Today I’m presenting you with the track Reflection by the German composer and piano player Jonas Hain, based in Berlin.
The track Reflection was released as a single on the 4th of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Reflection!
Reflection is the first in a series of pieces I’ve written over the past year.
Unlike my previous works, which I often work on for months, this project was about overcoming my inner perfectionism and capturing the exact moments when I had the idea for each piece.
That’s why Reflection is simply a snapshot. Less complex in structure, but probably more intimate. And according to my feelings during this uncertain time we are all in now for more than two years.
Today I’m introducing you to the British composer and piano player Josh Hill and his project The Hillside Project. Josh uses The Hillside Project as a way to collaborate with artists, filmmakers and musicians and experiment without deadline, brief or restriction.
The track The Upfloating Moon was released as a single on the 1st of march.
Tell us something about your track The Upfloating Moon!
The piece is a quiet exploration of sound, space and harmonic development, taking the image of moonrise as its inspiration. The title comes from an E.E. Cummings poem: ‘all nearness pauses, while a star can grow… goldenly huge whole the upfloating moon’.
Thank you very much for this Josh!
Today I’m presenting you with the American composer Rebecca Jean Rossi, originally from New York City, but nowadays spends much for her time in Milan, Italy. Rebecca got into recording with Logic Pro when she was about 19 years old and has been trying to find her voice as a composer and producer since then. However – she feels most at home by the piano, which she has played since the age of six.
The track Kismet was released on the EP with the same name on the 25th of February, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Kismet!
This track is one of those pieces that came from a melody that was stuck in my head that I just had to record. Though there are actually two versions of this piece on the EP, the extended version is actually the original- and the one I prefer. (The other version is the equivalent of a radio edit, shortened with the intent of making it sound more commercial). In the future I hope to find that sweet spot between writing what I want, and writing what “the algorithm wants” more naturally.
Thank you very much for this!
Today I’m presenting you with the British composer and piano player Helen Keeling-Marston from Hampshire. Helen has played the piano since she was a child and composes both minimalistic piano and orchestral tracks.
The track The Lanterns was released as a single on the 8th of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track The Lanterns!
The track is called “The Lanterns” as it’s a relaxing, soothing piece, and the release of lanterns into the night sky represents the release of people’s stresses and tensions into the ether. I really enjoy composing and listening to minimalistic piano, as I find it’s good for de-cluttering the mind.
Thank you very much for this Helen!
Today I’m presenting you with the track Humility by the Czech composer and piano player Pavel Szabo. Pavels passion for music began at an early age and he won several local youth singing competitions. He also studied classical guitar in his teens.
The track Humility was released as a single on the 7th of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Humility!
Humility is a peaceful smooth piano miniature. When I was composing it I was wondering about our life losses. I was wondering about all human suffering. I found out that in the end, humility is always here. Humility teaches us how to survive. Humility teaches us to be better people. Better to start with humility than to end with it. I put a part of my soul to it.
Thank you very much for this Pavel!
Today I’m presenting you with a new track by the Italian composer and piano played Angelo Nicola Giuliano. Angelo started playing the piano at the age of 15 and describes his music as “emotional”.
The track Equilibrium was released as a single on the 25th of February, 2022, but will also be part of an EP.
Tell us something about your track Equilibrium!
The melody is deep and expresses a sense of faith and hope. This track is deeply connected to the other three, both melodically and harmonically. The song wants to express the desirable balance between nature and man.
Thanks for this!
Today I’m introducing you to the track Nighthawks by the British composer and piano player Steve Luck from Newcastle upon Tyne. You can read everything about Steve in this Behind the piano post!
The track Nighthawks was released as a single on the 25th of February, 2022, but will also be on an album later this year.
Tell us something about your track Nighthawks!
‘Nighthawks’ is a contemporary solo piano piece exploring themes of loneliness and disconnection in the modern world. It is named after Edward Hopper’s painting which portrays four figures in a diner who feel distant from one another despite them being in the same room. The piece depicts how easily you can feel alone even when you are surrounded by people.
Thank you very much for this Steve!
