Rhythm of Silence was chosen as an Album of the Month in the February 2016 issue of - textura
“Such intelligent programme-builidning and committed performances warrant serious attention and exposure…like a flower blooming before your eyes.” - gramophone
"Realized superbly” "...a wonderful programme of contemporary solo piano works..." "...technical prowess and expressive interpretations..." "While contrasts of mood, tempo, and dynamics are present, the selections are characterized by tonality and melodicism." ..."delicately calibrated waves of sound" "..."refinement and elegance..." - textura
"wondrously fulsome touch" ..."lovingly re-creates each opus she wisely selects."..."her instrument, a Ravenscroft 275, inarguably the most perfect piano ever built"..."Such tones!"..."a product worthy of the old audiophile labels – MFSL, Nautilus, etc." -Mark S. Tucker, Veritas Vampirus
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There is nothing more inspiring than working with people who truly love what they do. Recording on a Ravenscroft had been a dream of mine since I first discovered the company and its marvelous pianos in 2011; I also could not have found a better venue, the Musical Instrument Museum, and the recording engineer Jim Zick who knew exactly how to capture the elements. The honest and beautiful music on this album are by the composers I admire, and I am humbled to be given the opportunity to share my vision of these works. - Erika Tazawa
Hailed as “a superb collaborator, boldly undertaking the demanding keyboard parts with boundless technique, dynamic range, and expressive understanding” by American Record Guide, pianist Erika Tazawa has captured audiences internationally. Winner of the prestigious Beverly Hills National Auditions in 2013, Tazawa is quickly gaining the reputation as a leading artist in the field of chamber music and vocal accompanying. Her performances have been featured in radio programs such as BBC London, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and WSKG New York. A passionate advocate of new works, Tazawa enjoys partnerships with contemporary composers performing both solo piano and in ensembles.
Erika Tazawa, piano
Francesco Di Fiore
Produced by William Susman
Recorded by James Zick at Musical Instrument Museum,
Phoenix, Arizona on May 28 & 29, 2014.
*Recorded at Ravensworks Digital, October 24, 2014.
Mastered by Michael Romanowski, San Francisco, CA
Piano provided by Ravenscroft Pianos, Phoenix, AZ
Special thanks to Michael Spreeman and Andrew Spreeman of Ravenscroft Pianos for post production assistance
Photography Front, Inside: Michael Barnes
Rear: James Zick; In Studio: Tom Newton
Cover Design by Daniel Sofer
Album Trailer: Valeria Di Matteo, video artist