Today I’m introducing you to the Portuguese composer and piano player José Tornada and his track Wild promises. José started composing his own music on the piano at the age of nine; influenced by 90s Japanese video games. 20 years later he released his first music.
The track Wild Promises was released as a single on the 1st of august, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Wild Promises!
This track is heavily influenced by one of my favorite composers from my childhood – Philip Glass. In the song, I tried to capture the feeling of expectations and promises that we all make to ourselves. The soft piano in the verse is a metaphor for our inner hope, while the build-up in the finale is the realization of those expectations.
Thank you for this José!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Daytime Waltz by the Belgian composer and piano player Jeroen Revesloot. Jeroen started playing music in the 70s and has never stopped writing and performing since then.
The track Daytime Waltz was released as a single on the 29th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Daytime Waltz!
“Daytime Waltz” which was actually written a long time ago, is a friendly invitation to start your day with a little smile. It is also the first song of the next album to be released early 2023.
Thank you for this Jeroen!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Falling for Ghosts by the British composer and piano player Sion Trefor, based in Wales. Need to quote Sion right off here:
I’m a recluse, an insomniac (like, actually, not a Hollywood insomniac), and I live at my studio.
Sion has been playing since he was a kid and has been a touring musician for the most part of his life. A few years ago he started releasing his own music.
The track Falling for Ghosts track was released as a single on the 22ns of July, 2022 but will also be part of an EP this December.
Tell us something about your track Falling for Ghosts!
The track ‘Falling for Ghosts’ is a kind of lament to imaginary nostalgic spaces – places we concoct out of various memories in our minds, places that – to me at least – feel more like home than anywhere I’ve known in real life. When I’m triggered or fall into thinking about these places, halfway between deja vu and a real memory, they’re always empty, totally desolate, and yet they’re imbued with the emotions I feel towards people who are close to me in my life. That absence of anything tangible led me to the title, ‘Falling for Ghosts’.
Thank you for this Sion!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Valse Mélancolique by the dutch composer and piano player Geert Veneklaas. Geert started playing the piano at a young age, studied at the Conservatorium in Arnhem (The Netherlands) and had a fairly successful career as a popmusician.
Geert’s ambition has recently taken flight by focusing exclusively on composing ‘contemporary classical’ pieces for piano solo.
The track Valse Mélancolique was released as a single on the 18th of July, 2022 but will also be part of an album that will be released in the fall of 2022.
Tell us something about your track Valse Mélancolique!
Valse Mélancolique above all represents a feeling; a sense of unsatisfied desire, of lost hopes. Not so much in a heavy way, but also in a tender way. A melancholy reminiscence of something that was but will never be again.
When I compose I often have a clear image in my head. In this case it was an abandoned village in the countryside where time seems to stand still, perhaps because I had just booked my holiday to a quiet place in the French countryside. The great thing was that Valse Mélancolique came out on the day I got there. That felt like perfect timing to me.
Thanks for this Geert!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Building a Home by the Italian composer and piano player Andrea Vanzo, based in the mountains near Tuscany. Andrea started playing the piano and composing ar the age of eleven, and sees music as a way to communicate emotions and his state of being.
The track Building a Home was released as a single on the 22nd of July, 2022, but will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Building a Home!
Our home should not be something that is imposed on us, but something we choose. Everyone should be free to build their own home, to dress their own intimate space, and take care of themselves.
Thank you for sharing with us Andrea!
Today I’m presenting you with the track The Rolling Green of Snowdonia by the American composer and piano player Deborah Stokol, located in Los Angeles. Deborah started to play the piano at the age of six, but has composed and sung her own song her entire life. She has previously worked as a journalist and a teacher but has since 2021 taken a year off to focus on her music.
This track, The Rolling Green of Snowdonia, was released on the EP 88 Keys to Countless Kingdoms: Impressionistic Solo Piano Voyages Through the Dreamscape on the 20th of June, 2022.
Tell us something about your track The Rolling Green of Snowdonia!
