Today I’m presenting you with the track Eastern Stars II bu the American composer and piano plater Stephen Selvey, originally from Southwest Virginia, but now located in Austin, Texas. Stephen’s main instrument is the guitar and he has played in various bands for about 20 years. During the pandemic he found the piano and started recording classical piano music.
The track Eastern Stars II was released as a single on the 12th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Eastern stars II!
This is actually one half of a two part piece, this part being slow and melancholy while the other half being faster and energetic. The melody for this piece just came into my head one night and then I placed the chord progression underneath that melody. This piece was written around the time of the outbreak of the Ukraine / Russia War. I wouldn’t say the piece is about the conflict but perhaps the conflict influenced the mood of the piece.
Thank you very much for this Stephen!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Kannyiri from the composer and piano player Emmanuel Songsore, originally from Ghana but now located in Canada. Emmanuel is also an academic and holds a PhD in Geography.
The track Kannyiri was released as a single on the 13th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Kannyiri!
Kannyiri is the Dagaare word for patience. Dagaare is an indiengenouse Ghanaian language spoken by my tribe, a small population in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The track Kannyiri is a soft and gentle piece that is meant to evoke feelings of patience. The composition was completely spontaneous and took one take on the piano. I sat in front of the piano, reflected deeply on patience as a virtue, and went ahead to play. The song is a result of that process.
Thank you very much for this Emmanuel!
Today I’m introducing you to the Irish composer and piano player SAM and his track Night Whisper. SAM is based in Dublin and started playing the piano at the age of five and hated it for many years before realizing he could play very well by ear. He started composing in his 20s and started releasing music in 2021.
The track Night Whisper was released as a single on the 15th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Night Whisper!
Night Whisper appeared as a lucid, creative spark whilst falling asleep one night. I went directly from bed to the piano, allowing the music to meander out of my mind. I recorded it & went back to sleep, wondering if it happened at all. This recording is the one and only take.
Earlier this year, I took myself away to an old semi-abandoned village in the hills of Lazio, Italy for almost a month and wrote 9 pieces of music. Night Whisper is the first release from this body of work – each track will be released bi-weekly until November.
Thank you very much for this SAM!
Today I present to you a brand new track by Montefalcone (aka. Adriano Regazzin), a Swiss composer and piano player based in Winterhur. Adriano has played the piano since he was a small child but hasn’t released any music of his own before four years ago.
The track Naja 5 was released as a single on the 16th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Naja 5!
Naja 5 is the 4th released song of the Naja series (Naja, Naja 2 and Naja 4). The title “Naja” for this series originally came from a lack of ideas for a title – it means something like “yes and no”, could be an expression for doubt or even the name of a poisonous snake. The interpretation of the title is left to the listener.
Thank you very much for this Adriano!
Today I’m presenting you with the Brazilian composer and piano player Antonio Resende and his track The River, The Wind, The Hope. Antonio’s main instrument is the guitar and his musical base is jazz music.
As I currently compose and produce more than I play, I thought it would be a good idea to work with solo piano music where I could put ideas and inspiration from my musical history.
This track was released as a single on the 13th of augusti, 2022.
Tell us something about your track The River, The Wind, The Hope!
I started writing this song for a very peaceful film with beautiful landscapes. The melody came to me and I felt that the music would not match the filming very well. I kept it for a while and during a trip I decided to take a look at my musical projects in progress and when I heard this song, the melody touched me deeply. So I decided to produce and ended up really liking the end result. I just released it as a single on digital platforms.
Thank you very much for this Antonio!
Today I’m presenting you with a brand ned track, Hoffnung, by the German composer and piano player Michael Koch. Michael calls the piano for his “medium to express his longing to understand the laws of life”. After countless concerts and many productions in various genres in rock-pop, jazz and classical music, he now returns to his origins: His very own Spirit Piano Cosmos, with which he opens the hearts of his listeners and inspires them to think and reflect.
The track Hoffnung was released as a single on the 5th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Hoffnung!
For me, Hoffnung (engl. Hope), is one answer to the current challenges. Especially now, when positive news is hard to find, music is balm for heart and soul. “Hoffnung” is a decision: to look forward positively and believe in the good end. With this piece I saw my task in creating this state full of trust and to delight the heart of the listener with this feeling.
Thank you very much for this Michael!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Levensdans by the dutch composer and piano player Adrian Kuipers. For twenty five years he collected piano compositions in his drawer, but in 2021 he finally started releasing music.
Before this time, I made the songs and didn’t share them, I only kept them for myself, because I was afraid of the reactions of people.
The track Levensdans was released as a single on the 29th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Levensdans!
My 17th piano release is called ‘Levensdans’, an ode to the most beautiful dance called ‘life’ (ofcourse in 432.1 Hz.
Today I’m introducing you to the British composer and piano player Briano King and his track Unending. Briano is based in London and has played the piano since the age of 6. Soon after he made his first composition, but is wasn’t until 2022 that I finally got around to release some music of his own!
The track Unending was released on the EP Voyage on the 29th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Unending!
The pieces in the EP express the voyage that the heart (and mind) may face in traversing the highs and lows of a relationship. As the last track on the EP, I wanted Unending to convey a sense of hope. I think the listener would agree it certainly has a different mood and tone to it than the other tracks in the EP!
Thanks for this Briano!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Heimwee by the dutch composer and piano player Jorn Swart and his project Doeke. Jorn moved to the USA in 2010 to pursue a masters degree in jazz piano and has lived and performed there since then.
The track Heimwee (homesick) was released on the 5th of august, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Heimwee!
Heimwee (Homesick),” describes missing home. It’s a feeling of warmth and tenderness, and also of sadness and longing. This piano composition captures the ambiguity of these moments; the delicate melody embodies the many memories, while the repetitive notes in the left hand express a sense of melancholy.
Thank you for this Jorn!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Hearts by the British composer and piano player Helen Keeling-Marston, based in Hampshire. Helen has played the piano since a very young age, and started composing seriously in about 2015, focusing on solo piano, solo piano and cello, and orchestral tracks.
The track Hearts was released as a single on the 5th of august, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming EP.
Tell us something about your track Hearts!
As the name likely suggests, this track, “Hearts”, is about love, and the evolution of the track’s theme represents the journey of love from caution to giddiness; yet giddiness tempered with caution, as giving away your heart is a risky thing! “Hearts” is part of my upcoming EP, “Cards”, which is a four-track compilation, each track representing one of the four suits in a pack of cards. Unlike some of the other suits, I saw “Hearts” as being dreamy, melodic, quite high-pitched and with a simple ostinato.
Thank you very much for sharing Helen!