Today I’m presenting you with another track by the Swedish piano player and composer Mikael Oterhals, based in Stockholm. To Lears everything about Mikael you should check out the Behind the piano post I made about him a while back!
The track Longing was released as a single on the 15th of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Longing!
The track ‘Longing’ was written on a Monday evening in February 2022, and is one of those songs that almost wrote itself. When I had improvised the first theme, it was then very quick to complete the piece and the next day, after I had recorded it properly, it was ready for release.
Thank you very much for this Mikael!
Today I present to you track Littlehampton by the Austrian composer and pianist Leon Tomic, who lives in Vienna. Leon studied classical music in his hometown Mozarteum Salzburg and later studied jazz piano in Vienna. He completed his master’s degree in songwriting in London and now works as a piano teacher and musician in Vienna.
The track Littlehampton was released as a single on 1 April 2022.
Tell us something about your song Littlehampton!
It’s a little composition that celebrates spring and life in general. I wrote it in response to my other piece Manor Farm and it’s his happy, smiling brother. Manor Farm and Littlehampton are like night and day, Yin and Yang it’s this duality which I like and tried to capture through music.
Thank you for this Leon!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Monolopia by the Turkish composer and piano player Kutan Katas, based in Istanbul. Kutan is self taught on the piano and started playing at the age of 14. He started playing with a teacher at the age of six, but got tired of playing music made by others; he wanted to compose!
The track Monolopia was released as a single on the 11th of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Monolopia!
This track is about the gorgeous super bloom of the Monolopia flower. Just around mid March, the hills turn a brilliant yellow in California. The sight of this super bloom leaves me speechless every time, but last March I spent an hour just listening to the ambience on the hill and I heard a little melody in my head. I wanted to take an auditory snapshot of the moment, so when I got back to my studio I started working on it immediately. It is a reflection of how I felt in that moment, peaceful and full of hope.
Thank you for sharing this with us Kutan!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Amparo, by the German composer and piano player Klaus Sahm, based in Berlin. Klaus works as a musical director for different artists but his own work functions as self-therapy and amplifier for the more quiet feelings.
The track Amparo was released as a single on the 1st of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Amparo!
The Track: „Amparo“ means refuge in English. I first released this track on bandcamp to raise money for charity when the war in Ukraine broke out. I was able to raise more than 900 € with the track, drove to the Ukrainian border to distribute some supplies there and to get some people out to relatives.All that with the help of art!The sound of the tune reminds me of a chimney fire in a lonely cabin somewhere remote and a storm is raging outside. The feeling of being safe and sound. I shot the artwork on an island in spain in the midst of a hurricane last year.
Thank you very much for this Klaus!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Ephemeralda’s Hopes by the Swedish composer and piano player Simon Berggren, based in Stockholm. Simos has always payed the piano in many different setting, mainly jazz.
The track Ephemeralda’s Hopes was released as part of the EP Ephemeralda: Chapter II which came out on the 6th of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Ephemeralda’s Hopes!
Ephemeralda is a story about love, but also about loss… To me, the Character Ephemeralda represents the always present volatility in relations, and in life in general. She is myself, and the beautiful people I’ve known, but she also represent the loss of beloved ones, and the darkness inside of us.
The Ephemeralda music was written during a immensely creative period, late 2021 – I came up with a lot of musical ideas, and have been busy refining, practicing and recording since then. The inspiration was triggered by a series of important events and decisions in my life, but also by methodically working on crafting my music – “dedication feeds inspiration”. Ephemeralda’s Hopes gives me hope and peace of mind – the flow and the somehow fuzzy separation of melody and harmonies gives it a suggestive feeling and a calmness.
Today I’m introducing you to the British composer and piano player Oscar Jeffrey and his track Bavarder. Oscar has played the piano for five years and started writing his own music about three years ago.
The track Bavarder was released as a single on the 1st of April, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Bavarder!
I composed this song to be the perfect spring time song. It was the longest time I have ever spent on the recording and production of piece because I wanted to try take my songs up a level. I’m hoping to keep releasing because it’s what I love you to do.
Thank you very much for this Oscar!
Today I’m presenting you with the track untitled by the American composer and piano player Aaron Peterson and his project aaronk.
The track untitled was released as a single on the 18th of march, 2022. It will also be part of an album later this year.
Tell us something about your track untitled!
This piece introduces a new phase of playing for me, includes dark yet ethereal themes and many scenes, much like a dream you would have. It kept my technique chops up a bit too.
Thank you for this Aaron!
Today I’m presenting you to the track Noires et Blanches by the pianist and composer Andrei Poliakov, based in Switzerland. Andrei is a well educated piano player and has also played in many different bands as well. He started releasing neo classical music about three years ago.
The track Noires et Blanches was released on the compilation album Piano Day 2022, on the 25th of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Noires er Blanches!
This track is dedicated to Piano Day 2022, and composed early January 2022. This is a modern classical composition, very soft and tender, with the calm and nostalgic vibes. The title Noires et Blanches (translated as Blacks and Whites from French) is related to the composition form: the first part of the piece (up until 1.25) is played exclusively on black piano keys, illustrating a somewhat eastern vibe with pentatonics coming in naturally and intentionally. The second part of the piece is played only on white keys, and represents more romantically inspired melodics, with a slight 3/4 feeling coming on briefly in the middle part of the piece.
Thank you very much for this Andrei!
Today I’m presenting you with the track O by the Belgian multi-instrumentalist and composer Ward Dhoore. Ward started releasing his own compositions last year.
The track O was released as a single on the 29th of march, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album next winter.
Tell us something about your track O!
I wrote this minimal piano track to comfort friends going through a difficult time. For days I was thinking about the right words to tell to comfort them, until the moment I sat down at my piano starting to play this melody. It turned out that this was my best way to comfort them. I released the song on World Piano Day. It felt like the perfect moment to release this track.
Thank you very much for this Ward!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Little Windows by the Irish composer and piano player Neil Foster. Neil started to play the piano as soon he was tall enough to reach the keys, and he is also a trained percussionist.
The track Little Windows was released as a single on the 17th of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Little Windows!
‘Little Windows’, a simple, minimalist, neo-classical piano piece. This track started life as an improvisation: using just three notes, first rising, then falling, I sat down and played this when I was feeling overwhelmed and tired – I needed some stillness, space and a safe, reassuring structure. Improvised moments don’t always make it into the studio, but this kind of calm simplicity and thoughtful, reflective stillness is important right now and it needed to be shared.
Thank you very much for this Neil!