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Storm King Sacrifice turned out to be a descriptive piece from beginning to end. The listener can visualize mountain sitting in all it's splendor, before being attacked by flames. Suddenly, a stark progression of 14 chords climbs toward it's final ascent leading to an unmistakable, overwhelming silence. In end, despite best efforts of those who sacrificed so much, mountain burned, then revealed it's own new life, reflecting nature's inevitable cycle.
More information about this piece and other music by JavaMusiK pianist Jeff Van Devender is available at www.soundclick.com/javamusik and www.javamusik.com. The song Storm King Sacrifice is available on Van Devender's latest release, 'Bending Chords,' and is available at www.cdbaby.com/vand2 or 1-800-289-6923. Proceeds from sale of each cd purchased through www.cdbaby.com/vand2 will be donated to a firefighter memorial fund.
Jeff Van Devender can be found performing every weekend in Estes Park, CO at Stanley Hotel & Glenwood Springs, CO at Glenwood Caverns Exclamation Point Restaurant & during ski season in Aspen, CO at St. Regis Hotel. He also plays for St. John's Episcopal Church every Sunday in New Castle, CO. Van Devender lives in Rifle, CO and is an elementary music teacher in Parachute.
Scott Jeffries - JavaNews, 2003
Colorado pianist Jeff Van Devender witnessed the Storm King Fire in 1994 which killed 14 firefighters. Several years later he wrote Storm King Sacrifice for piano at the base of Storm King Mountain, a touching and descriptive tribute to the fallen heroes who lost their lives battling the elements on that fateful day.