Change Is in the Wind (2021)

Ann Sweeten’s newest offering, Change Is in the Wind, is a breathtaking and breath-catching collection of passionate instrumentals rendered with prodigious technique and mesmerizing melodic sensibility. Standout guest musicians include: Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Eugene Friesen (Cello), and Charlie Bisharat (Violin). Though born out of the Pandemic, Change Is in the Wind bursts forth from the composer’s soul and blooms lushly on the ears and in the mind of the listener. Once again, Sweeten finds the path to light amidst the darkness and has said in her own words: “This time, and not for a long time, my music is coming from a place of Peace. It’s been kind of surreal actually, as if the heartaches of the past have been freed and I am floating in an aura of completeness, of understanding and release, Turning the Page, as it were… Change Is in the Wind, represents a glance in the rearview mirror of my life, but, with an Emergence into the light and peace of the Present.”

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So much of this album was written during the Corona Virus Pandemic. But a few months before Covid hit, I wrote May 24, 42 years ago, for my Mother, the day she died. The number reversal would never happen again. I also wrote One Last October, which was the last time I saw my Father alive, our last visit together, before he passed on November 27, 2019. That began a new chapter in my life, that of “Orphan”.

Now, with both my parents gone and being an only child, it creates a strange feeling: on one level, like I’m no longer connected, adrift without an anchor, while on another, feeling both of them all around me on a spiritual plane. The piece, What My Eyes Can’t See, reflects my faith that our physical manifestation on this Earth is merely a chapter in our spiritual journey. In life, if you pay attention, the many coincidences that seem to occur, are messages from God, from loved ones having crossed over: The Universe is talking, one just needs to listen and realize these, so-called coincidences, are full of meaning!

While Covid-19 ravaged the world, I continued to compose. There is something in this album that feels different, something in my writing that I haven’t felt for some time. I have lived through some extremely difficult and trying times in my years, emotionally, physically and psychologically. Through my music, I have sought to heal myself and in doing so, have found that I am healing others, which again gives me certainty about my mission in earthly garb.

Yet this album, Change is in the Wind, is just that, change. This time, and not for a long time, my music is coming from a place of Peace. It’s been kind of surreal actually, as if the heartaches of the past have been freed and I am floating in an aura of completeness, of understanding and release, Turning the Page, as it were.

During the pandemic, we had an April Snow, not entirely impossible for New England, yet significantly unusual, which brought forth What Blooms Beneath the Snow. So many, many people around the world succumbed to this staggering disease and yet, I was able to find a Silver Lining; something my Mother always encouraged me to look for when the Clouds were darkest.

For many, during the Lockdown and the stay-at-home mandates, with no work or school schedules, any sense of routine began to disappear, and one day seemed to bleed into the next, life slowed, and it became
Forever Sunday. It’s not a bad thing that life slowed down. The Human race goes about at a torrid pace – this is bound to bring about pain: so perhaps a lesson learned in the ‘silver lining’.

As I wrote these notes, sitting in my garden amidst Nature’s beauty, a Monarch Butterfly and a Hummingbird chose to visit: magnificent creatures of God’s amazing artistry and I felt blessed; they , too, are messengers of all that ‘my eyes can’t see’. My album, Change is in the Wind, represents a glance in the rearview mirror of my life, but, with an Emergence into the light and peace of the Present. If it be only fleeting, I embrace it wholeheartedly – the “Now” – for that is what we have and we must live it to the fullest.

Carpe Diem!
Ann Sweeten


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ann Sweeten for 15 years. In that entire time I’ve never known her to settle for anything less than brilliance in her composition and performance. Her latest album, Change Is in the Wind, furthers her legacy as one of the most talented pianists and composers on the scene today.”
-Will Ackerman (Founder, Windham Hill Records)


“Ann Sweeten takes us all on another instrumental new age journey on Change Is in the Wind. This is the fourth release I have covered in her catalog.

“Ann has defeated breast cancer twice and is now battling leukemia. It makes me wonder why so many people have to go through so much suffering in their lives. It is for a reason, that is what many people will say, and even those going through it. It is about acceptance, healing, and moving to the next phase of your spiritual development, here on earth or another level of existence.

“With that thought in mind, I think artists such as Ann Sweeten come from a place not all of us can understand. Although there are physical issues, we all deal with, some are more serious and life-threatening than others. In that very moment of realizing your life is once again being threatened, the enlightened will look at it as another opportunity to grow and get stronger. That is exactly the choice that Ann made recording this album.

“While reading all of her notes in the CD pamphlet I realized that there were so many things I could relate to. She mentioned sitting in her garden and a butterfly and hummingbird came to visit. She immediately looked at it as one of nature’s gifts and god’s messengers. I have always felt that way about wildlife I “coincidentally” came across, and no I do not believe in coincidence, I see these beautiful creatures as a reminder of the beauty and life that surrounds me.

“This has everything to do with the music of Ann Sweeten. The appreciation, connection, and the awesome beauty of god’s gifts that are given to us while we are here. It is important to me to know about the artist and their music, what drives them, where their energy is coming from, and what is the process that gets them to the end of an entire recording. I find out a lot of this on my Podcast’s however just by listening to the music, reading a bio on a website, or the liner notes, I have a lot to think about before I listen, and then it changes my entire experience.

“Ann and her Steinway Baby Grand Model B will sweep you away into another time and place, the mists of time melt away, and your feelings are engaged and pictures will enter your mind. This music moves me in a way no other genre can. It takes away any preconceptions of what I will hear and allows me to flow with the music and feelings that are happening. And yes, it is meditative and healing, her music has always had that effect on me.

What My Eyes Can’t See is one of the most prolific tracks she has ever created. And interestingly enough it connects to What Blooms Beneath The Snow. It is untouched beauty yet to blossom as we wait for the snow to melt and the sun’s rays to provide the warmth to initiate the growth. Life is like that in many ways. In some ways perhaps the disease that this amazing woman is currently dealing with has brought about something she now can see, and the growth is beginning because another part of her physical being is going through yet another change. I can see how she weaved all of these titles with meaning into her gorgeous representation of instrumental piano work. The spiritual essence of this individual is alive and well in this music and as she created it, presents it to us all, she is healing as well. This is her gift to the world and with that, we all must appreciate what is before us and take advantage of the beautiful sound and expressions being delivered through those ivory keys.

“I think there has been Change Is in the Wind for several years now. The awareness is getting stronger with each passing day on a global level. For me, I count my blessings every day. When I realized what was going on with Ann it changed my entire perspective on my own life. Even though there is gratitude present, I believe there could be more. We all need to give each other as much understanding and opportunity to express our true feelings and love for each other. Music like this gets me into the right space where all of these thoughts come to me one at a time for yet another moment of consideration. Music without words can be more powerful than heartfelt lyrics. Ann Sweeten has mastered that artistry and Change Is in the Wind is another documentary of her amazing life and talent.”
-Keith Hannaleck (New Age Music Reviews)


“When I first listened to pianist Ann Sweeten’s latest album, Change Is in the Wind, I heard something slightly different. This is important as Sweeten has one of the most recognizable styles to her composing and performing, that being a flowing melodicism, laced with gentle melancholy, contemplative reflection, and a genuinely sweet romanticism colored by amber-tinted regret and sadness. Change Is in the Wind introduces a new flavor of subtle optimism and sense of contentment as if Sweeten has released a deep breath, exhaling out some of her past tragedies, and embracing where they have taken her. Reading the liner notes (copious and personal, as always), it appears my perceptions were, as they say, “spot on”. While her usual musical motifs flow through the album’s ten tracks like a gently coursing stream, there are moments of lightness and even subtle happiness. Sweeten is joined by stellar guest artists (Nancy Rumbel, Eugene Friesen, Charlie Bisharat) and once more she recorded her piano tracks at Imaginary Road. Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton helped helm this release, along with Ann herself (all three share some of the production credits). Throw in a gorgeous cover photo and you have another great album from this prolific and talented artist. It’s winner in every regard.”
-Bill Binkelman (Wind and Wire)


“Sweeten’s brilliant compositions are enhanced via meticulous performances. Her smooth melodies flow nicely as she delivers tasty instrumental efforts that take New Age music to a new level. Opening with the flow of “Arctic Dance,” yet exploring with “What Blooms Beneath the Snow,” the significance of “May 24, 42 Years Ago,” and hits the halfway mark searching for “What My Eyes Can’t See.” Second side gems shine via the haunting “One Last October,” trailed by the memory of “Forever Sunday,” the ivory-tickling beauty of the title track “Change Is in the Wind,” and ends appropriately with the strains of “Silver Lining.”
-Bob Morello (Boston Post-Gazette)


Brilliant piano performances – Ann Sweeten – Change Is in the Wind
“It’s been a couple of years since I reviewed Ann’s “Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow” album, but on her new release, she (as always) turns in totally brilliant piano performances…”
-Dick Metcalf (Contemporary Fusion Reviews)


“…extraordinary soundscape, created out of the drive to share light and hope. Soul-stirringly beautiful, Change Is in the Wind is a treasure for both personal and public library instrumental music collections.”
-James Cox/Midwest Book Review


“The ‘neo-classical’ and ‘instrumental’ categories are incredibly broad. The character of the music, the instrumentation, the proficiency of the performers… you really get all kinds. Getting the attention of the listening public, breaking out from the pack, may be a difficult proposition, but *standing* out once observed is inevitable if you’ve got the goods. Ann Sweeten has got the goods. She has more than a dozen albums to her credit, and on September 3rd, 2021 she will release her latest, the lovely Change is In the Wind.”
-Patricia Mullen/Facing North


“The material on the release Change Is in the Wind transcends categorization in blending chamber classical and New Age into music of beguiling beauty. ”
-Ron Schepper/Textura.org


“There can be no doubt that Ann Sweeten is one of the most artistic performers of her day… one of the most emotive and descriptive pianists of her age. Change Is In the Wind is a ground breaking and heart-warming release, a game changer of an album.. from the very thoughts and meditations of the creative mind of Ann Sweeten, comes her best work so far, and through that work we can all take note of our own journeys, and allow that change to take place.”
-Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio



In Order of Appearance

Ann Sweeten
Steinway Baby Grand, Model B

Nancy Rumbel
English Horn
Arctic Dance
What My Eyes Can’t See
One Last October
Silver Lining

Eugene Friesen
Arctic Dance
May 24, 42 Years Ago
Silver Lining

Charlie Bisharat
What Blooms Beneath the Snow
What My Eyes Can’t See
One Last October
Change is in the Wind  

Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten

 All tracks produced by Ann Sweeten except as noted below:

Piano tracks produced by Ann Sweeten, Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton

Charlie Bisharat’s Violin tracks produced by Will Ackerman, Ann Sweeten and Tom Eaton

 All performances engineered by Tom Eaton except as noted below in parentheses:

Piano performances by Ann Sweeten recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT

Performances by Eugene Friesen recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT

Performances by Nancy Rumbel recorded at Water Garden Studios, Bellevue, WA (Nancy Rumbel)

Performances by Charlie Bisharat recorded at Sanubar Studios, Los Angeles, CA (Charlie Bisharat)

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder

RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Piano Technician:  Crystal Fielding

Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow (2019)

Ann Sweeten’s newest offering, Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, is a tour de force of emotion, technical prowess and prodigious composition. Standout guest musicians include:   Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Eugene Friesen (Cello), Charlie Bisharat (Violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (Soprano Saxophone), Trisha Craig (Flute).   During the album’s conception Ann was diagnosed with Leukemia. Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow refers to the time before diagnosis, and then to the horizon, beyond the immediate, with hope for the future.

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The notes that follow are from something I wrote on May third of 2017, just a few weeks after my diagnosis of Leukemia. I was sitting quietly in the late afternoon sun, a cool Spring Breeze ruffling the budding trees, tears dripping down my face (wishing for oblivion). The words written at that time, will now introduce my newest album Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, referring to the time before my diagnosis, and then, looking ahead and beyond the immediate with hope for the future.

