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Headwaters (2022 EP)

by East Forest

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    East Forest Solo Piano Selected Works

    Transcribed by Lorna Dune

    Featuring Songs:

    -Walk the Walk
    -Knocked on Wood
    -The Simple Things
    -Please Pass the Bliss
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Sow 11:20
Assured 07:23
Untangle 13:49
Requiem 12:27


“Headwaters" pushes the boundaries of concert and ceremony. The 48 minutes of music was recorded and improvised live in front of a small group of friends and locals in my adopted home of Boulder Utah — one of the most remote geographies of America. On the mountainside of Boulder mountain at a friend’s ranch sat a beautiful C. Bechstein grand piano that inspired me to create. I invited a few friends to the ranch to see where the piano could take us. Lying on the ground, everyone settled in for a deep internal dive. I was incredibly nervous — with no plan or history with this particular piano, I felt I might completely fall on my face. But amidst the terror lay a flicker of inspiration calling me to play the first note, and to listen to see where it would lead next. With an adjacent keyboard setup, I created analog synthesizer pads with field recordings to establish beds to ground each improvisation. Not entirely ambient, minimalist synthesis, or only contemporary classical, the ethereal music just flowed out like water, as if springing from the very name of the ranch, “Headwaters."

As the sun went down, and with the sounds of birds and wind wafting into the microphones surrounding the piano, the music settled just as it had arrived, gently and gracefully.


released November 11, 2022

Piano, Vocal, Synthesizer - East Forest

Mixed & Engineered by Trevor Oswalt

Mastered by Taylor Deupree

Special thanks to the Headwaters Ranch and Ron Johnson and Brandie Hardman.
Cover Artwork by Alessandro Arrigo

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East Forest Escalante, Utah

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East Forest plays electro-acoustic music coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on Bright Antenna, Domino, 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has three #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He tours internationally.
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