Field Journal: Piano Day 2021

Since Nils Frahm launched the first Piano Day on the 88th day of 2016, the event has seemingly been embraced more joyously with each passing year. Even under the dispiriting constraints of a long-running pandemic, artists and fans around the world found a way to connect through this beloved instrument. Here are just some of…

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Video Premiere: Requiem by Chrystal Für

Introducing itself with a “Requiem,” Chrystal Für’s third album Elusion is an “elegy to the cycle of loss, acceptance, and the promise of restored life”. The project was born three years ago in the high desert mountains of central Mexico while veteran composer and musician Christopher J Vibberts was taking a year and a half…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 6

Throughout a raging ice storm and in the slow thaw afterwards, the music here has been making for fine company. Wherever you are, I hope you’ll take the time to listen and that you will find the same. Featured in the second field journal edition for 2021 are recent discoveries and releases by Abul Mogard,…

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Through A Musical Lens: Ainu Mosir by Clarice Jensen

Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, ‘Ainu Mosir’ is a coming-of-age tale set in an indigenous village in Northern Japan where a community‘s livelihood depends on preserving and performing ancient traditions for visiting tourists. The film focuses on 14-year-old Kanto who has been taking under wing by a family friend after the death of his father as…

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Video Premiere: Lost Takeno by Minihi

Between them, percussionists and composers Zands & Louise Anna Duggan have worked with artists and ensembles ranging from the Royal Philharmonic to Lady Gaga as well as recording on Thom Yorke’s Grammy nominated album ‘Anima’ with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Separately, Louise is the percussionist for Agnes Obel and Zands performs with Melt Yourself Down.…

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Through a Musical Lens: Hav Reimagined

Having grown up in a small coastal city in Sweden, Sofia Nystrand, aka Vargkvint, drew on a strong personal bond with the ocean when she created her album Hav (2019, piano and coffee records). Masterfully combining elements of neoclassical and folk music with haunting vocals and a vivid sense of storytelling, she wove a spellbinding…

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Premiere: the ice beneath us by praam

Trained originally as a drummer, praam is a Dutch composer based in Utrecht who turned his focus to solo piano. Since 2019 he has been creating calming musical narratives that seek to create space & time to experience emotion and perception outside the preoccupations of hectic daily life. Next month he will release his third album…

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Video Premiere: Alexia, Berlin (Live session) by Jay Chakravorty

Written in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, multi-instrumentalist, composer, & producer Jay Chakravorty calls his modern-classical solo debut “a kind of a break-up album, but for a place as much as a person”. Recorded in homes and studios around London with the help of musician friends, ‘A Map With No Memory’ is essentially an…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 4

It is a new year and time for new musical journeys. Featured in the first field journal edition for 2021 are recent discoveries and releases by Atli Örvarsson & Sin Fang, Alaskan Tapes, The Broken Cradle, Freya Lily, Kristina Dutton, Music For Sleep, Olan Mill, Orbit Over Luna, and Patricia Wolf.

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