Today I’m introducing you to the track Saoirse by the British composer and piano player Jasper Kwant. Jasper have played in different bands for the past 15 years but recently started recording some piano compositions he’s been collecting over the years.
Most of my compositions come about from just sitting at the piano when I need a bit of time to myself. I just start playing to reflect my feelings and sometimes the outcome is worth keeping and writing down.
The track Saoirse was released as a single on the 1st of January, 2021 and will hopefully be part of an album later this year.
Tell us something about your track Saoirse!
Saoirse was composed during the pregnancy of my daughter. I felt it should be soft, peaceful and tranquil. My daughter turned out to be the opposite. But a true joy never-the-less.
Thank you very much for this Jasper!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Back Home by the Australian composer and piano player Lucy Graham (aka Luminem) living in Melbourne. When she was a kid she could stop “banging around” on the piano, so as any good parent would do, Lucy’s parents signed her up for lessons. Lucy started composing about a decade ago; mainly for her own enjoyment. During the Corona pandemic she decided to start releasing music under the moniker Luminem.
The track Back Home was released as a single on the ???? of 2021, but will also be part of the debut EP set to be released mid 2021.
Tell us something about your track Back Home!
Back Home was a piece I wrote around 8 years ago which captures the feeling of returning to Melbourne after living in London, and being back in my family home. After adventuring overseas there’s a bittersweet appreciation of returning and seeing familiar things in a new light. Ironically, I am back living in my family home temporarily again at the moment as I release this! Funny how life turns out sometimes. I have dedicated this song to my father Lindsay Graham, who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in 2018. Dad used to get such enjoyment from sitting and listening to my music, especially in his latter years. He was my number one fan! And Back Home was one of his favourites.
Thank you for sharing Lucy!
Today I’m introducing you to the composer and piano player Timo Zobel and the track Hazel Eyes. Timo started playing the piano at the age of six, but often refused to practice the songs his teacher wanted him to play.
I’ve always rather enjoyed to “try it myself” and play with my own melodies. Even though I continued with my classical education, I collected many songs over the years.
The track Hazel Eyes is Timo’s debut track and was released as a single on the 5th of January, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Hazel Eyes!
A while ago, someone told me I had hazel eyes. What I felt in that moment is hard to describe. Up until that point, I had always assumed that I had some kind of blue-green-ish eyes, plus a brown ring around the pupil. When I was asked about my eye color, for example for my ID card, I never really knew what to answer. It was similar with the song! I’ve always been into classical and jazz, especially at the university, but haven’t really felt at home anywhere. With Hazel Eyes, I knew that was mine, that was me. Hence the name of the song.
Time and time again, my closest friends and family have encouraged me to release this song. They said it offered room for so many emotions. And now I hope that you all find yourselves in it as well. And that you’re reviving the song through that, like I was playing it live for you.
Thank you for sharing this with us Timo!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Better Days by the Dutch composer Sacha Hoedemaker. Sacha works at a local theater in Amsterdam and is specialized on improvising music for theater. In 2020 he started recording his own music and has been releasing one track each month since then.
The track Better days was released as a single on the 30th of December, 2020 but will also be part of an album in the future.
Tell us something about your track Better days!
It was time for me to write a track and I had a strong nostalgic feeling. With that in mind the term Better Days came to mind and I started dreaming about the Better Days of the past. Especially now more than ever, we are all longing for the ‘better days’. We long for better days from the past and those yet to come. Our rising from the pandemic into a society that’s more connected mentally starts soon. Saying hello to strangers, or a hug from a dear friend. Until that time, we can think about how we can shape the future. Create Better Days together. This track has both a piano version, as well as an orchestrated version.
Thank you very much for this Sacha!
Today I’m introducing you to the Lebanese-American singer, songwriter and classical pop pianist Leila Milki and her track Peaceful Midnight Vignette. Leila is based in Los Angeles, California and has played the piano since the age of three. She received her degree in classical music from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
The track Peaceful Midnight Vignette is taken from the album Holiday Improvisations which was released on December 18th of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Peaceful Midnight Vignette!
“Peaceful Midnight Vignette” is a part of a mini improv series I recorded from home this winter (using Spectrasonics Keyscape). I simply lit a candle (in total darkness), set the timer to 1-minute, and played the first notes that came to mind! I’ve always loved exploring improvisation as a meditative tool and an out-of-body creative outlet…my hope is to share such moments of healing and transcendence with others during these difficult months.
Thank you very much for this Leila!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Dichotomy by the American composer Marcus Mack, aka. Maam from Tulsa OK. Marcus started playing with the piano at the age of three and later went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. He started getting really serious about piano a few years ago when he was temporarily gifted an upright piano for a year and a half by a friend of his.
The track Dichotomy was released as a single and was also featured on an album which came out on January 8th of 2021.
Tell us something about your track Dichotomy!