“For those of you who have followed my career and read my CDs’ liner notes, you will already know that I have had Breast Cancer twice before and a plethora of related surgeries for Reconstruction. To receive a third cancer diagnosis is almost beyond what I can bear or even comprehend the likelihood.

This album began with a few compositions: Vanish, which refers to the vanishing ice in the Arctic and the accompanying vanishing species due to climate change, and Through Winter Panes, brought to life in my usual way; then I lost my beloved Blackie Boo and another was created. The pieces that followed were largely extensions or reactions to the emotional roller coaster of the weeks of blood tests, the simply not knowing for weeks on end, hearing the word “oncology” again and then hearing the word “Leukemia” – finally wondering how many years I had left. Through research, better comprehension and a second opinion, I found I do have a good prognosis as long as I tolerate the drugs that are used to treat it. There is no cure for this and no Doctor knows why it happens to some and not to others. Diet or Family history do not play a role, just some damn bit of rotten luck, though I have my suspicions.

Beyond the Clouds, Like Smoke thru a Keyhole, The Empty Swing, and Philadelphia 22 (the chromosome responsible for my Leukemia) are markers on my journey of fear, hopelessness, anger, acceptance and then the resolution to fight for survival. Another piece was written for my dear little Shiloh who passed the day after Christmas 2017, which brought me to another level of despair. The two that followed, the title track and Across the Midnight Sky are more a testament to hope and resiliency.

To those who read this, please do not feel sorry for me, but rather cheer me on, for if the “why” in ‘why have I gotten cancer 3 times?’ cannot be answered, then the fact that I still survive, may be answer enough. I submit that despite odds against me in a world we no longer understand, there are forces at work to keep me here, to keep giving my music to the world.

I have never needed a wake-up call in life thru diagnosis or event, as I have always felt so very present and awake, but this third diagnosis has dropped me to my knees and in a way I can’t explain, the world is different, my life is different, my reactions are different, my patience is greater, my capacity for forgiveness as well. Life itself seems so fragile that I hold it like a wounded bird, so that it may grow well within my care and fly free again, carrying music on its wing.

In light of all this, I urge you to take the time to hear the birdsong in quiet April walks in the woods, to feel the sun in a sparkling sapphire sky with a salty brine in the air while sea ebbs and flows and you walk ALIVE, not alone, with a dog running free at your feet; to taste the truth of life in an intimate embrace, to delight, in the crunch of leaves beneath your shoes in Autumn’s lusty haze, in the swirling magic of December snow, and in the majesty of Earth reborn in Spring, to be grateful for all that graces your day in the smallest of creatures and in the smallest of gestures, for the stars in the midnight fields, and for Love wherever it may appear. I carry on!”

Ann Sweeten

Goodbye Blackie Boo ( 1/17/96 – 11/11/16)

Since your loving Soul
Took Wing on Friday night,
I hear and feel you every place,
And long to hold you tight.

To look into your eyes,
And kiss your little face,
Is now, but in my Memory,
One, Time, will not erase.

Little Shadow, I turned and you were there,
Now in Heaven’s star- clad clover,
Within my heart,   Hence, Everywhere.
I’ll miss you forever, till I see you again…..


(May 2002 – 12/26/17)

When did the sun begin to set? When did Autumn’s face appear?
When did unbridled days of youth ebb in the passing year?

So fast, so smart, so dear, your angelic face now white
With the brushstroke of age and God’s most holy light.

Our sentinel ‘ere present protecting those she loved,
At the gate, atop a stair or window high above.

She saw the world in many ways and even loved to watch TV.
Nothing missed her soulful gaze but Animal planet was best to see!

My Little graced the earth as floating on the air,
Now she runs amidst the clouds in climes forever fair.

A thousand words were spoken in silent moments sweet;
My Shiloh swaddled in my arms, no beauty more replete.

Your gentle eyes of brown locked upon mine, blue,
Speaking a tender dialogue awash in love’s forever hue.

Wings of light will carry you, my love will guide your way.
And in my heart I know, we’ll hold hands again, some day. A.S.


“The Further Evolution from a pianist who has always delivered musical brilliance.”
-Will Ackerman (Founder, Windham Hill Records)

“A small instrumental ensemble with piano offers a nearly unlimited range of textures, sounds, and melodic range. Sweeten takes full advantage of her talented musical guests, but it’s clear when listening that her passions and emotions are the engine driving the music. The depth of heart and soul invested into these songs is pretty mind-blowing, but it wouldn’t be nearly as powerful if the music wasn’t fully supported by top-notch skill and musicianship. Exceptional music, light years above and beyond other neo-classic genre productions.”
-Elizabeth Hazel, Facing North

“Sweeten has vanquished cancer twice and now is faced with a third go round.  With the spirit she imbues her new age/contemporary instrumental piano playing with and the friends that are gathered here around her, you can hear and feel why this is the kind of set that could reignite new age back into the mainstream, this is the kind of quality music that Duke Ellington would refuse to label.  Simply as good as it gets.”
-Midwest Record

“With a team of consummate professionals behind her, Ann Sweeten has pulled off a masterstroke of an album, one that will stir your emotions, that will leave you deeply moved, that will inspire you as well perhaps, but hopefully one that will leave you, in total gratitude of this most precious of things that we are blessed with, life.
Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow in my view is Sweeten’s best work so far, it challenged me to give myself to the moment and the music and at the end I had found an element of healing within its tones. This is an album created by an artist who clearly is in touch with her musical muse, the performances within are pristine, beautiful and emotive, and is an album that if you wish to add something of total quality to your collections, you simply must have at all costs.”
– Steve Sheppard, One World Music

“New Age pianist Ann Sweeten’s album Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, has been described as ‘a tour de force’ of emotion, technical prowess and prodigious composition. Ann surrounded herself with guest musicians: Nancy Rumbel (English horn), Eugene Friesen (cello), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (soprano saxophone), and Trisha Craig (flute). The music on this album was created while enduring the effects of a third cancer diagnosis. In her own words, Ann explains, ‘The world is different, my life is different, my reactions are different, my patience is greater, my capacity for forgiveness as well. Life itself seems so fragile that I hold it like a wounded bird, so that it may grow well within my care and fly free again, carrying music on its wing.’ The result, an emotional roller coaster of ten cuts, including two with hope and resiliency built in, ‘Across the Midnight Sky’ and the title track ‘Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow,’ marking her journey of survival with the mood magic of ‘Beyond the Clouds,’ ‘Like Smoke Through a Keyhole,’ ‘The Empty Swing’ and ‘Philadelphia 22.’ Just a sampling of the excellent music Sweeten created, and her valiant battle for survival.”
– Bob Morello, Boston Post-Gazette

“Ann Sweeten has a story to tell. This incredible woman and musician has suffered through 3 bouts of cancer. I found her words inspirational. She does not want anyone to feel sorry for her, she wants positive support and for people to stop and smell the roses of life that abound all around us.
“I covered the 2016 release Where Butterflies Dance and in 2014 Tapestries of Time So now I am ready for the latest offering Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow.
Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow is her story set to music. Words are not necessary with such talent at the keys. The eloquence and beauty of piano instrumental music reach new heights for the artist on this release. With everything going on in her personal life she has found the energy and inner spirit to push herself beyond any physical limitations and turn into something positive and wonderful.
“The title track is a gorgeous heartfelt melody flowing like a stream of rhythmic in-sync spirituality. In other words, Ann becomes one with the music and the end result is extraordinary. ‘Philadelphia 22’ is so emotional and full of the grace of the heavens. The power of her rolling piano passages finds its foundation in classical but the soul of the track is all Ann. The addition of the cello, English Horn, and violin give the tracks another layer that brings an additional emotive element and that classical sensibility.
“There is sadness in the music however her piano brings out the joy and positive vibes that are within her and it will heal not only the artist but everyone that hears it. That is the beauty of this music. The story behind it all is incredibly real and it will touch many lives.
Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow will leave an indelible mark upon your soul. After reading about her tribulations, the music took on a stronger significance. Just knowing what Ann has been through, her great attitude and the messages she delivers in the music, it would give anyone pause. I heard the birds chirping last night and looked at my wife and said ‘Hear them chirping? They sound so happy.’ That is the purity of nature and all the sounds, smells, and colors that are all around us. I am so grateful for that kind of awareness and the gift of this music, that heals and takes me to another level of reality.
“This kind of instrumental music envelops you in a cocoon of tranquility that cannot be retrieved during a normal busy day. This surely is music made for those seeking healing that goes beyond words.”
-Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews

“Decidedly unique piano beauty Ann Sweeten – BEFORE TODAY, BEYOND TOMORROW:  I have been reviewing Ann’s enchanting piano work for many, MANY years now and can honestly say that her new release is the most emotionally engaging keyboard adventure I have listened to in 2019… she put this together after a third cancer diagnosis (Leukemia), yet still is able to convey a sincere hope for the future…
“In addition to Ann’s marvelous keyboards, you will hear Nancy Rumbel doing English horn; Eugene Friesen on Cello; Charlie Bisharat’s Violin, Premik Russell Tubbs playing Soprano sax and Trisha Craig on Flute… compositions like ‘Vanish‘ (which mourn our – mutual – loss of the Arctic ice & so many species) will bring a tear to your eye, I’ve no doubt… a totally engaging and emotional tune!
One of the quotes from Ann in the liner notes that struck me with absolute power is – ‘I submit that despite odds against me in a world we no longer understand, there are forces at work to keep me here, to keep giving my music to the world‘… as you listen to the opener, ‘Across The Midnight Sky‘, you will hear why I found that comment so striking… despite hardships and knee-bending blows in life, our friend Ann’s piano brings hope to those who need it.
“Of the ten sonic wonders Ann offers up for your enjoyment and enlightenment, it is ‘The Empty Swing‘ that gets my vote for personal favorite… it’s only 4:26, but will give you clear images of how (and why) Ann created the beautiful song! Most Highly Recommended.”
-Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Positive, Warm, Relaxing, Empowering New Music from Pianist Ann Sweeten
“Ann Sweeten is an outstanding new age musician who has given us 14 albums over a two-decade-plus career, and each one has been a treasure. Her newest outing is Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, once again co-produced by noteworthy new age legend Will Ackerman, and featuring musical guests that include new age luminaries such as Nancy Rumbel on English horn and Eugene Friesen on cello and Charlie Bisharat on violin.
“Sweeten is a pianist (a Steinway artist) and composer who knows exactly what the new age music audience wants, and she gives it to them. This is beautiful music that is relaxing and soothing, balm for your soul.
“I love her song title imagery: ‘Beyond the Clouds’ (one of two tunes where she accompanies herself on synth), ‘The Empty Swing’ (great back-and-forth with the English horn and violin) and ‘Like Smoke Through a Keyhole’ (the only track with a flute).
“This music is beyond heartfelt. The notes seem to come from somewhere deep down inside of Ann Sweeten, and fortunately for us, she lets them out into our world. Each note is like a sip of herbal tea or a vitamin supplement adding warm feelings, positive reinforcement and resolute strength to our lives. Thank you, Ann.”
–Magle International Music Forums

“Pianist Ann Sweeten has been putting out albums for the past 22 years (mostly ensemble recordings, but with the occasional solo piano pieces), and each one has been memorable. She has become a new age music stalwart, a beloved composer and performer who can be counted on to always deliver the goods. Her melodies are always terrific, even if they don’t always follow a strictly pop or even classical pattern. They simply work. They make you feel. She has a real love for nature and especially animals, and that feeling often comes through.
“Her latest album is titled BEFORE TODAY, BEYOND TOMORROW and is influenced by her fight with several types of cancer.  But the music she makes is not a downer, but is all positive, just like her attitude toward life. She looks at every day as a gift to her and she turns those feelings into music that she passes along as one gift after another to us.
“Her piano playing is great and is augmented with special guest musicians Nancy Rumbel (English horn), Eugene Friesen (cello), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Premik Russell Tubbs (soprano saxophone), and Trisha Craig (flute). These are top level musicians. Their interplay with Sweeten’s piano is right on the money and quite moving, especially the piano-English horn duets and the piano-cello interaction.
“This is delicate, emotional, relaxed music from a remarkable lady and her friends. Seek it out online and take a listen. It’s a keeper.”
-Buzz Music

