Sound Impression: Shifts by Shida Shahabi

Following up her quietly stunning 2018 debut Homes, Swedish-Iranian pianist/composer Shida Shahabi returns to Fat Cat Records’ 130701 imprint with a wonderful new release called ‘Shifts’ coming out next month. Born in Stockholm to parents who fled the Iran-Iraq war, Shahabi began studying piano from the age of nine and grew up surrounded by a…

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Video Spotlight: Bryce Dessner and Ensemble Resonanz

It is one thing to be a versatile musician and quite another to work at the forefront of multiple genres with the kind of virtuosity Bryce Dessner has shown over the past decade. He has won Grammy Awards both as a contemporary classical composer and as guitarist, arranger, and co-principal songwriter of The National as…

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A Sense of Place: Lower River by Michael A. Muller

In 2006, multi-instrumentalist Michael A. Muller co-founded the Austin-based ensemble Balmorhea which went on to create six full-length records and numerous EPs over the past 13 years while touring globally and producing original scores and track placements for TV & film. Now, Muller makes his full-length debut as a solo artist with Lower River, an…

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Through a Musical Lens: Healing by Anna Salzmann & Garreth Broke

The  partnership of visual artist Anna Salzmann and composer/musician Garreth Brooke (aka Garreth Broke) has always been a special one both personally and creatively. Their latest work together is entitled Healing and combines 11 abstract artworks by Anna with 25 minutes of piano music by Garreth which seeks to explore this complex and sometimes contradictory…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Fountain by Julia Gjertsen

The first time I heard Julia Gjertsen‘s music, it was ‘Slow Motion Stories’, a lovely collection of four ambient piano vignettes which she released in 2012. Anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing that EP or the various singles, Piano Day releases, and remixes she has produced since will be thrilled to hear she…

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Track Premiere: Response One from Entangled by Matthew Whiteside

Matthew Whiteside is a composer, collaborator, sound designer & concert producer based in Glasgow. His newest album slated for release later this month is entitled Entangled, a reference to a phenomenon of the quantum realm in which groups of particles are said to share a state and influence each other even when spatially separated, a…

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