2020 was a difficult year for all people; a raging pandemic that killed 2.3 million people, unprecedented wildfires in California and Australia, a huge blast in Beirut that destroyed half the city, and racial tensions everywhere. The Hope piano compilation album was born of the idea to bring together 12 well-established pianists from across the globe and spread a message of hope through music, each in his own way. – Jean-Paul Zoghbi
Next artist up from the Hope album is my buddy Rikard Mathisson, with whom I just released the track Bellissima earlier this year. You can read all about Rikard on this Behind the piano post!
Nostalgia was released as a single on March 12, and is also a part of the album “HOPE”.
Tell us something about your track Aspiration!
The philosopher Heraclitus once said that “the only constant in life is change” and after the year that passed, intense change has been imminent and constant indeed. Now we long for something different; where life once again becomes easier and where our freedom is not so crippled by things we cannot control or foresee. My new piano piece “Aspiration” is about the urge we all feel to go forward from this point, and that feeling is filled with mixed emotions – ranging from desperation to illusive and lustrous dreams about a new life, far away from the current. It’s a bright but yet sad, slow and calming piano piece with strong emotions and a touch of melancholy.