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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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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Premiere: Remembering Who And What We Are by Gifts From Crows

It was the return of a family heirloom in the form of a piano that started the chain of events that brought Gifts From Crows into being. It is the neoclassical emergence of an artist with roots in rock & electronic music inspired by reconnecting with the beloved instrument and playing the first notes of…

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Track Premiere: Captive by Simeon Walker

UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has been very active in the modern classical scene in recent years. Alongside his 2017 debut album ‘Mono‘, he has performed & toured across the UK and Europe, including supporting S. Carey and Sebastian Plano & Loscil as well as appearing at a range of festivals, concerts, shows and…

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Duologue: A conversation with Keith Kenniff

This edition of duologues features composer and multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff. The Pennsylvania native has been writing music since 2001, creating scores for film, television, and commercials while collectively releasing over 20 albums as Helios (ambient/electronic), part of Mint Julip (indie-pop & vocals) with wife Hollie, and Goldmund which has established Kenniff as one of the…

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PREMIERE: Julia Gjertsen & Nico Rosenberg – Los Océanos

Julia Gjertsen is a musician composer from Oslo, Norway who has been playing the piano since the age of 7. Nico Rosenberg is an electronic music composer, visual creator and psychologist from Santiago, Chile. Overcoming distance and solitude, these two artists reached out across the 8,000 miles of ocean that separate them to create a…

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Sound Impression: Dear, Piano by Illuminine

So far, Flemish composer Kevin Imbrechts has created three studio albums for his Illuminine project which debuted in 2015. As lovely as they each are in their own right, it has been remarkable to see how profoundly malleable Imbrechts’ compositions have proven in the hands of other artists reinterpreting the material. The first two albums…

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Video Premiere: Im Fenster by CEEYS

Continuing their musical exploration of themes surrounding their Communist-era, East German heritage, the duo of brothers Daniel & Sebastian Selke known as CEEYS will soon be releasing the fourth full-length album entitled Hausmusik. Temporarily foregoing their use of vintage electronics, soviet synthesizers, and effects, the new record finds them relying solely on their main instruments…

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Video Premiere: Earnest Leslye by Peter Broderick

Running from late June into August, Moderna Records‘ 2020 Summer Single Series presents a stellar collection of piano-centered pieces ‘made in isolation’ by a collective of pianists/composers spanning the globe. Working in the constraints of forced isolation, the artists have primarily worked from home or in stripped down settings to create intimate works the label…

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