Seiji Endo, a poet at the piano, releases his second solo piano album of original compositions. Mostly a solo album, a children’s choir also joins briefly, reminding one of the childlike purity and hopefulness conceived here.
With sincerity evident from the album cover and title, the concept is peace and comfort. Accordingly, Endo’s playing is full of emotion: tenderness and sensitivity ring throughout, with some melancholy mixed in – alternately romantic, classical, and soft pop at times. Melodic quotes from his previous album even make appearances. Overall, Endo conveys his emotional outpouring through music that is full of hope and beauty.
Compositions and piano by Seiji Endo · 遠藤征志 · https://seiji-piano-endo.com
Chorus: Zushi Iruka Jido Gasshoudan (tr. 1, 11)
Illustrations: Tatsuo Inoue
Released 2016 on Nippon Acoustic Records, Inc NARP-8009.
A solo piano piece from his previous solo piano album Sakura Meditations, performed live: “Bara No Sasayaki” (Whispers of a Rose).
* Audio sample at top of page from the opening track on this album, “Circle For Peace”.