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By James Dever jamesdever Bandcamp tylerdever Bandcamp jamesdevermusic SoundCloud jamzdenver Twitter.
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Released 3/12/2013.
Duration: ~16:10.

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  1. (4:13) Adagio
  2. (5:26) Valse
  3. (3:39) Meadows
  4. (2:52) Icarus

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Artist commentary:

James Dever: (Bandcamp about blurb, excerpt)

Rowing is the first of two small compilations of works by James Dever. After the second is released, the entire compilation will be released with additional pieces.

This compilation is meant to showcase the audio only. My actual objective is to sell the sheet music to my new compositions. This album is meant only to allow audio downloads and sharing.

James Dever: (Bandcamp credits blurb, excerpt)

Thanks to the following people for support in getting a new computer over the summer of 2012:
Noah Champoux, Sarah Stidmon, Colin Stanfill, Alexander Pollock, Carlie Neudorf, Brad Griffin, James Ewan, Denise Cabrera, Tyler MacNabb, Howard Haynes, Maria Traxler, Kalia Pickett, Linn Vennerholm, Kathleen Hurley, Kathryn Greetham, Ashley Jones, Joy Fleet, Liam Fratturo, Wilhelm Geier, Rachel Hestilow

James Dever: (Tumblr release post, excerpt)

Rowing: the first half of my solo effort

Good news, everyone!

My long discussed piano album is finally (slowly) being released! Rowing is the first of two short compilations of my recent compositions. Originally sketched for only piano, similar to my first album Sburb, it has now opened up quite a bit in instrumentation!

Rowing features four compositions by myself. If you follow my music blog, you’ve most likely heard each one! The reason is because they were all works in progress toward this album. Two tracks, Adagio and Icarus, are the result of commissions I received over the summer. Meadows was originally a piece I thought of for Homestuck but later readapted for a solo release. It’s a much larger ensemble than the other three. Valse is a piano and cello duet that I am quite proud of!

In the (hopefully) near future, I will release the second half of the album in another short release similar to this. Shortly after that, I’ll combine the two into a larger work with added material! There are specific reasons that influenced me to cut the album in half and release this first portion very prematurely! I’m actually very excited about this:

With each purchase of the album, I will be donating 2 dollars toward the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in support of researching a cure for childhood cancer. This is only for the rest of March, though. Specifically, I will be donating toward the Dollars for Dalton project run by friends of mine from my university. You’ve probably already heard about this from my constant sharing, but I really support this cause and I hope you can help me support it further!

About the “quality”
I put a lot of emotions and create a strong personal connection with my works, which isn’t uncommon for musicians. Because of this, it gets pretty difficult for me to finally confirm that I find something ready to release. These compilations are tricky for me, because on one hand, they are technically audio releases, but in my reality, they are actually large advertisements for the sheet music.

In this album you won’t find pretty EWQL Symphonic Orchestra samples leading your ears to bliss. Instead, you’ll find the stock Sibelius Sounds that I’m fairly fond of. I put more time into composition and schoolwork than production at this point in my life, because the importance to me is getting my work out to the people, and not how it sounds on a computer. My music is meant to be performed, which is why I try to put the emphasis on sheet music! Production is slowly being added to my projects as I learn more.

Niklink: (wiki editor)

The album referred to as the 'second half' of Rowing never materialized.

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