“…After  fourteen solo albums featuring her harmonious blend of instrumental piano magic, Ann Sweeten is truly a piano heroine to take note of.  A mix of meditative emotions, superb piano technique and smart composition, Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow features several esteemed artists backing up Ms. Sweeten’s piano visions, including Nancy Rumbel (English Horn), Eugene Friesen (Cello) and more.  For those suffering or in pain due to life’s many tribulations, Ann Sweeten’s latest piano masterpiece, Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow is a worthy sonic elixir.”
-Music Web Express

“Possessed of one of the most recognizable “voices” in piano music today, Ann Sweeten always finds a way to never repeat herself.  Her characteristic flowing melodies, accented here by guest artists, e.g. Nancy Rumbel and Eugene Friesen, manage the difficult task of merging fond remembrance and subtle sorrow, both imbibed with deep, rich romanticism.  This album, though, is a product of unimaginable personal tragedy, as Sweeten recently received her third cancer diagnosis (this time for leukemia).  Throw in the loss of two of her beloved dogs in the same recent time period (all this documented in her, as usual, personal liner notes) and one must stand in wonder at her strength of will as well as her talent.”
-Bill Binkelman – Retailing Insight Magazine


In Order of Appearance

Ann Sweeten
Steinway Baby Grand, Model B
Kawai K5000 Synthesizer              Across the Midnight Sky
Kurzweil 2500XS Synthesizer        Beyond the Clouds

Nancy Rumbel
English Horn       Across the Midnight Sky
Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow
The Empty Swing             Philadelphia 22

Eugene Friesen
Cello      Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow
Philadelphia 22                Vanish

Charlie Bisharat
Violin     The Empty Swing
Philadelphia 22                                Lullaby for Blackie Boo

Premik Russell Tubbs
Soprano Saxophone
Saying Goodbye                              Through Winter Panes

Trisha Craig
Flute      Like Smoke Through a Keyhole

Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten

All tracks produced by Ann Sweeten except as noted below:
Piano tracks produced by Ann Sweeten, Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton
Charlie Bisharat’s Violin tracks produced by Will Ackerman and Ann Sweeten
Premik’s Soprano Saxophone tracks produced by Will Ackerman

All performances engineered by Tom Eaton except as noted below in parentheses:
Piano performances by Ann Sweeten recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT
Synthesizer performances by Ann Sweeten recorded at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA
Performances by Charlie Bisharat recorded at The Village Studios, Los Angeles,  CA (Jeff Gartenbaum)
Performances by Nancy Rumbel recorded at Water Garden Studios, Bellevue, WA (Nancy Rumbel)
Performances by Premik recorded at Threshold Recording Studios, New York, NY (James Walsh)
Performance by Trish Craig recorded at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA
Performances by Eugene Friesen recorded at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Piano Technician:  William Ballard

Flying Solo Silhouette (2017)

This album is a reflection on the work I have done at Imaginary Road Studios over the past decade and across 5 albums co-produced with Will Ackerman. I had wanted to put out an entirely solo album that takes a look back and Will offered to take a listen to that body of work over the last 10 years. Our goal was to create a playlist sequence from 55 compositions that would flow seamlessly from one to the other but yet stand apart to showcase the very wide diversity and breadth of my compositions and nuance of performance.

Will and I are both thrilled with the end result and send it out in the world for your listening pleasure. The album is approximately one hour and all compositions were re-mixed and re-mastered completely to create this new entity. So here’s quite literally to “Flying Solo”, as on the Concert Stage! Enjoy the Flight!


“Some artists just have that something extra kind of special sauce that puts them in a category all their own and Sweeten is at the head of that class.  A masterful solo piano outing, this is bar-raising instrumental music that hits the target as squarely as possible.  Killer stuff throughout for the real muso.”
-Midwest Record

New age pianist Ann Sweeten has turned out a spectacular list of quality recordings for the past 20 years.  Few new agers even stick around 2 decades much less keep the level of quality that high.  Her original compositions are always melodious and interesting and entertaining….an amazing artist who rightly resides at the pinnacle of both new age music but also modern piano performance.  If you want the best, have a helping of this.”
-Buzz Music

“Ann Sweeten is an excellent pianist as she has demonstrated time and again on album after album that have consistently risen to the upper echelons of the main new age airplay chart around the world.  Now she returns with her first solo piano album of original compositions, Flying Solo Silhouette.  This is as good as it gets in this genre. There have been a whole bunch of solo piano artists on the new age music scene over the past 20 years, but few approach the competency, talent, exquisite touch, melodic sensibilities and verve of Ann Sweeten.”
-Magle International Music Forums

Flying Solo Silhouette is Sweeten’s best work so far without doubt,  this is an album that has everything the legions of solo piano fans will adore.  She has manifested an album that has emotion, colour, movement, a softness of touch and intensity when needed.  You will know I listen to many in this genre, but this has to rate as being one of the best I have heard for quite some time.  I am sure that the radiant professionalism and outstanding skills shown within this album will also be acknowledged by those sensible enough to purchase it, this is pure class.”
-One World Music Radio

Ann Sweeten is one of the top Pianists to emerge in the past 20 years.  In the past 20 years there have been many new age pianists who have burst forth and gone, but few have come along as talented as Ann Sweeten, who has continued to put out quality original piano material time and again, and those albums have consistently placed in the Top 5 on the International Zone Music Reporter Chart.  If you buy lots of solo piano albums, after awhile you start to get highly selective because just how many solo piano albums does anyone need in their collection?  But if I had to recommend one to add this year it would be this recording because Ann Sweeten is one of the best piano talents we have.  She deserves to be listened to, and you certainly won’t regret it.  Quality, like cream, rises to the top.  Skim off some of this bliss.”
-World’s #1 Music Forum!

“Each of the pieces is reflective of the emotion so named in the title, which through the medium of her immense skill at the keyboard, are brought to life in an elegant and thoughtful manner.  Sweeten has not been without her share of life changing challenges, surviving breast cancer twice and now battling Leukemia, which undoubtedly reflects in the tonal quality of the music.  There is something additional that can only come of experience and survival, which in itself brings another dimension, a deeper understanding to living life to the full, which is reflected in the emotion of her music.  Soothing and soft, the works simply keep on getting richer and better as she progresses through the beauty that can be found in the smallest of life aspects which are to be discovered in Dawn on Red MountainVeil of TearsAfterglow andDecember Snow:  each individual and yet related in an intangible moment in time.  Her music is laced with hope, love and joy; it is exquisite and dainty.  Created from what could almost be considered Divine Intervention, Flying Solo Silhouette is perfection.  On Wings of Lightcompletes this delightful sequence of compositions which are to be, will be and should be, enjoyed time and time again.  Perfection.”
-Blue Wolf Reviews, Australian New Age Lifestyle Publication

“The tracks are like a string of cabochon jewels on a bracelet.  The music is rich and fulfilling.  Sweeten’s romantic sensibilities are expressed through refined melodic and harmonic content.”
-Facing North


Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten on Steinway Grand Model B

All tracks co-produced by Ann Sweeten and Will Ackerman

All tracks recorded and engineered at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT

Engineered and mastered by Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder, RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Piano Technician: William Ballard

Where Butterflies Dance (2016)

Throughout the world, in all cultures spanning history; from ancient times until the present, the metamorphosis of Butterflies, has been a source of wonder. Many legends or myths about butterflies have arisen in very different cultures that are representative of renewal, transformation, death, and rebirth, awakening, courage, love, joy and hope.

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The Greeks believed that a new human soul was born each time an adult butterfly emerged from its cocoon. Northern Europeans thought that dreams were the result of the soul butterfly’s wanderings; Native American Indian legends told that butterflies would carry the wishes to the Great Spirit in heaven to be granted. No matter the symbolism, they seem to be viewed universally, with reverence.

The title, Where Butterflies Dance also symbolizes a number of things. The first is that butterflies not only represent beauty, but also a wonderful sense of grace. The word grace can mean many things, but I refer to the manner in which we live our lives and interact with our surroundings. Many ancient civilizations believed that butterflies were symbols of the human soul, so there is a spiritual connotation to the title as well. Where they dance, would be heavenly would it not? Two of my compositions embody this feeling such as Elysian Fields and The Hanging Road (Cheyenne for The Milky Way)

There is also an environmental message to the title. The Monarch Butterflies are actually on the brink of extinction thanks to companies like Corporate Giant, Monsanto and all the GMOS, pesticides and herbicides wreaking havoc on our environment. These shifting land management practices are responsible for the disappearance of the Milkweed plants along the Monarchs’ Migration route. Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed: their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. The too many warning signs are clear: If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.

Continuing with the environmental message, Sateo, is about one of the last “great tuskers” with ivory tusks weighing over 100lbs. The great bull elephant, likely close to 50 years old, was found dead on May 30 of 2014 in Kenya, after being poisoned to death by poachers, after years of adapting his behavior to hide himself from humans. Elephants are such extremely intelligent and sensitive beings and he just knew that they would bring about his demise. Poaching has reached unprecedented levels in history in all species. Richard Moller of the Tsavo Trust, who had been monitoring Sateo for years confirmed that Sateo is indeed dead, killed by a poacher’s poisoned arrow, to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries.” Frank Pope of Save the Elephants in Nairobi stated that “the loss of such an iconic elephant is the most visible and heartrending tip of this iceberg, this tragedy that is unfolding across the continent.”

I wrote the piece after seeing the picture of Sateo before, in his grandeur, and then, after they had shot him down with poison darts and literally cut off his face, leaving him, felled by greed. In the recording, the violin represents the beauty and grace of Sateo’s spirit.

Sateo, Sateo,
Majestic Tusker of your land
In Africa, your kingdom,
An Africa without Man

They shot you down,
Removed your face
And now Your ivory
Is gone without a trace.

There must be a place
Where we might know grace
Again. Sateo, Sateo, my friend.

Floating far above
Your kind and gentle soul
Seeks to know why greed
Succeeds instead of love

In awe we remember
In sadness we mourn
Your hallowed greatness
And all-too-soon sojourn.

There must be a place,
Where we might know grace,
Again. Sateo, Sateo, my friend.

Bless you Sateo…

A word must also be said about Love Among the Ruins. The love to which I refer is the growing number of species languishing and nearing extinction on a deeply compromised planet. And, also, perhaps, the love is the whisper of two lovers’ souls, forever mingling after flesh is gone. The Cello and English horn represent their voices as they struggle to be heard.

In conclusion, Where Butterflies Dance is both a call to action and a prayer for hope that we might find a place where the butterflies indeed dance, by righting the wrongs, and creating a renewed grace toward Mother Earth, all her inhabitants and toward fellow mankind.

