Understanding Is Everything

by Ian o'Brien

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PLEASE NOTE - All proceeds from this record are going directly to provide materials for elementary schools in the Touhoku North Eastern region of Japan that was devastated by the Earthquake/Tsunami March 11 2011 and remains in desperate need of help. Thank you for your contribution!


In so far as an instrumental record can, this work represents my resolute opposition to war and violence of any nature. Despite the sometimes disturbing world we live in, I continue to dream of World Peace and co-operation between people and nations no matter how absurd that may sound, or how far we may be from that place and time. One day, the day will come when all wars and conflicts will end - the day the last person says "no more."

This album is simply my dream of that day.


released October 22, 2013

All titles composed by Ian o'Brien except 'Spiraling Prism' by Herbie Hancock and 'Love Beams' by Lonnie Liston Smith.

Ian o'Brien - Rhodes piano, Oberheim 4-voice, Arp Odyssey, Moog synthesizers, String Ensemble, Spectrasonics software, Acoustic/Electric guitars, various percussion and drums, computer programming and production.
Kuniyuki Takahashi - Acoustic Piano on 'My Dreams Of Peace.'
Julian Tanaka - Tenor Saxopohone on 'My Dreams of Peace', 'The Explanation', 'God's Prayer' and 'Love Beams.'
Nathan Haines - Soprano sax and tenor/alto flutes on 'God's Prayer.'

Recorded and mixed in Japan.
Dedicated to all the lost souls in the Great East Japan Earthquake, and to all those who suffered and continue to suffer to this day as a result of The Disaster. You will never be forgotten.



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Ian o'Brien Tokyo, Japan

Ian o'Brien plays piano, guitar, bass, drums, uniquely blending his sound with electronic/computer based music to make something different.

His 1st album 'Desert Scores' was released in 1996. 2 more albums 'Giagntic Days' and 'A History Of Things To Come' followed on UK Peacefrog recs.

His latest albums are available now exclusively here on Bandcamp.

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