Today I’m introducing you to the track She waits for Morning by the American (twin brother) duo Life as a Moon. The duo has been playing different instruments together since they were teenagers, with a main focus on the piano.
We gravitate toward arrangements that blur the lines between sorrow, hope and beauty.
The track She waits for Morning was released as a single on June the 12th.
Tell us something about your track She waits for Morning!
She Waits for Morning was inspired by the transition from the known to the unknown. The idea of waiting on small changes that can lead to an entirely different and potentially much larger path. We liked the simplicity in the theme and that it has a bittersweet texture to it.
Thank you very much for sending me this song!
Today I’m introducing you to the Canadian composer and piano player David King from Toronto. He was taught how to play the piano by his mother at a young age, and then went on to study classical piano for many years.
Along the way I have always enjoyed composing; putting the knowledge gained from my piano lessons into practice, but with the freedom to combine that knowledge with ideas of my own.
Rushing Water will appear on the upcoming album Solitude but is so far released as a single.
Tell us something about your track Rushing Water!
I began writing Rushing Water about 8 years ago. It was a challenging period of my life following the death of my mum and I struggled to compose anything I was satisfied with. I came up with a melody in B flat minor but had no idea how to finish the piece so I shelved it. Last year I finally returned to this melody before I began writing any of the other music for my new album. As I developed some new ideas I had a picture in my mind of a river where the water is always moving.
Thank you David for this track!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Blossoms by the British composer Barry Hudson-Taylor. Barry writes music for film and television but occasionally releases his own music as well. He started his musical journey at the age of seven, and is inspired by composers like Brahms & William Byrd.
The track Blossoms is released as a single but will also be featured on an upcoming album, which will be out late 2020.
Tell us something about your track Blossoms!
It’s a short prelude about the essence of Spring. ‘Blossoms’ is my depiction of what these past few months during lockdown have felt like for me. It’s allowed time for lots of walks out in nature and here in UK the weather has been hot. It’s a piece to remind us all to slow down & live in the moment and really enjoy life for what it is.
Thank you Barry!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Ode to John by the Brittish composer and piano player Benjamin Fitzgerald from Newcastle upon Tyne. Ben has been composing for over 16 years but is originally a drummer (like myself!). As he says himself “I pay my bills playing percussion in nightclubs“.
The track Ode to John is released as a single, but will also be featured on the debut EP titled ‘Ambedo’ which will be out on the 1st of august.
Tell us something about your track Ode to John!
As aforementioned, ‘Ode to John’ is part of my commission looking into representing three areas of mental health, depicting the symptoms and social stigma surrounding them. ‘Ode to John’ is the most personal of the three as it looks into my own journey with dementia. I saw it within my own grandfather, so this track is kind of a personal account of seeing it within him. Albeit rather melancholic, I find a lot of joy through this track and it means a lot to me, it was the ethos behind it that started my love for piano – so it makes sense to have it as my debut.
Thank you for sharing Ben!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Sonderbar Drei by the German composer Daniel Paterok (which you can read more about here!). Daniel usually plays around 90 live shows a years, and teaches the piano at the university (due to the corona virus there are no live shows at the moment though).
The track Sonderbar Drei was released as a single on may the 29th of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Sonderbar Drei!
The piece “Sonderbar Drei” is part of a trilogy that I wrote in these truly sonderbar (ie. strange) times and the most quiet of the three.
Thanks for this track Daniel!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Frame by the Italian composer Domenico Quaceci. Domenico has been playing the piano since he was ten years old studying studying Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin since then.
The track Frame was released as a single on the 22nd of may, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Frame!
A friend of mine told me about a trip by showing me his photos and so I realized how these can describe and let persist a series of events in time. This led me to think about how the present time (instant by instant) is like a single shot and therefore a set of photos will tell back us, in future, about this past journey again: frame by frame we are shooting our lives.
Thanks for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Mirrors by the Italian composer and conductor Giuseppe Califano, living in Milan. Giuseppe have been studying the piano since the age of five, and found his interest in music from a walkman he got as a gift. The gifter forgot to take out the cassette with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and thats when it all started!
The track Mirrors is released as a single but will also be featured on the upcoming album That tree that I don’t forget.
Tell us something about your track Mirrors!
Each song on the album is dedicated to him: Mirrors is written with the image of the tree reflected in the puddles after the rain. His image reflected together with the clouds and the patches of blue sky. It is a very poetic image, but initially the idea came to me for other reason: after seeing a small ant swimming in the puddle … In addition to the mirror, in this piece there is the idea of swimming through this mirror, through things, through memories.
Thanks for sending me this track Giuseppe!
I have previously posted about the Australian composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gregory Paul Mineeff, which I have posted about here!
The track Dreaming about the lions was released as a single on the 21st of may, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Dreaming About The Lions!
The track Dreaming About The lions is the first of four solo piano releases coming out over the next few months on Cosmicleaf records. Each piece was chosen from hours of recorded compositions and improvisations for their emotional depth and feeling.
The title, Dreaming About The Lions is a reference to Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man And The Sea, which is one of my favourite books. I think it perfectly captures the poetically dreamy, emotional flow of the piece.
Thank you for sending me this tune!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track First Steps by the dutch composer ABBOTT, which you can read more about here. Abbott lives and works in Hamburg, Germany and makes music for film and “commercial music”.
The track First steps was released on the album Somnia on the 15th of may, 2020.
Tell us something about your track First steps!
Even though ‘First Steps’ is the second track of the album, it is the real beginning. It represents all the colors I’m using in terms of instrumentation and orchestration. The song is about the story of life. From our first steps to our last, how life picks you up slowly and carries us through. From first steps that are taken alone and first steps that are taken together. This all puts us through a melancholic narrative with a warm and a nostalgic feel. I wanted to create a soundworld where you immediately fall into and what carries you through this story. I wanted it to be melancholic but overall hopeful and positive.
Thank you very much for sending me this track!
One of the people I always get back to on the blog is Justin Hunter, the Australian composer and piano player Justin Hunter, which you can read all about here!
I’ve been playing piano since before I can remember. Just really tuning into the keyboard to make sense of my world.
The track Faroe was released as a (double) single on the 15th of may, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Faroe!
Last year I traveled to the remote Faroe Islands halfway between Norway and Iceland. It was the most majestic and stunning place. I wrote 4 songs for an EP I’m simply titling Faroe and this track is the title track and the second track off the EP so far.
Thank you for this Justin!