The whole EP musically explores fantastical-seeming real-world places and dreamscapes. It seeks to allow your mind to wander. This song is named after the famous national park of North Wales, one I have long wanted to see but have never actually visited. I first learned about it in Susan Cooper’s *Dark is Rising Sequence* books, about King Arthur, modern magic, time-travel, and likely a very real influence on the creation of Harry Potter 25-30 years later. So even though I have been fortunate to visit the UK several times, I have not seen Snowdonia, so it exists as a sort of magical mystery to me. I know it’s real. And I’ve been to places that look like its photographs, but for me, it sort of represents the perfect marriage of three-dimensional living with imaginary land. So in composing this dreamy, mystical piece, I hoped to evoke some of that…the lush greens of the hills, the rain-soaked green, the wondrous unknown, a place of mythic proportions and history.
I have thought about these things for decades, but I wrote this piece pretty recently, sitting at the piano with my DAW and one mic, and I just played. I liked the sonic exploration and started threading it with others that seemed to tell alternate but related, complementary stories and put together this EP.
Thank you very much for this Deborah!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Florescence by the American composer and piano player Matt, aka. Fog Chaser, based in the Pacific Northwest.
The track Florescence was released as a single on the 10th of July, 2022, but was firstly sent through a newsletter to his subscribers.
Tell us something about your track Florescence!
For Volume I of my newsletter, I’m writing a song in every musical key — making my way around the circle of fifths. So, this song, which is in f-sharp minor, was my newsletter song in April.
It was very meditative to write. I limited myself to piano, a touch of bass, and a little ambient noise, just to keep things simple. The title, “Florescence”, means “the process of flowering”, and I really liked the idea of things being in bloom. No funny anecdotes recording this one — just me and my piano. Eventually, I teamed up with Chad Skinner (from Sun Rain), one of my favorite musicians, and got his help on mixing and mastering to make sure I captured the right mood.
Thank you very much for this Matt!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Bridges by the polish composer and piano player Yana Couto. Yana has played the piano since the age of six and started improvising (and composing) at the age of 19.
The track Bridges was released on the album The great hope on the 3rd of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Bridges!
Similarly like all the other songs on the album, “Bridges” was recorded at my home studio, on the upright piano that is with me since I was six. The piece was created from a reflection on creating bonds, human fluidity, and embracing life. It has a free-flowing structure, allowing for spontaneous repetition and trancelike performance. It was one of the first songs I came up with, and it gave me an artistic direction I wanted to follow – embracing the imperfections, capturing the warm ambiance of the upright piano (together with the hammers clicks and soft muted strings), creating a reflective and empowering mood.
Funny story – I have a small dog who loves to be around me pretty much all the time. So when we were recording the album, he was always at my feet. I think there are some moments when you can hear him sniff or roam the space, which adds to this calming ambiance of my home.
Thank you for this Yana!
Today I’m presenting you with a brand new track by the dutch, and Amsterdam bases, piano player and composer DeLange. You can read more about DeLange in this Behind the piano post! DeLange started out with music as a child; playing the violin. But his family also had a grand piano in their living room which caught his interest!
The track Poéme de Printemps was released as a single on the 8th of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Poéme de Printemps!
‘Poème du Printemps’ (Poem of Spring) is the first composition of a new contemplations opus. Together with Opus I, this Opus II will form a full album -‘Contemplations ~ Opus I & II-
‘Poème du Printemps’ is my ode to the wonder of new life coming into existence. I wrote it for my little boy who was born this May -in the heart of spring.
Thank you very much for this DeLange!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Ease your day by the British composer and piano player James Hawken from Cornwall. James first sat on a piano stool at the age of seven, when he started his classical training. His duo The James Brother has performed across Britain, Europe and Ireland for 40 years but he is now concentrating on creating and releasing piano based music to chill, soothe and relax.
The track Ease your day was released as a single on the 1st of July, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Ease your day!
Solo piano piece written especially to calm and soothe. Chill and relax to the tone and expression of the playing. An easy arrangement sets up mellow vibes to ‘Ease Your Day’! My method of writing is quite simple, I sit at the piano and play whatever I’m feeling at that moment. I record what I do and if it has potential I might develop it a little. But essentially it’s mostly improvisation and first take.
Thank you very much for this James!