Unique solo acoustic piano tracks, blending jazz and classical music. A fitting accompaniment for relaxation, meditation, reading, and inspiration-seeking.
Visions is an independent release by composer/pianist ade ishs. It is his first solo album featuring 9 compositions performed solely with an acoustic piano.
The styles of pieces in this album vary widely, making it intriguing and providing you an enjoyable listening experience. There are the mellow and contemplative Birth of Love, powerful Awan 1, melodic Sky, and other immersing pieces, showcasing the diversity of genres in ade’s compositions.
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- by: Diane and the RadioIndy.com reviewer team
(as posted in CD Baby).
Ade Ishs’s first solo disc, “Visions,” is a compilation of relaxing contemporary piano pieces. It is one thing to just play the piano, but it is another to give it life and Ade Ishs has done just that. Ishs’s ability to demonstrate the expressive and emotional melodies throughout this album is clearly heard. Dreamy and pure, “Morning Vision” possesses wonderful rolling runs as Ishs’s fingers gracefully glide over the keys, never missing a single one. Listeners will be able to hear the great dynamic balance on “Soil” as bass tones boldly hold the harmony while upper tones are strong and contoured. This album is well-produced, as the acoustic piano is clean and crisp while every nuance is defined. Ade Ishs’s “Visions” is a wonderful album featuring soothing acoustic piano selections, and is definitely well-worth listening to.
- by: Harliza Keumala Fuady (Ozip magazine).
The published review is in Bahasa Indonesia. The following is the English translation.
The “Visions” album contains songs by ade ishs, an Indonesia pianist currently living in Melbourne. It’s an album that’s worth considered by classical and jazz music lovers, or music lovers in general. ade ishs has come offering a fresh concept among recent Indonesian bands. The strains of unique acoustic piano sound with a touch of classical music and also jazz in the album is suitable for accompanying your relaxation times or also your study times or moments when you need peace. Those are what this album offers, piano strains without any additional instruments or vocal being the simplicity trade mark of this album, but this is also decorated with the richness of inspirations. Pieces like “Sky” and also “Soil” are songs with powerful melodies that make the listeners inspired while listening to piano performance by ade ishs. In this album, ade ishs has also successfully explored softer and more relaxing music, such as demonstrated in “Birth of Love” and also “Matahari dan Rembulan”. ade ishs’ classical music background results into plus points, making this album mature without any overstatement. This album is suitable for classical and jazz music lovers, and also for those who don’t like classical music as it is interesting for anyone who likes music to listen to this album. You can obtain this album by buying at cdbaby.com, or listen at http://adeishs.com.
- by: Janet Mawdesley (Conscious Living magazine).
Delightful, refreshing and uplifting are just some of the words that can be used to describe this musical smorgasbord of compositions presented through the medium of acoustic piano.
Effortlessly you move from the mellow Birth of Love to the more melodic Sky, with each of the pieces forming meaning based on how the listener perceives the tones and cadences of each offering. In this first solo recording, ade ishs has managed to compose in a collation of jazz and classical idioms to form an effortless presentation of tracks designed to be listened to in a range of different mediums: from relaxation, contemplation and a teasing fascination, to down right fun. ade ishs’s Indonesian culture has also been woven through the music like a gentle wraith drifting in and out, bringing with it the subtle hint of the East.
- by: Kamal Advani (as posted in CD Baby).
I was one of the first reviewers of the album. For me, as I listen to it more closely and more often, the various subtle tones make themselves known, and really enhance the experience, and prove the artist’s proficiency with the piano. Pasting my initial review: Visions is Ade’s first solo album. Ade’s an independent musician based in Melbourne, Australia. The album is a collection of 9 beautifully composed piano pieces. My personal favourites are Birth of Love, Sky especially the second half of the composition, and Rain. The pieces are pleasant, relaxing, ambient but non-intrusive, and at times very inspiring (for one thing it digs out my wish to learn a musical instrument every now and then!). On average, each piece runs for about 7 minutes, and it is easy to sense the effort and love that has gone into the album’s creation. Note that although this is his first solo, Ade is by no means new to the music scene, having been involved in various events previously. I highly recommend Visions if you like instrumental music. You can find out more about Ade and Visions at Ade’s website. In the spirit of fair use, trust, and freedom of platform choice (yay!) - Ade’s made sure the music is DRM-free.
- by: Kathy Parsons.
Visions is the first solo piano album by Indonesian-born ade ishs. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, ade ishs has studied classical music and jazz from early childhood through his doctorate in music information retrieval. He has also performed with various bands and singers over the years, making him a well-seasoned musician! The nine original tracks on Visions are an effective blending of classical, jazz, and meditational styles, and some of the pieces are quiet and peaceful while others are much bigger and more powerful. The track lengths vary from 5–9 ½ minutes so the music has time to evolve and develop organically. Often compared to Lyle Mays of The Pat Metheny Group, ade ishs’ playing has the effortless quality of a pianist who is completely at one with his instrument.
Visions begins with the serene “Birth of Love,” a beautiful meditation that feels spontaneous, carefree, and utterly at peace. This is one of my favorite tracks—an inspiring way to start! I also love “Matahari dan Rembulan,” another gorgeous piece of musical tranquility. Opening with a soft, ambient voice, the piece gently picks up energy as is it evolves but never becomes “big.” At the peak, it begins to taper off, returning to the original theme. “Sky” is also a beauty. Graceful and flowing, it depicts various “moods” of the sky from very tranquil to strong and powerful. “Morning Vision” is more of a jazz piece with a sensuous slow-dance tempo and dark, smoky images that build to a triumphant climax and then wind down to the end—my favorite! “Soil” reminds me a bit of Philip Aaberg’s spacious Montana tributes. Passionate and intense, it feels free and unforced. “Rain 1” and “Rain 2” are cool and refreshing—totally relaxed yet elegant. “Awan 1” is more experimental, with passionate and fiery themes woven in among the more subdued ones. If you were meditating to this music, you might find those couple of themes a bit jarring, but for active listening, they demonstrate a different aspect of ade ishs’ outstanding musicianship. “Morning Feeling” closes the album with a warm feeling of hope, peace, and contentment. Very melodic and flowing, I wonder if this lovely piece has lyrics.
Visions is an impressive introduction to the solo piano music of ade ishs. It is available as a physical CD and as a download from www.adeishs.com, cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and iTunes. Highly recommended if you like solo piano with depth and substance!
- by: Stefan Bird (as posted in CD Baby).
Although it is Ade Ishs’s first solo disc, it certainly doesn’t sound that way. From the first few seconds to the closing notes it is obvious the whole album has been thoughtfully composed and professionally mastered—truly a joy to listen to. While there are 9 individual songs on the CD, it really should be listened to as a whole album, the tone and feeling varying smoothly from piece to piece. At times bright, at times mellow, the listener is kept involved and entertained by Ade Ishs’s mastery of the piano. I certainly look forward to hearing his next album.
Recorded and mixed at Audrey Studios, Melbourne, Australia.
Engineer: David Badrick
Photographs: Muhammad Revaldi
Producer: ade ishs
Copyright © 2009–2013 by ade ishs.