Mars Lasar - Sapphire Dreams (1998) Solo Piano 
Mars Lasar on grand piano with deft touches of his keyboard genius. Mars offers a stunning musical portrait evoking whispers of a time when elegance and grace could coax the heart to open with delight. An invitation to a place where love and beauty dance to the night. Come, take pleasure in an interlude of Sapphire Dreams...

A note from Mars:
In my earlier years as a pianist I spent many hours sketching and composing themes to ease me through the days. This was a great inspirational tool and for some time I have extracted melodies and harmonies from my improvisations. This album is a collection of compositional sketches inspired by the complexity of life and the simplicity of the one resonance that connects us all.

As a teenager I was frequently asked to play peoples piano's for them. Most pianos sit patiently and wait to be played. I also worked on a cruise boat playing cocktail piano, so I knew all the old classics. However, I mostly just drifted into my own improvisations and listeners would often come to me and say "...you know that song you played yesterday? can you play that again?" So, I'd improvise and they would give me their approval (and a good tip). To be honest, I never remembered what I'd played that day so would write something new. So I had already been making a living from my compositions from a young age. In my years of intense classical training I spent relentless hours learning Chopin, Bach & Beethoven concertos, and was pleasantly rewarded in many ways. But, even after I'd worn the edges of my black keys down I still went back to my own compositions.

 On a technical note:
This was a challenge.... no computers!! This had to be recorded live with the inevitable restrictions. So I miked up my piano one night and recorded the entire album from head to toe. I already knew what the album was going to sound like, I just needed to get there. I put the tape on record and let the fingers go to work and the mind do the translating. Mind you, if you make a mistake you have to start the entire song again. The biggest complication in my case was the small matter of remembering the song again. Often the second time round would be a different song altogether.

After I had the source material I put it into my computer and orchestrated it
(this took weeks). And like magic it all came to its glorious completion.
 
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