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The Broken Saints concert (2 disc set!)

by tobias tinker

'The Broken Saints Concert' and its bonus disc 'The Cathedral Concert' are long-form improvised solo piano concerts drawing on jazz, classical and other forms; the main disc uses themes used in the 'Broken Saints' online series.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Act I: 'Shandala's Dream', 'The Child'
Tobias Tinker
44:13 $0.99
2. Act II - 'Revelation', 'Concentric Spirals'
Tobias Tinker
33:24 $0.99
3. The Cathedral Concert (on bonus disc)
Tobias Tinker
40:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Late in 1999, I was asked by my cousin Brooke if I would be willing to contribute some music to a project he had begun, called 'Broken Saints'. It was planned as a 24-part series, presented online, combining his writing and direction with the artistic and programming talents of two other collaborators. At the time I was in the process of moving to Europe to pursue other musical goals, and could not work on the project full-time, so I offered him my back-catalogue of instrumental compositions; these subsequently became the core soundtrack for the first third or so of the series. After a year or so, two things became clear to us: first, that Broken Saints had touched a nerve with a growing internet community, obviously more than ready for storytelling of the depth and scope that Brooke and company were creating; and second, that they were going to need some more music.

So began a period of compositional activity which, although I was unaware of it at the time, would dominate the next few years of my creative life. When we were at the end of this rather intense process, I thought it would be interesting to take some of the themes which had become important in the series, and put them into a different and more intimate musical setting: as a solo piano concert. Thus I have selected four themes - two from previously extant material, two composed specifically for the series - and used them as 'springboards' for the extended improvisations on this album. The resulting journeys, almost 78 minutes in total, took me quite far from the source material, but I hope I have not lost its essential spirit...

A second concert from the same period but with an entirely different character is presented on a bonus disc, entitled 'The Cathedral Concert'.



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Inspiring concerts with great minimalist composition
This is a great deal for anyone who is at all interested in classical music, not just fans of Broken Saints (though certainly any fan of BS should be highly interested in this). I'll keep it short, because I am by no means an expert in this kind of music, but suffice to say that if you like the samples provided here or any of Tobias' work, this is an excellent deal. Both concerts are long enough to satisfy, but provide enough variety to keep you interested.