Improvised Piano Music
Matthew's Yoga Music ~ Volume 3
60 minutes of Improvised Piano Music for yoga and times of reflection.
8 hours of music in 8 volumes
When I sat at the piano to create these pieces, an improvisational musical picture emerged. It was intriguing to hear the initial themes unfold into melodic and rhythmic variations throughout those captured "moments in time."
These are the musical moments I offer…for your yoga practice, for massage therapy or for your own personal times of reflection and contemplation.
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Matt offers his original music with no expectation of payment.
The above audio files are absolutely FREE for your personal use and enjoyment.
However, donations are always appreciated.
Recording Information and Credits
Title: Matthew's Yoga Music ~ Volume 3
Artist: Matt Johnson
Release Date: September, 2010
Produced, Engineered and Mastered by:
Record Label: Dolce & Nuit Productions
Volume 1: DNP0104-2
Volume 2: DNP0508-2
Volume 3: DNP0912-2
Volume 4: DNP1316-2
Volume 5: DNP1720-2
Volume 6: DNP2124-2
Volume 7: DNP2528-2
Volume 8: DNP2901-2
Total Disc Time: 60 minutes (each disc)
~Matt Johnson, piano, harmony ball texture
Graphics created for this recording
Album Review: Matthew's Yoga Music, Volume 3
2010 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
Review by Kathy Parsons
Matthew’s Yoga Music, Volume 3 is part of an eight-volume set of albums of improvised piano music by Matt Johnson. In addition to yoga, the music is intended for massage therapy and/or “your own personal times of reflection and contemplation.” The music also easily slips into the background to enhance other quiet activities and most of it is complex enough for more focused listening. Each of the four 15-minute tracks has open spaces within the music for yoga instructors to speak and that also allow the music to “breathe.” “Harmony ball texture,” which sounds like light wind chimes, plays behind the piano music, adding a relaxing atmospheric effect as well as continuity in those open spaces in the music.
Matt Johnson is a classically-trained pianist, church musician and teacher who has performed in many venues internationally. His original music is a unique blend of contemporary jazz, new age, popular and classical elements, and he offers his recordings and sheet music as free downloads from his website (www.MattJohnsonMusic.com).
Track 1 of the album is very open and spare - almost ambient. It becomes somewhat more melodic later in the track, but maintains a dreamy, relaxed mood throughout. I would think this track would be an excellent sleep aid since it is so peaceful and soothing.
Track 2 is also on the minimal, quiet side, but is a little darker and more mysterious. In some parts of the music, it seems to be questioning and looking for answers, so this one is especially well-suited to reflection and deep thinking.
Track 3 is quite a bit more dramatic and has passages that are more structured and phrases that have a gospel feel to them.
Track 4 is also dramatic with powerful segments that are sometimes on the darker, more mysterious side. Beautifully introspective passages are interspersed with the “bigger” passages to create an expressive, fascinating piece.
Matthew’s Yoga Music is a very effective and emotionally varied series of albums whether you use it for yoga or not. In addition to the downloads from Johnson’s website, his music is available for sale on Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby.