Composer/pianist Craig Urquhart continues to create beautiful, compelling solo piano music, finding rich musical language to express profound spiritual connections between his soul and the world around him. Although Urquhart composes with clarity and balance, his creative process doesn’t overwhelm an innate ability to sound fresh and improvised. He has a contemporary voice while drawing upon the inspiration of the great keyboard masters. Streamwalker, his latest album, finds another lovely extension of this unique vision. Streamwalker, released by HeartEarthMusic, is his fifth album. Urquhart reaches a new heights in his artistry by exploring, via his own inner journey, the human soul’s response to the beauty of nature. The melody for the song that became the album’s graceful and serene title track came to Urquhart one day in the spring, while he was literally balancing on the rocks in a winding stream in woods behind a friend’s house in Rhode Island. He chose to bookend this set of 13 compositions with the optimism of Streamwalker and the similarly spirited opener, “Morning Eagle,” to reflect our ability to appreciate that life is indeed a gift. Looking further upstream, Urquhart devotes much of this music to our collective desire to remain reflective yet optimistic. The striking CD cover shot shows a close up of Craig’s right hand gently touching the stream, entering the world in which we interact with our environment. “Streamwalker is about the impact of nature on me as an artist and human being, and the many moods it inspires,” he comments.
With just him and his keyboard, Craig Urquhart continues to evoke themes of reflection with his simplified sophistication. --Michael Debbage, Wind and Wire
Streamwalker is a beautiful collection of original piano solos by Craig Urquhart. What a great album! --Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications
His music reaches through the invisible walls t... with an immeasurable sense of peace and beauty. --Richard Mauro, Sacred World Music