Where Butterflies Dance
I have written it time and time again, but it still bears repeating: Ann Sweeten has one of the most instantly recognizable piano “voices” in contemporary instrumental music, characterized by a fluid melodicism wedded to a discernible melancholic/tragic romanticism. Where Butterflies Dance, her latest effort, co-produced by Sweeten and Will Ackerman, features terrific contributions from folks such as violinist Charlie Bisharat, cellist Eugene Friesen, and flutist Trisha Craig. It is Sweeten, though, who anchors it all with her sensitive, emotive piano performance, infusing each of the 10 tracks with her unique emotional resonance. Heartfelt liner notes convey Sweeten’s inspiration, as well as her hope for her music.