Today we will go Behind the piano and get to know the person behind the moniker Boreís a bit better.
What’s your real name?
How did you come up with your artist name?
I came up with the name ‘Boreís’ based on a novel by John Steinbeck called East of Eden. There’s a word in that book, timshel, which means ‘you can.’ Boreís is greek for ‘you can.’ I didn’t use Timshel because it was already taken by a few artists. It’s a central theme in the book, the concept of man’s ability to overcome, to choose what’s right even if we struggle. There’s so much beauty, tension and release in piano music and I thought it an appropriate name for the project. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “now that you know you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” I think that’s central to the novel and central to what inspires me in my life.
Where are you from? And where do you live?
I was born in Richmond, VA, grew up outside of Atlanta, GA in a town called Roswell and now I live in Nashville, TN.
How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
I’ve been playing since I was 10 and I play guitar and bass as well.
Tell us about how you started playing music.
I think I just started picking songs out by ear at the piano and writing little melodies or ideas. Then my dad decided to get me some lessons once I showed that interest.
How long have you been making piano music?
This project is actually fairly new even though I’ve written music for a long time. I hadn’t really done an instrumental project in earnest until I formed this about a year ago.
Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
It was early on I think! I remember playing a piece I composed for a piano recital and thinking wow – that’s pretty cool – no one can tell if I messed up or not! hahah. But really it was inspiring to play something of my own for others and I suppose I’ve just kept scratching that itch ever since.
What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
Olafur Arnalds, Philip Glass, Ethan Gruska, Thomas Newman
Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano?
Not really – I think it goes in phases with songs where I get obsessed with one and play it over and over again. I do love playing the piano part to ‘Beth/Rest’ by Bon Iver.
What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
Oh man I don’t know. I don’t know if anything needs to be broken unless it feels right to do so. I think that’s what matters. If it feels right and sounds good to you, then do it, and if that breaks a rule in the process, so be it.
How do you record your music?
I do it at home in my studio in Nashville. I have a upright piano (Yamaha WX-1 from 1988) that has a muted felt system in it that is just so inspiring to play. So I either record on that or with different soft synths like Spitfire Audio or Keyscape.
Whats your take on sampled instruments?
I guess I just answered that question – I think in the right context they are great but the more exposed something is the more the real thing has to offer, plus it is simply just more inspiring for me to play a real instrument than a fake one.
The last question is asked by my 7 year old son:
Where do all your songs come from?
I tend to think of either a person or picture something in nature when I compose, maybe some place I’ve traveled to or read about. Sometimes it could come from an emotion I’m feeling in the moment as well. Then I just start picking at a melody until I find something that I like and I build from there.
Thank you very much for this Reed! Lovely to have you on!
Today I’m presenting you with the track A Sky Full Of Song by the American composer and piano player Skyler Loyd, based in Farmington New Mexico. Skylers main instrument is the piano, but as a child; Skyler also played violin and cello.
The track A Sky Full Of Song was released as a single on the 28th of February, 2022.
Tell us something about your track A Sky Full Of Song!
I wrote “A Sky Full Of Song” in memory of a very special relative. My great-great Aunt, June. She passed away, quite suddenly early on in 2021. So I really didn’t get time to say good bye, and to tell her how much I appreciated her. We were really close.
It was a hard time grieving her, because she passed so quickly.
However, I’m definitely the person I am today because of her Love + Kindness. The song is expressing how I miss her, but the memory and legacy of her will last a lifetime.
Thanks for this Skyler!
Today I’m introducing you to the Swedish composer and piano player Jens Larsson and his track Far Beyond. Jens comes from Borlänge, and wrote his first song at the age of 9. He works as a music teacher and composer for television and has gotten placements in many different productions.
The track Far beyond was released on the album, with the same name, on the 1st of march, 2022.
Tell us something about your track Far beyond!
A true mix of elements! This song is my “Dearly beloved” track where you first get introduced by a complex nice pattern in the left hand of the piano player and then gets served a simple melody by the
right hand. And the chord changes in the song still stays in the world of pop.
Thank you for this Jens!