Timeless Review by MainlyPiano.com

1 June 2014

Kathy Parsons from Mainly Piano has reviewed the new album Timeless by J. M. Quintana Cámara. The review is available below and in MainlyPiano.com website.

Review

J. M. Quintana Cámara - TimelessTimeless is the follow-up to J. M. Quintana Camara’s 2012 release, Feelinks, which was nominated for Best Solo Piano Album of the Year by SoloPiano.com in the category of “Classical/Modern Classical.” Quintana Camara is a very versatile composer who also writes music for soundtracks, documentaries, and television commercials. Born in Spain in 1984 and conservatory-trained from the age of nine, Quintana Camara started composing music at the age of twelve. With advanced degrees in music (piano) and computer science, Quintana Camara also teaches piano and music theory. His music is melodic, passionate, elegant, and sometimes quite energetic, reflecting life experiences in a very personal way. Classical influences with contemporary sensibilities gives the music a genre-crossing appeal that makes it difficult to classify (I really like that!). Timeless is mostly solo piano, but there are other instruments included in some of the compositions. Two of the thirteen pieces are presented in two different versions. Hopefully this excellent and very colorful music will bring Quintana Camara the more international following that he deserves.

Timeless begins with “The Challenge.” Starting with a slow, mysterious piano introduction, strongly rhythmic percussion and orchestration enter and send the piece soaring. Passionate and very dramatic, we can immediately hear why Quintana Camara is working in film soundtracks. “Fighting Against the Unknown” is fully orchestrated behind the piano. With a melancholy tone, the piece is sometimes light and determined, and other times burdened and a bit lost - beautiful and very expressive. “Sleep Paralysis” feels very much like a night of tossing and turning - agitated and frustrated, on the verge of falling asleep, but not quite there. It is fascinating how Quintana Camara expresses the quiet stillness as well as the turbulence of a restless night. A great piece! “Wonders of Earth” is an enchanting piece that seems to soar above the earth, awed by the beauty and drama below. “Stop Hunger!” comes from the soundtrack to the documentary The Third Rider, about hunger and malnutrition on our planet. Very dark and powerful, I love this one! The vibrant rhythms give the piece a sense of urgency while the slower sections reinforce the peril of the world and its inhabitants. A wonderful solo piano version of “Stop Hunger!” comes later in the album. “Welcome Back” is a warm and tender piano solo that overflows with love - another favorite. “Frenetic World” again picks up the pace with a spinning and twirling piano spurred on by agitated strings. “The Magic of Christmas” is a sweet piano solo composed in a very classical style, viewing Christmas through the eyes of a child. “Successful Challenge” is a second version of the opening “The Challenge” that brings this album to an upbeat and triumphant close.

J. M. Quintana Camara is on his way to becoming a major player in the contemporary classical music scene. Timeless is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Highly recommended!

Kathy Parsons from MainlyPiano.com 06/01/14

Presentation of Lost Frontier Sampler 15

20 May 2014

Javier Bedoya presents in his radio program Lost Frontier the soundtrack AMIAS, composed and produced by José Manuel Quintana Cámara and included in the compilation album Lost Frontier Sampler 15You can listen to or download the podcast of this edition number 783 here.

About Lost Frontier

Lost Frontier is a radio program focused on new instrumental music, the world of New Age and other contemporary music styles which are not usual in conventional radio. It is run by Javier Bedoya and it is broadcasted every Tuesday from 22:00 to 24:00 (GMT+1 time) on En el Aire radio.

"Esta pieza (From the Top of the Cliff) es increíble me he enamorado de ella y de su belleza que gran composición, que pena que se para piano porque estaría encantado de poder tocarla con la flauta travesera; eres increíble José Manuel Quintana simplemente precioso lo que has hecho.", ~Gaibbor, Spain
"I am the leader of a photograph group on Facebook with a YouTube channel called 'finestre - fenêtres - windows' --- With amateur and semi-professionals photographs we created 780 slideshows with photos and music --- José Manuel Quintana Cámara's music is one of my preferred!! It fits very well to visual and artistic works - Thank you once more ... José Manuel, you are not only a great artist but a great human being too!!", ~Arcangelo Vincent Scalici, Independent Entertainment Professional, Italy