Beautiful and exotic French salon music for piano reminiscent of Chopin, Satie, and Fauré.
Composer Dana Carlile had several years of piano instruction as a child. He took up playing the piano again on his own, as a hobby, after finishing graduate school in 1980. In the late 1980s an artist friend persuaded Dana to try composing some background music for an art exhibit. Dana was surprised to discover that he could write music but he did not see much point to it. Music would spontaneously pop into his head during periods of moodiness or when he made a mistake playing the piano, both of which were quite often. While these first composing experiences were unnerving, they were enjoyable enough that he continued composing for several years.
While Dana hoped that his compositions would expand his repertoire of easy piano pieces for his hobby playing, the compositions soon exceeded his playing ability. After a second period of composing in the late 1990s, he had completed over 80 pieces of piano music and decided to have his music recorded. His first CD, “Preludes for Silence and Darkness”, was featured on National Public Radio’s Open Mic internet show in 2004. In 2005 he released two more CDs of his music, “The Ballet of Phantoms” and “A Lullaby for Innocence”. Also in 2005, he began working with film director John Jopson developing the sound track for the film “Les Absintheurs”, presently in production in Europe. In 2007 he released his fourth CD, “A Paris Moon”.