A compilation of 15 original piano compositions performed by Pierre Volter and recorded in a quiet setting in the valley of Vilcabamba Loja Ecuador.
Melancholic Evocative and Stylish
Some themes are piano solo, gentle, evocative, at times moody, others are layered with up to 3 pianos and at times quite upbeat and groovy, all the way to downright eccentric at the end of the CD.
Passionate Relaxing and Soothing
Pierre Volter, whose real birth name is Pierre Wauters, was born in Belgium but later spent 15 years of his life in New Zealand where he produced a few music CDs. His first piano album was released in 2002 and called Nouveau Piano.
Nouveau Piano is an instrumental journey blending a classical background with modern influences, such as acid jazz and dance beats, to create a sound which is quite unique. Although complete with flourishes of guitars and percussion, this is a piano-led album. A drastic departure from more conventional piano like Clayderman or Piano by Candlelight, this album is attractive and undemanding and ample proof that, with a bit of imagination and skills, the piano can comfortably take centre stage in a contemporary setting.
It was well received in New Zealand. Below are a few reviews:
NZ Woman’s Weekly
Scene and Heard
October 7, 2002
The Nelson Mail, Verdict Music
Thursday, October 3, 2002, page 17
New Zealand Musician
fresh-cut Vol 10, No 6, Dec/Jan 2003 p 24
Pierre Volter – Black on White – Gentle Groovy Piano
Tags: Piano, Soundtrack, Groovy, Relaxing, Atmosphere, Classical