May you dance with the Butterflies,
Ann Sweeten


“Ann Sweeten is one of those rare performers who plays with her heart on her sleeve; she produces emotive soundscapes that really hit home hard and on this her latest album, that bar has yet again been raised further. Where Butterflies Dance is ambitious and has been co-produced by the master of new age music, Will Ackerman, and as you can see, has a plethora of other musicians who have added their magic to this musical moment of genius. Where Butterflies Dance is Sweeten’s best work so far; she has pushed the boundaries, she has seized the moment and rightfully so, has created an album that is both beautiful and deeply meaningful. Ann Sweeten has gone for it, and her courage and commitment and her passion will win you over with ease. This is one album you don’t have to think about getting, just do it, it is outstanding.”
Steve Sheppard – One World Music – 5 Stars

“In addition to Ann’s impeccable talents as a pianist, composer, and arranger, the unseen, but deeply felt, spiritual dimension that she brings to her music takes her elegant compositions to another level altogether. This latest release by Ann Sweeten, like the butterfly itself, is a thing of delicate beauty in motion, symbolizing grace, transformation, and renewal. After 12 albums, Ann’s music continues to evolve into greater and greater levels of refinement and creative expression. Where Butterflies Dance is an inspired work of art from one of the genre’s premier pianists.”
Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus – 5 Stars

“Ann’s piano playing is gorgeous throughout this album, that is the best way to explain it. There is a flow and natural rhythm like what mother earth so generously gives us all. A heartbeat of life that pulsates, ebbs and flows like the tides of the sea, the music will capture you as you fall into it without even knowing it….magical.”
Keith Hannaleck – New Age Music Reviews – 5 Stars

“Inspired by themes of nature, and specifically, the butterfly, Where Butterflies Dancedually captures the essence of human emotion and life’s experiences, conveyed by the butterfly’s universal symbolism of beauty, love, hope, death, rebirth and transformation. Ann’s piano playing is at once dynamic yet restrained, with a uniquely artful style that often reminds me of a constant gentle stream, cascading over stones and all its subtle nuances. Where Butterflies Dance is a thoroughly outstanding album and the compositions lingered in my mind long after the listening experience had concluded. Deeply passionate about the environment and its many afflictions, Ann so eloquently conveys a message of environmental awareness through her music, expressing her passion with originality, sentimentality and immaculate beauty.”
Candice Michelle- Journeyscapes – 5 Stars

“Ann Sweeten has done a wonderful job of putting together a recording that offers a lot of reflection, introspection, and musical picture painting. ..reminiscent of something written by the great impressionists…out of the ordinary…”
Donovan Johnson – Enlightened Piano

“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.”
Bill Binkelman – Retailing Insight

“The music on this album is touching to the core…beautiful!”
Donna Hughes – Spirit Seeker

“Sweeten’s music is always warm and lyrical reflecting her love of nature, staunch environmentalism and animal activism. Ann Sweeten’s efforts to change the world with her music are both commendable and compelling… elegant and graceful… achingly beautiful.”
Kathy Parsons “New and Exceptional” MainlyPiano.com – 5 Stars

“…the key element is how evocative Sweeten’s music is, no matter an individual song’s tempo, mood, or accompaniment.”
Zone Music Reporter

“Ann’s music has a way of giving the listener a sense of comfort and optimism. Where Butterflies Dance is quite emotional, but the ten tracks always sound soothing…it is music in which bones and hearts mend at their own pace.”
Zone Music Reporter


Performances in order of appearance

Ann Sweeten – Steinway Grand Model B
-EX5 Yamaha Synthesizer, Kawai K-5000 Synthesizer (Elysian Fields)

AkaneSetiawan – English Horn
A Trace of YouThe Hanging RoadLove Among the Ruins

Charlie Bisharat – Violin
A Trace of You

Eugene Friesen – Cello
Broken Wing at North LightThe Hanging RoadLove Among the Ruins

Jeff Pearce – Ambient Guitar
Elysian Fields

Trisha Craig – Flute
Morning Mist at ChimayoWhere Butterflies Dance

Will Ackerman – Acoustic Klein Guitar
Morning Mist at Chimayo

Andrew Eng – Violin
MigrationSateoWhere Butterflies Dance

I want to extend a big thank you to all the musicians who brought their passion and unique vision to this project. You are all wonderful!


Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten www.annsweeten.com

All tracks produced by Ann Sweeten except as noted below:

Piano tracks produced by Ann Sweeten and Will Ackerman

Charlie Bisharat’sViolin track produced by Will Ackerman

Cello tracks produced by Ann Sweeten and Will Ackerman

All tracks recorded and engineered at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County VT except as noted below:

Performances by Akane Setiawan recorded at David Kean’s Audities Foundation Studio in Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Engineer David Kean

Performance by Charlie Bisharat recorded at The Village in Los Angeles, CA – Engineer Jake Valentine

Performances by Andrew Eng and Trisha Craig recorded at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA -Engineer Tom Eaton

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton:At Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder:
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers:
Pennsauken, NJ, U.S.A.

Piano Technician: William Ballard

Tapestries of Time (2014)

The pieces on this album have to do with time in some concept or other. There may be a direct reference, a captured moment, an isolated experience or inspiration drawn from a particular event, the idea of infinity and limitless possibility. Some of the titles, including the very album title, speak for themselves such as “Afterglow,” “The Hourglass,” “Endless Sky” and “CAVU” (an aviation term for “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited”) dedicated to my Father, a former WWII Navy Pilot.

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“Hypnotique” was written during Hurricane Sandy’s raging wrath. Fortunately, living where I do, we did not experience the severe devastation in NY, NJ and the surrounding areas. Rather, the high winds and dramatic skies lulled me into a cocoon of creativity, effectively hypnotized by the power of nature. “Of Clouds and Dreams,” was written during the February 2013 Blizzard – that powdery white stuff is also pretty compelling to both writers and composers.

In March of 2013, I was vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico and was out driving around the island when we came upon a small hotel, very rustic, no electricity to speak of, but looking out on wild seas and jagged cliffs. It was, in a word, beautiful. Then I noticed the little sign for it, which said, “Ventanas Al Mar” – Windows to the Sea – and I thought it a perfect title echoing the idea of time in the endless, limitless view, it so graciously offered.

Sometimes, the idea of waiting – caged, tethered or bound – is so devastatingly injurious, so monumentally depressing, that it sadly becomes the bleakest tapestry an innocent experiences. “Send Me an Angel” was written for and is dedicated to all Laboratory Animals, in the here and now, and to all those that have gone before, finally free of their unconscionable suffering. It is written from their perspective:

“I tried so hard throughout the years,
To hold to hope through dreaded fear.
I’ve wished so hard amidst the tears,
For simple freedom, strange souvenir.
Angel, Send me an Angel now,
For I’m so weary, Help me, somehow…”

Let us pray that “there will come a time when the world will look back to modern vivisection in the name of Science, as they now look back upon burning witches at the stake in the name of Religion”.
Henry J. Bigelow, MD

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called “Medical Research”.
George Bernard Shaw

“Riversong” is about a place dear to my heart that remains timeless – there long before me and certain to remain long after. Conversely, my memories there, fleeting moments of sunlight framed by the banks of this most majestic waterway, are almost mocked, by the river’s never-ending flow.

“The Great Divide,” which was inspired by a poem I wrote many years ago, speaks to the line between childhood and adulthood. The song “Toyland,” (music by Victor Herbert, lyrics by Mel Leven and Glen MacDonough) states that “once you cross its’ borders, you can never return again.” But my poem, which follows here, actually implies that though there is the psychological and emotional chasm between the two entities of child and adult, the 2 characters in the poem, are one and the same and not really so far apart after all, especially when one is careful to keep alive the magical light of one’s inner child!

The Great Divide

I reached out my hand to the little child
And though she clung to me, I couldn’t cross the great divide.
I see she’s fair like me, has eyes like me
But is blind to whom she’ll be.

Little one, I’d love to come and play,
but through the many years, all my dolls I’ve put away.
Now, go ahead without me, play without a care,
Build your castles in the sand, I’ll picture myself there.

I look to her to find the seeds for all I sow.
She always loves to see me and hates it when I go.
We share our stories and she doesn’t seem to mind,
My castles and my princes are of just a different kind.

Little one, perhaps another day,
I know you’ll come and find me, If I chance to slip away.
So go along without me, play without a care
Build your castles in the sand, I’ll always be right there.

Despite the distance, we’re not so far apart.
I keep her safe inside me, her heart’s within my heart.
We love to laugh and hate to cry. We build our bridges to the sky….
But when my castle burned and all my princes fade
She turns and somehow knows, you get but one parade.

In life, the hourglass is yours…may the tapestries you weave therein be rich and filled with love,
Ann Sweeten


“Ann’s beautiful piano work is simply stunning on this new CD eleven fresh pieces that will soothe your ears and your mind for the duration! The opening track, “Afterglow”, is worth the purchase price; I love this one. I’ve reviewed her work for many years now, and found this new CD to be her crowning achievement; if you’re not totally captivated by “Hypnotique”, you should go watch basketball or the latest episode of “Cops”. It was the title track, “Tapestries of Time”, that caught my vote for personal favorite on this one. the recording is flawless, and the emotions roll right through her fingers. For listeners who must have some keyboard in their lineup, this gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information at Ann’s website.”
Rotcod Zzaj, Rating: Most Highly Recommended

“Having reviewed Ann’s previous album, In the Wake, her musical evolution is evident in the deeply personal and heartfelt compositions of Tapestries of Time. The sensitivity she brings to each piece draws the listener into a musical world of emotionally inspiring melodies and rich visual imagery for the mind’s eye. While the focus of the album is on “time”, what I was most struck by was the sense of timelessness that is evoked by Ann’s elegant compositions, artful arrangements and flawless performance.”
Music and Media Focus, Rating: 5 Stars

“Ms. Sweeten has the fingers of an angel and the heart of a warrior. She has won her own personal fight with cancer and helps others to do the same, all the while trying to protect the animals that get thrown in the middle. Some people are heroes. They don’t wear capes but they do fly. Ann Sweeten is one of those. Music is her super power and she uses it with dead on laser accuracy. Beauty, grace and selflessness come out of every note. If you want an album that will take your breath away, you won’t want to miss Tapestries of Time.”
Muzikreviews.com, Rating: 5 Stars

“Having such a stunning success, Ann Sweeten does not stop in her creative work; she goes further and her music becomes more profound, emotional… there is so much poetry in the music of Ann Sweeten. All her compositions are exquisite and bright. Listening to Tapestries of Time you can easily plunge in the inner world of the artist, full of deep and sincere emotional experiences. Ann Sweeten is a virtuoso pianist and her arrangements are truly perfect. The music is filled with contemplation and love..”
Serge Kozlovsky

“Very many acoustic threads have woven this bright musical tapestry which depicts the fullness of Ann’s life, calling forth surprisingly subtle, harmonious, and delicate music. It must be noted that Ann’s friends bring many bright colors to this album. All these musicians have worked together before, but Ann’s talent elicits a pure chemical reaction from their collaboration, which is capable of bringing forth an entire world of genuine emotion and luminous feelings.”

“There are certain musicians that I really look forward to receiving an album from and I am happy to say Ann Sweeten is one of them. After the outstanding “In the Wake” we now have an utterly brilliant release called Tapestries of Time, this takes Sweeten beyond her previous work and into the land of musical Narnia with an album that leaks quality through every pore. Tapestries of Time by Ann Sweeten will entrance you and will woo you with its delicate magnificence and with its splendor. It is an album of pure graceful intent and exquisite beauty and should you have the good sense to purchase this album, your musical heart will love you forever.”
Steve Sheppard – One World Music

“Ann Sweeten’s CD “Tapestries of Time” is such a gorgeous treat. Melodic, moody, touching. This is music for the soul. This is a lovely disc, one to play when you need to draw upon inner strength. Enjoy!
Lee Armstrong, Rating: 5 Stars on Amazon

“Pianist Ann Sweeten possesses one of the most easily recognizable musical motifs among all the pianists recording original compositions today. The elegant simplicity of Sweeten’s compositions and her astute control of nuance and tempo will beguile you, along with the spot-on additions from the various other artists.”
Bill Binkelman, Zone Music Reporter

“…Tapestries of Time begins with “Afterglow,” a gorgeous opening… Tranquility permeates this piece so thoroughly that it can instantly soothe and relax, letting the listener know from the first notes that this is no ordinary piano album. Sweeten has a delicate touch that perfectly expresses the grace and elegance of her music… beautiful collection.”
Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

“Tapestries of Time is composed of beautiful piano music… a wonderful creation to listen to. Her piano talent expands and brings forth yet another musical vision.
Judy Wolf, Spirit Seeker


Performances in order of appearance

Ann Sweeten
Steinway Baby Grand, Model B

Eugene Friesen 
Cello (Afterglow, Send me an Angel)

Akane Setiawan 
English horn (Afterglow, Tapestries of Time, Riversong)
Oboe (Riversong)

Andrew Eng 
Violin (CAVU, The Great Divide)

Richard Sebring
French horn (Endless Sky, Riversong)

Will Ackerman 
Acoustic Guitar (Ventanas al Mar)

Noah Wilding 
Vocals (Of Clouds and Dreams)

Jeff Oster 
Flugelhorn (Of Clouds and Dreams)

I want to extend a big thank you to all the musicians who brought their passion and unique vision to this project. You are all wonderful!


