Another Piano Day has come and gone and once again much has transpired on this planet during the trip it has taken around the sun since last year’s 88th day and not much of it has been good. For anyone new to the blog or not already familiar, Piano Day is a celebration founded on March 29, 2016 by Nils Frahm, one of the instrument’s foremost innovators, and which was quickly adopted worldwide by musicians and listeners alike.
In this journal post, we cast a spotlight on the official Piano Day, Vol. 1 compilation released by LEITER, a label founded by Frahm and his long-time manager Felix Grimm. It is a stunning collection featuring new pieces by 32 different composers from modern luminaries such as Frahm himself, Ólafur Arnalds, Lambert, and Poppy Ackroyd to rising stars like Rose Reibl, Büşra Kayıkçı, and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch plus some delightful surprises like pioneering experimental electronic musician Kara-Lis Coverdale or genre-spanning instrumental duo Balmorhea.
Featured here are some wonderful selections which were released along with videos that enhance the song experience along with a handful of other piano pieces that made it another special Piano Day.
The piano makes music via a mechanical process, but it becomes special when there is heart and soul and passion to take it beyond that. It is that special undefinable place where music speaks to us, something human, and I guess we need every reminder right now of what humanity can do that is good.Simeon Walker
Natalia Tsupryk – Elegy for Spring
Grace Ferguson – Running breathlessly, not yet arrived
To be running breathlessly, but not yet arrived, is itself delightful, a suspended moment of living hope.”Anne Carson
Australian multi-instrumentalist, composer and piano educator Grace Ferguson is filmed here performing her piece “Running breathlessly, not yet arrived”, an exhilarating meditation which she recorded after what she calls “a particularly memorable run”.
Julia Gjertsen – Runddans
“Runddans” is a buoyant piece by Julia Gjertsen, Russian-born musician and composer who grew up in the northern part of Norway which this video shows her performing at home. The title comes from the Norwegian word for round dancing, which she explains is also a term is also used to describe “a never ending process of something that hardly reaches any resolution” thus giving the song a double meaning.
Michael Price – When We Are Recombined
Emmy winning and BAFTA nominated composer Michael Price (Sherlock, Unforgotten, and more) is shown here performing a time-stopping one-take improvisation in the legendary Abbey Road Studios which he dubbed “When We Are Recombined”.
Vargkvint – Efterskalv
Lisa Morgenstern – Glass (Solo Piano)
Vanessa Wagner – Etude N°16 – Philip Glass
A heady sway, an intoxicating simplicity of theme, this study is magic: sad and sweet, simple and profound. My favourite of the entire volume of Philip Glass Etudes.
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