.
"Seven Moons is my way of honestly assessing myself as an improviser, a pianist, and a person. I have long dreamed of doing a completely spontaneous solo piano recording, and I know that I will learn from this and bring what I have learned to subsequent artistic offerings. It is my intention with this project, and all of my music, to glorify the God who dwells in each of us with the music that He Himself allows to flow through me."
Mark Christopher Brandt