Today I’m introducing your to the track Home by the French composer Sarah Coponat. This tune was recorded together with the violin player Fransoafran.
Sarah has played the piano since the age of three with a diploma of the national conservatorium of Marseille in classical piano. She have been composing for as far as she can remember.
Fransoafran started out playing the piano as well, but later switched to the violin. After a classical training, he embraced many styles from jazz to pop rock, latin to country music, with a taste for improvisation. He is born in France but is now located in Australia.
Tell us something about the track Home!
“Home” evokes the nostalgia of people and places that bring you back to your childhood. It is a peaceful and melancholic track, collaboration with violinist Fransoafran who brought a beautiful depth to the track.
The violins and viola were recorded in studio in Vietnam, being currently based here temporarily. It was not easy finding a classical viola in Vietnam, and I was starting to lose hope in including one on this record, but by a happy synchronicity, one of my violin students told me she had a viola she wanted to give away, it was such a perfect timing for this recording!
Thank you Sarah and Fransoafran for sending me this track!
Today I’m introducing you to the duo Pink Coyote from Great Britain. The duo consists of Luke Mosley (which is the one I have been talking to, nice guy by the way) and George Holliday.
Luke has been playing the guitar since the age of 11 and has produced music for the past 10 years. George has played the piano since the age of seven, and has also been producing music for the past 10 years. He lives in a bus he converted into his studio called Made On The Road.
They started this particular project this year (2020) and the track Softness is taken from their debut EP called Touch, which was released early may of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Softness!
We have a unique way of writing, which is: One of us starts a track with no more than 3 parts, we then send it to the other person who adds 3 parts and we do this until the track is finished. Anyone can do anything they want with the track, no rules at all!
Thank you Luke (and George) for sending me this track!
Today I’m introducing you to the Turkish composer and piano player Nizameddin Tuğral, or just Niz. Niz started to compose at the age of 14, while exploring different DAWs. During his university years he wrote several pieces of music for video games. After graduation, he took a break for a couple of years and started composing again with significant interest in ambient music and neo-classical music.
The track Missed was released on the EP Lockdown on the 3rd of may, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Missed!
I tried to convey the feelings of the lockdown period with 3 compositions in this EP. The album starts with the “lockdown” composition in a fast tempo with cheerful happy mood like our life before the lockdown started, then it slows down and the mood changes and becomes more emotional like how our life suddenly slowed down after Covid-19. The second composition “Missed” is like the continuation of the first one with deep feelings. I tried to convey the feelings of missing basic things in our life. I tried to create an emotional theme to allow listeners to feel those emotions. And last but not least composition in the EP is “Hopes” which I tried to convey the hope of healing, which is growing with the upcoming summer. This composition starts with an emotional theme but gets faster at the end like growing hopes inside of us.
I wanted to tell the story behind the whole composition since I could not separate “Missed” from the others as I envisioned then as a whole while composing 🙂
Thank you very much for this Niz!
Today I’m introducing you to the Iranian composer and piano player Benyamin Yahyavi and his track Her. Benjamin has played the piano since the age of 14, and started writing his own piano music about four years ago.
The track Her was released as a single on the 12th of march, 2020.
Tell us something about your track Her!
This piece expresses an emotional feeling in a relationship that has not yet been seriously formed. I believe that in order to make such pieces, more attention should be paid to simplicity and the melody should be shown more and more in a minimal space and away from any complexity.
Thank you for this track Benyamin!
Today I’m introducing you to another track by the Canadian artist SØLYS, which I have written about before here. SØLYS real name is Michael Chambers and he lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
I’ve always been drawn to the piano; as a young child, I’d often fiddle with the old upright in my grandparents’ basement. I finally asked my parents for piano lessons when I was about 12 years old. My music teacher, Bob Bruer, was a terrific mentor, and encouraged me to pursue composition.
The track Floating was released as a single on May 22nd of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Floating!
“Floating” was inspired by a recent trip back to the small town where I grew up (Midland, Ontario, Canada). I was reminded about the places I can never go back to. All the schools I attended have been torn down and rebuilt. The old turn-of-the-century library building has been completely gutted and renovated. It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing those places exist only as memories now. For me, “Floating” expresses those feelings between nostalgia and melancholy – a place in my mind where I feel both longing and comfort.
