Bob Ravenscroft’s New “Inner Journeys” Group Planning Gigs, Recordings

Inner Journeys is the latest group concept from keyboardist-composer Bob Ravenscroft as he continues to anchor the new Ravenswave Recordings., an uncompromising independent that has emerged as a special, state-of-the-art “audiophile jazz” label dedicated to capturing the sound of jazz as intimately as today`s advanced recording techniques will allow.

Ravenscroft`s fortuitous meeting with bassist Dwight Kilian brought together kindred musical spirits. Kilian`s unique combination of artistry and spirituality was a perfect complement to the impressionistic piano of Ravenscroft, and their combined chemistry led to the formation of Inner Journeys in 2005.

Since that time, the duo`s aim has been to go ever deeper, building on intuitive jazz experiences that continually push exploration. Those “inner journeys” have even led to “Jazz in Sacred Spaces” concepts such as their “Music & Meditations” concert format involving the spoken word, drama, poetry and all manner of artistic expression. The duo performs as a trio in concert, with percussionist Rob Moore having joined the group in 2007.

For those who think of Bob Ravenscroft as strictly an acoustic piano purist, Inner Journeys offers something beyond. Buoyed by the endless imagination of Kilian, and complemented by the changing colors from Moore`s drums, Inner Journeys achieves a deeply moving and atmospheric sound that travels into new regions beyond jazz. To create these amazing soundscapes, Ravenscroft coaxes every imaginable mood from his grand piano, but may also turn to his Korg synthesizer and find additional mind-blowing sounds. In some situations, Inner Journeys has been accompanied by a fourth member, video improviser Mario Barnabe, whose projected images inspire further innovation.

According to Ravenscroft, who relocated to the Phoenix area in 2003 to focus on his new Ravenswave “audiophile” recording label, Inner Journeys provides him with a new way to further explore the common ground between contemporary music and deeper matters of the soul. “For me, this is the point where it all comes together,” he says. “It`s where music meets soul in the truest sense. We`re anxious to see where it can take us.”