Today Iä’m introducing you to the song Tomorrow’s song by the American composer and piano player Aaron Wade. Aaron is not only a musician but also a computer science and psychology student at Yale University.
Tomorrow’s song was released as a single on the 30th of September, 2020, but will also be featured on an upcoming EP.
Tell us something about your track Tomorrow’s song!
“Tomorrow’s Song” is a minimalist piano piece that tells the story of a composer suffering from dementia—each day, he composes the exact same song, only to forget the entire experience the next day. The harmonic and melodic structure of the piece are meant to depict the duality of the man’s situation: on one hand, a sort of melancholy (i.e., being hopelessly trapped in a never-ending cycle); on the other, a beautiful and fulfilling journey (i.e., the process of creation) made infinite.
Thank you for the music Aaron!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Sebastian’s Walts by the composer and violinist Elisabeth Tsung from the United States. Elisabeth has played the violin for about 20 years and violin was the instrument of her choice at the university.
I was struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome and severe muscle strain in college, and during my last year, I got into a car accident that severely hindered my playing. As time went on, the pain got worse and eventually, I thought I had to give up playing music completely.
After a few years of not playing anything at all, I found an old keyboard in my childhood home and started experimenting with piano. Somehow, playing the piano lessened the pain I had experienced with violin and I was able to build up a new routine. The last two years I played solely piano, and this year, with the help of an amazing physical therapist I was able to pick up the violin again. Then quarantine happened in the US, and I started experimenting with composing my own music. That’s where this project begins.
Tell us something about your track Sebastian’s Waltz!
Sebastian’s Waltz was created after I experienced a miscarriage during the pandemic. I imagined my spirit baby just dancing somewhere in the universe, and that’s what this piece is about. The triplets give it its waltz quality, although the piece was written in 4/4. I recorded each part separately and then layered them together in the recording studio.
Thank you for this Elisabeth!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by the French composer and piano player Pierre Oberkampf. Pierre has played the piano for the most part of his life and has later learned to play a lot of different instruments by himself.
Tell us something about your track Valse Lente!
I composed this waltz after a series of piano improvisations. I finally retained this theme.
My main objective was to focus on the softness of the piano sound, and to find a maximum of emotion with a minimum of note. I wanted to create a rather intimate, slightly melancholic atmosphere.
Thank you for this Pierre!
Today Im introducing you to the Italian composer and piano player Francesco (Frank) lengo and his project On Piano. Frank is based in New York City and started playing the piano at the age of 14, and also plays classical guitar, which is his main instrument.
The track Chiar de Luna was released as a single on the 18th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Chiar de Luna!
“Chiar di Luna” was composed in July of this year right after I sat outside in my garden during warm, breezy nights noticing how the moon was so clear and beautiful. In fact, Chiar di Luna is a nocturnal song that has a mysterious vibe in the very beginning and then transforms into a passionate dedication to the moon.
“If music wasn’t a part of my life, I would have no life at all.”
Thank you for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the Canadian composer and piano player Philip Danso, currently living in Toronto. Philip have played the piano for the most part of his life, but the track Dawn is his debut release. He has however composed his own music for the past for years.
The track Dawn was released as a single on the 15th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Dawn!
“Dawn” started off as just a repeating piano motif, but later evolved into something magical. I usually start writing a song with a theme in mind even before I touch the piano. After settling on the “dawn” as the track title, I wanted to paint the characteristics and textural elements of sunrise; thus the slow but steady buildup of the track. I went for a sparse yet rich texture while allowing the piano arpeggios to dance amidst the subtle but ever present strings and lush synths.
Thank you for this Philip!
Today I’m introducing you to the American born composer Goldmund, who is now based in Canada, and his the track For a Time. Goldmund have been releasing music under this moniker for about 15 years, but also makes music using the named Helios and Mint Julep. He started playing the piano in his 20s while studying percussion at the Berklee College of music.
The track For a Time was released as a single on the 10th of September, 2020 but will also be featured on the album The time it takes, which will be out in October, 2020.
Tell us something about your track For a Time!
For a Time is open for interpretation; however, the title generally comes from defining a moment in time, and how some moments are remembered as abrupt vignettes with no discernible arc or beginning/middle/end, it’s not wrapped up, it sometimes just hangs there without being book-ended by a memory of what came before or after. I wanted to reflect that in the music, so it’s generally a short piece of music that has a minimal amount of development after the main theme is presented and the sound is treated in such a way that it could be something from long ago, like a lost tape cassette.
Thank you for this Goldmund!
Today Iämn introducing you to the American composer and piano player Starr Parodi from California, USA. Starr lives in Los Angeles and started playing the piano at the age of 14.
I played keyboards in the house band of the hit late night talk show “The Arsenio Hall Show”, and was so fortunate to be able to play with many of my musical heroes including Carole King (who I recorded with a piano duet with), Ray Charles, BB King, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and many others during the course of that show and beyond.
The track I Sama Bili was released as a single on the 18th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about your track I Sama Bili!
The name of this piece, “I Sama Bili”, translates to mean “in this very moment”. When I compose music for films I will often treat or prepare my Steinway piano with different types of fabric, felt or other items to give the piano a darker, more harmonically complex and intimate sound. It also exposes the sound of the inner workings of the instrument and illuminates the sound of the moving wood, felt and metal. As I was recording this piece I felt like time was suspended.
Thank you very much for this Starr!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Reflection by the American composer and self taught piano player Daniel Outlaw from Inglewood, CA. He started taking his first steps with the piano at the age of 19 and started making his own tunes a couple of years after.
The track Reflection was released as a single on the 4th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about the track Reflection!
This piece was originally written as a practice piece for my girlfriend about 2 years ago. While composing it, I loved the way the piece sounded but I remember the ideas flowing out of me in a way that made me doubt the quality of the work and because of that doubt, I left the piece alone. Eventually, I rediscovered the beauty of this piece and thought it was fit to record and put it out.
Thank you so much for this Daniel!
Yet another track from one of my favorite composers, producers and sound makers! I’m of course talking about Richard Labrooy! Richard comes from Australia and lives in Melbourne, and you can read about (and listen to) a lot more of his songs here!
The track Imperfections is released as a single and came out on the 27th of September, 2020.
Thanks again Richard for writing music!
Today I’m introducing you to the track I Have Loved You by the British composer and piano player Laura Christie Wall and the violin player Fransoafran. I have previously written about Lauras song In the half light here, and about Fransoafrans collaboration here!
The track I have loved you was released as a single on the 11th of September, 2020.
Tell us something about the track I have loved you!
Immersive and emotional in style, ‘I Have Loved You’ is an instrumental collaboration between me and Francois Mathian. The soft & contemplative piano melody together with the vulnerable sound of the exposed violin captures the painful moments spent longing after a lost relationship; of not being quite ready to let go but accepting that it is necessary to save your heart from a one-sided love.
Thanks for sending me this track!