Today I’m introducing you to the Dutch composer and piano player Luna Sofia and the track One. Luna is located in Amsterdam and has played the piano since she was twelve. Six years ago Luna started taking her playing more seriously and has used it as an escape ever since.
The track One was released as a single on the 4th of November, 2022.
Tell us something about your track One!
I came up with the first initial idea for the song right after I left everything behind and started my new life in Amsterdam (a city I barely knew). Feeling both excited yet scared of the unknown.
The title ‘One’ refers to me choosing to leave everything behind and be all on my own for the first time in my life.
Thank you for this Luna!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Delicate by the American piano duo consisting of Matt Chiarelli and Stephen Schofield. Matt and Stephen is located in Los Angeles and has worked together on various productions before. They started to make piano music together during the pandemic.
The track Delicate was released as a single on the 18th of November, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Delicate!
Our writing process for this and other pieces had a “divide and conquer”approach. Matt and I would individually and remotely write various compositions and then send the arrangements to each other for critique and edits. This specific track “Delicate” was one of the first compositions that materialized and felt special. I remember Matt sending the initial idea to me and thinking this had a “Donnie Darko” type feel. After a few back and forth revisions—and an accumulation of emptied wine bottles—Delicate was finalized and printed.
Thank you very much for sending this in!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Embrace by the British composer and piano player Ryan Kearsay. Ryan has composer music for about 20 years, but just recently started releasing his music. He has previously composer music for film and started playing the piano around the age of seven.
The track Embrace was released as a single on the 15th of November, 2022, but will also be part of an (double) album, which has been made over the course of 12 years!
Tell us something about your track Embrace!
Embrace was written to be a representation of a gentle, delicate embrace full of love and passion. It was conceived whilst relaxing on the South Downs in South East England. The main motif (the starting phrase) was originally written through me experimenting with a new piano. This developed very quickly and the piece was written in a matter of hours!
Thanks for this Ryan!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Eyes wide open by the Italian composer and piano player Andrea Carri. Andrea has played the piano since he was six years old, and started writing his own tunes twelve years ago!
The track Eyes wide open was released as a single on the 18th of November, 2022 and will also be part of an upcoming album.
Tell us something about your track Eyes wide open!
The track is about the wonder of a child when he sees the world. As adults we lose this capacity to feel wonder and sometimes we aren’t Ble to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
Thank you very much for this Andrea!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Tripidium In Vis Agri by the Australian based Italian composer Giovanni Turchini. Giovanni has played the piano since he was a child and is classical trained. He later moved on play keyboard in rock/pop/jazz bands. Since 2020 he has been releasing his own music.
The track Tripidium In Vis Agri was released on the 17th of November, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Tripudium In Vis Agri!
This composition was the result of a game with my big sister, (Maddalena Turchini) who lives in Switzerland and is an anthroposophist artist and teacher. She was working and sketching about movement within the field of forces (the front cover is one of her sketches), and I have composed this track (messaging each other at 20.000km distance). The title “Tripudium in vis agri” in fact means “dancing in the field of forces”, but can also be interpreted as “celebrating nature” or “celebrating the power of nature”.
Thanks for sending this in Giovanni!
Today I’m presenting you to the Italian composer an piano player Tommaso Panconesi and hit track Serenata. Tommaso mainly writes music for theater and produce songs for local artists.
The track Serenata was released as a single on the 19th of November, 2022, and will be part of an upcoming album as well!
Tell us something about your track Serenata!
The song have been recorded on a 50 years old felted yamaha upright piano in my studio in Tuscany.
Thank you for this Tommaso!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Peaceful Silence by the dutch composer and piano player Ronan Spoor. Ronan learned to play the piano and read Sheed music early in life. Since late 2022 Ronan has decided to focus primarily on making solo piano music.
The track Peaceful Silence was released as a single on the 25th of November, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Peaceful Silence!
