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    Spotted: Ronan Spoor – Emotional circle

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Emotional circle by the Dutch composer and piano player Ronan Spoor. Ronan learned how to play the piano and read sheet music in an early age and mainly writes music for solo piano and instrumental soundtracks.

    The track Emotional Circle was released as a single on the 13th of January, 2023.

    Tell us something about your track Emotional circle!
    This is the moment to feel into every element of your emotions. Fearlessly allowing it to circle around in your body with the fullest intensity. The music is about the different emotions we have and we may embrace them without fear.

    Thank you for this Ronan!

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    Spotted: Matthias Schreiber – tiefblau eins

    Today I’m presenting you with the track tiefblau eins by the German composer, piano player and producer Matthias Schreiber. Matthias studio is based on the foot of the Black Forest in Germany and in his studio; most of the equipment is built by himself.

    The track tiefblau eins was released on the album tiefblau and came out on the 27th of december, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track tiefblau eins!
    The album „tiefblau” and the track it contains „tiefblau eins” was created during a spontaneous two-day studio session. The weather bad – the studio warm.

    Allowing music to come and develop in the moment often shows me personally what moves me and where I stand. An immediate form of expression that words could hardly express. Without a mask and not polished – direct and honest – and sometimes with rough edges.

    Thank you very much for the Matthias!

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    Spotted: Lucia Philippek – Black Amur

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Black Amur by the German composer and piano player Lucia Philippe. Lucia has written music since she was a child but was tolk she couldn’t be a composer when she grew up:

    Because first, the profession does not really exist, and second, I am a woman so it is even less possible for me.

    She is now studying music and aiming for the goal no one said was possible!

    The track Black Amur was released as a single on the 16th of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Black Amur!
    The story I had in mind while composing Black Amur was the fate of Philipp Mickenbecker from the YouTube Channel „The Real Life Guys“. He died at a young age; he was optimistic until the end and died in peace.

    With this in mind, I wanted to create a hymn as a remembrance.So it is rather a song about a peaceful and happy life than about death. 

    I actually finished writing Black Amur one year ago, and never felt like changing anything. This is not taken for granted as a composer – and a good sign that it is time for publishing, I think.

    Thank you very much for this Lucia!

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    Spotted: GéNIA – Evocations

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Evocations bu the Ukrainian composer and piano player GéNIA, now located in th UK. She has played the piano since the age of 4 and has given piano concerts all over the world. About ten years ago, GéNIA started to composer herself and now mainly performed with her own music!

    The track Evocations is the first single from the forthcoming album, Exhale. It was released on the 9th of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Evocations!
    Released especially for the holiday season, I am hoping that my audience will be able to take some time away from their busy schedule for themself, including attending to their physical, psychological and mental well-being, which will enable them to look inwards to re-examine their life. And if my music can offer listeners this special support, I will be more than happy to contribute to society in such a way.

    I usually ask people on this blog for “maybe a funny anecdote from the recording” and I really want to include this part since GéNIA was so sincere about it. So here’s what GéNIA answered about a “funny anecdote”.
    I cannot this about anything funny, as being born in the Ukraine, it is a very difficult year for many Ukrainians. My life has been split before the war (24 February 2022) and after the war.

    Since the start of the war, I gave many concerts and organised the events in support of Ukraine and founded my own charity ’Support Kharkiv Foundation’ which helps the citizens of Kharkiv and its regions, the city where I am from. This is the city where I was born. https://www.kharkivfoundation.org

    This track summarises my mood and the mood of many others, for whom it was a very difficult year. As I said above, it is design to repose and take a stock on one’s life.

    Thank you GéNIA for your answers and for sharing them with us!

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    Spotted: Gregory Paul Mineeff – Did You Know

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Did You Know by the Australian composer, piano player and multi-instrumentalist Gregory Paul Mineeff.

    The track was released on the album with the same name on the 16th of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Did You Know!
    Did You Know was composed and recorded in my darkened studio one evening during that week.

