Today I’m introducing you to the track The Stairs by the Belgian composer and piano player Mirek Coutigny living in Ghent. Mirek has studied classical piano and composition but turned more towards electronic music in the last couple of years.
The track The Stairs is taken from the album The Further We Ventured which was released mid February of 2020.
Tell us something about your track The Stairs!
“The Stairs” was originally written for a contemporary dance performance, and was set to accompany a very poetic descent from a staircase by the dancers. I imagined it as a staircase in an apartment building, where every door looks the same, but has a different story behind it.
Thank you Mirek!
Today I’m introducing you to the Polish composer Jacaszek based in Gdańsk. Jacaszek has been dealing with music and sound art for past 15 years. An important side of Jacaszek’s art activity is composing film scores.
The field of “electro-acoustica” is the main point of my interest as a composer. My work is generally a digital processing of acoustic sources. I am also deeply interested in sounds of nature. 3 of my albums are based on field recordings.
The track The Zone is released as a single, but will also be featured on the album Music for Film out March 27th via Ghostly International.
Tell us something about your track The zone!
The Zone was originally composed for the Estonian film “November” by Rainer Sarnet. The original arrangement contained harp and hammer dulcimer only, the cue was not used it did not function in the scene it was intended for.
But I loved the piece so much (it is one of my favourites) so I decided to transcript it for piano and include it into the album. No better opportunity to share it with people.
Thank you very much for sending me this song!
Today I’m introducing you to the German composer and piano player Matt Koranda;
I live nearby the Lake of Constance, the deep water connection between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. My zodiac sign is Aquarius. I don’t know, if this is coincidence.
Matt’s greatest inspirations comes from classical composers like Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven but he also likes to listen to New Age, Rock and mainstream Pop Music.
The track Farewell, Pt. I is the opening track from the album Desperation which was released late January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Farewell Part I!
This track is a spontaneous recording of a piano improvisation I performed to the dead of a friends pet named Hunter, a cute hamster. Farewell Part I and the much deeper elaborated Part II work like an embracing to the album “Desperation” with its narrative character about someones sorrow and desperate moments in life.
Thank you Matt for sending me this tune!
Today I’m introducing you to Umeå Bodø and the track Lonesome Kingfisher.
To me, it is not important who is writing the songs, as long as I and other listeners are touched by them, and as long as melodies soothe our souls.
So thats the introduction you’ll get to the composer!
Tell us something about your track Lonesome Kingfisher!
I chose the project name Umeå Bodø because of the beauty of the Nordic countries, which inspires me endlessly. I wrote most of the Umeå Bodø songs a few years ago, but now I invested some time and money to record and release them. When writing Lonesome Kingfisher, in my mind I was flying over the sea, waking up to the beauty of the fjords, seeing the sun come up. That’s all there is to it.
Thank you for sharing this track with us!
Today I’m introducing you to London based composer Stephen Martin and the latest track, Vienna, by his project Ascending Everest. Stephen has been playing piano for as long as he can remember, and for the past years he has also been making neo classical and ambient compositions.
Vienna is released as a single, but will also be featured on the EP called Islands, which will be released in late March.
Tell us something about your track Vienna!
Vienna is about visiting a new place for the first time, with someone that you care about. Each person is exploring and sharing their experience with the other, which I tried to capture with a wandering feel throughout the track. I had the opening five notes in my mind for a while, but it wasn’t until mid-January when I had the inspiration for the shared experience theme. After that, the track came together in the space of a couple of evenings, and I’m really pleased with the result.
Thank you for sending your track to me Stephen!
Today I’m introducing you to Israeli composer and piano player Erez Aviram and his track Rechter. Erez started playing the piano at the age of six and immediately started making his own compositions.
After releasing an album with a progressive rock band, I started to compose music for films and the concert stage.
Th track Rechter is featured on one of two Piano Solo EPs, the first was released on February 6th 2020 and the second is set to be released later this year.
Tell us something about your track Rechter!
Rechter is an instrumental tribute piece to a musical father who guided me (spiritually) throughout my childhood years as a kid playing the piano. It is named after the Israeli songwriter Yoni Rechter, who forged jazz and classical music elements into mainstream music and children songs.
