Today I’m introducing you to Rebecca Jean Rossi. Rebecka is from downtown New York City and started taking piano lessons at the age of six, and started writing her own music in high school.
The track Odessa was released as a single but will also be featured on an upcoming EP early spring of 2020.
Tell us something about your track Odessa!
I’d written instrumental music in the past, but in recent years, my focus had been on my electro-pop project, Krystalmath. However, one day, in the winter of 2018, the opening right hand melody of “Odessa” came to me while sitting at my piano, and the piece felt, as most things at first, like an experiment and an exploration, and then at last, like an inevitability.As the piece emerged, I realized what it’s harmonic minor tonality reminded me of- my Eastern European Jewish heritage. I imagined the struggle of my great grandmother, Clara, who was forced to flee from Odessa after the Pogroms of 1905. I imagined the city’s symmetric and ornate architecture, the lovely black sea on the horizon, and the haunting cries of its terrorized citizens. And I felt once again connected to the piano in a way I hadn’t for years- discovering I could use it as a medium to tell the stories I’d never be able to put into words. I recorded the piece using Nils Frahm’s wonderful “Noire” package- because I thought the complex tone of the felt piano captured these opposing images quite well.
Thank you for sharing with us!