The Roads We Walk - Device Records
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Released in 2011, this breathtaking release
showcases Todd's amazing variety of piano styles:
from the technical pieces "Illuminations", "The
Chase", and "Joy and Sorrow", to the stunningly
beautiful "I Can't hold on Forever (inspired by a friend's
struggle with illness), "Live in Peace", "Starlight
Shore" (part two of By the Starlight),
and "Watching the Clouds". It continues with the
powerful songs, "Rapture", "Belief", and "Coyote's
Dance" (inspired by his Native
"Coronation" (originally written for his nephew's
renaissance wedding) and "Bohemian Love" (inspired by his trip
to Czech Republic - see cover) are wedding marches that
he was greatly inspired to write. "Deep Harmony" and
"Unwind" slow the listener down with a peaceful
meditative feel. Thanks to Engineer Kevin
Penner's studio expertise, "The Roads We Walk" is
Todd's best sounding recording to date.
Come listen to what has been called his
Lifescapes - Device Records
With this release,
Todd completed the third part of his piano
trilogy titled, "Lifescapes, scenes of our lives". In this
dramatic collection of fourteen piano compositions written and
recorded on a restored 1917 Artimus upright baby grand piano,
he masterfully captures the significant milestones of our
lives from birth to passing.
With this CD, he captures the
beautiful sounds of love with "The Joy of My Heart", "Joline's
(a wedding march for his niece),
Starlight". He stirs our emotions with "Looking Back", "What
Might have Been", and "Celebration of a Life" (in memory of
his sister-in-law). Todd reflects on our passions with "Life's
Great Adventure", "Circle of Life" and "A Life with Passion".
He captures our imagination with the Native, Western, and
Bluegrass imagery of "Black Bear, My Spirit Guide", "Lovelock"
(named for the town), and "Passing the Signposts". This album
showcases Todd's many different styles and influences and
takes his listener on a musical journey. Note:
Sheet music is now available to Joline's Walk (a wedding
march) for $3.99 USD. Please contact us if you are interested.
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Spiritwalk - Device Records
Spirit Walk is
a mystical departure from the previous works of Todd Banks.
With diversity of instrument and sound, he composes a unique
collection of songs that stir the imagination. Guitar, bass
and percussion combine to create music that encompasses
Native American, Progressive and Ambient. This collection
also presents four vocal performances, including two original
Cherokee songs “Spirit Walk” and “Osiyo”. “Osiyo” is a
Cherokee father’s welcoming and naming song for his newborn
son. It captures the hope and emotion of the bond that
naturally occurs. “Spirit Walk” or Adonvdo Aisv is an
emotional tribal chant that reflects a journey of the soul.
“Cloud People” and “Let Go”, the other vocal performances,
demonstrate Todd’s ability to compose insightful lyrics and
wrap them in memorable melodies.
The album also
contains seven instrumentals, including “The Dance of Water”,
which ranges from smooth and mellow to energetic and powerful.
“Teardrops” and “Because of You” are soft and sad while
“Spirit Horse”, “Arizona”, and “I Love to Watch Him Run” are
fast, upbeat and energetic. Once again, Todd
demonstrates tasteful and melodic musicianship with an ear for
song crafting. Let “Spirit Walk” move you.
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Dreamscapes - Device Records
as a collection of sixteen piano compositions that show
the varying themes and moods of this diverse artist. Visit
Todd's Cherokee roots in "Black Bear Speaks". Let your
imagination go as you float along in "Balloons" or
the peaceful grace of "Clouds". Imagine dreams of a
"Dance of a Princess" and take a musical flight
with "Bee and Butterfly". Live through the eyes of a
child in "From a Small Boy's Window" and
"Daydreaming". Experience the passion of "The Hero’s
Dream" and "Pure Beauty". Included on this collection is
"Softly Spoken", which evolved from
the first song that Todd composed as a
child. "Swing Set for A Sister" as a memorial to a
friend's tragic loss and "Forgotten Dreams" reminds us
not to forget what we hold dear. Dreamscapes creates a
soothing and rewarding experience for the listener.
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Landscapes - Device Records
Landscapes, a soothing collection of original
piano compositions unfolds with the gentle "Cottage
Mists" and "Meadows" and the title song "Landscapes". It
builds to the powerful and exciting "Canter Through the
Woods" and "River Rapids". From the beautiful "Coming Home"
and "War (reprise)" to the dramatic "Climb the Mountain" and
"Storm", Landscapes offers a chance to escape
to a peaceful yet passionate world. Indulge
yourself and enjoy what one reviewer calls,
"ambient, relaxing, and meditative music that most
composers can only dream of