In the Field

by AJ Hickling

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li0n This is the way how artist should express his inner muse.
Liam Turbet
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Liam Turbet The whole album evokes positive and calming emotions...it lifts the soul. I put my headphones on at work and drown out the rest of the world with these melodies and find my place of focus. Favorite track: Market Place Medley.
Ben Koehler
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Ben Koehler The sounds of nature in the background of this album enhance it far beyond what a lone piano could produce. It conjures my most euphoric memories of home; this is another album that I thoroughly enjoy. For those who love the new-age piano music like George Winston, I believe this album is a must! Favorite track: Beneath a Canopy of Leaves.
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The many challenges of recording "In the Field" in the field, for example, wind in the microphones, and tuning difficulties due to temperature changes, etc, have, in my opinion, been overwhelmingly made up for by the quality and timing of natures musical performance. If I feel that the playing of the piano was at times less than my best, it was often in these moments that the Tui or the crickets chirped up to make the recording into a perfectly imperfect treasure.

These tracks were all composed and recorded on my busking piano, which I found out in the rain at the dump shop one fateful day several years ago. I saw its potential immediately, and promply purchased it for $20. Its restoration has been an highly rewarding ongoing journey into the history, culture and the mechanics of the 18th century. It has occured to me many times that we don't seem to go to as much trouble for art and music these days, as the musical pioneers of the early 1800's. So many kids I see when I'm playing the piano on the street, have clearly never seen the inner workings of a piano before, and are completely mesmerised.While we walk in the age of electronics, the piano offers a window into the values of the past.

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released April 4, 2015

Piano: AJ Hickling

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AJ Hickling New Zealand

"Classical Piano to Cyber tribal world fusion with gypsy circus overtones"... AJ has traveled far and wide to record samples of custom tribal world music which are later woven into cross cultural musical tapestries, deep and soulful. His sound-scapes traverse New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Japan, Spain, Ireland, South America, Africa, and many remote South Pacific Islands. ... more

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