Produced by Ann Sweeten and Will Ackerman

Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios,
Windham County, VT

Performances by Akane Setiawan recorded at David Kean’s Audities Foundation Studio in Calgary, Alberta, Canada www.audities.org

Performances by Andrew Eng recorded at Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA www.universalnoisestorage.com

Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton:
At Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder:
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers:
Pennsauken, NJ, U.S.A.

Piano Technician:
William Ballard

In the Wake (2011)

“In the Wake” is best a metaphor for life… There are those who look ahead of the vessel… the captains, crew, or just those along for the ride, and those who glance behind, at the wake, perhaps a bit too often. I am such a person…

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My journey thus far, has been one of great joy and great loss. This album merely speaks to their echo. “In the Wake” of all that has happened then, I give you these words

Oh to be the wise and careful captain
With eyes unerring straight ahead
But how foolish, I instead,
Keep the watch that time has fled.

In the wake of lives and dreams
And chapters long since turned,
I feel a sadness so complete
For all I still so yearn.

But of tomorrow then, I ask,
What do we really know?
For now, I’ll paint the colors of today
And dream in those of yesterday.

For now and again, they will appear,
Oh so tender and so dear,
The moments past, their nectar, sweet,
And now, I lay me down to sleep.

        A.S. 11/17/10

… In closing, know that as the vessel continues amidst life’s uncharted waters, and journeys forward, so do I, despite myself, and the wake recedes.


“Warm, loving music that absolutely envelops the listener. You get so caught up in the music, that you are swallowed up in it. Gorgeous music.”
WMNR, Fine Arts Radio (New York, Connecticut)

“..beauty incarnate”, “a joy to hear”
Muzikreviews.com.com, Rating: 5 Stars

“In The Wake is a showcase for the skills that have elevated Ann Sweeten to such lofty musical heights. Her music is both contemplative and emotionally evocative, providing a world-class listening experience.”
Awareness Magazines

“…elegant music… exquisite piano artistry…”
Music and Media Focus, Rating: 5 Stars

“In my opinion Ann is among the best performing pianists on the planet today.”
Zzaj Productions, Rating: Most Highly Recommended

“As usual, Sweeten’s compositions are striking and beautiful, complemented by Sweeten’s gorgeous performances. Some of her playing is simple and understated, and some of it is very complex and involved. But it is all effortlessly and expertly controlled, evidence of a true maestro at work.”
The RajMan Review

“A delicate jewel in a Renaissance background… outstanding technique; No wonder her previous “piano offerings” have been consoling and almost aurally healing thousands of hearts so far. Brilliant!”
Nuovi Talenti Musicali

“Sweeten’s graceful touch and fluid playing style are beautifully expressed… the sound quality of the music is flawless… sure to be another chart-topper for Ann Sweeten!”

“I have the antidote to a riotous life, or perhaps normal life just getting too much. It is the sweet sounding piano of Ann Sweeten. This composer/musician has the gift of making albums of melodic peace and calm that will wrap around you like that favourite duvet and give you a hug.”
The Borderland (UK)

“Ann Sweeten has one of the more distinctive and recognizable musical signatures among all the piano/keyboard players recording in New Age music today.”
The Zone Reporter


Performances in order of appearance

Ann Sweeten
Steinway Baby Grand, Model B

Will Ackerman
Acoustic Guitar (Was it Yesterday? Out of Embers)

Trisha Craig
Flute (Was it Yesterday?)

Akane Setiawan
English Horn (Falling Leaves,
On Wings of Light)
Oboe (Now, and Again)

Andrew Eng
Viola, Violin (Love Remembered)
Viola (October Sky)

Liz Ehrman
Cello (A Chance for Goodbye;
Now, and Again)


Produced by Ann Sweeten and Will Ackerman

Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios,
Windham County, VT

Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tom Eaton:
At Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder:
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers:
Pennsauken, NJ, U.S.A.

Piano Technician:
William Ballard

Just This Side of Spring (2009)

When I first conceived the title, Just this side of Spring, I thought it would be mostly a tribute to Nikki, my beloved Siberian Husky. Nikki, my piano muse, who never tired of laying beneath my piano when I played, was quite possibly the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. She was diagnosed with Cancer on January 4 of 2008. I never believed that January, that she would be gone from our lives in April. Nor did I believe that I would have to fight Breast Cancer again.

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We didn’t know how long Nikki had but the first couple months she was really doing very well. Then, towards the end of March, as we struggled to get past the last of the cold Winter months and head into Spring, there was a marked change. And on the morning of April 9th, Nikki could barely stand. Every day is a gift and ultimately, that was the last one we would share together’ she never took her eyes from mine until she closed them for the last time. We had just shared the previous weekend in the yard, with a patio fire going to keep us warm. Only the small, but brave, Primroses had begun to bloom, otherwise the gardens were still asleep.

January 16 of this year, (2009) I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a second time. Preservation was not an option and after much research, questions, second opinions and reflection, I elected to have a double Mastectomy. As I sit at my computer writing this, March 14, about a week and a half post-op, I think of where we all were just one year ago’ Nikki’s Cancer was not kind. I look out my office window and Nikki, of course, is not in her usual spot. Winter can be callous, but its snow is at last receding’

This experience remains surreal in my mind. I find myself reflecting oddly, ‘I did have a double Mastectomy, didn’t I?’. I thought I’d be prepared for this in light of my prior Cancer surgeries but I really wasn’t. On my album ‘A Place in the Sun’, I talked about my journey through Breast Cancer, how ‘I was a Cancer Survivor to add to the list’ – I didn’t expect an encore. This time is so very different and words escape me as to how best to explain. I had already well-begun writing for this album and then Cancer hit, yet again. Cancer happens when you’re busy living and except for anger and a few tears, I just realized I had to do what was necessary to beat it down again and to get to that place in Spring where gardens awaken and memories bloom’.

I know that no matter what is taken out, cut away, or reshaped, I will always be who I am. Though ‘why’ often confounds my thinking, I do believe that I am a lucky woman despite the many odds against me. How can I not feel so with my whole life ahead of me due to an excellent prognosis. I can’t help but feel, and know that there are spiritual forces that watch out for me and I truly feel blessed by the love and care bestowed upon me from all those whose lives have intersected with mine.

Life, with its wonderful fountain of joy also infuses us with overwhelming heartache and pain; to that, no one is immune. I suppose the extreme dichotomy underscores the very sweetness of that which is good. Through the hills and valleys in what sometimes seems like different lives of my one life, many chapters have been written. In Pennsylvania, my youth played out on farmlands that used to extend beyond where the eye could see’.during undergrad in Western Massachusetts I searched for answers in books by the great philosophers and literaries to questions that all but paralyzed me and in so doing, my mind expanded enough to house a heart so badly broken I thought it could never mend. I later studied in Paris and enjoyed the seemingly limitless boundaries of living abroad where life’s possibilities seemed endless ‘ a brief time in Valencia, Spain showed me a simpler way of life’ In New York City, where I spent a great deal of time auditioning for the theatre, there were homeless in doorways or alleys next to restaurants and people actually walked over them to get inside. And on it goes’.

To me, these chapters are marked by the dogs that have shared them and seem to start and stop with the life and loss of each of their gentle souls. But the thread that weaves through these chapters is love, which never dies, but instead grows, and manages to sew the broken back together.

Our little Terrier, Shiloh, who grieved for Nikki right along with us, has made friends with a new addition, a young Siberian, who must have been around 6 months old at the time Nikki died. She too, is a rescue, as are all that come to dwell here. I hear Nikki’s voice in Jasmine’s and see certain similarities; but it is a new Chapter unfolding and a different song.

Just this side of Spring is indeed a tribute to Nikki , a magnificent soul whose spirit shines, but also a tribute to ‘Luck’, though perhaps better stated, ‘Divine Intervention’, that would let me stay here and continue my Earthly destiny. And last but not least, to the brave Primroses, those warriors of hope, whose vibrance and color, challenge the very harshness of Winter, just this side of Spring. Ann Sweeten

P.S. Nikki lost her battle, I am fighting mine’ let us all pray for a cure.

Nikki’s Song – November 23, 1994 ‘ April 9, 2008

Oddly the music was silent
Save the tears of steady rain,
And thunder clapped the sun-dappled skies
In Nikki’s sweet refrain.

But now, I hear her singing
Her own special melody’
She searches now the path assured
As she is running free.

She tells us she has found the bridge,
Now lined with friends we used to kiss,
Rejoicing in reunion,
with all those we have long missed.

Sweet Nikki’s eyes are gateways
To such love and tenderness
Life’s lessons flowed abundantly
To those she once caressed.

My beloved piano muse,
How I miss you laying there
Waiting for my music
That we so deeply shared.

I can’t describe the feeling
Not having you so close
As notes dripping from my soul
Seemed to resound with you the most.

Trust that I’ll feel you always
Deep inside my heart
Knowing there will come the day
We’ll no longer be apart.

Then we will cross together,
That bridge of rainbow sky
To where love’s the only answer
And we no longer have to question, ‘why?’.
Written by A.S. 4/12 ‘ 4/14/08


“From start to finish, Just this Side of Spring is an outstanding work of composition and execution…”
MuzikReviews.com, Rating: 5 Stars

“Classically trained pianist, Ann Sweeten pulls from her deepest emotions on Just this Side of Spring.beautiful and powerful album.”
Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine

Falling in love with such a unique sound, a sound that Ann Sweeten has created, makes you feel like a light-hearted bird everytime.”
John Shelton Ivany – National News Bureau

“Ann Sweeten is one musician widely recognized for her classic style, setting a high standard in quality among many pianists. Her classic signature sound gives new meaning to the term music appreciation. Having authored a number of Piano Solo reviews in the New Age genre, I promptly identified an admirable level of richness and depth in tone I rarely hear in many piano solo albums. Stylish tonal qualities held in even the quietest patterns give complex sequences and a prolific feel of realism within every individual phrase.”
New Age Music World

“Superb Piano works – beautiful and calming. Ann Sweeten uses her very talented hands to paint an image of emergence into my favorite time of year, and does so without ‘tricks’ or ‘gimmicks’. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.”
Improvijazzation Nation

“A very soothing collection of music, ideal for relaxation and meditation, but it also has that emotional depth and edge that lifts it above mere easy listening.”
Musicwatch, the borderland.co.uk

“Pianist Ann Sweeten’s latest album, Just this Side of Spring, offers a refreshing change of pace from the usual solo piano genre. Rather than show off her chops with an obvious display of thunderous chords and lightning-quick melodic runs, the award-winning Steinway Artist instead chooses to focus on quiet, introspective compositions that are thoughtful and contemplative.”
Raj Manoharan, Freelance Writer

“A contemporary pianist/composer, Ann will win the hearts of many with this unique new-age, neo-classical collection. She has the astounding ability to paint a vivid picturewith her soft, lovely stylings. The album overall is unique and memorable. It is full of beautiful melodies, both pleasant and melancholy. Ann’s not your typical pianist, however. Her brilliant use of tension keeps you on your toes and her passion truly melts your heart.”

“Ann Sweeten is perhaps one of the most decorated pianists of the past decade. Serious classical undertones… Sweeten’s play is temperamental but disciplined, full of a fire that surprises. Ann Sweeten is more than your typical pianist, writing themes that challenge both herself and her listeners to hear more and be more.”


Performances in order of appearance

Ann Sweeten 
Steinway Baby Grand, Model B,
Kurzweil Synthesizers (Light from a Narrow Window; A Moment in Time)
Vocals (A Moment in Time; True North)

Will Ackerman
Acoustic Guitar (Just this Side of Spring)

Andrew Eng
Viola and Violin (Light from a Narrow Window)
Viola (Nikki’s Song)

Michael Miksis 
Upright Bass (A Moment in Time; In Gardens Fast Asleep)

Trisha Craig
Flute (The Melt Waters)


Produced by Will Ackerman and Ann Sweeten

Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios,
Windham County, VT

Composed and performed by Ann Sweeten

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Corin Nelsen:
At Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder:
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Manufactured and printed by Disc Makers:
Pennsauken, NJ, U.S.A.