Today I’m introducing you to the track “the theme song” by Swedish composer Teodor Wolgers. Teodor learned to play the piano by composing his own pieces; right from the start!
The most important thing to me is that the music feels and vibrates with the feeling in my body when I’m playing it.
Tell us something about your track The theme song!
‘the theme song’ is part of my new EP ‘notion’. From the first second I started writing ‘the theme song’, I thought of it as an intro to a TV series and named it ’the theme song’ because of that. I wanted it to feel as if the music’s moving forward, like it’s slowly approaching you.
Thank you Teodor for sending me your music!
Today I’m introducing you to the British composer Sherwood Roberts and his latest track Reflections. Sherwood started playing the piano at the age of six. He wrote his first tune at the age of 14, and never stopped.
(my teacher) Paul Young was a fantastic patient teacher who really helped fertilise the space for my love of piano to grow.
The track Reflections was released as a single on the 17th of April of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Reflections!
‘Reflections’ is a track that I initially started writing in 2012 and have been tinkering with for years. I felt it best represented this body of work which is why I chose to lead with it. I wanted to make a beautiful record on a real instrument in world class studio so once I’d found the D grand at AIR Studios 1 and Producer Olga Fitzroy I rented it for 2 days. I hope we’ve succeeded.
Thank you very much Sherwood!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Berceuse de la Mer by the Italian composer Igor Longhi. I’ve come across the name a couple of times when I’ve been browsing around the online piano community, and I was happy to find Igor!
Igor is from the town Trieste in the north of Italy, and has studied the piano since the age of five. He has explored many different genres and in 2015 he made his first EP with solo piano music.
since that moment I used the piano as a confident, a friend, a therapist… to elaborate the feelings that hits me more.
The track Berceuce de la Mer was released as a single on the 24th of April, 2020, but will also be featured on an upcoming EP.
Tell us something about the track Berceuce de la Mer!
Berceuse de la Mer, is a lullaby I wrote for my children, before the Covid-19 crisis started. I started to sing the melody sitting on the bed where the littlest one was laying, and after he fall asleep, I took a pentagram sheet and wrote it down. I think this is the song that took less time ever in my composing history ☺ it simply came out, I only had to write it down.
Few days after, I went to my studio and started to record. The choice of a felt piano, was almost obligate as it’s a lullaby 😃
Why Berceuse de la Mer? Well, it’s really easy.
While I was singing the melody of this lullaby (berceuse) to my babies, I imagined myself as the sea (la Mer, in French) and the babies like a paper boat sailing over it.
Thank you for sending me this Igor!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by Rob McAllister, also known as Music Within, the Canadian musician, producer and multi instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada. You can read a lot more about Rob and his project Music Within here!
This track, Saudade, was released as a single on April 24th.
Tell us something about your track Saudade!
‘Saudade’ is a Portuguese word meaning ‘missing something or someone. It refers to a deep, emotional state of nostalgia where one experiences distant memories and feelings both happy and sad. With the current global situation happening around us, I imagine that many people across the world can relate to this feeling now more than ever.
Thanks for sending me this Rob!
Today I’m introducing you to the latest track by the German pianist Felix Reuter. This is a fresh and unique editing of the “Grande Sonate Pathétique” by Ludwig van Beethoven. I was first a bit skeptical about posting about this, because I rather post about original content, but this was way to good to sit out!
Felix grew up in a musical family and started playing the piano at a early age. He did his first performance ar the age of eight! Today he lives in Weimar and make a living as a composer, pianist and music comedian.
The track was release on a three part EP on the 29th of April of 2020. You can download the sheet music for the EP here!
Tell us something about the track Petite Sonate Pathétique – Part II!
Since my youth, again and again I have come in touch with this piano work. Each time I play it a little different. Beethoven’s Sonata contains many catchy musical phrases – it is easy to imagine people whistling them on the streets and playing them at home in the 19th century. That was just how composers got famous in those days. The second movement of Beethoven’s work felt so close to pop music to me, I decided to focus on this vibe and emphasize it even more. Also, I liked that part even more in E flat major and so I changed the key.
Thank you for the music Felix!