Today I’m presenting you with the track Must You Go… by the American composer and piano player Nate Madsen from Austin, Texas. Nate is an established composer of music for video games and also works with sound design. And this is a quite I liked from Nate: “I’ve got two kiddos and a very patient wife as I love terrible Dad jokes.”
The track Must You Go… was released as a single on the 6th of June, 2021, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Must You Go…!
This piece came out as an improvisation one afternoon. I often see images or settings when I’m composing or improvising music. In this situation, I saw a loved one leaving. Not quite sure the reason(s) or full situation at play – it was just a mood. So then I focused in on that vibe and played around with the main motif I had created.
Thank you very much for this Nate!
Today I’m introducing you to the American composer and piano player Jared Matt Greenberg and his project The Paper Sea. Matt grew up in New Mexico and has lived in California since graduating from high school. He started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. About twenty years ago he set a goal to record a solo record of original piano-based pieces, and he finally realized that goal within the past year.
The track Whisper Willows was released on the album Shadow Falls which came out on may 21st, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Whisper Willows!
This is one of several tracks that started as an idea recorded on my iPhone during the past several years. At that point it was only the first passage. The second part of the piece was written spontaneously while recording the album, essentially in one take. As the title alludes to, the style of performance is the piano equivalent of a subvocalization. And whether the willows are actually speaking or just rustling in the wind is in the ear of the beholder.
Thanks for the music Matt!
Today I’m introducing you to the track An old photo by the musician Roberto Diana and his project Collettivo Armonico. Roberto plays the guitar and piano and comes from Italy.
The track An old photo was released as a single on the 31st of may, 2021.
Tell us something about your track An old photo!
This song is born after watching an old photo. All the memories come up. A simple piano melody keeps the memories fresh and still in my mind. Just a few minutes, like a vocal note, to be sure to do not forget in the years coming. Most of Collettivo’s piano music is intimately inspired by landscapes, the human condition, personal experiences and childhood memories.
Thank you very much Roberto!
Today I’m introducing you to a brand new track by the piano player and composer Piotr Wiese, which you can read all about in this Behind the piano post! Piotr comes from Plande and is a pianist and producer, who focuses on modern-classical piano music.
The track When The Raindrops Begin To Cry was released as a single on the 28th of may, 2021.
Tell us something about your track When The Raindrops Begin To Cry!
I composed this one literally looking at the raindrops pouring out on the window. By that time I had an inspiring setting in my home-studio with a piano by the window. The artwork is pretty much what I saw then. The song has been released through 1631 Recordings distributed digitally by Decca Records / Universal Music Group.
Thank you very much for sending me this track Piotr!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Memento Mori by the American composer and piano player Cameron Fitzpatrick from the United States. Cameron started playing the violin at the age of four but then moved on to play the piano and sing. He has played in progressive rock band but is now back to making instrumental music.
The track Memento More was released as a single on the 19th of may, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Memento Mori!
The track is titled Memento Mori, which means to remember death. The album has a very loose narrative, following a person from their birth to their death, and Memento Mori is the moment in their life where they are forced to confront and prepare for their imminent death. To reflect that, I tried to keep the piece slow and methodical, but with an ominous note and, of course, powerful sadness. On a lighter note, while recording, I often had to redo takes because my cats couldn’t be quiet long enough for me to finish playing the piece! I recorded a lot of little “meows” that day.
Thank you for sending me this Cameron!
Today I’m presenting you to the American composer and piano player Nicholas Carroll from Pennsylvania and his track Anna Dreams At Midnight. Nicholas is a professional pianist and has played the piano since the age of six. He also composes all kinds of music; from piano tracks to rock songs.
The track Anna Dreams At Midnight was released as a single on Bandcamp on the 27th of may, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Anna Dreams At Midnight!
The main elements of piece were composed in my head while I visited my niece in the hospital the day she was born. I was inspired by the gentle, yet strong vitality of life flowing through her, and I tried to convey that soft energy in the piece. My niece did not like to sleep when she was 0-2 years old, and I thought this piece was sort of an energetic lullaby.
