Silver Sun

by Tom Donald

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Early Bright 03:32
Silver Sun 03:01
Orphic Dance 03:45
Luminosity 02:10
Apart 02:38
Lento 05:53
Crystal Lace 04:29


An album for the winter. The ice and the cosiness of the winters bright short days is cited as an inspiration behind many of the tracks. Tom Donald's improvisation mastery captures these emotions in his signature cinematic tone. Not all of the songs possess the same sweetness and longing as you hear in "The Essence of Forever", "Silver Sun" the title track uses an array of baroque-like ornaments transformed into a contemporary landscape and there are dark moments too such as "Luminosity" which feels like something from a Messiaen piano work. There is a mysterious change of mood for "Orphic Dance" and "Plentitude Prelude" is a virtuosic display of Chopin meets Hans Zimmer demonstrating the composer's sonic brilliance on the piano. "Lento's" opening chords could feel like a pop ballad but unexpectedly emerges into a Mahler-like Adagio. The highlight of the album is "The Essence of Forever" where you can hear Jarrett-like sentiments and phrasings and this is a piece inspired by the composer's newborn daughter. A charming anecdote for winter displaying inspirational pianistic images.

Fountain Media for Thames International 2020


released January 1, 2020

Tom Donald - Piano
Music Composed by Tom Donald
Produced by Ronan Phelan and Tom Donald
Photography - Francesco Marchetti


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Tom Donald is an Improvisation Virtuoso and genre hybrid pianist. living in London.

Founder of the London Contemporary School of Piano

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