    Thank you Gregory!

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    Spotted: Simeon Walker – Seasons

    Today I’m introducing you with another track by the British composer and piano player Simeon Walker, called Seasons. Simeon is based in Leeds and has played the piano for over 20 years.

    Sometimes music can be very overcomplicated, and I’m keen to explore how we can slow down just a little bit from the busyness of our modern lives, and be present in the moment a little more.

    The solo piano version of the track Seasons is taken from the album Winnow which was released on the 14th of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Seasons!
    This piece is ever so slightly more flowing and expressive than the original, which featured a string quartet. There is a sense of freedom and looseness that flows from the semi-improvised nature of the performance, whilst staying true to the general melodic and harmonic template of the original. For the video, we took a small upright piano to my favourite beach on the East Coast of England, and also had a drone, which enable us to capture some incredible footage of the natural landscape there. 

    Thank you very much for this Simeon!

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    Spotted: Sam Miller – First Winter

    Today I’m presenting you with the track First Winter by the composer and piano player Sam Miller. Sam is a self-taught pianist based in Oregon, USA. Sam has played bass, guitar, and sung in rock bands since middle school through most of his adult life. Over the past three years, his focus has shifted towards writing solo piano music. 

    The track First Winter was released as a single on the 9th of December, 2022, and will also be part of an upcoming album.

    Tell us something about your track First Winter!
    “First Winter” wrote itself. I liked the way the pattern felt to play as I noodled around on the piano downstairs, and later after practice my wife said “whatever you were playing earlier, that was pretty.” That’s when I decided to consider what I was playing a piece. Quite rudimentary, “First Winter” is as much about how it feels to play as is the listener’s perception of it.  

    The artwork for this piece was created by my brother, Will Miller, using OpenAI’s Dall-E. I appreciate the artificial intelligence generated artwork juxtaposed with my very human piano playing and recording.

    Thank you for this Sam!

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    Spotted: Simon Armitage – Moonlight Waltz

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Moonlight Waltz by the British composer and piano player Simon Armitage, based in Edinburgh. Simon started playing the piano at the age of six and began composing about five years ago.

    The track Moonlight Waltz was released as a single on the 3rd of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Moonlight Waltz!
    It started with a simple 8 bar chord progression. I left it for several months and came back to develop the idea  with a memory in mind of a romantic evening my wife and I spent together by the lake in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Thanks for this Simon!

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    Spotted: Byebyefish – Snowflakes are dancing

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Snowflakes are dancing by the French artist Byebyefish. Byebyefish has played the piano since the age of six and started to compose his own tunes in the early 2000’s. He started to release his own music in 2021.

    The track Snowflakes are dancing was released as a single on the 2nd of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Snowflakes are dancing!
    Recorded and mixed 2022 at GAM Studio by producer Armen Bedrossian near Paris, ‘Snowflakes Are Dancing’ is a relaxing and uplifting solo piano piece. Composed last winter, it was influenced by Christmas and snow holidays vibes. During the whole winter I was waiting for a snow fall, to take some clips for the upcoming music video… but the snow wasn’t falling neither in Paris nor when I was in the mountains. Finally it arrived in April! Here is why you can watch in the final music video a tulip under the snow, or sunny mountain landscapes combined with dancing snowflakes! 😊

    Thank you for sending this in!

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    Spotted: Dave Asher – Wonderland

    Today I’m presenting you with the track Wonderland by the American composer and piano player Dace Asher, from a small town just south of Chicago. He started playing the piano at the age of three but never learned how to read sheet music.

    The track Wonderland was released as a single on the 1st of December, 2022.

    Tell us something about your track Wonderland!
    I started collaborating with a photographer for the art and videos for my songs, and the inspiration for “Wonderland” came from one of her pictures.  She created a music video for the entire song — here is the link:  

    Thank you very much for this Dave!