A Sense of Place: Du Nord by Elskavon & John Hayes

As lifelong residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, musicians Chris Bartels, aka Elskavon, and John Hayes share a common geography, but it was their shared interest in ambient-classical composition that eventually led them to forge a connection. Having been introduced by a mutual friend, a collaborative project was probably inevitable and so it has come to…

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Duologue: A conversation with John Hayes

This edition of duologues features Minneapolis-based pianist, John Hayes whose sophomore solo album The Last Best Place was written during a difficult period of uncertainty in his life which found him coping with the loss of a friend and adapting to a new studio space. The title refers to a long-standing nickname for the state…

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PREMIERE: “The Things That End” by John Hayes

The Last Best Place is the second full-length release from Minneapolis- based pianist, John Hayes. It began as a single solo piano piece written to cope with the unexpected loss of a friend, but finding himself in a new studio space and dealing other anxieties, Hayes continued to record new pieces during the late hours…

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Travelogue 2019.02.10: Modern Classical Sunday

On a sunny & brisk February Sunday nestled between a false spring and a forecast of cold rain, this travelogue finds a pocket of stillness to showcase a wonderful new quartet  of neoclassical releases sure to be worth your time & attention. Featuring Jacob Pavek, John Hayes, Nathan Shubert, and Ô Lake (Sylvain Texier).

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