Mark Christopher Brandt: acoustic piano
About Contemplation (Released June 11, 1999)
Contemplation is a solo piano CD featuring thirteen originals from pianist and composer Mark Christopher Brandt which was reissued in 2012 as a two disc set titled This Side of Forever. The pieces were recorded in the order that they appear listed and in one sitting, with no break or editing as documentation of where Mark found himself to be at this stage of his career as a composer, an improvisor, and a pianist.
Uninterested in displaying technique for the sake of impressing onlookers, Mark probes the depths of his soul, listening intently with his “inner ear” to what he describes as God, the true Creator, dictating the music while he, the instrument, tries to keep up in the millisecond as the sounds issue forth.
Contemplation was to be Mark’s last recorded work for eight years as he turned his entire focus to the practice of his religion, the growth his family, and the development of his students. The songs encapsulate his love for the interior life and his desire to find a way to express this love musically which began with his first CD Veritas in 1995.
1. Impromptu 2
2. Song of the Bird
3. In Flight
4. A Moment of Peace
5. The Present Moment
8. Psalm 40
9. That Place Where Nothing Matters
10. Joy in Pain
11. Life Dance
12. The Lion
13. First Friday