Elizabeth Younan is a Composition Masters student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Carl Vine AO, with the assistance of the Australian Postgraduate Award. Elizabeth is one of four participating composers at the Conservatorium’s Women in Composition Program, where she has composed for percussionist Claire Edwards, the Goldner String Quartet, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Most recently Elizabeth was awarded the Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award for 2016 for her first orchestral work, Clarinet Concerto, which was premiered by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Som Howie, under Paul Fitzsimon. Other awards include the 2014 Jean Bogan Youth Prize for Piano Composition by the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music for her set of Five Persian Preludes, and the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize for academic merit in composition received from the Con in 2014.
Performances include the premiere of her string quartet Interwoven by the Goldner String Quartet at a Musica Viva Australia Coffee Concert (2017), an international premiere of her woodwind quintet Shoreditch Grind at the inaugural BBC Proms Australia Chamber Music concert series by Arcadia Winds (2016), and subsequent performances at upcoming Musica Viva events. Shoreditch Grind also won the Chicago Composer’s Constortium first call for scores, and will be performed by Quintet Attacca in Chicago (2016). Elizabeth will also receive her Sydney Opera House debut with Vox of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performing her Verbum Caro Factum Est in December.
She says of Clarinet Concerto: “My Clarinet Concerto echoes a conventional three-movement structure (fast-slow-fast) in a condensed single movement. I highly value notions of musical economy, organicism, and architectural strength, and as a result this work aims to extrapolate as much engaging musical material as possible from a simple, descending three-note cell. “
Since 2007 pianist and composer Paval Kazarian has been the Director of the Bolshoi Ballet School in Brazil. Previously he worked for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Playing piano since age four, as a pianist Pavel played in concerts and on the Bolshoi Company tours, working with important names in the ballet world. Composing throughout his life, this year he decided to release his compositions. After composing Homeland, Pavel invited the musician Gabriel Vieira, from Joinville, Brazil, to record this piece together. Gabriel graduated as a violinist and won a prize for best musician in the Festival de Música de Avaré, in São Paulo, in 2012. On October 11th, 2016, Pavel and Gabriel released their first CD Home which is available from Google Play and ITUNES.
Two songs from the album Home, Homeland and Other are featured below as well as the composition Talisman.
Composer Marianne Elisabeth, from Norway, has recently released her album Sincerley Yours. Educated first to be a teacher and and then to work as a church musician, she has no formal education as composer. About composing, she states, “I am just a happy amateur, and love writing music. All I want is to lift someone’s spirit, and give some moments of peace and serenity.
From Sincerely Yours, hear her composition Beyond All Dreams
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/mariannesmusikk/
Rodrig Vourot is a composer and producer from Chile. He says, ” Musically you could say that classical music, post-romanticism and “folklore” was essential not only in terms of content, expression, realism, or only in theory, but rather the importance of sound in your life.”Before a sound is silence, after a sound is silence.; the sound is intended to something specifically, as silence.” Currently he has composed and produced almost everything, through a wide variety of styles, trends, textures and colors, learning everyday something new and different.
Christian Biegai is an award-winning composer whose music can be heard in feature films, TV series and documentaries, and concert stages across Europe and the US. One of Christian’s first scores was for Duncan Jones’s short film Whistle (2002). From 2006 to 2007, Christian worked as a freelance music editor and composer at Peter Jackson‘s Park Road Post studios in New Zealand. Christian has scored twenty three episodes of the classic German children’s television series Löwenzahn. A longstanding creative relationship with director Brigitte Bertele has resulted in Christian scoring four of her feature films, Nacht vor Augen”(2008), “Der Brand” (2011) and Grenzgang (2013) and Ellas Entscheidung (2016). In 2014, he co-composed the music with Olaf Taranczewski, for Robert Fontaine’s feature film Mi America (2015), which will be exclusively released on HBO in 2017.
As a saxophonist, Christian has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, clair-obscur saxophone quartet, Antony and the Johnsons, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig, DM Stith and the artist collective Edison Woods amongst others.
His concert music has been performed across Europe and the US, including several radio broadcasts in Germany. The CD release Berlin Counterpoint, on Solo Musica, includes the World Premiere Recording of his composition: Quartett.
Hear his compositions Max Richter: From The Rue Vilin’ (Saxophone Quartet Arrangement) and Grengang
Official Website: www.christianbiegai.com
Knowing the importance of music Jeffrey Holm’s parents placed him in piano and violin lessons around age seven. They wanted their family to know how to play and to play well. Although he would not claim to love music during the times he was forced to practice, he received more than enough exposure to the world of music through his teachers and parents. During his formal violin lesson years he was a member of two orchestras. Around the same time, he was in YWSO and was asked to play piano and occasionally violin on worship teams at his home church.
