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    Spotted: Omar Raafat – Remember

    Today I’m introducing you to a brand new track, Remember, by the Egyptian composer and piano player Omar Raafat. Omar was born in Cairo, but lov locates in Canada. He started playing music at a young age, mainly rock and folk music, but later started writing piano music.

    The track Remember was released on the album The Traveler which came out on the 12th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Remember!
    The song Remember is a short piece of music I used to always play on the piano. There was something with the simplicity and repetitive nature of it that would make me feel so in touch with the music. The track has a sad undertone to it and was written as a tribute to those who have left us. I thought a lot about developing it and adding to it but I felt strongly that the song should remain simple and intimate as it is.

    Thank you so much for this Omar!

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    Spotted: Henning Schmiedt – Near

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Nead by the German composer and piano player Henning Schmiedt born and based in Berlin.

    The track Near was released as a single on the 2nd of September, 2022, but is also part of the album Piano Miniatures.

    Tell us something about your track Near!
    Near to be as close as possible, to be completely immersed in the game, and to look at and design everything from above simultaneously is my ideal when playing the piano, and it is in this spirit I created my album Piano Miniatures. When playing the relaxed piano pieces, I felt like I was back in my childhood, how I made trees, horses, small locomotives, mini castles, and entire miniature cities from building blocks. 

    I usually record early in the mornings, when my mind is still open and blank. Sometimes late  to catch the breath and athmosphere of the night.
    It wasn’t a conscious decision but I had a nostalgic feeling while I was playing. It was close to the time of my childhood, and I realized that my mind was going back in time.

     So I decided to dedicate “piano miniatures” to the places of my childhood in Erzgebirge mountains.

    I felt like I was back in my childhood. I was back to the games of that time, how I made trees, horses, small locomotives, mini castles, and entire miniature cities from building blocks, a warm and nostalgic feeling.

    Thank you for this Henning!

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    Spotted: Aatraus – Until the Morning Sun

    Today I’m introducing you to the Finnish composer and piano player Aatraus from Tampere, Finland. Aatraus is a self-taught pianist who has been composing since high school. In addition to creating piano pieces, he also writes orchestral music mainly for video games.

    The track Until the Morning Sun was released as a single on the 2nd of September 2022. It’s the third single from the upcoming album The Tomorrow.

    Tell us something about your track Until the Morning Sun!
    The album is an introspection of my life after my studies, and portrays relief for finally finishing my thesis after a long struggle, but also wistfulness for the end of my time as a student, and uncertainty of what is to come in the future. “Until the Morning Sun” is dedicated to those long days where I would zone out and work through the night, only realising how much time had passed when the sun began to rise. Unsurprisingly, this piece was also written in the early hours of the morning.

    Thank you for this Aatraus!

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    Spotted: klaf. – Lisbon

    Today I’m introducing you to the composer and piano player klaf. based in Germany. klaf.’s real name is Paul, and Paul has played the piano for as long as he can remember. He finished his first song at the age of ten and has just kept on going since then.

    The track Lisbon was released as a single on the 12th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Lisbon!
    Lisbon is one of my favorite cities. I was in Lisbon for three months during Covid and had such a great time writing songs and meeting friends. The city has a special tone: Kind of romantic, sweet but also honest and really nice people. I met and dated a girl in Lisbon and as I was thinking of her and the beautiful city. The song just happened, it was literally written in five minutes. And that excitement and inspiration is what music should be all about. 🙂

    Thanks for this Paul!

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    Spotted: Olario – Homecoming

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Homecoming by the Austrian composer, piano player and violinist Yury Revich aka. Olario. Yury comes from four generations of playing the violin in his family, and has played himself since the age of five.

    The track Homecoming was released as a single on the 2nd of September, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Homecoming!
    It is a single track which I wrote in the end  of the night when the sun was rising. It does sound cheesy- but it’s true, that’s how I was inspired and how it happend.

    Thank you for this Yury!

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    Spotted: Robert Gromotka – Tavira

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Tavira by the German composer and piano player Robert Gromotka, from a village just outside Münster. Robert started playing the flute at the age of six, and then went forward to play the piano and double bass.

    The track Tavira was released as a single on the 26th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Tavira!
    There was this remarkably misty day in Southern Portugal. I took a long and lonesome walk through the beaches and countrysides of ‘Tavira’, a small village at the Algarve. And meanwhile I was walking, hardly seeing anything but fog, this mystic and unique melody came to my head. Later that day I sat down at the piano, still with this very peaceful mindset, and made it a song. I think the listener now can feel this tranquility without even knowing this backstory at all…

    Thank you for this Robert!

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    Spotted: Greg Kozakiewicz – Earasaid

    Today I’m introducing you to the polish born and Great Britain based composer and piano player Greg Kozakiewicz and his track Earasaid. Greg uses the piano as a way to relax from his (at the time) very stressful job. After he got his musical education he went on to study to become an architect.

    The track Earasaid was released on the album Sonder on the 9th of September, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Earasaid!
    It was named after a draped garment worn in Scotland as part of traditional female highland dress. Composed in 2021/22 in Edinburgh and recorded using vintage Steinway Model A Grand in Castlesound Studios, Scotland. Track has 3 parts. The middle one is the original core, followed by more dynamic part to add move movment into track. The intro was added at the end. The working title for the track was: “Floral dress” 

    Thank you for sharing this with us Greg!

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    Spotted: Lewis Reynolds – Willow

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Willow by the British composer and piano player Lewis Reynolds. Lewis started playing the piano at the age of 10 and started writing his own music around 15. This is the first project he has released using his birth name!

    The track Willow was released as a single on the 25th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Willow!
    The piece was actually written in memory of our family dog ‘Willow’ who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. She was a Great Dane cross Mastiff, so she was absolutely huge. You soon came to realise when you met her though that she was the most gorgeous and gentle dog ever. I wanted the track to depict her loving and gentle nature. 

    Thanks so much for this Lewis!

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    Spotted: Star Age – Small Craft at Sea

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Small Craft at Sea by the American composer and piano player Star Age. Star started to play the piano at the age of 18 months (!) sad started making original music back in 2019.

    The track Small Craft at Sea was released on the EP with the same name on the 26th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Small Craft at Sea!
    My Grandfather’s love of exploration on the open water inspired “Small Craft at Sea”, a lulling and peaceful homage to the meditative rides on his small motorboat far into the Gulf of Mexico with no ship-to-shore radio and merely a compass for navigation. 

    Thank you for this!

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    Spotted: Pau Canyigueral – Esperanto

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Esperant by the Spanish piano player and composer Pau Canyigueral, based in Barcelona. Pau started making music when he was young, and currently tried to make music while the rest of his family is asleep. He started releasing music during the pandemic.

    The track Esperant was released as a single on the 20th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Esperant!
    Some time ago, I was working far away from home, leaving my wife and daughters on their own. Once, while away, they all fell ill and I couldn’t get back to them sooner. So then this piece emerged, I wrote it, recorded it and send it to my wife as an attempt to comfort her. “Esperant” means “waiting”, with a tint of “hope”. 

    Thank you for this Pau!