The Remnants of Rain (Special Edition)

by Brian Kimmel

Touch 09:53
Convergence 15:29
Wholeness 04:45
Path 10:47
Remnants 16:00


Fully improvised, concept album. Inspired by Forty Minutes of Rain with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Mindfulness Community of Engaged Buddhism. Etching musically a moment during a 21-day Retreat in June of 2006 in the South of France. A first, solo piano album by a prolific performing and composing artist. Single takes. Nostalgic. Timeless. Self-reflective. No un-doing or erasing. Cuts deep into the heart of the ethereal. Suspended notes waver over vast, psychic landscapes. Portrays a dimension of feeling, memory, and unscripted rhythm to nature's many tones. The notes' color, weight, and distance are at once impressionistic and realistic. It is a performance that cannot be re-written. It lives in the moment. Departing from Bk's prior work, Remnants, is an exploration solely of a virtuosic, instrumental variety. Living pre-textually, before words, and suspends like dangling fruit at the edge of a harvest season.

The all-piano, The Remnants of Rain, was written after an experience with Thay and the Sangha at Plum Village in 2006. Thay shared, "The Dharma Talk this morning will be offered by the rain." This teaching was still resonating in me when I wrote and recorded the music in studio last Fall.


released January 15, 2019

Music by Brian Otto Kimmel.
Mixing and Mastering by Caleb Kronen.
Recorded quasi-live at Sophia Hat Studios, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Titles and cover art design by B + B Productions.


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Brian Kimmel Seattle, Washington

Cross-genre Curator of Truths, Brian Kimmel (Bk for short), offers Piano-Driven Dharma Art, Permissive Movement and Guest Teachings throughout the year. They are a musician-songwriter, mental health counselor, bodyworker, and movement educator from the Seattle area, land of Coast Salish Peoples. See their website and subscribe for more details. ... more

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