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Paul Bezooyen

Discography


 Deciduous Heart

Piano Instrumentals

Released August 24, 2018

Available exclusively at BandCamp


Out of the Blue

Guitar Instrumentals 

Released August 2012

Digital Download available from BandCamp


 

9 track Debut CD released 2006

Digital Download available from BandCamp

The Hermit's Music

A Collaboration of Vancouver Island Songwriters

Deciduous Heart 

released Aug. 24, 2018

Review by David Morrison :  

Known principally as a singer-songwriter trading in reflective and occasionally witty acoustic folk songs, The Hermit’s Music founder, PAUL BEZOOYEN, has taken a stylistic left turn with his latest release, Deciduous Heart.  Although he has delivered instrumental music before - both solo, with 2012’s beautiful acoustic guitar collection, Out of the Blue, and collaboratively with player of the Native American Style flute Terry Mack (as WindWeaver) - until now Paul has never composed for the piano.  Listening to how perfectly natural he sounds caressing its keys, it is a direction certain to present all manner of possibilities for his future projects.

Occupying the same sonic territory as the ilk of George Winston, Ludovico Einaudi or Fabrizio Paterlini, Deciduous Heart is a 28-minute journey into the musical world that this prolific, ever-evolving musician is exploring through his antique Biddle piano.  With titles such as Northern River, Blossoms, Seasons and Ancient Trees, the elegant and romantic Deciduous Heart remains in keeping with Paul’s endless fascination for, and awe of, the natural world around him.  Considering he is entirely self-taught on this project’s chosen instrument, with his very first piano compositions this sensitive artist has successfully painted vivid aural images to effortlessly compare with experienced musicians working in the same wordless arena.  

Joined only by the enigmatically named Angelique TNT providing vocalizations on the spiritual Ancient Trees, Paul is otherwise the sole musician on the 7-track Deciduous Heart, embellishing his pretty, calming melodies with subtle, synthesized adornments to replicate instruments such as an oboe.  It is all extremely lovely, and with the exception of the whimsical Sun, Sand and Parasols the material is melancholy and contemplative, acting as the perfect antidote to the noisy, chaotic and cluttered world we inhabit in 2018.  What’s more, for a first tentative venture into piano composition, essentially an experiment, Deciduous Heart is a quietly triumphant collection that will hopefully pave the way for more just like it in the not-too-distant future.


Video Links: Out of the Blue    Cathedral


Biography:

Where do I begin ? Writing about yourself is a difficult task. At present, I am thrilled to be surrounded by a community of songwriters who, through the process of collaboration, have become my best friends. So, you may be left wondering " why the Hermit's Music ? ".

 Since my late teens, songwriting has always been my main focus. I never envisioned myself as a performer. My joy was in creating music that I was passionate about and proud of. This was typically a solitary endeavor. Being shy and introverted, public performance of my music was never a pleasant experience however, I did want my music to be heard, in hopes that it would be enjoyed by others.

 Throughout the eighties and nineties, I was encouraged by some "commercial" recognition when I was commissioned to score and record theme music for some ACCESS television programs and various PSAs. During this time I was heavily involved in co-writing, recording and performing with various folk ensembles .

 Still, I was a Hermit at heart. You can imagine the hours of solitary creative fun I enjoyed working with my first multitrack recorder in the mid eighties. WOW, 4 tracks. Now I could record harmonies and second guitar parts. Then, in the late nineties, digital technology allowed me to record MIDI and multiple analogue tracks... and burn my own CD's, all from the comfort of my home studio !!

 Water Under The Bridge marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. this first CD was created entirely as a solo project. It presents a wide range of musical styles including new age, folk, jazz, country.... This is simply a reflection of my desire to always create outside of my comfort zone and push myself to grow in my skills and creative output.

 Moving to the BC coast was the next chapter. In 2006 I was able to devote much more time to music and I became much more confident and comfortable meeting other musicians and songwriters. This opportunity to collaborate with other songwriters energized my creative process. It pushed me to learn new ways of playing. All of this culminated in a new solo instrumental CD:  Out of the Blue.  Again, this CD is all over the map with respect to styles because it reflects my desire to experiment and explore.

 In the spring of 2016 I inherited a nice old Biddle Piano. This beautiful early 1900's piano has opened up new musical mountains to explore. 2017 will see me back into "Hermit Mode" crafting and publishing a new solo CD. It will no doubt be as varied in sound, texture and style as the others... we'll see where the process takes me.

 For me, music is ultimately an emotional and cathartic outlet. What we create and what others bring to the music is recorded and made available for your enjoyment. Hope it will bring you as much joy listening as we've had creating.

Cheers,

Paul