walkabout

by Robert Muller

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I recorded this solo piano album in April of 2014 in the recording studio at Santa Fe University of Art and Design with then-student Willa Snow as the engineer.

I didn't have anything too specific in mind, just to track a few loosely planned sketches. The arrangements are spontaneous, a combination of modern jazz and pop and classical and whatever else happened to be bouncing around this brainhole of mine. It's got some of the introspective vibe of the rainy Pacific Northwest where I grew up, some of the intensity of my time in New York City, and maybe some of the space and solitude of my current life in New Mexico.

It was probably kind of a funny way to work; very little planning and one or two takes per track. It was an interesting challenge, and it inevitably comes with some inevitable imperfect moments. It also allows things to happen that would never happen in a carefully notated, extensively rehearsed kind of session.

There's a certain kind of intensity or feeling that I hope to come across when I'm listening or playing music, and this little project documents the process of me trying to find "that thing" in a couple of different ways. It's not perfect, but it's human and it's honest.

Thank you for listening! You may also enjoy my award-winning modern jazz trio, Kodama Trio, www.kodamatrio.com.

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released February 14, 2018

Robert Muller, piano and composition
Willa Snow, engineer
Allison Rae, cover photo allisonrae.com

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Robert Muller Santa Fe, New Mexico

Robert Muller is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, and improviser living in Santa Fe, NM. He lived previously in New York City and played at venues like the Blue Note and the Knitting Factory. He has appeared on MTV and performed with people including Nathan East, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and Larry Mitchell, and co-leads the award-winning modern jazz group Kodama Trio. ... more

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