Today I’m presenting you with the track Dawn by the greek composer and piano player Harris Procopiou, now located in Geneva, Switzerland. Harris was inspired to start to play the piano by his sister, and since the age of 15 he has both played and composed.
The track Dawn was released as a single on the 6th of may, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Dawn!
This track was composed and recorded in a single day, spontaneously, during difficult times at home. I wanted something singular and simple, with a mix of sadness and hope. I believe this is what this track is all about, hence why I named it “Dawn”.
Thank you for this Harris!
Today I’m presenting you with the brand new track Sunglow by the Swedish composer and piano player Maria Grönlund from Stockholm, Sweden. You can check out this Behind the piano article to know everything about Maria and her music! In short; Maria started playing the piano at the age of five, and was taught by her mother.
The track Sunglow was released as a single on the 10th of may, 2022, but will also be part on an album in June.
Tell us something about your track Sunglow!
I’ve released ‘Colors of my mind Pt.1’ and ‘Pt.2’ during last year, and ‘Sunglow’ is the first track from ‘Pt.3’ to meet the world. All the pieces of this album have color names, and ‘Sunglow’ is a warm, fresh yellow hue. Like all the other tracks of the album it stems from an improvisation I did together with painter Madelene Egerfält, and the artwork is a close-up from her painting. To me this piece symbolizes hope and comfort. We need to know and believe that behind the clouds the sun still shines, and that it one day will be visible again.
Thank you again Maria for sharing your music with us!
Today I’m presenting you with the American piano player and composer Todd Cardon. Todd has been playing the piano since before he can even remember and started recording music about 20 years ago.
The track Dreams was released as a single on the 9th of may, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Dreams!
This recording was inspired as I was playing around with the upper keys of the piano. I love the sound or ring that it makes as you play progressive chords.
The other inspiration came as I looked out my window and could see spring approaching after a long 6 month winter. It was still cold outside, but you could see the hope that spring brings with hints of hope, like early season birds chirping and green grass beginning to manifest itself.
This song also evokes the same feeling I feel at home. I’m at a location where I am surrounded by nature.
My hope when I recorded this song is to help the listener feel calm and peaceful. That’s how I feel when I sit back and listen to the recording.
Thanks for this Todd!
Today I’m introducing you to the Norwegian piano player and composer Lise Jonsson, based in Trondheim. Lise started playing the piano at the age of seven, playing by ear, and composed her first track at the age of 12.
The track Breathing was released as a single on the 6th of may, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Breathing!
Breathing is the third piece of four in an upcoming EP based on The Four Elements Fire, Air, Water, Earth. The release date has not been set yet, but it will be released in 2022. Breathing is composed by improvising. The melody came to me when I started playing. I have also released a version of Breathing in collaborasion with Brannan Lane with nature sound and flute.
Thank you so much for this Lise!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Bloom from the Swiss composer and piano player Matthias Gusset, based in Basel. You can read all about Matthias in this Behind the piano post!
The track Bloom will soon be available on the album Burden.
Tell us something about your track Bloom!
I wrote ‘Bloom’ on my upright piano at home. After I played the first few notes of the melody it felt like the rest of the song kind of wrote itself. In this piece I consciously tried to work with contrasts of feelings, always looking for an open end.
Thanks for this Matthias!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Resting song by the artis Xeuphoria, who will remain anonymous. Therefore, not much will be said about the artist except alongside the piano, Xeuphoria releases electronic, pop, and lo-fi hip-hop music.
The track Resting song was released on the album For the peaceful moments which came out on the 3rd of may, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Resting song!
Resting song is a thoughtful, pretty piano piece with soaring melodies and relaxed timbre. It was recorded in one take as a piano improvisation (much like all of the other Xeuphoria piano pieces). It’s called ‘resting song’ since it’s composed to be a piece that you can listen to to feel calm and comfortable.
Thanks for this!
Today it’s time to introduce another track by the British composer and piano player Mark Sutton, called My Lass. Mark started playing the piano at the age of ten and comes from a big family of musicians.
The track My Lass was released as a single on the 28th of April, 2022.
Tell us something about the track My Lass!
My Lass was written for my lovely wife as a birthday gift. I’ve been wanting to write a tune for her for a while now and when this song came through I knew it was the right one. You cannot rush art as they say, and I think it was worth the wait.
Thank you very much for this Mark!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Inocencia by the Argentinian composer and piano player Juan Maria Solare, which was one of the first composers I got in touch with when starting to make piano music myself! Juan started playing the piano before he could even read or write, and he considers the piano to be his “mother tongue”.
The track Inocencia was released on the album Colores de un otoño incipiente on the 22nd of April, 2022.
Tell us something about the track Inocencia!
The track ‘Inocencia’, (Spanish for ‘Innocence’), presents a single sonority throughout; a constant and stable harmonic field (d minor). One can smell in it a certain aroma of some John Cage’s music. ‘Inocencia’ has a transparent melody, but it’s so slow paced and sparse that not everybody can follow it. However, when you change your inner speed and shift down a gear or two, you can clearly feel the melodic flow. What I particularly love in ‘Inocencia’ are the resonances of the instrument, which I describe as a ‘third dimension’ of sound.
Thank you very much for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Hampsicora’s lament by the Italian composer and piano player Pier Fagiolo and his project Mare Insularum Pier. Pier was very fascinated by the great classical composer as a child and started to play organ when he was 9 years old.
The track Hampsicora’s lament was released as a single on the 21st of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Hampsicora’s lament!
This is a tribute to Hampsicora, a political leader who tried to rebel against Roman rule in Sardinia in 215 BC. He managed to gather several Sardinian tribes and to get the support of Carthage. No one could defeat the Roman Empire and so it happened that in the decisive battle his army was destroyed and his son Josto died in the fight.The song is inspired by the most human part of Hampsicora’s story, the moment he realised that all was truly lost, including his heirs, and that it was time to take his own life so as not to live under Roman rule.
Thank you for sharing this with us Pier!
Today I’m presenting you with the latest track, Altschmerz, by the Irish composer and piano player André Goyvaerts. André has played the piano for 13 years and has been composing music since the first time he touched the keys.
The track Altschmerz was released on the album Keyframes which came out on the 22nd of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Altschmerz!
n. weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had—the same boring flaws and anxieties you’ve been gnawing on for years.
We start the album by introducing the anxious and ruminating thoughts in my mind following the first keyframe years ago. Anxious thoughts swung back and forth into my mind like a pendulum, never really leaving but slowly getting fainter over time, despite the sharp pain they may cause. I wanted this song to be played in a waltzing fashion to portray the circular and in-and-out anxious thoughts in my mind. Like the dance the thoughts would playfully move in and out of my mind like a pendulum, causing pain but gradually becoming fainter.
Thank you for this André!