Today I’m introducing you to Steven Poole and his track Noctambule. Steven is a British composer and piano player from London. He began playing the piano at the age of four and started composing a few years later. He has also studied the clarinet, guitar and tenor sax.
This track was release on the EP The Memory of Water, which was released on June 17, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Noctambule!
This gentle piece is meant to evoke the way the mind can wander at night — the title is French for “Sleepwalker”. In the left hand it’s influenced by one of my great musical loves, Erik Satie, and in the right hand by late-night jazz. For the tracks on this piano EP I used some subtle electronic atmospheres in the background — on this track, some clouds of feedback — to create a sense of imaginary space.
Thank you very much Steven!
Today I’m introducing you to the American composer and piano player Jeff Blank and his track Years from now. Jeff was born in Miami but is now located in Los Angeles. He got his first keyboard from his grandfather when he was nine and has been playing ever since.
The track Years from now was released as a single on the 13th of June, 2021, and will also be featured on an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Years from now!
I wrote this song inspired by the beautiful Shel Silverstein poem ‘Years From Now’. I often write songs inspired by people in my life and moments from my past, but this is the first time I’ve ever done it with a poem.
Thank you very much for sending me this Jeff!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Quieting Tremors by the American composer and piano player Claire Biglet from New Orleans. Claire has plays the piano for her entire life and started recording and releasing music in the past few years.
The track Quieting Tremors was released as a single on the 25th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Quieting Tremors!
Quieting Tremors was an experiment in using my keyboard, rather than my acoustic piano. Construction noise on my street was making it very difficult to control background noise and I wanted this piece to take the listener to a deep and meditative place. I didn’t think the sound of jackhammers in the background would contribute.
Thank you very much Claire!
Today I’m presenting you to the latest track by the brittish composer and piano player Mark W Griffiths and his new track Coming Home. Mark was introduced to the piano by his father at the age of 7 and then went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield. At the university he composed music but never found a real purpose to the process until he started releasing it on streaming services.
The track Coming Home is taken from the album Moments in time which was released on the 13th of June 2021.
Tell us something about your track Coming Home!
This particular piece, ‘Coming Home’, is the first track from my most recent album ‘Moments of Time’. The track reflects the warmth and contentment of the place we visualise as home. The richness of the harmony creates warmth and the repetitive, almost minimalist melodic line emphasises the need for familiarity in returning to the place we call home.
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track The Claddagh Ring by Nicholas, from France, and his project opeNWave.
The track The Claddagh Ring was released as a single on the 11th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about your track The Claddagh Ring!
My last piano solo piece is about an Irish tradition, the Claddagh ring represents 3 symbols: the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty. Galway has produced Claddagh rings continuously since at least 1700. According to Irish author Colin Murphy, a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status: On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is single and might be looking for love. On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is in a relationship; someone “has captured their heart”. On the left ring finger with the point of the heart toward the fingertips: the wearer is engaged. On the left ring finger with the point of the heart toward the wrist: the wearer is married. This neoclassical and romantic track is dedicated to my girlfriend of course! Guess how she wears hers!
Thank you for submitting Nicolas!
Today I’m presenting you with the track That Morning on the Beach by the Canadian composer and piano player Cory Alstad, based just outside Vancouver. I have previously made a Behind the piano post about Cory, which can be found here! Cory has played the piano since the age of six and discovered the music by Olafur Arnalds about two years ago, which inspired him to start writing similar music.
The track That Morning on the Beach was released as a single on the 11th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about your track That Morning on the Beach!
This is definitely my oldest piece; it’s been with me for many years. Believe or not, when I first wrote it, it was upbeat and driving with a bit of a Latin type feel. But in the last couple of years, I envisioned it as a much gentler and quieter piano piece that had a real sadness to it. To me, when I hear the words ‘that morning at the beach’ I automatically assume something bright and happy – and I really love that there’s a contrast between the title and the feel of the song. Obviously, there’s a sad memory from that day at the beach; something occurred that was difficult. There’s a real aching to it and a sense of loneliness. I composed this piece, as I do with all of my music, in my garage where I have a little studio setup.
Thank you for the music Cory!
Today I’m presenting you with the German bord composer Juliano and his track Sleepless. Juliane started out as a accordion player and started with the piano at the age of 15. He has played in numerous bands and orchestras throughout the years and has a degree in musicology.
The track Sleepless was released as a single ont he 8th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Sleepless!
There are always those nights when our thoughts or experiences don’t let us sleep.
This composition was created from an improvisation of a sleepless night and reflects the peace, the magic but also the loneliness of the night and its influence on humans.
Thank you very much for this Juliano!
Today Iim introducing you to the composer and piano player Birgir Thorisson and his project Lonely Lighthouse. Birgir comes from Iceland and started playing the piano when he was about 7 years old. After a couple of years without playing the piano between 14-16 he started missing the piano and took up his piano studies. He is classical trained but claims not to be a classical player.
The track Memory Land was released as a single on the 14th of may, 2021.
Tell us something about your track Memory Lane!
The music I write is mostly written in a kind of improvisation and train of thought state of mind and Memory Lane is definitely in that category. I sat down one evening and was thinking about old friendships and started playing some chords. That’s how the intro came to life. The middle section actually came from me thinking about my old dog playing in our backyard.. funny how some memories can spark some inspiration.
Thank you very much for sending me this track Birgir!
Today I’m presenting you with the track In My Dream You Sang by the American composer and piano player Jim Pearce. Jim has worked as a piano player and composer for the past 45 years and is currently located in Atlanta.
The track In My Dream You Sang was released as a single on the 11th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about your track In My Dream You Sang!
My latest tune “In My Dream You Sang”, has actually been living alone and forgotten as a lead sheet, and different unreleased recorded versions on discs and hard drives for maybe decades. But recently, the Pandemic gave me plenty of time to dig thru old music and files and I unearthed this tune which I thought was really haunting. I recorded the final version and put it out in the world. Released June 11. I hope you like it !
Thanks for this piece of music Jim!
Today I’m presenting you to the track Perspectives by the American composer and piano player Harmoni Jones, living in Philadelphia. Harmoni has written music for as long as she can remember and played in a couple of bands in college, but never found her thing musically.
Then I inherited my grandmothers piano when she sadly passed several years ago. I used to play grandmas piano when I was a kid and spent time with her during the summer and I felt like her piano was always part of the family, just sitting in the corner of the room. Over time I started experimenting with the piano sound. I’ve always been drawn to delays within sound and the way you can create musical textures from the delays. I guess as the sound and my ideas developed it became my vibe.
The track Perspectives was released as a single on the 9th of June, 2021.
Tell us something about the track Perspectives!
Perspectives is about how our lives and thoughts (perspectives) change during a momentous event, in this case the pandemic. Things that once seemed important, don’t seem so important anymore and the little things we once took for granted now seem a big deal. Musically it’s a melody and message of hope … well I hope it is anyway !
Thank you very much for this lovely piece Harmoni!