Today I’m introducing you to the track Connotations by the British composer and piano o player Barry Hudson-Taylor, which I have written about before in this Behind the piano post. Barry writes music for television and movies first hand, but also releases solo work, like this track!
The track was released as a single on the 9th of November, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Connotations!
‘Connotations’ came into fruition over lockdown after a somewhat turbulent year for myself and those closest to me. This musical vignette was just born out of my emotional experiences these past 12 months. Although this song was born from somewhat sad moments, the main piano melody is somewhat hopeful, intimate and sweet. I couldn’t really tell you exactly what the piece is meant to mean for the listener, but I hope that in by listening, each individual takes their own musical interpretation from it. It’s recorded using the felt pedal and positioning the microphones close to the hammers for an intimate feel.
Thank you Barry for this wonderful piece of music!
Today I’m presenting you with the track This Blessed Day by the Swedish composer and piano player Maria Grönlund, which you can read all about in this Behind the piano article. Maria comes from Stockholm and started playing the piano at the age of six.
The track This Blessed Day was released as a single on the 10th of November, 2020. It is also part of the Christmas EP Angels which came out Today, on the 24th of November, 2020.
Tell us something about your track This Blessed Day!
I love this piece and it’s very special to me. It’s actually a Scandinavian Christmas song that was written down in the 1400s (!) and is probably older than that. It was sung in church on Christmas morning, and I find it so fascinating that people have sung it during so many centuries celebrating the joy and peace of Christmas. It gives me a sense of community with the ones that came before us.
Thank you Maria!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Negev by the German composer, producer and violinist Alex Stolze. Alex started playing the violin at the age of seven and hasn’t stopped since.
The track Negev was released as a single on October 16th, 2020, and will also be featured on an album in December.
Tell us something about your track Negev!
the track is based on an improvisation on the piano and i love the free timescale, as the tempo moves freely. i plaid every single violin to it and defined a new way of composition for myself that i definetely will continue to develop.
the title Negev refers to one of my favorite places in the world. a vast desert in southern israel, where i was walking unexpected for two days without food as a teenager in 1995 after we had left tel aviv one night. my experience of the world became a significant different from that moment.while listening to the wind and inner voices only, i started to realise that we all live together on one planet under one sun with one force that supports us , may you call it nature or g’d or simply echad (the one) .
Thank you very much Alex for this tune!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Infinity Loop I by the American composer and piano player William Ogmundson. William started playing the piano at the age of three, and started taking lessons at five. I’ve been in constant contact with him since the start of this blog, and he is indeed one of the most productive piano artists out there!
The track Infinity Loop I was released as a single.
Tell us something about your track Infinity Loop I!
Infinity Loop I is actually the second of three Infinity Loops that I wrote (the final installment will be released this Friday). They are all similar to a “berceuse” in mood, with rolling arpegiations in 3/4 time. I meant it to be a calming and relaxing piece to nod off to. Its story is anything but, however.
Today I’m presenting you with the track Lost in your smile by the Spanish composer and piano player Juan Manuel Ruiz based in Puerto Real. Juan started playing the piano as an adult but once he started, there was no stopping. He has been making his own music for the past five years.
The track Lost in your smile is taken from the album Cutouts which was released on the 18th of October, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Lost in your smile!
The songs of “Cutouts” were composed throughout 2019 but it were unfinished and it was during the confinement by COVID in Spain, when I finished them that I started recording them. This track, “Lost in your smile” refers to my wife who has the most wonderful smile in the world.
Thank your for the music Juan!
The track La danse was released as a single on the 23rd of October, 2020.
Tell us something about your track La danse!
La Danse is a composition that came to life in the idyllic streets of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). Composer Jacco tells about the background: ‘’While I was playing in the street, a passerby girl was dancing to my live music. Her movement encouraged me to interact with her dancing in the music I improvised. I had lots of fun, and the girl too. We were both just playing around. The situation had a charming atmosphere, and I wanted to share that feeling with more people.
That start inspired us to make a music video, where a lady walking in the street hears music and dreams away on her (possible) history as a dancer. Because of these dreams, she feels that she can be a dancer right there at that moment. This way, she is dancing and dreaming at the same time.
With this song, I wish to inspire people to dream and to dance. The song already had me dancing quite some times, so I guess it can also spark other people to start dancing.
Thanks for sharing this with us Jacco!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Moment ii by the Canadian composer Alexander living in Saskatchewan. Alexander started playing music about ten years ago when I taught himself to play the guitar. After that he got into home recording and learning DAWs. He also earned a degree in philosophy and electroacoustic studies from Concordia University, Montréal.
The track Moment ii is taken from an album There Are No Graves Here which was released on the 18th of November.
Tell us something about the track Moment ii!
Moment ii is the sister track of its neighbour on the album – Moment i – both composed for piano and field recordings. Moment ii features 6 layers taken from the same improvised piano recording, performed by my friend and former classmate, Craig Horan. The sense of rhythm pushes and pulls as the differing parts trade dominance and compete with the natural rhythm of the two field recordings – the first of an escalator, the second of the pages of a book being turned. The brevity of the track and lack of clear structure typify the aphoristic style I develop across the rest of There Are No Graves Here. I struggled for a long time with this track to get the piano parts to sit right with each other, but in hindsight I wish I had squeezed out more time, as the song develops just slightly too fast!
Thank you Alexander for this!
Today I’m presenting you with the latest track, Night Train, by the German composer and piano player, Philipp Hermann. Philipp steadied jazz piano in Québec, Canada, where he lived for six years.
The track Night Train was released as a single in October 2nd of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Night Train!
When I first started writing this piece, the main musical idea made me think of night trains. Back when I was a kid, my parents, my brothers and I often took those to go on vacation. I remember this always being exciting and special. But the more I worked on this piece, the more it evolved into something bigger (and slightly more serious than an innocent childhood memory) – like watching bleak landscapes pass by outside the window that reflect how one feels inside.
Thank you for this Philipp!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Movement by the British composer and pianist Jamie Norton, living in London.
The track Movement is the first track released under the name Fougére, and the single was released on the 23rd of October, 2020.
Tellus something about the track Movement!
Architecture and design are big inspirations for me when writing; I like to try to think along similar lines, to consider how music might occupy a space, how someone might respond to it. With ‘Movement’ for example, I was thinking about one of my sons who loves to dance. My mum and I once just sat and watched him completely lose his inhibitions dancing to a piece of music. I love how instinctive it was for him, that it was a way for him to express himself. I knew this piece was right when it made him want to move.
Thank you Jamie for this track!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by the Japanese composer and piano player Yasuaki Ishikawa. He produces visual music for movies, dramas, commercials, and installations and graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Arts University Composition Course and completed graduate school.
The track Silence was released on October 9th, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Silence!
This work was created with a small amount of elements and space. This is not recorded at a constant tempo, but I play it with my own feeling.
Thank you for this piece of music!