Today I’m introducing you to the British composer and piano player Briano King and his track Unending. Briano is based in London and has played the piano since the age of 6. Soon after he made his first composition, but is wasn’t until 2022 that I finally got around to release some music of his own!
The track Unending was released on the EP Voyage on the 29th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Unending!
The pieces in the EP express the voyage that the heart (and mind) may face in traversing the highs and lows of a relationship. As the last track on the EP, I wanted Unending to convey a sense of hope. I think the listener would agree it certainly has a different mood and tone to it than the other tracks in the EP!
Thanks for this Briano!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Heimwee by the dutch composer and piano player Jorn Swart and his project Doeke. Jorn moved to the USA in 2010 to pursue a masters degree in jazz piano and has lived and performed there since then.
The track Heimwee (homesick) was released on the 5th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Heimwee!
Heimwee (Homesick),” describes missing home. It’s a feeling of warmth and tenderness, and also of sadness and longing. This piano composition captures the ambiguity of these moments; the delicate melody embodies the many memories, while the repetitive notes in the left hand express a sense of melancholy.
Thank you for this Jorn!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Hearts by the British composer and piano player Helen Keeling-Marston, based in Hampshire. Helen has played the piano since a very young age, and started composing seriously in about 2015, focusing on solo piano, solo piano and cello, and orchestral tracks.
The track Hearts was released as a single on the 5th of august, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming EP.
Tell us something about your track Hearts!
As the name likely suggests, this track, “Hearts”, is about love, and the evolution of the track’s theme represents the journey of love from caution to giddiness; yet giddiness tempered with caution, as giving away your heart is a risky thing! “Hearts” is part of my upcoming EP, “Cards”, which is a four-track compilation, each track representing one of the four suits in a pack of cards. Unlike some of the other suits, I saw “Hearts” as being dreamy, melodic, quite high-pitched and with a simple ostinato.
Thank you very much for sharing Helen!
Today I’m introducing you to the Portuguese composer and piano player José Tornada and his track Wild promises. José started composing his own music on the piano at the age of nine; influenced by 90s Japanese video games. 20 years later he released his first music.
The track Wild Promises was released as a single on the 1st of august, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Wild Promises!
This track is heavily influenced by one of my favorite composers from my childhood – Philip Glass. In the song, I tried to capture the feeling of expectations and promises that we all make to ourselves. The soft piano in the verse is a metaphor for our inner hope, while the build-up in the finale is the realization of those expectations.
Thank you for this José!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Daytime Waltz by the Belgian composer and piano player Jeroen Revesloot. Jeroen started playing music in the 70s and has never stopped writing and performing since then.
The track Daytime Waltz was released as a single on the 29th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Daytime Waltz!
“Daytime Waltz” which was actually written a long time ago, is a friendly invitation to start your day with a little smile. It is also the first song of the next album to be released early 2023.
Thank you for this Jeroen!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Falling for Ghosts by the British composer and piano player Sion Trefor, based in Wales. Need to quote Sion right off here:
I’m a recluse, an insomniac (like, actually, not a Hollywood insomniac), and I live at my studio.
Sion has been playing since he was a kid and has been a touring musician for the most part of his life. A few years ago he started releasing his own music.
The track Falling for Ghosts track was released as a single on the 22ns of July, 2022 but will also be part of an EP this December.
Tell us something about your track Falling for Ghosts!
The track ‘Falling for Ghosts’ is a kind of lament to imaginary nostalgic spaces – places we concoct out of various memories in our minds, places that – to me at least – feel more like home than anywhere I’ve known in real life. When I’m triggered or fall into thinking about these places, halfway between deja vu and a real memory, they’re always empty, totally desolate, and yet they’re imbued with the emotions I feel towards people who are close to me in my life. That absence of anything tangible led me to the title, ‘Falling for Ghosts’.