Piano Technician:
William Ballard

Grey Sky and Bittersweet (2007)

This album represents a turning point in my professional life for a host of reasons, in particular, I have discovered new levels and a much-heightened nuance in both composition and performance. The individual song titles express changing light, color and viewpoint which further illustrate the personal ramifications of such a crossroads.

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A sadness descends like a light fog
Over the ebbing of Summer and the arrival of Fall
I have never felt so’
Do we feel cheated, as years go by,
At how fast the seasons now seem to pass’?
I become aware of the pull of time, as not before’
Time, the not so ‘gentle-leader’,
On the leash of life. AS

As a little girl, at the age of 6, I asked my Mother if I could have some type of musical keyboard. My cousin had a toy keyboard which I had found absolutely fascinating and that was what I imagined when I made my wish known. Christmas morning of that year a beautiful new Hammond Organ stood in our den. Lessons soon began but for the first year I had to stand to reach the pedals. By the time I was nine, a teacher informed my Mother that to truly develop technically, the piano was the next step. That Christmas a beautiful Black Baldwin turned up in our den, the organ now lived in our kitchen, (which may seem a bit odd, but since that’s where all my Mother’s parties ended up, it was actually quite fitting!). Throughout my young life, my Mother was always there for me and wished to give me every opportunity if I showed an interest. She carted me to all my lessons and always with such support, and the belief that I would really accomplish something extra special in life. What’s tragic, and in life’s twists and turns, ironic, is that she never even got to hear one of my CD’s. I lost her to Cancer at the age of 18.

I believe that all the roads I have traveled, in all facets of my life, have led me to the music I have created over the last decade. One such road led me to the man I would later marry. When we first met, he told me of the time he had driven by my neighborhood with the feeling that he ‘needed to come back one day’. He said he even saw me a couple times and he later photographed me, but it would be several years before our meeting. And when this beautiful man did hear me play for the first time, he decided that without hesitation, I should record a CD – my first. Now he is not only my husband, but my Photographer/Visual Director.

It is not just the creation of this music, but what happens once it is shared. The content in the cards, letters and e-mails I have received over the years shows me that indeed, there is no doubt of this path. I know also, that despite the boundaries of the physical world, my Mother knows that I am doing what I was destined to do, and what she gave to me so early on enabled me to pursue my dreams as well as fulfill my destiny.

When it was time to visit colleges my Father took me to Indiana University and the University of Michigan to audition for their Music Departments. The day we were at Indiana was a gorgeous day. It had to be the first day, in a long Winter, that promised Spring was truly on its way. I do remember wondering as I walked down the halls of practice rooms, why all these students were inside hammering away at the keys for hours on end instead of reveling in the outdoor beauty for awhile. Looking back, I find it equally amazing that so very many talented classical musicians never write and perform their own work, but choose instead to merely replicate the brilliance of centuries past. Ultimately, I took a detour from the Classical World, wanting to embrace the rhythms of the Natural World and to be utterly free to create, unencumbered by the rules of Academia.

Forging well ahead, a couple years ago, I was visiting my Father at Christmas, and he said he had a surprise for me. Never having touched a piano, he had apparently bought one, found a teacher and had been taking lessons for two years. For two years he practiced, for two years he kept it a secret’ until that Christmas. (Christmas always seems to bring such magic’.is it any wonder?) His Study door opened and inside he was poised to play a song, one for which he had received a gold star from his teacher. His hands were shaking as he nervously sought to perform it perfectly for me. My Dad, an internationally high-profile executive, now retired and in his eighties, had decided that he wanted, needed, to somehow get a better understanding of what it actually took to do what his daughter was doing.

My Mother was ever present during my formative years but in adulthood my Father and I have bridged a gap that too often happens in Divorce. Despite this polarization in my life it somehow seems as if things have come full circle, and now Grey Sky and Bittersweet is the seventh album in a decade of releases, culminating at Imaginary Road where all things are possible. Working with Will Ackerman has been a WONDERFUL experience and the entourage of musicians that have worked on my project have been terrific as well, not to mention the magnificent talent of Will’s Engineer, Corin Nelsen.

At Imaginary Road, egos are checked at the door. Inside, a wealth of laughter, creativity, tears, critique and a professional ethic ‘to be the best you can be’, come together to form a magical milieu in which to record. And it isn’t just about recording, not just about making music. It’s about all of it’ life, shared stories, experiences and ‘going into the clouds and bringing something back’ (WA). I have never felt so free in the recording process and as such found levels of performance I didn’t even know existed within me. Within Imaginary Road, there exists a balance of absolute artistic reverence coupled with a sometimes total irreverent sense of humor that never ceases to delight and amaze!

I suppose all things are possible if you know how to dream, to listen to all that is said silently, and, if you have the indomitable belief of someone behind you. Time may be pulling; my feet are firmly planted, but my spirit remains aloft’ untethered as a vessel in the currents of life, wary of the moorings and the anchors, blissfully adrift’ And in the meantime, there is ever more beautiful music to be made!


“Sweeten’s playing is strong and confident, but also feels tender and vulnerable as she looks within for answers to life’s questions. In a few words, this is a gorgeous and emotionally powerful album.”
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MainlyPiano.com – Kathy Parsons

“Ann Sweeten possesses a remarkable talent. A musician whose extensive classical training is immediately apparent, she is also someone who writes from a great emotional depth. As her producer it is a joy to hear someone who exploits the entire potential of the piano, finding both dynamics and beauty in all 88 keys. Her pieces have a broad stylistic range and yet create a cohesive program of music very distinctively hers. This is a brilliant recording from start to finish.”
Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records, Grammy Winning Artist/Producer

“On her latest release, Grey Sky and Bittersweet, pianist Ann Sweeten eschews what had previously been one of her strong suits, i.e. deft use of electronic keyboards to complement her melodic piano compositions, opting instead for an acoustic approach. Sweeten carries the listener slowly and genteely into an autumnesque landscape of muted colors, fading light, and reflective moments. Her piano playing has never been better, …superb on both collaborative and solo pieces.”
NewAgeReporter.com – Bill Binkelman

“Ann Sweeten is a classical pianist/composer/arranger. Grey Sky and Bittersweet was produced by Grammy winner Will Ackerman. On it Sweeten will enamor listeners with her prowess on the piano and the wide range of melodies that are present.

“Water diamonds” runs the gambit in terms of the speed Sweeten portrays on the piano. She tickles the ivories both expeditiously and slowly, giving the song a whimsical feel at times, as well as a more rushed one. This change in musical acceleration might invoke thoughts of a rippling fountain.

On “Autumn’s Last Caress” the piano work continues its silky tone along with intermittent pauses in the intro. The intricate construction of this track will undoubtedly bring a smile to the face of any listener as they envision hearing this song while watching leaves descend from trees during this season full of life and renewal.

With the title track, Sweeten brings forth sensory piano work with a pronounced melody that some listeners might find a touch on the sad side.

Ann Sweeten’s Grey Sky and Bittersweet is an album that showcases her classical instrumental training and gift for composition. On each song, Sweeten exhibitis a smoldering fire and profundity that will certainly transcend to listeners.”
TheCelebrityCafe.com – Sari Kent

“From radiant solo pieces to delightful ensemble works, Ann Sweeten’s new album Grey Sky and Bittersweet has it all. Great music for us dreamers.”
NewAgeReporter.com – R. J. Lannan

“Stylish and sophisticated, Ann Sweeten has always presented a fine mix of New Age music with her well rooted classical themes. This time around Sweeten has added a low calorie sweet factor and the results are simmering with splendor.”
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SoloPianoPublications.com – Michael Debbage


Guest Performances

Will Ackerman:
Acoustic Guitar (A Winter’s Reverie)
Hopi Drum, Rainsticks (Eclipse)

Eugene Friesen:
Cello (Falling, Still; Looking Back)

Jill Haley:
Oboe (Grey Sky and Bittersweet)
English Horn (Falling, Still)

John Huling:
Native American Flutes (Eclipse)

Jeff Oster:
Fluglehorn (Adrift; Dawn on Red Mountain)

Noah Wilding:
Vocals (Dawn on Red Mountain)

T. Bone Wolk:
Upright Bass (Adrift)


Produced by Will Ackerman
Recorded at Imaginary Road Studios, Windham County, VT

Engineered, mixed and mastered by Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios

Visual Artistic Direction and Photography by Randy Yoder,
RBY Photography, Salem, MA

Manufactured and printed by DiscMakers, Pennsauken, NJ

Piano Technician: William Ballard

A Place in the Sun (2005)

The creation of this album began on January 25, 2002 with the writing of Summer Tomorrows, and what followed was one of the most difficult periods of my life. The songs on this album reflect moments on the journey that began that day. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. While mostly in disbelief or denial, I told few. Instead, I sat down at my piano and wrote. This is my emancipation.

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Summer Tomorrows, I see them blowing by
and why does time have to fly?
Fly me, fly me free
Fly me, fly me home,
Fly me, fly me now,
And while I see a Summer Sky,
I hear an Autumn’s Sigh.

I was painfully aware of my mortality, the passage of time, how quickly it all was going. I then wrote Echoes, which is a reflection on my childhood, where things like Breast Cancer don’t exist… just fairy tales and carefree simplicity…

They’re only echoes in my mind,
Which will reveal a time…
A time when the moon was a man
Looking down from above,
While I drift asleep,
To my Mother’s lullaby.
They’re only echoes in my mind,
Which will reveal a time…
When the moon was a man,
And I was a girl,
Making castles in sand.
Now I am much older,
And time marches by,
Still look at the moon in wonder,
Why, does it all go by,
Does it all go, by???

I guess a way of dealing with this diagnosis, and its subsequent surgery and recovery was to pour my feelings of fear, sadness and a host of other emotions into my music, where I might find healing. I so needed to be uplifted, to have hope, as these were dark days indeed. My diagnosis was early, thanking God, and my prognosis quite excellent. Still, because of the surgery, I had lost partial mobility of my arm and did my own form of physical therapy to regain it. It was painful, but I always kept hope. I had my wonderful husband at my side and my family of dogs as my daily support group. I was determined that nothing, nothing,was going to get in my way.

I was doing well and preparing for a long treatment of radiation, when ironically, one of my dogs suddenly became ill with an untreatable form of cancer. My poor Niko, died the day before I was to begin treatment. I couldn’t write at all for a time . I was heartbroken. It was as if all my efforts to get beyond Breast Cancer were somehow fruitless since I could do nothing to help him. Radiation began. Five days a week. And it was finished, two months later. Now I was “free”, until the next oncology exam, the next visit to the surgeon, the next set of mammograms. I was “clean”, but they follow you closely, which is good of course; but even though you’re “clean”, fear tugs at the back of your mind.

I was adamant that the production of Sapphire Days, my previous album, would continue along. The concept and cover design were already in place. All the songs had been recorded the previous December (2001), and in late Winter/ early Spring I had also begun writing and recording the orchestration for that album. Shortly after Niko died, Jessie, my last remaining dog, now sixteen, was showing worsening signs of Kidney failure. I focused on her needs, we did everything including IV fluids for months. Sapphire Days was out in November of 2002, and on the listening post at Border’s Books & Music for 3 months. My album Reflections had hit #3 on the Radio Charts, Passage had joined it , and my music remained on the charts over a ten month period. And then almost a year since the surgery, I was given a clean bill of health after my first set of mammograms since diagnosis. Jessie died the following Saturday, she was almost 17. It seemed that for every triumph, there was tragedy at its door. It became easy to slip, to slip right into the darkness and I needed light. I needed hope. I was tired, and for all my personal and professional successes, the losses overshadowed me; my dogs have always been at once my children, friends and constant source of unconditional love.

