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Invisible Words

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“Falkner is… a warm-toned jazz pianist who respects both harmony and melody with a sound that sometimes recalls the great Bill Evans, yet his style is distinctively personal.”
— George W. Carroll, eJazzNews

“[Evans] makes you listen carefully to discover the complexities that he configures beneath his music’s attractive but subdued surface.”
— Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

“A chronicle of love, loss and empathy …”
— Nate Chinen-NPR

“Evans has expressed what, for most, is inexpressible …”
— The Jazz Owl

“Evans delivers a sequence of utterly distinct and unique solo compositions …”
— All About Jazz

“Pianist and composer Falkner Evans has expressed what, for most, is inexpressible. In Invisible Words, Falkner describes the solo piano recording as “a recording I never planned to make.” It is the heartbreaking—nearly overwhelming—musical portrait of his wife, Linda, who took her own life in May of 2020.

Usually recording in collaborative formats, Evans took to the solo piano for this endeavor. After all, who could express his grief and gratitude appropriately alongside him? But don’t call it a tribute, as Evans himself refers to the recording as a “snapshot” of Linda, seen through the lens of his own heart.

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Evans explains, “I was trying to capture the spirit of who Linda was. She had a very childlike spirit and a real curiosity about life. And she was incredibly intelligent. We were together for almost 30 years and I knew her better than anybody. So this has been something of a catharsis for me and something that I’m really proud that I was able to do.”

Unable to even come near the piano for three-and-a-half months, writing and recording Invisible Words was part of his healing process. Maybe even the start of it.

Linda was an artist, both as a teacher and as a painter. When Evans was packing up Linda’s studio, he found a handwritten quote which read, “Music is the invisible word, made visible through sound.” This album is a reckoning with that idea.

The album opens with Invisible Words. The tender melody is, at once, melancholy and memorable. But what is also so very clear is the gratitude in every note. Evans’ gratitude for having known Linda at all permeates every tone throughout the whole album. It begins with the first track and never lets up.

As Evans himself admits, the album became “not only something I wanted to do but something I had to do.” The results are extraordinary.

Brightest Light is his enduring and endearing picture of Linda. It is indeed bright and there are half-beat rests, complete rests, that had an astonishing impact—almost a full stop for his grief amidst his memory.

Made Visible is the last part of the quote Evans discovered in Linda’s handwriting. I decided to try listening to Invisible Words and Made Visible back-to-back and the results were moving but would have been too obvious if tracked that way on the album. Well done, Mr. Evans.

From Lucia’s Happy Heart (written for Linda in 2006 in honor of her Italian heritage) to The Hope Card (referencing Linda’s interest in Buddhism), the songs paint an exquisite picture of the persona Linda was and what she meant to Falkner Evans.

The album concludes with Invisible Words for Linda. There is love and memory but also hope found there. It is the shortest piece on the album but that’s the way love is, lengthy sentences and many words are not necessary between two people in love. They are a treat and a delight to speak and to hear but, when that loved one is gone, what is there to say but thank you for being you and being here.”

— Travis Rogers, Jr. is The Jazz Owl

Within the songs that make-up Invisible Words (CAP, 2021), jazz pianist and composer Falkner Evans is facing a profound loss and delivering an intricate and gorgeous musical response. Losing his wife and soul partner abruptly last year, after 30 years of marriage (she took her own life), Evans has found a way to create a reflective tribute and moving celebration of his wife’s life.

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Within the songs that make-up Invisible Words (CAP, 2021), jazz pianist and composer Falkner Evans is facing a profound loss and delivering an intricate and gorgeous musical response. Losing his wife and soul partner abruptly last year, after 30 years of marriage (she took her own life), Evans has found a way to create a reflective tribute and moving celebration of his wife’s life.

Returning to his instrument in the form of a well-worn piano, in the basement of his brother-in-law’s house, where he was staying to begin grappling with overwhelming grief, he started slowly, day by day, to begin a musical process. Sitting at this piano, without the intention of a musical project, Evans started to express the deep inner emotions he was feeling, using composition as a context for an act of healing. In the AAJ interview for this article, Evans expressed the moment he envisioned an album of songs, “One day, I went down there (to his brother-in-law’s basement piano) and 3½ hours later came-up with the first three tunes of the record, and really liked what I heard—and decided right then, I’m going to do this. This was something I had to do.”

The result of this remembrance, dedication, and spiritual recognition of his partner through a musical vehicle, delivers a sequence of utterly distinct and unique solo compositions. With no accompaniment, the intricacies of the notes and the mood of the melodies offer much to absorb. Evans states that he intentionally “wasn’t going to play a whole lot of time (i.e., following strict time signature), but instead play very rubato,” thereby stretching certain beats and measures of the music.

Both the title song “Invisible Words” and “Bright Lights” are wonderful examples of the subtle touch and note improvisation, as Evans moves away from strict rhythm and follows his muse of emotional expression. As a composer, Evans speaks about the freedoms of solo compositions, which particularly apply here, with such a personal musical statement, “the great thing about playing solo is you can do whatever you want—just lay it out.”
— Doug Hall, AllAboutJazz.com

INVISIBLE WORDS

01. Invisible Words (6:31)
Falkner Evans
02. You're Next, Ladybug (6:34)
Falkner Evans
03. Brightest Light (2:24)
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04. Breathing Altered Air (6:28)
Falkner Evans
05. Made Visible (5:56)
Falkner Evans
06. Lucia's Happy Heart (8:57)
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07. The Hope Card (6:00)
Falkner Evans
08. Invisible Words for Linda (2:14)
Falkner Evans
Total Time: 43.44

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