Thank you for this Sion!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Valse Mélancolique by the dutch composer and piano player Geert Veneklaas. Geert started playing the piano at a young age, studied at the Conservatorium in Arnhem (The Netherlands) and had a fairly successful career as a popmusician.
Geert’s ambition has recently taken flight by focusing exclusively on composing ‘contemporary classical’ pieces for piano solo.
The track Valse Mélancolique was released as a single on the 18th of July, 2022 but will also be part of an album that will be released in the fall of 2022.
Tell us something about your track Valse Mélancolique!
Valse Mélancolique above all represents a feeling; a sense of unsatisfied desire, of lost hopes. Not so much in a heavy way, but also in a tender way. A melancholy reminiscence of something that was but will never be again.
When I compose I often have a clear image in my head. In this case it was an abandoned village in the countryside where time seems to stand still, perhaps because I had just booked my holiday to a quiet place in the French countryside. The great thing was that Valse Mélancolique came out on the day I got there. That felt like perfect timing to me.
Thanks for this Geert!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Building a Home by the Italian composer and piano player Andrea Vanzo, based in the mountains near Tuscany. Andrea started playing the piano and composing ar the age of eleven, and sees music as a way to communicate emotions and his state of being.
The track Building a Home was released as a single on the 22nd of July, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Building a Home!
Our home should not be something that is imposed on us, but something we choose. Everyone should be free to build their own home, to dress their own intimate space, and take care of themselves.
Thank you for sharing with us Andrea!
Today I’m presenting you with the track The Rolling Green of Snowdonia by the American composer and piano player Deborah Stokol, located in Los Angeles. Deborah started to play the piano at the age of six, but has composed and sung her own song her entire life. She has previously worked as a journalist and a teacher but has since 2021 taken a year off to focus on her music.
This track, The Rolling Green of Snowdonia, was released on the EP 88 Keys to Countless Kingdoms: Impressionistic Solo Piano Voyages Through the Dreamscape on the 20th of June, 2022.
Tell us something about your track The Rolling Green of Snowdonia!
The whole EP musically explores fantastical-seeming real-world places and dreamscapes. It seeks to allow your mind to wander. This song is named after the famous national park of North Wales, one I have long wanted to see but have never actually visited. I first learned about it in Susan Cooper’s *Dark is Rising Sequence* books, about King Arthur, modern magic, time-travel, and likely a very real influence on the creation of Harry Potter 25-30 years later. So even though I have been fortunate to visit the UK several times, I have not seen Snowdonia, so it exists as a sort of magical mystery to me. I know it’s real. And I’ve been to places that look like its photographs, but for me, it sort of represents the perfect marriage of three-dimensional living with imaginary land. So in composing this dreamy, mystical piece, I hoped to evoke some of that…the lush greens of the hills, the rain-soaked green, the wondrous unknown, a place of mythic proportions and history.
I have thought about these things for decades, but I wrote this piece pretty recently, sitting at the piano with my DAW and one mic, and I just played. I liked the sonic exploration and started threading it with others that seemed to tell alternate but related, complementary stories and put together this EP.
Thank you very much for this Deborah!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Florescence by the American composer and piano player Matt, aka. Fog Chaser, based in the Pacific Northwest.
The track Florescence was released as a single on the 10th of July, 2022, but was firstly sent through a newsletter to his subscribers.
Tell us something about your track Florescence!
For Volume I of my newsletter, I’m writing a song in every musical key — making my way around the circle of fifths. So, this song, which is in f-sharp minor, was my newsletter song in April.
It was very meditative to write. I limited myself to piano, a touch of bass, and a little ambient noise, just to keep things simple. The title, “Florescence”, means “the process of flowering”, and I really liked the idea of things being in bloom. No funny anecdotes recording this one — just me and my piano. Eventually, I teamed up with Chad Skinner (from Sun Rain), one of my favorite musicians, and got his help on mixing and mastering to make sure I captured the right mood.
Thank you very much for this Matt!