But, I am a Survivor, a Breast Cancer Survivor now, to add to the list, and no matter how desperate times may have been, I have always been able to find what I needed to hold on, even though it may have felt like threads at the time. When you look at dusk, you can say ‘how difficult it is to see anything’, or you can say, ‘wow, look at the last rays of sun and how they hit the earth in such a way’. I believe emphatically that I had help all along the way, in the obvious ways, and in the unseen ways, in the ways the last rays of light caress the earth, magically. I believe that Jessie lived long enough to make sure I was okay. I believe Niko left when he did so I wouldn’t worry and would concentrate on getting myself well .

So the journey that began on January 25, 2002 has continued its winding roads; and there are ashes, and echoes, and fears, but, joyfully, there is light. I needed a place in the sun and I send out A Place in the Sun in hopes that you will find within it, hope and strength.Here’s to all Cancer Survivors, to all those who have fought the battle , but could not win the war, and to a cure for once and for all!

With My Heart,
Ann Sweeten

The Last Day of April
For our Niko, who died May 1st, 2002

Who could have known
Who could have known
Where you were going ,
so soon…

We took a walk and we held hands
You kissed my face as hours passed like sand…

But on the last day of April
Somehow I think you knew
These were the last times for me and you.

Who could have known
Who could have known
Where you were going,
so soon…

I cracked the door and you’d appear
A needed shoulder, you were always near
A shining spirit and healing touch
No wonder how this hurts so much

And on the last day of April
Somehow I think you knew
These were the last times for me and you.

Our gentle Shepherd and dearest friend
Your memory will never end
And till that day when we meet again,
Your days in heaven, now will spend.

Who could have known…

A Pillow in the Sky
For our Jessie, who died January 11, 2003

There are no words,
There are no words…
In time.. they say..
There are no words,
For what I feel..
In time.. they say..
I know better,
Every day will hurt somehow, some way.

There are no words,
For you surpass
Every single state of grace,
Little one Extraordinaire
So many years,
So much of my life
Wrapped behind your eyes,
So much of You,
Wrapped in Me.

I wish for you,
How I wish for you,
And wish for you,
A Pillow in the Sky.

There are no words,
In time..they say..
I know better,
Every day will hurt somehow, some way.

There are no words,
Tapestries of time..
A thousand pictures come to mind,
A million moments aged like wine…
So many years,
And stories
So beautiful and fine,
Your precious soul is
Linked with mine.

I wish for you,
How I wish for you,
And wish for you,
A Pillow in the Sky.


“‘Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has an ear for nuanced melody and a tremendous talent for bringing such magic to life,’ says New Age Retailer. ‘Exquisite piano playing… radiant bliss.’ Grand pianist and composer Sweeten has been hearing kudos like this throughout her career, which now encompasses six albums, countless awards, and lots of touring…”
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Need – New England Entertainment Digest

“This is a beautiful recording that was inspired by a series of unfortunate events in Ann Sweeten’s life. She has captured her memories of those events, the beauty of nature, cherished pets, and her recuperation from breast cancer in such songs as “A Place In The Sun,” “Castles In The Air,” “Echoes,” and “Ashes” among others…”
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Sounds of Timeless Jazz

“I remember reviewing Sapphire Days, and hoping that the next release by pianist Ann Sweeten would come soon. I am pleasantly surprised with her latest offering A Place in the Sun. Not only is it delightful fervent fare…”
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New Age Reporter.com

“This month marks a little variation from the usual band review that is done for Intrigue. I had the pleasure recently to speak with Ann Sweeten, a critically acclaimed pianist, composer, producer and recording artist from Massachusetts …”
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Intrigue Magazine/Sunset Media

“I first listened to this album without reading anything about the composer/performer. I always do this, to see what resonates within my inner self. I want no filters between what my ears hear, what my mind perceives, and what my soul appreciates. The music was soothing, relaxing, calming. I could imagine receiving a lovely massage to the refrains. I could also imagine using the music as a wonderful backdrop to a period of meditation. I could just sense the reverence in the notes…”
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“This is pianist and keyboard player Ann Sweeten’s sixth release and her winning streak remains intact as a place in the sun is yet another quality offering from this artist. What makes the recording especially noteworthy…”
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Wind and Wire, KFAI-FM

“Ann Sweeten is an extremely talented woman in the music industry. Not just a musician, but a composer, arranger and producer, Ann is a pianist whose abilities are unrivalled. Technical composition, only to be expected from a background in classical, is blended with originality and passion, delivering pianist perfection.”
Linear Reflections

Sapphire Days (2002)

You know the ones…not a cloud graces a sky so blue that it aches and the sun seems to sprinkle everything with magic dust. You’ve seen them in Winter when the sun flickers against a silvered landscape, in Spring, when the first brave flower bursts through the snow to feel the sun’s warmth for the first time in a year, in Summer when the water glitters like gemstones and in Autumn, when Midas lurks around every tree and the slight chill in the air ignites our energies and reminds us of approaching Winter, completing the circle.

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These Sapphire days are the standouts, the gems of our lives, which we should savor and treasure in our minds and hearts. But, if you really think about it, every single day has the potential to be a sapphire day, even without the blues and golds, for there is treasure everywhere, if you know how to look!

That’s what the concept behind this album is…So, I hope you will count the grains of sand, revel in the cotton candy floating overhead, see that which lies in the shadows, and reach to the stars while walking with the wind on a sapphire day!

Autumn’s Child

In remembrance of our beloved Shazu
July 9, 1987- October 12, 2001

Autumn’s Child knows that the days are much shorter;
But the content is richer, colors , bolder,
As sun dapples a perfect indigo sky,
And vibrant days bid Summer good-bye.

No longer boisterous sounds of Summer abound,
But a hush, and a peace, settle over the ground.
Now Midas lurks around every tree,
And the shy birds sing their reverie.

There’s a gentle caress in the wind that he feels,
But the seagull’s cry is harder to hear…
The coupling of sand and the sea’s still the same,
But the beaches are empty, only lovers remain.

Chill air pales to a sun that warms, like his Mother,
Leaves rain down to become crispy ground cover.
Autumn’s Child knows this is Earth’s finest hour,
Painted with brushes by a masterful power..

A season for savoring, like, homemade apple pie,
From orchards that sway ‘neath that indigo sky..
A time for the taking, remem’bring “Before”,
A time for embracing every gem in God’s store.

There’s a gentle caress in the wind that he feels,
But the seagull’s cry is harder to hear…
Autumn’s Child knows that the days are much shorter…


“Ann Sweeten is the proud author of a beautiful album titled Sapphire Days. The talented pianist offers up a ‘bakers dozen’ of instrumental, musical poetry from her heart. Check out gems for the heart and mind from environmentally related cuts as, Walking With the Wind, the haunting Thin Ice, the all encompassing Canopy of Stars… Outstanding album!”
Boston Post-Gazette

“Ann Sweeten’s Sapphire Days is quite simply one of the most graceful and quietly soothing albums I’ve heard.”
Solo Piano Publications

“Very much on the beam new age piano work, this set is well-textured and engrossing throughout making Sweeten a sure bet to be one of those left-field sensations everyone thinks came out of nowhere. A winning adult music bet.”
Midwest Record Recap

“Elegant, mellow grand piano music, accompanied by a synthesizer, bearing calm, joy, and a touch of sadness, flows from this CD and makes the heart grow calm. Classically trained and internationally celebrated musician, Sweeten doesn’t intrude on her musical creations, except to be the channel through which they flow as they celebrate Earth, the sun that blesses it, and all her creatures. The music bears hints of the musical masters’ phrasing in the music. I hear notes of Barber, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms; seagulls over the water; a sparrow in the grass; her dog, Shazu, beside her, the sun on her shoulders. This CD is a blessing of sound.”
The Phoenix

“If you haven’t heard Ann Sweeten’s music before, you are in for a treat because of her beautiful melodies and command of the grand piano.”
Jazz News

“Sweeten’s music is as intense and passionate as it is reflective and relaxing. Solid technique and a penchant for emotion.”
Sound of Timeless Jazz

“If you’re inclined to just kick back and take in some beautiful and relaxing keyboard compositions, Ms. Sweeten’s CD is one of the best piano albums we’ve heard. You can very clearly hear that she’s been classically trained, but her playing style is relaxed enough to convey freedom from convention… You can’t call this music ‘Jazz’, nor can you pigeonhole it as ‘New Age’… because it’s purely/simply ‘Ann’. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any/all listeners who need something that affirms how much beautiful music, and the mem’ries it can bring, can mean to keeping us all civilized.”
Improvization Nation

“Sapphire Days, Ann Sweeten’s newest title, continues her tradition of releasing deeply peaceful piano-based instrumentals. As a composer, arranger, and producer as well as an inimitable pianist, Sweeten crafts contemporary melodies that soothe frayed nerves as they heal the spirit. In addition to her sublime work on the piano, Sweeten adds a delicious layer of synthesizers to several tracks. An exceptional choice for gentle movement, yoga, meditation, massage…Sapphire Days is a wonderful gift for the heart.”
Sedona – Journal of Emergence!

“Over the course of four previous releases, Ann Sweeten has crafted a signature sound. From the first time I heard her music, I realized she had a certain way of composing evocative piano music and using her synthesizers to color the music with enough texture to add just the right amount of drama and feeling. It’s a rare talent. Sweeten uses her consummate skill in balancing the acoustic and the electronic. For comparison’s sake I’d draw a similarity to Danny Wright of a long time ago when he displayed the same ability to blend piano and keyboards in an equally impressive way. However, at this point in time, it is Sweeten who sits at the top of the hill when it comes to this subgenre of gentle new age music.”
Wind and Wire

“Above all else, Ann Sweeten is a passionate human being. She just happens to have an exquisite talent to speak her world experiences through her piano compositions.”

“This is a gorgeous listen… lovely instrumental piano.”
Collected Sounds – A Guide to Women in Music

“Very melodic album… the style is almost ‘old school’ classical… .exceptional… “

“This is beautiful contemporary instrumental piano. Her last non-seasonal recording went to Number 3 on the national New Age Voice airplay chart meaning it was one of the most-played albums of modern instrumental music in North America. Ann is quickly becoming the equal of popular pianists such as George Winston, Suzanne Ciani, David Lanz… .With songs inspired by animals and different aspects of nature, Sapphire Days has melodies that quickly sound familiar as they reach out and affect the listener in a primal and earthy manner.”
The Crystal Tower Magazine

“A brilliant pianist, Ann’s music will make you rich in seeing things that you didn’t see before. It makes you look inside yourself and reach for your inner child.”
Muzik Reviewz.com

“Her heartfelt piano expertise pays tribute to working in harmony with nature. For a relaxing, yet fulfilling experience, listen to this CD.”
Accent on Tampa Bay: Music Tracks

“Ann Sweeten is ripe with emotion throughout this recording and every note is played to perfection, effortlessly enlightening the listener. Each song is a jewel unto itself and I am so honored to have shared this CD with you.”
Planet Lightworker.com

“From the cover artwork to the music inside, this is one of the most relaxing, soothing, and enjoyable piano albums I have ever laid ears on. The music is beautiful in every way with its soft wispy bellows of sound and stirs of emotions. Sapphire Days has a classical piano touch that is smooth, soft and enlightening. An excellent album..”
Space Junkies Magazine

“Sapphire Days is an opportunity to slow down and to enjoy the beauty in life. It is a call to just be. Immediately upon hearing the delicate notes I could feel a Higher Power within each song. It is hypnotically intoxicating. Sweeten is a gifted and anointed spirit to be sure. I highly recommend the contemporary songs of Sapphire Days to those who love the piano, those who need peace of mind, and to those who are moved by musical genius.”

“Sapphire Days is pure musical poetry, falling softly on the ear and gently on the soul. Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has created an album whose melodies blend magical nuances of passion and serenity to bring the majesty of nature to life. My experience was one of soul renewal as I melted into the magnificent beauty of these heartfelt solo piano compositions. This CD is truly a treasure. I could listen forever.”
The Light Connection

“Sweeten brings an air of sensitivity to the classical piano, and she really captures the sense of Sapphire Days in this CD. Perfect for romantic evenings or for bringing cheer to your day.”

“Classically trained contemporary instrumental pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Ann has a lot of talent. This is outdoors music played with eloquence and gentle sophistication very close to the heart.”