Dichotomy is a melancholic exploration into everyday contradictions and opposing realities held simultaneously, highlighting the beauty and wonder present in the mundane even in the darkest of times. Dichotomy was written on Juneteenth in the midst of all of the racial tensions and Covid. I was struck by how gorgeous the day was outside and the stark contrast of what was going on in the world and knew I wanted to create something imbued with hope, but that kept track of this melancholic feeling. Melancholy meaning keeping track of the tragic while also maintaining an unwavering hope about the present and future.
Thank you very much Marcus!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Waltz No.1 Dance of Dawn from the American composer John Michael Anderson, living in Los Angeles. John Michael is a multi-instrumentalist who has works professionally as a musical director and touring musician for the past 15 years.
As a result of this current pandemic and the touring industry coming to a standstill, I have focused much more on composing, recording, and releasing my own music.
The track Waltz No.1 Dance of Dawn was released as a single on the 10th of December, 2020 and will be part of an album sometime 2021.
Tell us something about your track Waltz No.1 Dance of Dawn!
The title of this track was inspired by my 5-year old daughter. I tend to work on compositions before sunrise and with this piece I was trying to represent that energy within the music. That is where the “dawn” comes into play. As far as the “dance”, my daughter actually loves to dance while I am playing this Waltz, and on the recording you may actually be able to hear her dancing in the background. I could have taken out the room noise from the song, but I thought it adds a nice touch.
Thank your John Michael!
Today I present yo you the latest track, Ray of sunlight, by the German composer Matthias Krauss, based in Cologne. Matthias started playing the piano as a kid and soon found that he was way more interested in writing his own melodies rather than playing what he was taught at his classical piano lessons. For the last 30 Years he’s been working as a professional musician, composer, producer and engineer.
The track Ray of sunlight was released as a single on the 18th of December, 2020 but will also be featured on the album with the same name in January 2021.
Tell us something about your track Ray of sunlight!
A good friend said: „…this songs makes me feel happy sad – feels like the soundtrack of 2020…🧡“
For me and surely everybody it was a total strange year. After all my touring activities were canceled in March 2020, I had more time than I expected. So I used the „free“ time to compose and produce my own music. The good thing about this year is that I finished 2 new „Improvising Silence“ Albums. I really hope to give all my listeners an island of peaceful and calm atmosphere, also with the message to „Stay Positive“ in these difficult times. Thank you all for listening to my music. 🙏
Thank you Matthias!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Sweet Sweden (breakfast at Blomqvist) by the Italian composer and piano player Innocenzo Genna, living in Brussels.
My interest in music is not only artistic and emotional, but also professional, because for years I have been working in the Internet and technology sector as a lawyer and policy expert, so as to be involved in the major political debates concerning music and technology: from P2P to online piracy, from online platforms to the liberalization of collecting societies, up to the recent European copyright reform.
The track Sweet Sweden (breakfast at Blomqvist) was released on the album Post Quarantine Piano which came out on December 21st, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Innocenzo Genna – Sweet Sweden (breakfast at Blomqvist)!
This is the instrumental version of a piano song which was intended to be completed with lyrics. The melody was inspired while having in mind a special somebody, however the flirt did not work. then, Because of that, I did not find the mood to write the lyrics, thus the composition remained just instrumental. The title of the song is somehow linked to Swedish sweeties and desserts, some of which were available at my preferred coffee-bar in Brussels, the Blomqvist Expresso Coffee Bar, an amazing nordic café which was run some years ago by an adventurous Sicilian girl (not the one for whom I fell in love).
Thank you very much Innocenzo!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track, Nebula, by American composer Emma Paunil, living on a 80 acre ranch in Southern Arizona. She started playing, memorizing and performing at the age of 4, and got classical trained by Ashley Hendrix and the Arizona Study Program.
Although I performed well with this, for the 18 years it took me to complete the program, I often felt very stressed by the piano. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college when I moved into my first apartment alone, that I started (oddly enough) desperately missing the piano as one of my limbs. The same piano I’ve had since 4 years old was moved in with me, and my composition life slowly began.
The track Nebula is taken from the album Ataraxia: Transformative Piano, which was released on December 11th of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Nebula!
“Nebula” is different from my other tracks in Ataraxia, because its inspiration came outside of me, rather than from within. I am 100% an improvisation artist when it comes to composing (even though I used to live and breath sheet music for over a decade). When I sit down on the piano, what usually happens is that I express my inner feelings or emotions through the keys: “speaking.” The presence of “Nebula,” however, seemed to stop me right before I began to play. By that, I don’t mean the sound of the melody coming to mind. It was almost like a presence knocked on my brain and said, “Hey, I’d like to tell you how I feel.” This is what I like to call the balance of “listening” in improvisation. I can always tell a difference between when an improvised piece is in, “Emma’s voice,” through the piano, or if it’s some other voice that wants to speak. I’ve had several other pieces do that to me, and I always love when it happens. It’s somewhat hard to explain the phenomenon of the feeling, but that’s the best way I can!
Thanks for this Emma!