Thank you very much Nicholas!
Today I’m presenting you to the composer and piano player Alejandro Narés and his track Junio. Alejandro is from Barcelona and started composing his own songs in his teens.
The track Junio was released as a single on the 28th of April, 2021 and will also be featured on the album Fiurana.
Tell us something about your track Junio!
Junio is part of my upcoming and debut album Fiurana. I had the pleasure to record it on a grand piano and I absolutely love the sound and color of it. Junio is probably one of the simplest compositions in the album but also one of my favourites. Sometimes I get caught up composing complex ideas and I forget how powerful simplicity is. This track taught me that simplicity is really cool!. The main idea of the track is the melody appearing in the minute 2:22. Everything that happens before, is me trying to arrive there patiently, balancing repetition and change.
Thank you very much Alejandro!
Today I’m introducing you yo the Irish composer Jamie Evans, from Dublin, and the track Distant Memories. Jamies main instruments is saxophone and guitar and the story on why he suddenly started releasing piano music is a good one:
I play sax and guitar in a band with some very old friends of mine that I was in school with back in the 80s. Because we were unable to meet up to practice during covid lockdown, I came up with the idea that we should all write some short piano pieces, the rules being that each piece should be written in a day and be simple enough to be recorded without any complicated arranging or mixing.
The track Distant memories was released on the album The Art of Remembering, which came out on the 28th of may, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Distant memories!
As often happens when I write quickly and release myself from the need to be clever or complicated, I find that this for some reason taps straight into a mood and an emotion from the past and, in its simplicity, transports me there.
Thank you for this Jamie!
Today I’m presenting you with the British composer and piano player Christopher J. Richardson and his track Simpler times. Christopher lives near London and started play the cornet from an early age. He then started to play the piano when he was about eight years old and played both classical and modern music.
I would improvise a lot, more than practicing pieces, which has set me up well to work as a session musician but recently over this past year I have been more focused again on classical music, neo-classical composition and film/media composition.
The track Simpler times was released as a single on the 24th of may, 2021 but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Simpler times!
I like melodies in music and in this track I think there’s something calming and friendly about the melody. Just before the first covid lockdown I moved back to my home town and this situation I think has made me more aware of feelings of nostalgia and the comforting nature of music. I have gained more of an appreciation for classical music, especially Bach and film music, and I try to make music that has emotional affect and is well structured.
Thank you for this Christopher!
Today I’m presenting you with the track One little victory by the British composer and piano player Steve Luck from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Steve has played the piano since he was eight years old and started to release solo piano music in 2014.
The track One little victory was released as a single on the 14th of may 2021, but will also be part of an album in October.
Tell us something about your track One little victory!
Whilst composing I will often take some time to reflect on how a piece is developing. Leave it alone for a while and come back to it again with fresh ears and clarity of thinking. When the piece that became ‘One Little Victory’ was nearly complete and I listened to what I had so far, I was struck by the restrained nature of the track, the simplicity and flexibility of the melody and a sense of smallness, a constrained emotion – gently unfolding and developing slowly, positive and maybe just a touch celebratory (after the minor key opening) but certainly not shouting it from the rooftops.
‘One Little Victory’ felt appropriate as a title. I googled it to see if it had any other associations which might sway my opinion on whether I could use the title or not. I was both surprised and happy to discover that ‘One Little Victory’ is also the title of a song by my absolute favourite band when I was growing up – Canadian power trio Rush, with lyrics written by the late great Neil Peart. I had either forgotten it or had not heard it before but maybe I had seen the title written and subliminally stored it away.
It includes the lines…
“The greatest act can be,
One little victory”
The song is about how it is the small accomplishments in life that can turn out to be the most rewarding and satisfying. It is also about challenging yourself within rather than measuring yourself against others.
This chimed with the way that I think about these things and so the title again felt appropriate and the whole experience felt serendipitous. Its not a victory in the sense of beating an opponent or winning a war but rather more to do with setting yourself challenges and trying your best to achieve them. To me the piece is about an inner dialogue and a reflection on those fleeting moments of satisfaction.
Thank you very much for this Steve!