Peaceful Silence is my second original piano track. The music is about finding peace within the silence of nature. Fully embracing the present moment just as it is without the need to change or control it.
Thank you very much for this Ronan!
A couple of weeks back I posted about the track The Swan by Elise Hammers. Today we go Behind the piano to get to know Elise a bit better!
Where are you from? And where do you live?
I am from Trondheim in Norway, but I live in Oslo.
How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
I taught myself the piano as a child. I think I learned it quite gradually from starting primary school. I really loved filmmusic, so the first song I learned was the titanic theme song. I started to play violin with a teacher when I was 9. She was so much fun, and she also liked to play a lot of different instruments like I did. Even though my lessons was for violin, she helped me borrow a viola. We would play a bit of violin, viola and piano, and for a brief period the cello. After getting an illness that would become cronic, I wasn’t able to play for many years. I started playing again about 1,5 years ago. I have also started to learn more cello. I really wanted to be able to record my own compositions. I think and hope I will be able to in the future, but I realised I needed som help from a professional musician for my next release «Rebirth».
How long have you been making piano music?
I started composing in 2015 after getting sick. The majority of the music I will release I have been composing for the last 3-4 years. I have always had so much music in my head, but I didn’t have the tools nor the energy to get i out. My notation skills are not the best, but when I started learning a music program I finally had a way of letting the music out.
What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
I listen to a lot of different artists within this genre, but I guess Peter Sandberg, Ludovico Einaudi and Nils Frahm is some of my favorites. I am also discovering a lot of new artists on the playlists I am on. The last days I have been listening to Jade Ashtangini a lot.
Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s?
That is probably «comptine d’un autre été» by Yan Tiersen, and «Victor’s piano solo» by Danny Elfman.
How do you record your music? Yourself? In a big studio? etc.
I record my music in my home studio. I don’t have a real piano yet, but I am hoping to have one in the future.
Whats your take on sampled instruments?
I think for a lot of people there is really no other option. I use sampled piano, but real violin, viola and cello. I am lucky to have the means to buy and maintain these instruments. The string set I use for my violin costs like 150 euro and have to be changed quite frequently. It is also a question of space, especially when it comes to a piano. And obviously nabours when you live in the city. I do believe it is important to keep the «realness» in music, and I will admit I don’t like listening to songs with obvious midi strings. Yet I do understand that people might not always have many alternatives when releasing without a label.
And the standard question form my now eight year old son:
Where do all your songs come from?
I absolutely love this question, and I have asked myself the same many times. To me, music is a bit like google translate. I think it is a translation of whatever I am feeling in the moment. I believe especially unprossesed emotions have a tendency of expressing itself as music in my head. Sometimes if I don’t really understand what I am feeling, I listen to the music I have been making lately, and it speaks for itself.
Thank you very much for participating Elise!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Kohaku by the Japanese composer and piano player Hideyuki Hashimoto, based in Shikoku. Hideyuki has played the piano since he was a child, and for about ten years.
The track Kohaku was released as a single on the 28th of October, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Kohaku!
“Kohaku” means amber in Japanese. This piece is similar to my very popular piece Koto, it is also like a sibling. I hope you enjoy each song.
Thanks for sending this in!
Today I’m presenting you to the German composer and piano player Nodfeld and the track Niesel. Nodfeld has been producing music for the past 20 years, mainly electronic music using different stage names. At the age of 40 he learned how to play the double bass and piano and started to use more acoustic instruments. He started his neo classical project Nodfeld in 2021.
The track Niesel was released on the album Off on the 4th of November, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Niesel!
I wrote the track “Niesel” on a cloudy, rainy winter day. The inspiration for a new piece comes from improvisation and playing around with the instrument. And of course my mood and environment. It was the same here. I looked out the window and the weather gave me the title: Nieselregen is German for drizzle. For this piece it was quite simple and there is no special story behind it.
Thanks for sending this in Nodfeld!