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Michael Sheppard

12 Images

Bear Machine

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Snowfall through a window
Afternoon, Age 10
1 Afternoon In The Woods, Age10
2 Watching A Meteor Shower
3 Late Night Lullaby
4 Embers From A Campfire
5 Raindrops In A Puddle
6 Mother Is Sleepwalking
7 Man Overboard
8 The Assembly Line Is Breaking Down
9 Paper Airplane From The Ninth Floor
10 Running Away
11 Light Along The Water
12 Watching Snowfall Through A Window
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Bear Machine Records announces Michael Sheppard's release12 Images: Prompted Improvisations for Piano Summer 2019

The world is full of phenomenal pianists, each generation playing the masterpieces of the past more brilliantly that the one before. But there was a time when virtuosos wrote and performed their own works, with even fewer still improvising ex tempore - on the spot - leaving listeners awash in the beauty of moments never to be repeated. Michael Sheppard is just such an artist, bringing forth music from the landscape of his imagination, conjuring a kaleidoscope of emotion through his mastery of the piano.

After hearing of Michael's power to wow audiences in recital halls and online alike, Bear Machine Records reached out to capture some of these fleeting musical moments late in the  summer of 2018. Michael journeyed south to Florida, and the team worked tirelessly, eventually capturing over 80 different improvisations over just four days. 12 Images: Prompted Improvisations for Piano is the first collection from those sessions. 

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