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    Spotted: Federico Farrandina – Abysmal

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Abysmal by the Italian composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Federico Farrandina. Federico was born into a family of classical musicians and has himself composed music for numerous TV-shows and movies.

    The track Abysmal was released as a single on the 23rd of September, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Abysmal!
    Abysmal is a dive in an underwater, unconscious space, populated by memories and dreams. The piano moves in a soft register and draws classical symmetries, where nostalgia and intimacy cross their paths. 
    I composed this track on an old upright piano from the 60s, it used to belong to my mom, it’s the piano where she studied and prepared for her graduation, it has a voice of its own. Initially my plan was hiring a professional piano player to record Abysmal in a proper recording studio, which I did, but in the end I decided to use my own recording in my home studio with that old piano, its intimacy, its noises, I realized it was all part of the composition. 

    Thank you for this Federico!

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    Spotted: Aaron Vaurio Jackson – It’s over now

    Today I’m presenting you with the track It’s over now by the American composer and piano player Aaron Vaurio Jackson, born in New Jersey but currently located in Connecticut. The first time Aaron touched a piano was at the age of four. He describes it as ” it felt like I had put my finger in an electrical socket. The vibrations shocked and scared me.”. He later started writing songs on the piano to “work out those feelings”.

    The track It’s over now was released as a single on the 16th of September, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album.

    Tell us something about your track It’s over now!
    My studio flooded when I was writing and recording this track. I had been tracking piano for a different project when suddenly I had this idea for a barcarolle-style solo piano thing in 6, so I switched gears and started to record a few sketchy takes of the new idea. And I was sitting at the piano in the middle of a take when suddenly my feet started to feel wet. I was like, Huh, this feels a little weird, but then I looked down and saw the water coming in all around and then it kept rising. I had to get all my gear out as quickly as I could – and shut off the electricity! – and then once the water stopped coming in, I had to start the long process of getting the water out of there. It made me really appreciate that the piano is up on legs. I worked out the middle section of the track in my head as I was bailing and vacuuming up water.

    Thanks for this Aaron!

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    Spotted: Lise Jonsson – Night in the Forest

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Night in the Forest by the Norwegian composer and piano player Lise Jonsson. Lise composed her first track at the age of twelve, but started compose more regularly in 2015 after some time of illness.

    The track Night in the Forest was released as a single on the 16th of September,ber, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Night in the Forest!
    Night in the Forest (Solo Piano Version) is a peaceful piece with a felted piano sound. The composition was inspired by the forest near my home. I use to visit the forest almost every day with my dog. The photo in the artwork was taken by me at midnight. 

    Thank you for this Lise!

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    Spotted: Mark Sutton – Angel Falls

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Angel Falls by the British composer and piano player Mark Sutton, based in Dorset. Mark has played the piano since a very young age and takes his inspiration from everything between Chopin to Coldplay.

    The track Angel Falls was released as a single on the 10th of September, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Angel Falls!
    This felted piano track is very relaxing and takes you to far away places. I picture myself flying over a waterfall and watching its immense power and beauty. 

    Thanks for this Mark!

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    Spotted: Omar Raafat – Remember

    Today I’m introducing you to a brand new track, Remember, by the Egyptian composer and piano player Omar Raafat. Omar was born in Cairo, but lov locates in Canada. He started playing music at a young age, mainly rock and folk music, but later started writing piano music.

    The track Remember was released on the album The Traveler which came out on the 12th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Remember!
    The song Remember is a short piece of music I used to always play on the piano. There was something with the simplicity and repetitive nature of it that would make me feel so in touch with the music. The track has a sad undertone to it and was written as a tribute to those who have left us. I thought a lot about developing it and adding to it but I felt strongly that the song should remain simple and intimate as it is.

    Thank you so much for this Omar!

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    Spotted: Henning Schmiedt – Near

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Nead by the German composer and piano player Henning Schmiedt born and based in Berlin.

    The track Near was released as a single on the 2nd of September, 2022, but is also part of the album Piano Miniatures.

    Tell us something about your track Near!
    Near to be as close as possible, to be completely immersed in the game, and to look at and design everything from above simultaneously is my ideal when playing the piano, and it is in this spirit I created my album Piano Miniatures. When playing the relaxed piano pieces, I felt like I was back in my childhood, how I made trees, horses, small locomotives, mini castles, and entire miniature cities from building blocks. 

    I usually record early in the mornings, when my mind is still open and blank. Sometimes late  to catch the breath and athmosphere of the night.
    It wasn’t a conscious decision but I had a nostalgic feeling while I was playing. It was close to the time of my childhood, and I realized that my mind was going back in time.

     So I decided to dedicate “piano miniatures” to the places of my childhood in Erzgebirge mountains.

    I felt like I was back in my childhood. I was back to the games of that time, how I made trees, horses, small locomotives, mini castles, and entire miniature cities from building blocks, a warm and nostalgic feeling.

    Thank you for this Henning!

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    Spotted: Aatraus – Until the Morning Sun

    Today I’m introducing you to the Finnish composer and piano player Aatraus from Tampere, Finland. Aatraus is a self-taught pianist who has been composing since high school. In addition to creating piano pieces, he also writes orchestral music mainly for video games.

    The track Until the Morning Sun was released as a single on the 2nd of September 2022. It’s the third single from the upcoming album The Tomorrow.

    Tell us something about your track Until the Morning Sun!
    The album is an introspection of my life after my studies, and portrays relief for finally finishing my thesis after a long struggle, but also wistfulness for the end of my time as a student, and uncertainty of what is to come in the future. “Until the Morning Sun” is dedicated to those long days where I would zone out and work through the night, only realising how much time had passed when the sun began to rise. Unsurprisingly, this piece was also written in the early hours of the morning.

    Thank you for this Aatraus!

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    Spotted: klaf. – Lisbon

    Today I’m introducing you to the composer and piano player klaf. based in Germany. klaf.’s real name is Paul, and Paul has played the piano for as long as he can remember. He finished his first song at the age of ten and has just kept on going since then.

    The track Lisbon was released as a single on the 12th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Lisbon!
    Lisbon is one of my favorite cities. I was in Lisbon for three months during Covid and had such a great time writing songs and meeting friends. The city has a special tone: Kind of romantic, sweet but also honest and really nice people. I met and dated a girl in Lisbon and as I was thinking of her and the beautiful city. The song just happened, it was literally written in five minutes. And that excitement and inspiration is what music should be all about. 🙂

    Thanks for this Paul!

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    Spotted: Olario – Homecoming

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Homecoming by the Austrian composer, piano player and violinist Yury Revich aka. Olario. Yury comes from four generations of playing the violin in his family, and has played himself since the age of five.

    The track Homecoming was released as a single on the 2nd of September, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Homecoming!
    It is a single track which I wrote in the end  of the night when the sun was rising. It does sound cheesy- but it’s true, that’s how I was inspired and how it happend.

    Thank you for this Yury!

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    Spotted: Robert Gromotka – Tavira

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Tavira by the German composer and piano player Robert Gromotka, from a village just outside Münster. Robert started playing the flute at the age of six, and then went forward to play the piano and double bass.

    The track Tavira was released as a single on the 26th of august, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Tavira!
    There was this remarkably misty day in Southern Portugal. I took a long and lonesome walk through the beaches and countrysides of ‘Tavira’, a small village at the Algarve. And meanwhile I was walking, hardly seeing anything but fog, this mystic and unique melody came to my head. Later that day I sat down at the piano, still with this very peaceful mindset, and made it a song. I think the listener now can feel this tranquility without even knowing this backstory at all…

    Thank you for this Robert!