The track La danse was released as a single on the 23rd of October, 2020.
Tell us something about your track La danse!
La Danse is a composition that came to life in the idyllic streets of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). Composer Jacco tells about the background: ‘’While I was playing in the street, a passerby girl was dancing to my live music. Her movement encouraged me to interact with her dancing in the music I improvised. I had lots of fun, and the girl too. We were both just playing around. The situation had a charming atmosphere, and I wanted to share that feeling with more people.
That start inspired us to make a music video, where a lady walking in the street hears music and dreams away on her (possible) history as a dancer. Because of these dreams, she feels that she can be a dancer right there at that moment. This way, she is dancing and dreaming at the same time.
With this song, I wish to inspire people to dream and to dance. The song already had me dancing quite some times, so I guess it can also spark other people to start dancing.
Thanks for sharing this with us Jacco!
Today I’m presenting you to the latest track by the dutch composer and piano player Jacco Wynia and his track Impobabilities. I have written about Jacco befor, and to know it all; check out this Behind the piano post. In short thought, Jacco lives in The Netherlands and is a composer of Neo-classical music.
The track was released as a single on the 21st of august, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Improbabilities!
Many beautiful things are discovered when you least expect them. They may seem unreal, but somehow you have discovered them to be real.
When writing this song, I really enjoyed the process and found so much joy in it. When I wanted to give it a place I somehow couldn’t agree and wouldn’t find the recording ‘good enough’, but actually by working more on details to make it feel more ‘real’, it lost some power. Then I just decided to leave it as it is: Imperfect, improbable, but with bits of joy. And those bits matter!
Thanks for sharing this with us Jacco!
Today, I’m introducing you to another track by Jacco Wynia; the composer and piano player from the Netherlands you know. There is a Behind the piano post about Jacco if you press the link above, so I’ll jump right to the introduction of the song!
The track No way round is taken from the EP Climate change, which was released on the 1st of November 2019.
Tell us something about your track No way round!
No Way Round was written when I did a writing retreat in the forest. Whilst squirrels ran through the garden and birds sang their song, the music came to me as if it needed to be heard. I found myself playing the first bits deep into the night and finished the whole piece over the course of the next couple of days. This means it has a natural vibe of the forest, and for me, there was literally no way round: This music needed to get out there.
Thank you for sharing with us Jacco!
Where are you from? And where do you live?
I am from the Netherlands, Den Bosch. I have lived in several places throughout the years; London (UK), Tilburg (NL), Barneveld (NL) which all had their influence on my way of making music.
How long have you been playing the piano?
Since I was a kid and we ended up having a keyboard at home: That was at age 8 or so (+-1997, so that’s quite a few years). I played keyboard with a piano sound quite long, and around age 15 we got an acoustic piano.
Do you play other instruments as well?
Yes, I also play the bass, guitar, saxophone, I sing, and have tried a lot of instruments throughout the years: music is such a wonderful thing, it makes me enjoy playing nearly every instrument
Tell us about how you started playing music.
Just simply the sounds were so interesting to me, that I was playing around as soon as we had musical instruments laying around. And I guess that never stopped.
My parents helped in the sense that they sent me to a music school at some point, to get lessons. And at school some teachers really motivated to play more, write music, and so on. The thing that really got me started was playing in bands / groups together with friends.
How long have you been making piano music?
I have made my first songs at age 15, but seriously writing music for the piano has started around 2012. In the last couple of years I am putting in more time and effort to grow, because it is so much fun!
Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
Well, it sort of just happened. That is the thing: I enjoyed this ‘game’ so much, just trying stuff without someone telling what to do, and I just loved it. The only thing that changed in the last couple of years is that I reserve time to explore and try out new things: That really helps in growing as a composer and musician.
Have you made music in other genres before?
Yes. From rock, to pop, to folk, to metal, funk to world and to religious music. Well, much more, basically I like to try the diversity in Music, and lend ideas from different styles.
What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
Goldmund is one of the composers that has a wonderful sound and feel to it. But also definitely the more known Olafur Arnalds, Yann Tiersen, Nils Frahm, Joep Beving, Ludovico Einaudi, Johann Johannson and many more.
What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
Basically, there are no rules. Stay true to what the feeling of a composition wants to tell, so that everything fits together. That makes the best experience for the listener: That the different elements are telling the same story. When this is lacking, it might sound impressive or ‘good’, but it will not really blow you away as listener.
Anything else you want to share?
I want to share the love for music! For here, I guess that means: Stop reading, start listening. And for me it also means that I love to write together with others, share music, learn from eachother in the process, and enjoy all of that.
Jacco Wynia is a composer, musician and pianist from the Netherlands.
Tell us something about the track Newborn sun!
Newborn Sun‘ is linked to the winter solstice. This means that the longest night has just passed, and from there you can see the newborn sun. Likewise, everyone has darker times in life, and it is such a miraculous thing to see the new sun rise after such a period, with all its beautiful colours that you had forgotten that they excist. That is what this song is about.
Thank you Jacco for this wonderful piece of music!