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    Spotted: Much Ado – Lullaby for a Monster

    Today I’m introducing you to the track Lullaby for a monster, by the composer and piano player Ado Airhart (aka. Much Ado) from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has studied conduction and piano music since the age of 14 and has a passion for improvising.

    The track Lullaby for a Monster was released as part of an EP on the 20th of June, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Lullaby for a monster!
    A lullaby for a monstrous, lonely and gentle giant, because they need a dream too.

    Thank you Ado!

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    Spotted: Star Age – Still

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Still by the American artist Star Age from New York City. Star Age started playing the piano sitting in her mothers lap at the age of 18 months.

    The track Still was released as a single on the 3rd of June, 2022.

    Tell us something about tour track Still!
    “Still” is an introspective yet hopeful reflection of one’s inner strength in times of struggle. 

    Thank you for this!

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    Spotted: Jonny Colgan – Breath (Grá II)

    Today I’m presenting you with the composer and piano player Jonny Colgan, from Northern Ireland now based in London, and his track Breath (Grá II). He started writing music at the age of 15, and in 2011 he moved to London to work as a freelance musician.

    In recent years I’ve returned to the piano as a sanctuary and am grateful to have reached many millions of listeners with my music so far.

    The track Breath (Grá II) was released as a single on the 11th of may, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Breath (Grá II)!
    Breath (Grá II) is a rework of my track ‘Grá’ (Irish Gaelic for ‘Love’). Grá stemmed from an idea I came up with in a school about 4 years ago whilst waiting for a percussion student! The harmony came first and went through many sketches over a couple of years before I found the melody I stuck with. The space and movement in the piece is something I try to capture in my recordings which are often one take and contain elements of improvisation. I try to lean into the nuances and mistakes as it captures a moment in time as well as the idea.

    Thank you very much for this Jonny!

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    Spotted: Michele Nobler – Once Upon a Time

    Today I’m presenting you with the brand new track Once Upon a Time by the Italian composer and piano player Michele Nobler. Michele has played the piano since he was a child and focus on improvising early on.

    The track Once Upon a Time was released as a single on the 27th of may, 2022.

    The track is a single and will not be part of an upcoming album/ep.

    Tell us somehntn about your track Once Upon a Time!
    While I was writing “Once Upon a Time” I was inspired by past memories. I played with an hourglass and enjoyed imagining the sand flowing backwards, from bottom to top. I also did a little reel with the hourglass while I play the piano on my instagram page, check it out!

    Thank you very much for this Michele!

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    Spotted: Kenneth Lampl – Giverny

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Giverny by the American composer and piano player Kenneth Lampl. He started composing when he was 15 on a piano located in the basement of his house at the time.

    It never occurred to me to take lessons or play other peoples music because the divine hand only touched when creating. 

    The track Giverny was released as a single on the release 27th of may, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Giverny!
    This piece Giverny, whose title refers to the gardens of Monet, is a reflection of my deep love of French music and a time of youthful life in which the wonders and mysteries of the universe were still intoxicating and infinite. Though I composed Giverny in the rural wilderness of Australia you can still hear the touches of Paris and a wink or two to Ravel and Satie.

    Thank you very much for this Kenneth!

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    Spotted: Helen Keeling-Marston – Kindred Spirit

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Kindred Spirit by the British composer and piano player Helen Keeling-Marston from Hampshire. Helen has played the piano since she was a child and started composer modern classical pieces a few years ago.

    The track Kindred Spirit was released as a single on the 1st of June, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Kindred Spirit!
    As the name suggests, my track – Kindred Spirit – is about the people you sometimes meet who you have a special connection with and share a wavelength. Like kindred spirits, the piece is intended to be easy to listen to, and it makes you feel happy and content. 

    Thank you for this Helen!

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    Spotted: HRDY – Arcade

    Today I’m presenting you with the dutch composer and piano player Wouter Hardy and the track Arcade. Many of you might recognize this track since it won Eurovision Song Contest a few years back (then performed by the artist Duncan Laurence). I don’t write about cover songs on this blog, and the reason I can write about this track is because HRDY is one of the composers behind the track!

    So, here’s the track!

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    Spotted: Lianne Steeman – Inner peace

    Today I’m introducing you to another Dutch composer and piano player (two days in a row!). Today it’s time for Lianne Steeman and her track Inner peace. Lianne started playing the piano at the age of six.

    Two years ago, my father was diagnosed with incurable cancer. As a coping mechanism, I started composing piano music. I never intended to go public with my music, but one thing led to another.

    To know everything about Lianne, you should check out this Behind the piano post!

    The track Inner Peace was released as a single on May 20th, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Inner peace!
    Sometimes in life a lot of difficult things come across our path at once. Do you know that feeling, that when one bad thing happens, more and more bad things seem to follow? It is hard to find peace and calm within ourselves at times like these. This song is about searching for that calm feeling of inner peace, finding acceptance and letting go of the things you can’t control. Writing this song, helped me get through a difficult time of my own, where many bad things happened all at once. This piece really helped me to live in the moment and appreciate today and I hope it can mean the same thing to others. 

    Thank you very much for this Lianne!

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    Spotted: Frerick den Haan – Waltz for Daydreamers

    Today I’m introducing you to the dutch composer and piano player Frerick den Haan from The Hague. Since about three years ago, Frerick has fully committed himself to write solo piano music. Frerick consider the piano to be the perfect extension for his voice and emotions. To know everything about Frerick, you should check out this Behind the piano post!

    The track Waltz for Daydreamers is taken from the album Bedroom tapes, Vol2, which came out on the 12th of may, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Waltz for Daydreamers!
    I am a daydreamer myself. Very often I just like to stare, think and try to bring new ideas to the piano. It works best when walking outside. I’ve been dreaming a lot lately. Also because, a few months ago, I became a dad for the first time. So, this waltz was initially written as a lullaby for my baby girl. The first song that I wrote for her, with many more to come. 

    Thank you very much for this Frerick!

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    Spotted: Fabio di Biase – Sun

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Sun by the Italian composer and piano player Fabio di Biase. Fabio has studied both classical and jazz music and has attended jazz seminars at the Berkeley School of music. He has written music since 2018 and is mainly writing music for solo piano.

    The track Sun was released as a single ont he 12th of may, 2022, but will also be part of an future EP.

    Tell us something about your track Sun!
    My song “Sun” was born one afternoon in March. While I was improvising a series of arpeggios in a major key on the piano, I was reminded of a song by the great artist Stevie Wonder, “If It’s Magic”, taken from his famous album “Songs in the key of life”. The intent is to communicate a sense of wonder and amazement in the face of the beauty of creation, of our sun that gives us life every day. Often my music is inspired by nature and that sense of gratitude towards God and his creation.

    Thank you for sending this in Fabio!