Thank you for sharing this with us Erez!
Today I’ introducing you to the track Engleby / Nightdriver by British composer Sion Trefor living in Cardiff, Wales. Sion has been touring Europe since he was twelve years old; from classical solo piano concerts to electro clubs. Recently he has settled into a life of blissfully reclusive composition and production.
The track Engleby / Nightdriver is released as a single but us also featured in the EP Fallout, which came out late January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Engleby / Nightdriver!
The track Engleby / Nightdriver is released as a single, but The track itself is rooted in my experiences with insomnia – not cool David Fincher insomnia – but a chronic insomnia I’ve wrestled with since I was a kid. As soon as I was old enough to be behind the wheel often I’d cope by heading out into the night and driving for hours on end, usually until sunrise, with reams of manuscript and cigarette papers shuffling around in the passenger seat. So on one level it’s a love song to insomniacs, on another it’s a piece that expresses how my creativity and sleeplessness are inextricably linked.
In terms of how it was composed – I’ll write a piece in my mind first (usually away from the studio), then once I’m in and at the piano I’ll run with it for a few takes until I land on something that feels most honest. Same applies for the string work – I’m a fan of leaving strings sounding a bit restless and raw, so the recording process is usually pretty swift if I’m in the right frame of mind; I’ll take a rougher take that’s true to how I feel over a blander, but technically polished rendition any day.
Thank you Sion for sharing this with us!
Today I’m introducing you to the American composer and studio musician Jaisen (pronounced like the more common spelling, Jason). Jaisen grew up playing classical piano
I have been inspired the likes of Richard Clayderman, Yiruma, Nils Frahm, Ludovico Einaudi, and George Winston for decades and often listen to their music when driving to calm my nerves and focus on the road.
The track Born is taken from the EP with the same name, which was released on the 14th of February.
I also love the pun of the album title (Born) and my name (Jeisen), which also happens to sound like one of my favorite movie characters, Jason Bourne.
Tell us something about your track Born!
Last year, a good friend was involved in two car accidents, neither of which were her fault. She knew I listened to solo piano music when driving, and asked if I had ever composed and released some of my own relaxing solo piano music, in hopes that it may also help her and others on their commutes stay focused and calm while on the road. So, in late November 2019, I decided to do just that.
When not in the studio with other musicians, I regularly play solo piano gigs, at which I often find myself improvising, instead of solely sticking to a predetermined setlist, so I felt it natural to have my debut EP be fully-improvised. When I arrived at the studio, I just sat down at the grand piano, and had the engineer record whatever flowed through my mind and out my fingers. None of my playing was edited, and everything was recorded live–one-take of each improvised piece, without any tweaks or punch-ins. Upon listening,
Thank your for sharing this with us Jeisen!
Today I’m introducing you to the track When We Disappear by the American composer Andy Walker. Andy lives in Nashville and makes music under many different names:
Most recently electronic music under the name The Alphabet Zero. The Fire & The Fog began as an outlet for music I started writing that didn’t fit my other artist and started realizing there was a common vein and started this new project.
The track When we disappear is the first track taken from an upcoming album, and was released late January of 2020.
Tell us something about your track When we disappear!
As I wrote the track I imagined each person as a small intersection in a giant web and when we disappear from the web, all the strands fall and collide. Some new connections may be made, or some connections are destroyed. In the end we are all a sum of who we are connected to.
Thanks so much for sending me this song!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Missingness by the American composer Cameron Fitzpatrick and his project Traveler CS. Cameron started playing music when he was four years old, staring out on the violin (which he claims not to know how to play anymore). Piano, bass guitar and vocals is now his main instruments and has been for the past 20 years or so.
The track Missingness is featured on the EP Halcyon, which was released on February 21st.
Tell us something about your track Missingness!
The EP has come to represent many feelings of nostalgia for me, with Missingness being a kind of reflection on things that didn’t happen, things that could have been. It sometimes fills me with a familiar yearning for places I have never been. Funnily, as I started writing it, it was meant to be a small transitional piece, kind of a palate cleanser, on a larger release. But as I finished it, it became something else, that seemed too important to me to just be used as a break between other ideas.
Thank you very much Cameron for sharing this track with us!