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TARA BUZASH

Bold and fresh ideas to enliven the music of church. Groove-oriented rhythms and sophisticated harmonies from the contemporary and jazz lexicon. Music to inspire new appreciation of familiar texts. A rising talent with a jazz performance background and deep roots in spirituality.

Sheet Music in the Category: VOCAL SOLOS

Amazing Grace Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Upbeat 3/4 groove with traditional melody. Optional improvisation, includes transcription of composer's improvised solo.
Breaking Through the Clouds of Darkness Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
An upbeat bounce. Sunday School kids will love this one. It’s short for a solo (1:34), but you could repeat the whole thing, or use it as a hymn instead of a solo. Lyrics taken from Hymn #29 in the Christian Science Hymnal. Available with hymn accompaniment or solo accompaniment.
Christmas Morn Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Uses Arabian 3/4 groove called "samaa'ii darij". Take the congregation on a journey to Bethlehem. Feel the dusty hot sun and the sway of the camels' legs.
Feed My Sheep Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A duet for a man and a woman á la John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Lyrics are Mrs. Eddy’s poem “Feed My Sheep,” and the melody is adapted from Hymn #304 in the Christian Science Hymnal. The music of the third verse is different and there is a coda. Rises to a powerful crescendo and then all is washed clean.
Holy Holy Holy Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Rock power ballad. Well-known text in praise to God. Optional improvisation for both vocalist and accompanist.
Hope Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Very singable and playable and pretty and keeps moving. A flowing waltz. The lyrics are Mrs. Eddy’s poem “Hope” found on page 394 of Miscellaneous Writings. Highly thoughtful and poetic.
I Love To Tell The Story Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Modern elements mixed with sounds of English folk music. Would also be nice on guitar or lute. Familiar text on subject of "Jesus and his love."
Mother's Evening Prayer Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Flowing melody over Latin piano montuno. A joyful, fast, different setting for Mrs. Eddy's beloved poem. Melody adapted from #207 in Christian Science Hymnal.
Nearer My God To Thee Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
The original melody with cool contemporary rhythms and harmonies. A close, powerful reading of the words. Theme of perseverance and prayer in the face of adversity. Optional improvisation for accompanist.
Onward Christian Soldiers Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
A slow, pensive, different setting for the familiar words. Sweet harmonies and an unfolding story. Seven minutes.
Satisfied Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Jazzy, cool, swinging. This is different! Available in advanced piano and intermediate piano versions. Lyrics are Mrs. Eddy’s poem “Satisfied” from the Christian Science Hymnal.
The Long Amen Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Hip grooves and meter changes, optional improvisation. Flavors of jazz and gospel. Meek beginning, powerful ending. Setting of Isaac Watts poem based on Ps. 72 encouraging all to praise God.
The Stillness of Your Voice Buy Sheet Music More Details View Lyrics Listen to Sample
Soothing, comforting. Easy to sing with simple rhythms and rich chords for the pianist. God is with us every moment of our morning, day, evening, and night.

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"Without realizing it, the crowd was guided to an elevated feeling of well- being and happiness. You must feel good to know you touch so many in such a unique way." – Wayne Guinn, Three Bridges, NJ

"I really enjoyed your compositions and can't wait to hear more -- you have a talent for writing catchy but unusual melodies that stick with the listener long after the piece is over." – Flora Newberry, Roebling, NJ

"You're a rare find. … I got more expressions of gratitude for [your music] than almost ever before. … What a delight!" – Louise Maynard, www.solo- finder.com

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BIOGRAPHY

Tara Buzash is a jazz pianist, composer, and instructor in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. She was one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world chosen for the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist Workshop in Washington, DC. Toshiko Akiyoshi calls Buzash's playing "fantastic," while Princeton Symphony Orchestra Conductor (1986-2007) Mark Laycock says, "She is a brilliant pianist and composer." Tara was also the 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the New Jersey Arts Collective’s music composition contest. She holds a Master of Music in Jazz Piano Performance from Rutgers University, where her mentors were Stanley Cowell and Conrad Herwig.

Tara’s compositions include jazz instrumentals, original songs, and modern jazz-influenced hymn settings. For Watchfire, she contributes music to bring joy and new creative expression to church.

Tara maintains a private lesson studio in her home and teaches jazz piano lessons at The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ. In the community, she plays every Sunday for her local Christian Science church, and serves on the Greater Princeton Steinway Society board of directors.


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