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PIANORAMA is a series of CD albums of acoustic grand piano music composed, performed and recorded by Elizabeth Anne Middleton. The music has a classical timeless feeling and is described as visual, peaceful and relaxing, and having a healing energy flowing through it. Each album has its own theme such as trees, water, dreams, new beginnings, opening to other dimensions and more, inspired by people, places, events and dreams in the composer's own life.
Tell me about your history? How did you get where you are now?
I first began writing songs about animals and the natural world. I toured as opening act on a Daevid Allen US tour, using the stage name, "Octavia Neptune." I wrote piano parts to record with the songs, and performed singing and playing an autoharp with harmony voices and piano accompaniments on backing tapes. I then began writing piano music which came easily perhaps because I studied classical piano for many years. I created "PIANORAMA" as a concert series of my original music. I recorded two albums in Albuquerque, NM, and seven albums at Tantrum Studios, now located in Carpinteria, CA.
Have you performed live in front of an audience? Any special memories?
I play concerts of my original music, and tell stories about the compositions and what inspired them. I've performed throughout the United States.
Your musical influences
Growing up on a farm in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, attuned to nature, the storms in summer, snows in winter, rolling hills, creeks, trees, pastures, wild animals, and vast sky, and being mentored by a family of classical musicians. My music is greatly inspired by the natural world and by the great classical composers.
What equipment do you use?
My recording is done on a Yamaha Grand Piano C.S. at Rose Lane Studio. I also work on a Yamaha CP300 keyboard and my Kohler & Campbell baby grand at home.
Anything else?
The best thing in life is having friends and family. And we're all one big family.
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