Alchymie Releases Earth Sky LP
The pianist and composer from St. Paul, MN known as Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka has re-released her 2012 LP record album, “Earth Sky,” on Alchymie records. The album contains eight original tracks over approximately 30 minutes of gorgeous, instrumental music composed entirely by Ruzicka, herself. It is mastered by Chris Graham.
“Earth Sky” is primarily focused on piano, but has elements of ambient and experimental electronica, also. These digital attributes serve to blend Ruzicka's piano pieces into one cohesive, organic whole, adding contour and abstract shape for a listening experience that is full and lush, like nature, itself. Ruzicka's tone is evenly divided throughout the sonic spectrum, sometimes warm, sometimes cool, but always consistently pleasant, vibrant and alive.
The biotic atmosphere of “Earth Sky” is not accidental. Ruzicka, herself, calls her LP an ambient, meditative project that is based on the visual, emotional and sensory experience that both the earth and the sky can impart.
“Through music,” she writes, “we are able to experience the interconnectedness of our earth, our sky, our senses and perhaps ourselves.”
Each of the eight tracks on “Earth Sky” are representative of a natural segment of earth or sky. In order, they are named in Czech (here translated): “Sunrise,” “Clouds,” “Rapeseed,” “Trees,” “Water,” “Poppies,” “Sunset,” and “Stars.” These compositions flow into one another exactly like seasons intertwining, or like the light of the sun passing over the eternally revolving globe. The music of “Sunrise” resonates gradually into a crescendo that welcomes the listener to the rest of the album, while “Sunset” fades into calm like the slowing of a child's music box, until the sonic space that is left ushers in Ruzicka's final piece, appropriately titled, “Stars.” The sheer majesty of this finale is not unlike that of the stars, themselves, and like the return of spring after annual snowfall, the listener will almost certainly want to begin the record anew from Track 1 at its placid conclusion.
Ruzicka has played 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. She has also performed with legendary Czech artists such as Pavel Bobek, Ilona Csakova, Karel Sucha, Helena Vondrackova, and the well-known alt-rock jazz group, Laura a jeji tygri (Laura and Her Tigers). She continues to collaborate with artists from the USA, Czech Republic, and England.
Jennifer Theuer Ruzicka's LP record album “Earth Sky” is available online worldwide.