Monday, June 3, 2024

24 Impromptus By Pam Asberry


24 Impromptus


Pam Asberry

Written by

Steve Sheppard


This new release entitled 24 Impromptus is the 10th in a vast series of piano based albums by renowned composer and performer Pam Asberry; here Pam explores a more classical leaning of compositional structure. Each musical configuration follows in the classical music tradition of writing set pieces in all the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale.

In essence this 24 track album of short form piano narratives is created on moods, feelings and emotions by the artist, is like a calendar of attitudes or temperaments with a musical soundtrack encompassed within. This is a truly clever idea, as when playing the album you can pick and choose which track or tracks you wish to listen to depending upon your disposition.

So this fascinating experience of tone, vibration and emotive character starts today for me personally with the grand opening offering of Impromptu No. 1 in C Major Journey; indeed I am about to take a journey that is thousands of miles, and this somewhat upbeat and excited manifestation reveals my thoughts on that, in an ever increasing an ever onward arrangement of utter class.

I am feeling a sense of bliss on this fine summer’s day so, I choose Impromptu No. 3 in G Major Bliss as my next go to offering. This cheer filled reverie was beautifully performed by Asberry and even had a few David Lanz moments contained within; whilst my next choice Impromptu No. 7 in A Major Clarity would for me be the backdrop of sound that would express my mood on completing my philosophy course, the piece has a sense of knowledge found, a further confidence that was located deep within, and yes a true sagacity and clarity, even though the length of this piece was just 1 minute and 43 seconds it spoke volumes for me.

So with that being said I truly believe that Pam Asberry has taken on a new project here that is quite revealing, it shows without doubt the vast progression she has made in the genre and within the music business as a whole, the utter confidence of her subject matter and of her overall performance was incredibly impressive, and I can see this album, 24 Impromptus, becoming a timeless hit with the listener, one that perhaps over the decades they will always turn to in times of confirmation or reflection.

24 Impromptus by Pam Asberry is an album that is akin a recipe of moods and feelings created within a technical piano based format, and it really does work beautifully, perhaps Asberry has found the magic key here to an ageless compilation of craft fully played chromatic piano pieces, it certainly seems to be so, and thus I predict a very big hit is on the cards for one of the most fluent of pianists on the globe today. 

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