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    Spotted: Leon Tomic – 333

    Today I’m introducing you to the track 333 by the Austrian composer and piano player Leon Tomoc, living in Vienna. Leon studied classical music in his hometown Mozarteum Salzburg, and later went on to study jazz piano in Vienna. He is now finishing up his masters degree in songwriting in London.

    The track 333 was released as a single on the 30th of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track 333!
    I composed it during a rainy and stormy night in my small room
    It was dark outside and only thunderbolts were lighting up my room
    I read a verse from the bible and suddenly I had the urge to play something on the piano
    It just came out of me
    So I gave it the name 333 (the number of the angel)
    Its this moment where you don’t know how this music actually came out of you
    A moment of presence, stillness and focus

    Thank you very much for this Leon!

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    Spotted: Collin’s Echo – Tolerance

    Today I’m introducing you to the duo Collin’s Echo from New York. The duo consists of the “two new dads” Bryan and Caleb. The project started (like mine) as an attempt to make sleeping music for kids and their parents!

    The track Tolerance was released as a single on and is now also a part of an album, Solo Piano Meditations, Vol. 2. 

    Tell us something about your track Tolerance!
    We recorded this track, as we recorded much of our music, in a NYC living room just after one of our kids fell asleep in the nearby bedroom. The evening is the quietest and only workable time for us to record, but it’s also a time for parents to take a deep breath, knowing your child is now sound asleep. That being said, we still need to keep our volume to a minimum, so our songs generally don’t get too loud!
    With this song, we try to illustrate the idea of tolerance, a strength and key component of being a parent. We hope you enjoy it!

    Thank you very much for this!

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    Spotted: Vincent Boot – Precious Things

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Precious Things by the composer and piano player Vincent Boot from Breda in the Netherlands. Vincent started playing the piano at the age of nine and started playing song he heard on the radio and compose his own tunes just after.

    The track Precious Things was released as a single on the 30th of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Precious Things!
    Enjoy the little things in life. Inspired by nature and the small things I enjoy most in life.. the spring has started!

    Thank you very much for your music Vincent!

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    Spotted: Richard Hellgren – Although

    Today we’re having a listen to the latest track by the Swedish composer and piano player Richard Hellgren. To learn everything about Richard and his music, you should take a look at this Behind the piano post!

    The track Although was released on the EP Threads on the 23rd of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Although!
    I like to keeps things minimal in my music. The melody keeps repeating almost as a kind of meditative mantra and the the different bass parts creates variation. Almost as you are reflecting on a subject from different angles. I guess the piece is about acceptance and working through emotions. 

    Thank you for sending in Richard!

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    Spotted: Salvo Scucces – SOLO

    Today we’re having a listen to the track SOLO by the Italian composer and piano player Salvo Scucces. Salvo lives in Modica on the island of Sicily and plays a variety of instruments like piano, clarinet and saxophone. He also works as a teacher.

    The track SOLO was released as a single on the 23rd of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track SOLO!
    It’s dedicated to all the pianos in theaters, concert halls, pubs, and airports that have been silent for too long, with the hope that they will soon be able to play again.

    Thank you very much for sharing Salvo!

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    Spotted: Martin Rider – Winter

    Today I’m presenting you to the composer, singer and piano player Merin Rider from Germany. Martin started making music at the age of five, mainly because his sister played the piano; and he wanted to play as well! Things worked out well and Martin is now a full timme musician!

    The track Winter was released as a single on the 30th of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Winter!
    Winter is a piece I wrote, during the second lockdown in Germany. I fell in love with the tender and vulnerable side of the season and wanted to express it. Walking around in the forest was kind of like recovery for my soul and it helped me a lot keeping my focus for the important things in life. 

    Thank you for this track Martin!

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    Spotted: opeNWave – Magnolia

    Today I’m introducing you to the composer and piano player opeNWave and the track Magnolia. opeNWave’s real name is Nicolas and Nicolas comes from the north of France. He plays all kinds of instruments, and opeNWave is his ambient music project.

    The track Magnolia was released as a single on April 30th, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Magnolia!
    Looking at the magnolia tree in bloom in my garden, I realized a similitude, a metaphor for life. So beautiful, fragile and ephemeral. We must enjoy every moment. I’ve chosen the intimate sound of the felt piano to convey this emotion.

    Thank you for sending me this track!

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    Spotted: Erik Jändel – Alhambra

    Today I’m presenting you with the Swedish composer and piano player Fredrik Hermansson and his moniker Erik Jändel. Fredrik is a composer and jazz pianist, and the name Jändel is taken from his fathers side of the family. Fredrik makes jazz releases under his own name, so the moniker was started for his more classical compositions.

    The track Alhambra was released as a single on the 9th of may, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Alhambra!
    Alhambra is a 13th century moorish city in Spain, typically built in the mountains in a fortress-like fashion. The city’s winding stairs and incredible vistas is a perfect place for soul searching and to literally have your thoughts wander. This is the first single released in Erik Jändel’s catalogue, the second one, Sarabande due out on 28 May, with many more to follow.

    Thank you very much for this Erik/Fredrik!

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    Spotted: Melany Thompson – The Sweetest Things

    Today I’m introducing you to a brand new track by the Australian composer and piano player Melany Thompson. Melany lives in Sidney and started learning how to play the piano at the age of four. Her first melodies got written around the age of thirteen and remained a hobby until 2019 when she decided to start making her music public.

    The track The Sweetest Things was released as a single on the 23rd of April, 2021.

    Tell us something about your track The Sweetest Things!
    For me, the last 12 months during the pandemic really forced me to slow down and appreciate the small and simple things in life. ‘The Sweetest Things’ was written in response to this, it is is a light and dreamy piano piece with a positive vibe that I dedicated to the youngest member of my extended family, my nephew Leo. 

    Thank you very much for this track Melany!

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    Spotted: Nui Attarah – Hoveren

    Today I’m introducing you to the Dutch piano player and composer Rui Attarah and his track Hoveren. Rui started making music when he was very young and learned to play and composer through experimenting with both real and digital instruments.

    The track Hoveren is taken from and EP which came out on April 26th of 2021.

    Tell us something about your track Hoveren!
    Hoveren is a small piece of a long improvisation on the piano. This is the perfect example of testing I do with music, having no theoretical basis. The rain can be heard in the background falling through my studio window.

    Thank you very much for this Nui!