Today I’m introducing you to Polish composer, pianist and producer Piotr Wiese. Piotr have played the piano since the age of 8 and started composing music when he was about 14.
At that time I inherited an old piano that my grandmother used to play. I never meet her though, as she passed away a long time before my birth. Anyway, the great and noble sound of the instrument enabled me to compose piano miniatures in a style similar to old masters such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and beloved Chopin. Later on, I developed my own, subtle piano style deeply connected with modern way of piano playing with the use of felt between the strings and hammers.
The track Somewhere Behind was released as a single in January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Somewhere Behind!
Once I discovered a very specific piano sound, produced by putting a felt between the strings and hammers, I immediately fell in love with its ethereal quality. This fascination and love for my old Petrof upright piano that I have in my home studio, inspired me to record this piece. I tried to give the music some of its deep, intimate, and noble character.
Thank you for sharing your track with us Piotr!
Today I’m introducing to to the latest track by Thomas Hewitt Jones, the British composer which I have written about before here!
This track is taken from the album Neoclassical, which was released late 2019.
Tell us something about your track Synchronicity!
This was written with the idea of two moving objects, perhaps two fast cars or two competitive cyclists, travelling alongside each other in gentle competition. It was based around the idea of built and sustained momentum.
Thank you Thomas!
Today I’m introducing you to American composer Kirk Smith, who makes music using the name We dream of Eden. Kirs is from Massachusetts but has lived in Memphis for the past 30 years. He has played the piano for as long as he can remember; it’s been on an off for his entire life.
My grandfather played the piano and it always mesmerized me… so I guess thats where it started.
The track Walk on water is released as a singles but will also be featured on an upcoming Ep/album.
Tell us something about your track Walk on water!
The track started as experiment to use water and boat sounds for a more ambient piece. I was listening to a lot of Jonsi & Alex at the time. I love playing with the textures and dynamics of music. I have a beautiful sampled felt piano that I regularly use for these types of pieces.. it has such a delicate sound but its also very full and intimate… I just love to play it. Once I have a sound texture and a musical theme, a story seems to emerge and the piece takes shape. Sometimes I see stories while I write. This time I started to think about the Biblical story of Peter getting out of the boat to walk on water… hence the titles name.
Thank you for sharing this piece of music with us Kirk!
I sence that a new star has been born in the piano world. I just recently wrote about Natalias first tune Winter (which was released on Christmas Eve 2019), and here’s the single to follow up that song. The Dance.
This song was released as a single on the 17th of January of 2020.
Tell us something about your song The Dance!
This piece is my second release so far, and it is one of my personal favorites. The tune was inspired by the beautiful little moments in life, love, and nostalgia. I pictured an old couple in an old castle, dancing a waltz and reflecting on life and all the moments they’ve shared together.
Thanks for the music Natalia!
Today I’m introducing you to composer and pianist Jeremy Cullen from New Zealand. Jeremy has worked in the film, TV and media industries for nearly twenty years as both composer and sound designer; one of his most prestigious works was on Peter Jacksons The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies where he did work as a music editor.
The song Arabesque is released as a single but will also be featured on the album Scenes Vol. 2 which will be out in February of 2020.
Tell us something about the song Arabesque!
My track “Arabesque” was composed for a film about ballet, to accompany scenes of the dancers, and the nerves and excitement that go along with preparing for opening night. It didn’t actually end up being used in the film but I liked it so much I had it played and recorded by the Kiwa String Quartet from Wellington, New Zealand.
Thank you for this track Jeremy! Looking forward to hear the album!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by Finnish composer Kepa Lehtinen, from Helsinki. You can read the full interview with Kepa here!
This track is a bit special with double bass, piano and theremin. A bit strange composition with instruments which I’m not used to hearing!
The song 16mm is released as a single but will also be featured on the upcoming album It is OK to be sad and dark, which will be released in the spring of 2020.
Tell us something about your track 16mm!
I have chased this sound for a long time” “retro but ultra hi-fi, the dark sound of the past modernized. The sonic equivalent of the way 16mm movies look.”
Thank you Kepa for sending me this track!
Today I’m introducing you to French composer and multi-instrumentalist Pierre Oberkampf, living in Paris. His main instrument is the piano, which he studies from the age of 6.
I have always had a lot of trouble reading music. I learned all the scores by heart, with the help of my mother and my two grandmothers. My difficulty in reading music paradoxically encouraged me to compose music from childhood.
The track Ostinato IX – piano solo is the last track of the album OSTINATI, released December 6th 2019.
Tell us something about your track Ostinato IX – piano solo!
Ostinato IX – piano solo is the last track of my album “Ostinati”. After 10 compositions which brought together many instruments (winds, strings, percussions…), I wanted to finish the album with something very simple and minimalist. In fact, I first recorded the orchestral version of Ostinato IX (which is also on the album), then I realized that by keeping only the piano track, my composition had a different, deeper color. In conclusion, I would say that sometimes, less is more !
Thank you so much for sending me this Pierre!
Today I’m introducing you to track architect and producer Herald P. Cattie, from Wrexham in North Wales, United Kingdom, and his project The Death Particle.
The track The Distance of the Moon was released as a single on the 1st of January 2020.
Tell us something about your track The Distance of the Moon!
The track itself is inspired by the short story of the same name by Italo Calvino, from his collection, Cosmiccomics. This is The Death Particle’s interpretation of The Distance of the Moon.
Thank you for sharing this with us Herald!
For more information, please check out the Spotify profile here!
Today I’m introducing you to composer and piano player Merrill Crissey from Florida, USA. I have written about both Merrill and his music many times before, which can be found here.
The track Evening at the Parks is taken from the EP Japonica, which was released on the 10th of January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Evening at the Parks!
Evening at the Parks is from my new EP entitled Japonica. This album is all about the seven years I lived in Japan. The name of the album comes from the idea of a western person in Japan— Japonica being a Latin way of expressing things related to Japan. Each of the pieces on the album expresses either an experience I had or an aspect of Japan that made an impression on me. The music on this album is, for the most part, not overtly “Japanese” sounding. I mostly stick to Occidental harmonies and instrumentation. The song Evening at the Parks is a reference to a specific place in Osaka, Japan. When I met my wife I was living in the heart of downtown. There was a recent development of shops near the station called Namba Parks. This became a regular place for us to go on dates and take walks. Those were such precious times for us, and the music is meant to convey a sense of quietness and warmth.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful song with us Merrill!
Today I’m introducing you to Nathaniel Wolkstein, or Just Nathaniel, a composer from Madison, Wisconsin in the USA. Nathaniel is a violinost who also plays the piano and a couple of more instruments (the list is long). He has played professionally in orchestras since the age of 14.
I self-record, mix and produce all of my recordings, playing all the instruments aside from brass and woodwinds, which I bring on my talented friends from the orchestral world to do.
The track 6:16 AM is taken from the album Dreams and nightmares which was released on January the 3rd of 2020.
Tell us something about the track 6:16 AM!
My album “Dreams and Nightmares” has 8 tracks and each track marks a specific time of night and explores the emotions that arise in the depths of darkness. “6:16 AM” is a pivotal moment in the album, as it is the first sign of sunlight and dawn after a harrowing evening of nightmares. The track represents awakening, light and understanding. This track was originally titled “This Too Will End”, a nod to the understanding that regardless of how much turmoil we go through individually and collectively, there is always light and hope on the other side.
Thank you Nathaniel for sending me this track!