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Piano Man

Tuesday, February 13, 2001

A self-taught young Storm Lake pianist releases his first solo CD.

Bradley Mariska sits down at the piano in Edson Hall at Buena Vista University and begins to effortlessly play.

With no sheet music in front of him, Mariska coaxes out a variety of different styles, switching smoothly from one genre to the next.

This week, Mariska was rewarded when his semi-improvisatory style of music was released on CD. The CD, entitled "Moments," contains 14 tracks of solo piano music. Twelve original compositions combined with familiar folk tunes "Shenandoah" and "O Danny Boy," complete the nearly 60-minute long recording.

The mood of the music on this recording is distinctive to Mariska's eclectic style. A ballad arranged for chorus written by Mariska in 1998 is arranged for piano and elements of Mariska's more aggressive style of piano playing appears on a track entitled "Thunderstorm."

Mariska, a junior music education major at BVU, said he has enjoyed music all of his life, but it wasn't until high school that he touched a piano.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/10 Pilot Tribune.

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