Today I’n introducing you to the artist Mjorn and the track Golden Milk. Mjorn’s real name is Miron Nabokov, and Miron has lived most of his life in Russia, but is now based in the Netherlands.
As a child, I had a love-hate relationship with my piano because of the music school I had to go to. I managed to graduate even though I never even learnt to read sheet music there (that came years later, to the utter shock of my former teachers). Nowadays, I am happy to be able to express my ideas musically.
The track Golden Milk is a part of the EP Cyclical which was released on September 18, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Golden Milk!
The EP portrays the natural cycle of seasons, and Golden Milk represents autumn. It’s the calmest and the simplest track on the album. It’s also the only one suitable for playing solo. I hoped to convey a sense of melancholic cosiness everybody experiences on those long autumn evenings with a warm drink.
Thank you Miron!
Today I’m presenting you to the tack While a Little Love’s Alive by the British born, Geneva based, composer Josh Shackleton.
I’m interested in space as a composer, whether it’s an emotional space, a mood or exploring somewhere physical that I can best portray into something sonic.
The track While a Little Love’s Alive was released on the EP Loom, which was released on the 11th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about the track While a Little Love’s Alive!
This release was written and recorded during a period of isolation, a fraught time. Loom was like a diary, I could pour myself in, flutter and weave my thoughts outside of four walls, for moments of despair, moments of warmth, floating above the passing and giving myself into it.
Thannk you for this Josh!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Wingstrokes by the Swiss drummer, guitarist and keyboarder Matthias Gusset.
Wingstrokes is the second single from an upcoming album, and it was released on the 4th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Wingstrokes!
The day after I wrote this song I recorded some tunes on a grand piano in the auditorium of a school. Half a year later at the actual recordings for the album I tried hard (maybe too hard) to recreate the feeling of the first record but couldn’t make it. So I just went with the ‘demo’ of the song. It’ll be the only song on the album played on a grand piano.
Thanks for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the track 824: The Summer of 2020 by the American artist Galdmatic. Galdmatics real name is Nahum Galdamez and Nahum comes from Los Angeles. Nahum has however lived all over America and Canada for the past ten years.
I am classically trained since age 6 but have been producing and creating pop and alternative music for different projects on and off for the past few years. I have always had the inclination to return to my classical roots and this summer,
The track is released as part of the EP called Crown World EP which came out on September 4th of 2020.
Tell us something about the track 824: The Summer of 2020!
824: The Summer of 2020 is a personally meaningful song as it encapsulates my recollections of a very tumultuous year.
It is a song of pain delivered with a sound of hope.
The piece consist of three short introspective sections:
824 – Being from Los Angeles, the death of Kobe Bryant was a profound shock to everyone around me. It was weird having to process grief for someone we’d never personally met, but as I wrestled with that emotion, I had the initial melody of this song appear in my head for a few days.
As the year continued to evolve, so did the song. The middle of the composition represents the daunting transition I had to make as I moved my family and I back home across the country to California. The melody is an ode to the feelings of separation that developed after driving away from a place where I had experienced so many new things and made bonds with so many great people.
And finally, the concluding “mini-act” represents the part of the year when the pandemic hit home, through the death of my uncle and grandmother. This final section is a melodic eulogy that ties all this experience together. It is a transition, a send off, and a tribute to beautiful lives that were well lived.
Fun FACT: When I received the final master cut of this song, I realized that the running time was 2:24 – those were the basketball numbers of Kobe (24) and his daughter (2). This wasn’t done on purpose and it was a great synchronicity to discover.
Thanks to you Nahum for sharing this with us!
Today I’m introducing you to the Russian composer and musician Andrei Poliakov and his track Lullby in the Moonlight. Andrei got his musical education as a pianist in St-Petersburg and then continued his professional career as a oboist. He now lives in Geneva, Switzerland.
“I do not feel bound by a genre or a style, and instead I use and abuse the variety of styles to paint a deeper and more colorful, meaningful musical picture. Nevertheless, the Piano is always staying as a centerpiece of my compositions as I believe the richness and diversity of sounds of the “king of music” easily trumps any other instrument I know”.
The track Lullaby became available on streaming services on the 17th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Lullaby in the moonlight!
“Lullaby” is my latest piano single, showcasing nocturnal and diurnal perspectives through two tracks. Evolving from lush beauty into dramatic invigoration, “Lullaby in the moonlight (” is a an intimate, quiet and lulling solo-piano piece, replaying moments when all the daily conquers are over, the large world turns small in a room around you, busy streets of the cities are going quiet, the night’s veil is just about to fall on your tired eyes. The opening bracket at the end of the track title symbolises the moon in descent. This track is dedicated to the city of St-Petersburg, one of the most wonderful cities in the world which I love dearly, where I was born and lived the most in my life. The beautiful artworks for the release were provided by a very talented artist from Germany, Natalia Osenchakova; the artworks were inspired by the magnificent scenery of St-Petersburg, too.
