Today I’m presenting you with the track Sakna by the German composer and piano player Klaus Sahm. Klaus started releasing his own music in 2020, but before releasing his own music he did a lot of touring with different bands. Klaus is also a photographer and the cover art for this track is his own work!
The track Sakna was released as a single on all streaming platforms on the 24th of December, 2021. But it’s also included on a band camp exclusive EP.
Tell us something about your track Sakna!
“Sakna” is my most personal release to date. The song deals with losses in every form. The loss of someone who may still be there, the loss of a feeling or the loss of a friendship. Sometimes hope still shines through, but in the end you have to deal with the initial feeling and the sadness.
Thanks for sending me this Klaus!
Today I’m presenting you, once again, with the composer and piano player Juliano and his brand new track You! Juliano comes from Germany and started playing the accordion at the age of eight. When he turned 15 he switched to piano and has played in many orchestras and bands.
The track You was released as a single on the 17th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track You!
This song was made for Christmas but is especially for people we love the most, be it family, our beloved, friends or whoever. With You, I wanted to think of all these people, but also of those who have to spend Christmas alone.
Little fact:The writing process was very fast, I composed the piano piece in one night.
Thank you very much for this Juliano!
Today I’m presenting you with another track by the composer and piano player Frank DeLange, which you can read everything about here! Frank comes from The Netherlands and has even a professional piano player since the age of 17.
At the age of 46, I felt that the echoes of my classical and jazz upbringing needed to be expressed. So I started to compose my own pianosolo works, with just myself as an audience. During that process I noticed that these pieces fitted me like a glove and also that they started to resonate with people. More than all of my previous works combined. It was around the same time I discovered my ability to hear sound in colours. A condition called Chromesthesia, or sound-to-colour Synesthesia. For me, it has always been natural to picture sounds in my mind, but now I could take advantage of it and compose music as a painter works on a painting: with shapes and colours playing the leading part.
The track Contemplation No. 2 was released as a single on the 17th of December, 2021, but will also be part of an album in 2022.
Tell us something about your track Contemplation No, 2!
In my opinion, we all need time to ponder in our lives, but rarely take the time to contemplate. A while ago I decided to secure my own pondering time and keep a diary in the form of musical phrases that reflect the emotions of that day. Recorded in my living room at my upright piano. Each night a small time-space oasis to reflect on past events and to escape the immediate surroundings.
Thanks for this Frank!
Today I’m presenting you with a new track by the British composer and piano player Mark Sutton. Mark originates from Stockport and lived in Reading for most of his young life but is now located in Christchurch in Dorset. Mark grew up as one of eight kids in his family, and every one of them was encouraged by their parents to enjoy music. He started playing the piano at the age of 10.
The track View from a Window was released as a single on the 12th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track View from a Window!
This tune, as with most of my recent works was inspired by being in lockdown during this world-wide situation. I envisaged many folks just looking out of their window wondering what on Earth is going on with their lives and the welfare of the planet. The result, like a lot of my tunes, is very nostalgic, hope full and evocative of happier memories. I’ve received a lot of great feedback from people saying it does just that, which is very gratifying.
Thank you very much for sharing this with us Mark!
Today I’m presenting you with another track by the Italian composer and piano player Virginio Aiello, which you can read more about here! He started playing the piano and the accordion at the age of six and has a masters degree in Jazz music. Since 2019 he has released neo classical solo piano music.
The track Il carillon was released as a single on the 10th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Il Carillon!
This piece is called “Il carillon” in Italian language. Translated into English it means “The music box”. It is a sweet and gentle lullaby for Felt Piano. It is particularly suitable as a relaxing song for children. It is also a song reminiscent of The Christmas music box. It is a sweet piece that recalls the Christmas atmosphere. It is part of all my peaceful piano music production
Thanks for sending me this Virginio!
Today I’m presenting you with another track by Eamonn Watt, which I have written a lot about before here!
The track Purity was released as a single on the 3rd of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Purity!
Purity is my latest piano lullaby single designed to be as relaxing as possible. It started off with this simple melody that plays at the start and as with most of my compositions, develops as it goes. It’s a soothing and relaxing composition designed to calm the listener down from a rough day. It was composeed using the MIDI Editor in Cubase and Native Instrument’s The Giant provided the piano sound.
Today I’m presenting you with the track Sleeping Mountain by the British composer and piano player Steven Poole. Steven is based in London and started to play the piano at the age of 4. He has also studied the clarinet and played rock guitar in his basement!
The track Sleeping Mountain was released on the EP with the same name on the 7th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Sleeping Mountain!
Sleeping Mountain is a post-minimalist composition for felted piano and electronics that aims to evoke a sense of awesome power at peace, taking the listener on a journey of contemplation and acceptance.
Thank you for this Steven!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Solitude by the classically trained composer and piano player Claire Bigley from the United States.
The track Solitude was released as as ingle on the 21st of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Solitude!
My newest track, Solitude came through me as a very meditative and deeply introspective musical feeling. The soft, at times, lightly percussive timbre of the finger pressing the keys in places, just seems to emphasize the loneliness of the feel. The atmosphere of this track is intended to epitomize winter. The quiet, stark, and sometimes harshness we experience in the cold.
Today I’m presenting you with the Belgian composer and piano player Kristof Van den Bergh and his track From a Small Room in Paris. Kristof has played the piano since he was about 9 years old. He had a few years of classical training but really found himself when he started to compose and improvise music on his own.
This track was released as a single on the 6th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track From a Small Room in Paris!
The track is the 1st of 4 tracks that will be released as singles, but really are part of the same concept. They all speak about a day in a room in Paris (stating the Obvious here). Where I had this lovely experience, maybe for the first time, that I was alone, but not lonely. Just enoyed being.
Can I just use this platform to wish everyone peace and serenity? (mixed with some good old chaos once in a while)
Thanks for sending this in Kristof!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Reflections by the American duo Magnetic Vines, with the two members Ross Garren and Erik Miron. Ross and Erik met on the downtown music scene in Los Angeles in the early 2010s. When the pandemic broke out in 2020 the two of them started working more intense together and has since then released two albums together.
The track Reflections was released on the album Snake River Improvisations on the 6th of December, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Reflections!
This track was recorded on an antique felt piano during an early morning session at Jens Kuross’s studio, near the confluence of the Snake and Boise Rivers in southern Idaho. It paints a pensive picture of a sunset in early spring, when the earth still slumbers under the cold of winter yet the air is full of change and impermanence. As the melancholy harmony unfolds, one can picture the last sun-drenched clouds of evening shimmering in the slow current of an old river.
Thanks for sending this in!