Today it’s time to introduce you to another track by the Udo Mechels and his project Umeå Bodø. Udo is a professional singer and songwriter since 2006, and started out by playing the piano and clarinet as a kid. At the age of 30 he started his professional musical career.
The track Dragonfly Dance is featured on the EP Pianimals which was released on Friday the 13th of march of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Dragonfly Dance!
Originally, I wrote Dragonfly Dance to very dark lyrics of a professional lyricist with hits in Belgium and Holland. She wrote those lyrics in the seventies, when being gay was not that easy. I guess she often felt alone and carried this burden with her for a long time. Like dragonflies, dancing in the dark, looking forward to turning on their light and being able to be themselves.
Thanks for sharing this track with us Udo!
Today I’m introducing you to Ramon Fassina and his project Dissolve in Sepia and the latest track Between Violet and Green. Ramon is an Brazilian composer and producer who uses synthesizer, tape loops and field recordings as main components in his music. .
Beyond Violet and Green is the closing track on Mystery Circles Compilation Vol. 1, a vinyl + digital release featuring 10 unique experimental / ambient / synth composers.
Tell us something about your track Between Violet and Green!
The track came from an improvisation I did in August 2018 – I have a lot of unfinished music sitting on my hard drive. Things that ended up not seeing the light of day for whatever reason – I stumbled on it a few days after you invited me to join in the compilation project. It was a happy accident that made me realize how important is to revisit previous ideas and put those on new perspectives. The final result is very different compared to the original track. It’s like I could see the emotional place I was at that time and rebalance those feelings to fit in this place I am now, if that makes sense. For me this track is all about life changes and vulnerability, accepting that not everything is in our control. It’s like a farewell note that reminds you that your heart is in the right place and you need to keep looking things on the bright side and everything will be fine.
Thank you Ramon for sharing this with us!
Today I’m introducing you to the Indian composer Cyrus. Cyrus is currently located in Dubai! When Cyrus grew up he was watching Chris Martin from Coldplay play the piano which inspired him to start playing himself.
The track To Dust was released as a single in mid march of 2020.
Tell us something about your track To Dust!
I was working on another track when this (To Dust) came through (from wherever music comes through) one night. I wanted the track to sound and feel melancholic, but yet hopeful at the same time. Much like how life is. Up and down. Writing this piece was a cathartic experience for me and I hope whoever listens to it can resonate with it on some level.
Thank you for sharing this with us Cyrus!
Today I’m introducing you to the Canadian composer Philippe Paquet from Québec. Philippe started out playing guitar at the age of 13, and music became his “main thing”. After playing jazz guitar for many years, Philippe took a bachelors degree in Classical music.
The song Révérence: III is released on the EP with the same name, and came out in February of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Révérence: III!
This piece is a reverence to my grandfather. The three movements are for me a way to describe my relationship with him in a way words can’t.
Thank you Philippe!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track Most things are beautiful by the Chicago based artist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and audio engineer Khyaam Haque. Khyaam is originally an guitarist since the age of eleven, but has made ambient piano music for the past five years.
The track Most things are beautiful is taken from the album with the same name which was released on the first of march 2020.
“Most Things Are Beautiful” is the title track and last track on the album “Most Things Are Beautiful” which was just released on March 1st.
Tell us something about your track Most things are beautiful!
Most Things Are Beautiful started out as a poem written by a dear friend, Thom Bernasol. It was created on a summer day, while sitting on a porch and talking about how our twenties were nearing it’s end. I wanted to create an album where the track list read as a poem, and reflected moments and experiences I went through during that decade.
Thank you for sending this my way Khyaam!
Today I’m introducing you to the composer Markus Lootsman and the project Pitch Accurate and the track Luminosity. Markus started writing music when he was only 8 years old:
or rather, preferred to play what came to mind rather that listening to my teacher
Markus worked on the financial market up until a couple of years ago when he finally decided to focus all his working hours into making music.
The track Luminosity was released as a single early march of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Luminosity!
The broad outline of this composition was originally written on my daughters toy keyboard and seemed to work well as a lullaby for her. I always had a sense of something haunting or mildly bizarre, something like an odd circus or similar in mind when writing the main elements of the track. After initial ambitious plans for the arrangement I settled for the most simple piano arrangement to allow the melody and the sound of the piano to speak for itself.
Thank you Markus!
Today I’m introducing you to the Italian composer and piano player Leonardo Cupelli and his latest track Liminal. Leonardo has played the piano since the age of ten, and is classical schooled. After playing music by others for a while he started making his own music!
The track Liminal was released as a single in early march, but will also be featured on an upcoming EP.
Tell us something about your track Liminal!
Liminal is the first track of an upcoming EP, this EP is mostly piano based with the addition of a string quartet and synths. I recorded all the tracks on my felt piano. I passed the lasts 6 month composing and searching for the perfect balance between mechanical noises and pure string sound.
Thank you Leonardo for sending me this track!
Today I’m introducing you to the New York based composer James Sizemore. James has spent most of this musical career producing and orchestrating music for Hollywood movies.
but I especially enjoy writing solo piano and chamber works which I started releasing in 2018.
This track is both released as a single as well as being featured on the album While Being which will be out in March of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Amuse Orielle!
This piece, Amuse Oreille, is a “small taste” of my new album While Being. It showcases my rhythmic sensibilities with the undulating alternating time signatures. It is meant to capture the feeling when one Reminisces. . .One of those moments where we escape our rational and ever demanding minds, forgetting ourselves in a memory of the past.
Thank you for sharing this with us James!
Today I’m introducing you to the Belgian composer Kevin Imbrechts and his project Illuminine. Kevins main instrument is guitar and can’t play the piano, in contrast to most artists I post about here.
Oh btw, I love Iceland. It’s my second home. That’s why all of my records are finished and mixed at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin Studio, just outside Reykjavik.
This track is a part of a solo piano rework album, called Dear, Piano. 18 artists from all over the world made beautiful piano compositions of existing Illuminine tracks. The album will be released in August 2020. As from now, we’ll release a single every month.
Tell us something about the track Dear, Limerence!
Affan’s rework of ‘Dear, Limerence’ is a hidden gem. It’s a rework of one of my favourite Illuminine tracks. The first time I heard it, I fell in love with it. Also, the first time I heard Affan playing I immediately thought about working together, his style is very similar to Illuminine’s.
Thank you for sharing this with us Kevin!
Today I’m introducing you to the final track from the collaboration EP With which was releases a week ago. This track is a collaboration between me and my friend Anders Wiking who is an amazing guitar player. He went to some kind of fancy music school in America a while back, but now makes a living as a pre school teacher and plays music for children with me in our band Rimstad Rockerz.
As a couple of the other songs I started working on this track during the summer of 2019 when I was living in a house in Falsterbo in the south of Sweden. I immediately felt it was a track that would go well with guitar and piano, so I sent it to Anders. When we were talking about titles for the song, Anders at some point wrote “Sakruveta”. And this might be hard to understand if you’re not Swedish, but what he wanted tho write was really “Ska du veta” (which would translate to something like “You know”) but with sloppy (guitar) fingers and autocorrect de activated, he wrote Sakruveta instead. And that’s where the name came from!
So Anders, tell us something about the track Sakruveta!
The song in itself is my first collaboration and it was pretty hard to come up with parts, I’m used to be the one writing the main theme and then Johan does his producer thing and the rest is magic. So I did my best and came up with some pretty solid parts that was partially cut due to my horrible recording skills. The song came out pretty nice and I hope you will enjoy it.