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!
Today I present to you the latest track, An Angels Voice, by the German composer and piano player Matthias Schneiders. Matthias is 23 years old and started playing the piano about seven years ago. While he was studying songwriting and composition in Cologne he discovered that he “doesn’t express himself in words but in sounds and melodies” so he started making piano music!
The track An Angels Voice was released as a singel sometime back in 2019.
Tell us something about your track An Angels Voice!
The Track was inspired by my wonderful girlfriend who also painted the Singlecover. Her soft, beautiful voice created the Melodie in my head and I was able to her the complete Piece in my mind. Therefore she actually deserves all the credit.
Thank you for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Sitting and forgetting from the Canadian composer and piano player Sean Patton, located in Vancouver Island. Sean started playing the piano at a young age, but eventuellt put the piano aside for the guitar. About four years ago he went back to the piano and here we are!
This track is taken from the album A Gentle Art of Sitting and Forgetting which came out on December 11th, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Sitting and Forgetting!
This song (like the others on the release) were written while my mom went to her chemo therapy treatments. I would sit at the piano and imagine what it was she was thinking, or reflect on things she had said to me recently. I would think about the cancer spreading in her body, or I would think about the harsh chemicals coursing through her body trying to destroy the cancer cells, or the radiation bombarding her body, and I would just SIT there. Sit there with those thoughts, and feel whatever emotions were there, and then let my fingers guide those feelings and thoughts and place them on the keys of the piano. As I would start to create I would slowly start to FORGET and turn into the music. Playing music, sitting and forgetting, hoping that when my mother would hear it she would be able to do the same, and find some relief, at least temporarily.
Thank you very much for this track (and the entire album for that matter).
Today I’m introducing you to the track The Snow Globe by the British composer and piano player Mark Sutton from Dorset. Mark has played the piano since an early age and has taken his inspiration from both modern artists to classical composers. “From Chopin to Coldplay”, as he says it.
The track The Snow Globe was released as a single on the 30th of November, 2020, but will also be part of an album sometime next year.
Tell us something about your track The Snow Globe!
While I was playing the piano this track suddenly emerged through playing different chords and wanted to be noticed! It had a Christmas feel so it grew from there into The Snow Globe.This track is timely for the festive season and is evocative of sitting watching the snow fall while drinking in the wonder of Christmas. The tune carries you along as if on a sleigh ride of childhood recollection of the sights and sounds of that magical time of year.
Thank you for this track Mark!
Today I’m introducing you to the Swedish composer and piano player sijo, who has worked as a professional musician for the past ten years. sijo is a pianist, musical director/conductor and arranger and has also composed for theater.
When the Corona pandemic hit us and we all had to stay home in quarantine I started compose more for solo piano. Which lead me to start this ”sijo”-project. I released my first album july this summer and have released 3 more singels after that and a christmas single being released any day now.
This track was released a singe on November 27th, 2020.
Tell us something about the track Elegy For November!
This track is as the title says an elegy for autumn and November in specific when the nature goes to sleep and it feels like an eternity until it will wake again. It’s a melancholic and contemplative piece and it reflects the feeling I had when I composed it.This piece, like most of my other songs, is composed out of improvisations at the piano.
Thank you for this sijo!
Today I’m introducing you to the track In the air by the Dutch composer and piano player Sacha Hoedemaker. Sacha started playing the piano at a young age and has mainly focused on improvising music for theater. He also works as the musical director at a local theater in Amsterdam!
Since this year, I strongly felt the desire to record my own music and start building a portfolio of pieces that were my very own. A legacy, if you will.
The track In the air was released as a single but will eventually be part of an album. The single was released on the 1st of December, 2020.
Tell us something about your track In The Air!
In The Air was born from one of the improvised sessions. The suggestion I’d gotten was the word ‘Rainbow’. I started thinking about the spectrum of colors, moods and the literal up and down movement of a rainbow. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed playing that piece so much that it stuck with me. The D-dorian scale combined with a playful melody was very interesting to me. It feels grounded, yet still very open and free. One day, I just sat down and started playing the melody. I recognized that I was playing the Dorian scale again, closed my eyes and immediately started the recording session. When I opened my eyes, it was as if I had been floating ‘In The Air’. The name came just as natural as the piece itself.
Thank you very much for this Sacha!
Today I’m presenting you with Romy Allaire aka. Lunar Practice, a 24 year old composer and piano player from Montréal, Canada. Romy’s goal is to become a composer for video games, and this single, Ma Clémentine, is Romy’s debut single!
The single came out on the 30th of November, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Ma Clémentine!
This track came out pretty naturally, it’s a simple one. I have my piano by the window and I let nature guide my spirit. I feel very blessed that I get to experience that.
Thank you Romy!
Today, I’m introducing you to the track Winter Wish by the American composer and piano player Tiffany Hobson from Montana. Tiffany has played the poison since she was seven, and has been sharing her own compositions with the world for about a year.
The track Winter Wish was released on the album A Simple Christmas 2 on November 27th, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Winter Wish!
This year has been tough for everyone I know in one way or another. There is a lot of contention in the world. As I was arranging Christmas music for my Christmas album, I also wanted to share a positive and upbeat original composition to give light and positivity to the world. If I had one wish this Winter it would be to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Thank you Tiffany!
Today I’m introducing you to the composer Errol from the Highlands of Scotland, now located in Glasgow. Errol grew up in a very musical household, so playing and writing music was part of his life from a very young age.
The track On The Breeze was released as a single on the 30th of November, 2020.
Tell us something about your track On The Breeze!
On The Breeze is inspired by the time I spend in the Scottish wilderness. Fast moving clouds, soaring birds of prey, majestic scenery and shifting weather patterns are all captured in the sound. The cello melody represents the wonder and amazement of these moments, which often take the breath away. The melody is timeless, much like the landscapes I’m surrounded by in this incredible country. For me, music has been a fantastic way to portray these moments, and is a lovely way to relive them.
Thank you very much for sharing this with us!