Album Premiere: Geneva by Blurstem and Elijah Bisbee

Sometimes you come across an album that just feels like home right from the first note – one you know you are going to keep close at hand and retreat into often. With its warm confluence of melody, mood, and texture and delicate blending of electroacoustic minimalism with cinematic flourish, Geneva by Chris Bartels, aka…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Morning After by Malcolm Parson

“In order to properly see where you are going, you must first remember where you’ve come from…” You could say that Malcolm Parson has gone places in life, both literally and metaphorically. Born in New Orleans, the cellist & composer moved to Atlanta at the age of 11 where where he began privately studying the…

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Album Premiere: Home by Leon den Englesen

Leon den Engelsen has seen many places along his musical journey from concert stages in Europe to New Orleans where he moved to study jazz and Rotterdam where he finished his Master’s degree at the Codarts conservatory, but it is the place he now calls home in the Swedish countryside that provided the inspiration for…

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Sound Impression: Singles Vol. 1 by Slow Meadow

Since being welcomed by Hammock in 2015 as the first artist outside the band to appear on their label with the eponymous debut of Slow Meadow, Houston-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Kidd has created an exceptionally lovely body of work a great deal of which has been released as singles and B-sides. If you were tally them…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: A Journey Through the Particles by Valeska Rautenberg

Imagine a piano song accidentally ending up in a Berlin night club… That is how Valeska Rautenberg frames “A Journey through the Particles”, the latest single from her forthcoming EP River Soul, the third in her Songs For Piano, Wind & Water series after Veins and Into the Still White. Born in East Berlin to…

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Field Journal: Piano Day 2022

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…

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PREMIERE: Toumani by Tom Rogerson

As founder off the electronic rock band Three Trapped Tigers and curator of Proof Positive improv nights in East London, pianist, keyboardist and composer Tom Rogerson is no stranger to the studio and concert & festival stages around the world, but it was in a church next to his parents’ home in his Suffolk where…

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Sound Impression: In Breath by Luke Gajdus

While many musicians in the neoclassical and ambient space embrace the solace listeners may find in their work, Luke Gajdus has chosen to pursue this avenue in a particularly proactive way. The pianist and composer who divides his time between London and Queenstown has obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy and his performances are…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Slow Dance by Francesco Berta

After spending the last few years honing his skills as a composer for film and conductor of orchestral music, Francesco Berta returns to his primary instrument of the piano for a new solo release on the 1631 Recordings imprint. Entitled Between Lives, the idea behind the album is that of transition and new beginnings. It…

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