Lullaby in the Sunshine) will be released 3 weeks after the Lullaby in the Moonlight on the 8th of October. The second piece will feature an array of styles and live instruments to develop the story further: it’s a humorous take on the idea of sleeping in a full daylight, when the world is at its peak of energy, rushing and loudly making its way to the evening; sun rays sneaking into your tightly closed eyes.
Thank you Andrei!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Heliograph by the British composer Stephen Caulfield. Stephen have been making music since a very young age, and has released lots of music since then.
The track Heliograph was released on the album Circuits which came out on September the 7th of 2020.
Tell us something about the track Heliograph!
A heliograph is an old way of communicating using reflections in a mirror that signal using flashes of sunlight. The song is a duet between piano and a vibraphone and the music represents the messages being sent back and forth with each note of the vibraphone signalling the glint of the sunlight in the mirrors.
This album kind of took me by surprise, I wasn’t planning on making it and all of a sudden, there it was. I had been working on music for a number of different projects and when I put them together I realised that they worked well together and formed a cohesive album that I really like. On the album I have continued to explore ambient and piano led composition, but I have also introduced some stronger orchestral elements too which I think provide some nice dynamic range over the course of the 15 tracks. As well as the music on Circuits, I have made videos for each track on the album using a series photographs of light manipulations I made that I then animated.
Thank you for sharing this with us Stephen!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by British composer Steve Luck, located in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I have previosly written this great Behind the piano post about Steve, so check it out if you want to know it all!
The track Tesoro was released as a single on the 11th of September, 2020 but will also be featured on an upcoming album in 2021.
Tell us something about your track Tesoro!
The track is an intimate, beautiful, and atmospheric piano miniature, recorded in August 2020. ‘Tesoro’ means treasure in Italian. This tender and soothing contemporary classical composition was inspired by images of a newborn baby. I am delighted with the recording of this very personal and intimate track. As a composition it has a simple structure, but I was very pleased with the atmosphere I captured on the recording – using the felt on my upright piano to bring to life the soft and delicate mood I was trying to create. I was put into this peaceful, and gentle frame of mind when at the keyboard by looking at images of my cousin and his partners brand new baby girl Ellie. I would definitely say that the track was inspired by her and has since been dedicated to her – it’s for Ellie Brown.
Thank you for the music Steve!
Today I’m presenting you to the polish born, Scotland located, composer Greg Kozakiewicz and his latest track Dance at Sunrise. Greg started composing music about two years ago as an attempt for a career change.
The track Dance at Sunrise is part of LP released on 2 September, 2020, called Valerie.
Tell us something about your track Dance at Sunrise!
Dance at Sunrise is a metaphorical representation of the unstoppable continuity of events. The World carries on, and at every sunrise, someone will be born, someone will die and someone will “dance”. Acceptance of this fact is not an act of weakness. It is an alignment with the World’s status quo.
Thank you for the music Greg!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Empathy by the Ukrainian composer and piano player Olexandr Ignatov. Olexandr lives in Lviv, in Ukraine and started playing around on an electronic keyboard at the age of seven. A couple of years later he started taking piano lessons. Making music is his full time job!
The track Empathy is taken from the album Messages which came out on September 4th, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Empathy!
The track ‘Empathy’ is one of the sixteen ‘messages’, that’s why the album is called that way. It is a very slow paced, atmospheric and dreamy experience, almost hypnotizing in some way. It makes you fall into the state of calmness especially if you try listening to this with your headphones and the eyes closed. The fun thing about this track, as well as a few others on this album is – I’ve composed and recorded it literally minutes after I woke up and left myself in the state where I was still half asleep, which was on purpose. That helped me achieve this another dimension of creativity than I usually have when I’m woke, so this track can sound really dreamy and sleep-like. When it plays you can feel like you’re sleeping and having a dream before your eyes. It’s actually pretty cool if you try listening to it that way!
Thanks for sharing this with us Olexandr!
Today I’m presenting you to the latest track by the dutch composer and piano player Jacco Wynia and his track Impobabilities. I have written about Jacco befor, and to know it all; check out this Behind the piano post. In short thought, Jacco lives in The Netherlands and is a composer of Neo-classical music.
The track was released as a single on the 21st of august, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Improbabilities!
Many beautiful things are discovered when you least expect them. They may seem unreal, but somehow you have discovered them to be real.
When writing this song, I really enjoyed the process and found so much joy in it. When I wanted to give it a place I somehow couldn’t agree and wouldn’t find the recording ‘good enough’, but actually by working more on details to make it feel more ‘real’, it lost some power. Then I just decided to leave it as it is: Imperfect, improbable, but with bits of joy. And those bits matter!
Thanks for sharing this with us Jacco!