“Perfect for the romantic evening or even if you’re just alone wishing for one; some very beautiful chording and orchestration… a lot of it reminds one of the old classic movie days, ‘here’s looking at you, kid,’ that sort of thing.”
Ragged Blade

“Ann is quickly becoming one of the most popular new pianists around, much in the same vein as George Winston and Michael Jones.”
Rama Ribbit

“Sapphire Days is both inspiring and life-giving.”
Past and Present

“Ann Sweeten aims for your heart and hits the target! Magic abounds… “
Entertainment News

Christmas Presence (2001)

I grew up with a great respect for each and every holiday due to the incredible enthusiasm my Mother bestowed upon them. Holidays were to be reveled in – any excuse to take an even bigger bite out of life. But Christmas was her favorite and she decorated to the hilt. “Santa” so transformed our home over Christmas Eve nite that I always made sure a hearty selection of Christmas cookies were there for refueling, and ’twas a good thing, as there was nary a crumb remaining, all of those delicious Christmas mornings.

Each year at the stroke of “December first”, an interesting phenomenon occurred; with the passing of the days, one by one my dolls began to disappear. At first, I couldn’t understand it and then my Mother assured me that Santa must have taken them for some reason and I shouldn’t worry. As a child, the long-awaited morning was a dream of epic proportions. I would enter the living room and there beneath the tree was a sight so fantastic that nothing could compare. There nestled amidst the presents were my dolls, all in brand new outfits and matching shoes, each with hair styled anew with brightly colored satin ribbons. After the first year, I came to expect the mysterious disappearance and grew all the more excited because of it. For a child, the gifts in their marvelous packages and bows seemed uppermost, but as I learned who Santa really was, it became clear that the greatest gift I would ever receive was the presence of my Mother’s love!

Now, as I prepare for this most wonderful of holidays, surrounding myself with decorations old and new, caroles play and watching the fire crackle, I am bathed in the warmth of my memories and wrap the love around me like a blanket of snow cocoons the earth as it prepares for another “New Year” of growth.

Merry Christmas and may its presence be with all of you the whole year through!


Reflections (2000)

A good portion of the material on Reflections was composed when on the road, “gypsy” that I am, over the Winter of 1999. I was in a small rural town in Pennsylvania for several weeks and had the good fortune of finding an old church which housed a handsome, well-tuned Baby Grand and whose kind pastor offered me its access whenever I wanted. It was within this great old church that I retreated on cold wintry mornings to avail myself of the quiet sanctuary and to release my inspiration. This highly productive so-called “retreat” in Pennsylvania gave birth to five songs entitled Cafe Window, Watercolors, Swans on The Susquehannah, Quiet Goodbyes and Roof With A View, all ‘reflections’ upon my time there and the incidents that so colored my mind and heart.

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It is often in small rural towns that animals don’t see the kind of care they should. Companion animals such as dogs and cats are more neglected than not, and their survival depends more on the kindness of the occasional watchful and compassionate neighbor and less on a not-so-devoted owner. During my stay, I became one such neighbor and had a number of dogs on my daily roster for “check-up”. I know were I not destined to be an artist, I most certainly would have ended up a Veterinarian, (or perhaps I was in a past life) for my love of these most innocent of creatures is most assuredly unparalleled.

One of the dogs on my daily route, a loving lab/hound “mix” whose name I would later learn, was “King”. King had the eyes of a dog resigned to his fate; the kind of eyes that glimmer dimly with an ancient hope of freedom, in simplest terms, a better life. He was housed outside, 365 days a year, in a metal wire compound at most 8′ x 5′ with a concrete floor, which in-turn housed a wooden dog house, a metal pan and an old rusty water bucket which was usually frozen over. The only uplifting factor was that this bleak abode overlooked the banks of the Susquehannah River. It would be my chosen task each day to add fresh water over the frozen block and to bring scraps from a meal and of course, to provide the usual round of dog biscuits. This and a bit of attention; a few strokes of the head accompanied by kind, reassuring words, would often be all that altered the monotony of his day. One afternoon, I was turning down the street to head back to my humble hotel room when I saw that King was perched on top of his doghouse, gazing out and down to the river below, his lonely silhouette gracing the winter sky. It is this haunting image that remains in my mind even now, an image of loneliness, of endless waiting, and one, that worst of all, I knew I could not change.

So it was “King” then who I will never forget and who inspired the song, Roof with a View:

Wonder what I see, along the lonely river?
Watch it as it rolls, it carries me away…
Upon my roof I ponder,
And it gets me through the day…

One reviewer from Music Scene described my work from my previous CD, like this: “The diverse musical background that Sweeten possesses electrifies Passage to the point where she could tell you a story and not be as effective. The stories she plays tell volumes.”

And yet, this is one story I had to tell. While my music speaks for itself, listeners seldom know a composition’s true inspiration. Now perhaps King’s story will inspire others and serve to remind that Life’s experience is far and away so much more vast than any single one of us; it is what we give to Life, all Life, and not take from Life, that makes us whole.


“Classically trained pianist Ann Sweeten has an ear for nuanced melody and a tremendous talent for bringing such magic to life. Sweeten has a gentle, subtle touch on the piano, and she also is a master of the synthesizer and sampled sounds. Exquisite piano playing.. Reflections is pure poetry on the piano. Customers looking for a sublime, piano-based contemporary-instrumental album can be pointed toward the radiant bliss of Reflections”
New Age Retailer

Passage (1998)

Passage is a Journey that requires no suitcases and it begins with a dream, for we are all mere shadows of ourselves without one.

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Halfway Home
Halfway Down the Path, I turned and looked Behind
The Strangest things, did come to Mind..

Born a Daughter, Dreamed I could be King
Would I be a Mother, would I wear His ring?
Crossroads are many, seem to never End;
My Velvet Memories, All that’s left to Tend..

And it’s Snowing, snowing Now..

Each Footprint in the Snow,
Though Time may have Erased,
Does not Negate, the Many Miles
I walked to Find This Place.

Halfway Down the Path, I now stare Straight Ahead
Filled with wonder, partly Dread..

If I take a Wrong Turn, will there still be Time,
To Seek the Answers, I have Yet to Find?
I should be Going, No Time to Delay,
Yet the bags I carry, Seem heavier Today..

And it’s Snowing, snowing Now..

Each Footprint in the Snow
Will have to do for Now
Together We will Find Our Way,
And I’ll get Home Somehow.

And it’s Snowing, snowing Now..


“Passage is a lovely album…and the overall effect is like sinking into a featherbed of music.”
Wellness Magazine – Music for Massage

“Ann’s work is emotional. Intense passion…a fulfilling listening experience. Gentle and moving.”
Songwriter’s Monthly

“One soothing and beautiful song after another. Ann has a solid command of technique and rich melodic sensibility. She aims for your heart, and hits the mark every time.”
Wind and Wire

“After playing Passage a number of times, I am still struck by the sheer magnificence of Sweeten’s compositions. Sweeten maintains her musical integrity with touching compositions that bring a deep sense of peace to those who really listen – exceptionally lovely music.”
New Age Retailer

“Tender, heartfelt solo piano compositions reminiscent of George Winston…Through her delicate fingering, the listener finds a gentle respite from the stresses of a busy day in this musical sanctuary that provides the blessed gifts of relaxation and peace. So lower the lighting and drift slowly and gracefully through these melancholy remembrances of the “Passage” from fear to love. Recommended for lovers of solo piano music”
Omega New Age Directory

Prism (1997)

When one great song is silenced, another is lifted on the wind to fill the void. The last dusky Seaside Sparrow sang the final song of extinction and composer/pianist Ann Sweeten took up the task of filling the soundless space he left behind. Extinction is the most tragic of human legacies and Orange Band Records shouts the warning.

Out of this tragedy, insight is born. If you have ever tilted your eyes skyward and celebrated the soaring majesty of flight, Sweeten’s piano compositions will lift your heart. Hers is the music of our Earth. What does an autumn leaf sound like as it turns and twists to the ground? When the orange sun spreads out over the horizon and invites dusk under its misty amber veil, does the earth celebrate or mourn the day’s end? If the steady rhythm of ocean swells were silent but for a second, what would the seagull hear?

These questions strive to be answered within Sweeten’s compelling piano renderings. The earth’s abundance is reflected in “Prism” with sincerity, proficiency and sweet abandon.


“A soothing musical gem of original compositions, Prism warms the senses…Instrumental majesty…sparkles with tranquility.”
Metronome Magazine

“A mesmerizing collection of New Age compositions.”
North Shore Magazine

“Sweeten captures the music that is alive in the world and shows the gentler, purer side that we don’t always hear, nor always look for. The stories she plays tell volumes. This music is perfect to listen to when you want to wind down after a hard day, or as background music for meditating. The plenitude of emotion she displays will enlighten you.”
Music Scene

“If you’ve yet to discover the sounds of Ann Sweeten, hop on her bandwagon of fans now because this is one artist poised for national fame.”
Salem Pioneer

“Pianist Ann Sweeten composes gentle mood music. The titles as well as the music itself are reflective and relaxing. If the piano, by its very motion and harmony represents the human spirit, then the synths must represent Nature. Clouds form and move on, water trickles downstream, the wind blows gently across the meadow, and wildflowers sway with the breeze.”
L.A. Jazz Scene

“Prism delivers…carries you into the clouds.”
Salem Pioneer

“A proficient pianist, she exposes pieces of her heart and soul for the world to share in…make sure you’ve got a dry hanky close by.”
Metronome Magazine

Live at the St. George (2014)

May 18, 2013, 8:00 pm
90 minutes of uninterrupted Concert footage including intimate conversations with the audience. 20 Original Scores spanning Ann Sweeten’s entire Recording Career. The next best thing to being there.

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I know that Hurricane Sandy was devastating to so many of you: your neighbors, family and friends and companion animals, and I cannot imagine the kind of heartache that comes with losing not only your homes, but keepsakes, heirlooms, things that can never be replaced. It takes special courage to surmount all that and I guess it comes down to the triumph of the will of the human spirit. I find it’s particularly amazing that in the wake of all the devastation that hit Staten Island, and the surrounding areas of New York City, the St. George stands unmarked. Perhaps, as with the will of the human spirit, it is a symbol of the power of Art, in all its forms, that Creativity and the need for self-expression will triumph and never be lost to a civilization. Art has the power to heal and I hope that tonight’s concert may be helpful in that regard.


“If I had to choose one word to describe Ann’s performance and the evening’s event it would be “elegant”. The grandeur of the venue was a perfect setting for the elegance of Ann Sweeten seated at a Steinway Concert Grand piano dressed in a stunning jeweled backless evening gown. In addition to the visual splendor, the word elegant equally applies to her compositions, playing style, and on-stage persona, which was both highly professional and emanating creative expression with style and grace. Watching her in performance only deepened the appreciation for her musical artistry that I had developed in listening to her CD’s. An Evening with Ann Sweeten is a rare opportunity to see and hear one of today’s finest pianists, present her original compositions in a magnificent setting; a flawless concert of exquisite music performed by a consummate musician.”
Michael Diamond – Music and Media Focus

“Intensity and rapture were foremost in my mind as I watched Ann Sweeten on stage at the St. George on Staten Island… the touch of a master… Each song was performed with the grace and style that has always been her trademark. All in all it was a concert to remember and a joy to the eyes and the ears.”
Dave Butler – Inner Visions Syndicated Radio Show



Recorded Live at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY
May 2013

Theatre Manager
Wayne Miller

Video Produced and Directed by Thomas Hollyday

James Monroe
Thomas Hollyday
Bob Brown
for EventCore Media, Milford, CT

Location Recording Engineer
Bill Mueller, Vision Audio Inc., Joppa, MD

Assistant Engineer
Conor Mueller

Piano supplied by Steinway & Sons
9′ Concert Grand, Model D

Vivian Chiu
Operations Manger, Concert Services
Steinway & Sons, Manhattan, NY

Mixing by Tom Eaton
Universal Noise Storage, Newburyport, MA