Pianist Alchymie releases new seasonal LP ‘Midnight Clear’

The pianist known only as Alchymie has released her instrumental LP of seasonal music, “Midnight Clear.” The full-length album consists of no fewer than 15 tracks for a grand total of over an hour’s listening time. It has been proudly released independent from involvement with the corporate music industry. Gentle as a winter breeze yet evocative, moving and even inspiring at times, “Midnight Clear” is the latest reason for fans of instrumental music to pay close attention to the elegant and intuitive playing of Alchymie.

Asked to name some key musical influences for her “Midnight Clear” LP, Alchymie cites imagery rather than people: “A clear northern winter sky full of stars, the clean newly fallen snow, the stillness as everything waits, the absolute perfection and beauty of a moment in time … midnight clear.”

As unbelievable as it may seem, these ideas go a long way toward suggesting the overall sound of “Midnight Clear,” which album takes its name from the 1849 classic, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (Track 9 on the record). This makes perfect sense, as Alchymie’s selections for her new LP are the same songs and carols which have signified the holiday season for nearly two centuries.

The songs on “Midnight Clear” include such time-honored compositions as “Silent Night,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” and “What Child Is This.” Also of note, Alchymie closes out her album with the New Year’s Day tradition of “Auld Lang Syne,” followed finally by what may be the oldest surviving holiday song, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” which first appeared in its modern form in 1599.

These songs have qualities and characters all their own, but the collection, presentation, and overall performance of the album belong solely to Alchymie, a pianist with as much character and soul in her playing as the songs have in their grand histories. She lends to each track an inventiveness and imaginative interpretation which manages to be both innovative and unique as well as strikingly respectful to the original pieces. Returning fans of Alchymie will remark that nobody could balance these aims the way Alchymie can.

The artist describes the message of her new instrumental LP in the following paragraph:

“The magic imparted by a particular time of night during the holiday season, just before midnight when things go clear, it’s quiet. The snow has given a hushed blanket of solitude in which we can relax, reflect and enjoy the holiday season through ambient stillness with soundscapes that remind us of familiar holiday melodies but allow our thoughts and hearts to drift even further.”

“Midnight Clear” by Alchymie is available online worldwide beginning Sept. 1, 2015. Get in early, fans of piano and holiday music.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Midnight Clear” by Alchymie –
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Clear-Alchymie/dp/B011K958ZQ/

Website –

www.alchymiemusic.com

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Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie release new LP ‘Dreamscape’

The composers and musicians known as Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie have released their latest new-age LP record, “Dreamscape.” The album is entirely instrumental and has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Sculpted using Native American flutes, piano, and a variety of digital production and other instrumentation, “Dreamscape” is a ship to a world within our world that lies just beyond the threshold of commonplace concerns, a place where the mind and its natural surroundings become one.

 

Asked to cite main artistic influences, Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie’s Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka present a clear, concise list: “nature, meditation, and the healing qualities of music,” they write.

 

The flowing nature of their compositions on “Dreamscape” demonstrates what this means to them. The sounds soothe, but also carry the listener in the way that various forms of meditation have been known to bring human consciousness to places unreachable by usual means. Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie describe the overall theme of “Dreamscape” thus:

 

“A sense of peace, introspection, and a way to connect with nature that is part of our very DNA which we sometimes lose in the chaos of 21st-century living. The Native American flute has a timeless, almost haunting quality that can transport listeners to a completely different place and time, somewhere where they can create their own dreamscape.”

 

This is where the real therapy can occur while listening to Hung Phuc Ly with Alchymie.

 

“Within this dreamscape we can perhaps discover those quieter and elusive emotions or thoughts we tend to overlook,” write the musicians.

 

“Dreamscape” by Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie is available online worldwide beginning 11 July 2014.

 

The following are selections from the artists’ official bio pages:

 

Hung Phuc Ly was born in South Vietnam and taken to the USA as part of “Operation Babylift” in 1975. He was on the last flight to leave Saigon for the United States, where he was adopted
by a family from Minnesota. He grew up in rural Rockford and has spent his lifetime not only
discovering who he is now, but also where he came from. Hung Phuc Ly believes in the healing qualities of the Native American flute and the sound it produces. He feels that the sound of wood is ingrained in our DNA and that by playing a wood flute one can harness nature, itself. Hung has been playing the Native American flute for eight years. He has studied piano, guitar, and choir at the college level.

 

Alchymie was started by pianist and composer Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka as a platform for her instrumental recordings. The art of alchemy is believed to have the power of transformation, much like music does with it’s listeners. It is with this in mind that Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka composes, records, and performs for Alchymie. Trained as a classical pianist Jennifer has been performing and composing for over 25 years internationally for major label artists and independent artists as well.

 

Ruzicka has recorded and toured for independent and major label artists in the USA and in Europe, such as international R&B recording artist Alexander O’Neal, Paisley Park recording artist David “T.C.” Ellis, and Mallia “The Queen of Funk” Franklin from the original Brides of Funkenstein and Parliament Funkadelic. She has also performed and recorded with legendary Czech artists such as Pavel Bobek, Ilona Csakova, Karel Sucha, Helena Vondrackova, and the well-known Czech alt-rock jazz group, Laura a jeji tygri (Laura and Her Tigers).
Alchymie focuses mostly on the piano but also uses electronic sounds generated by keyboards and sound generators along with effect processing to meld the acoustic piano sound along with ambient soundscapes, electronica and even ambient drone qualities to paint alchemical atmospheres of sound. Alchymie does not limit itself to only piano and keyboards but will often incorporate other instruments such as Native American flute, guitar, or percussion for recordings or performances with a conceptual focus. Having an open mind and an experimental approach towards her art, Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka continues to follow Alchymie in music always searching for the beauty of transformation.

 

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

 

Dreamscape” by Hung Phuc Ly and Alchymie –

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dreamscape-Alchymie-Hung-Phuc-Ly/dp/B00L8XUGDE/
Website –

alchymie.bandcamp.com