In 2013 Jeffrey found there was more to music than just notes on a page; he found music in himself and started coming alive to the idea that he could compose his own music. He would sit down at the piano and start writing/improvising music as it came to him. He started his SoundCloud account May 2015 and experimented with several genres of music until settling with contemporary piano. He bought a mic and started live recording his piano and other instruments he knows (ukulele, piano accordion, guitar and violin), all of which are featured respectively in his music from time to time.
Jeffrey released his first EP Follower September 2016 and recently released his single Beauty October 2016 on ITUNES. Jeffrey Holm is currently based out of a small prairie town in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. He openly gives glory to God for the musical talent he has and expressly desires that people are inspired through the music he creates, seeing Jesus in it.
Official Website: http://www.jeffreyholm.com/
Anton Flint, from Middlesbrough, England, is the resident pianist at The Electric Kool Aid Cabaret and has performed across the UK, Europe and the USA. He works frequently with poets and is currently commissioned to write scores for theatre. He says, ” I just play every day. Ideas come and go. Some stick. I take great pleasure from the process of practising and discovering new harmonies and motifs that were there, of course, all along. It’s an incredible instrument, the piano. .. like chess for two hands.’
Hear his featured compositions Visions of the Boulevard, Voices, Moloko and Brandy in My Port
Søren Bebe -Music for Ballet Class Volumes I and II
Jazz pianist Søren Bebe has just released two volumes of music consisting of fifty eight compositions for ballet class. Both volumes were composed, arranged, and played by him. Considered one of the leading pianists and composers on the European scene of jazz and contemporary music, he has released several jazz records as well as ballet class music albums and performs very regularly on the international concert circuit.
Music for Ballet Class Volumes I and II are available here from Bandcamp! Hear Warm Up from Volume 1 below:
Official Website: http://www.sorenbebe.dk/
Pianist and composer Ashot Danielyan, from Moscow, Russia, composes music in a variety of styles and genres for movies, short films, trailers, presentations, and advertising. His creativity is always in line with the human spirit. Playing piano since the age of seven and undertaking classical studies, his early life was dedicated to preparing classical music concerts. He later then decided to compose his own music which are often piano improvisations inspired by situations, places, but most of all emotional states.
As of now he has seven released albums that range from ambient, piano, contemporary classical, improvisation, and neoclassical new age. In addition, he creates remixes of music from artists such as Mike Oldfield, Hannah Georgas, and Hans Zimmer.
He says of his Spontaneous Energy improvisations:
“One of my very favorite things – to improvise everything I want for as long as I
can. Usually the result is just a flow of different events in one massive improvisation. I
love a spontaneous improvisation because I can stop thinking about daily thoughts. And I
can express my unconscious. Actually, the process when I improvise a spontaneous
improvisation reminds me of a meditative process.”
David Stone Hamilton
Composer David Hamilton has worked on many films including ’88’, ‘Wilde Salome’, ‘2 Days in New York’, ‘Army of Frankensteins’, and ‘Chasing Yesterday’. He is currently composing the scores to A Symphony of Madness directed by Carl Strathie, Villanous by Kent Harper, and The Extinction Rule by Ryan Bellgardt. He earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and his Master of Music from New York University.
His featured tracks include Looking Glass, Hollow, and Staring into Oblivion.
Christof Unterberger received his first cello training at the Conservatory of Graz. Following that he took his master’s courses under Phillipe Muller und Paul Tortelier. From 1991-1995 he studied at the “Conservatoire national superieur de musique” in Paris with Klaus Heitz, and then again with Phillipe Muller, under whose teaching he completed his concert cello diploma.
Recently, Christof Unterberger has been working with styles of music outside the realm of classical music. Appearances with Soap & Skin, Kenny Werner, Arkardy Shilkloper, Ulrich Drechsler, Etta Scollo, Patricia Kaas, Michael Bolton, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Marque and Nneka have led him into the world of jazz, soul and pop. He began composing in 2006 and is self taught in composition and orchestration. A collaboration with Hollywood based composer Jeff Rona led him into the world of film and media music.
Featured below are his tracks Cello Improvisation, Terminal Rage Chapter 32, and TD Inspiration. They are described as follows:
Cello Improvisation: As the name says this is not a composition,
I just sat with my cello in front of a microphone and improvised. You can call it a composition in real time.
Terminal Rage Chapter 32: A good friend of mine wrote a wonderful novel.For each chapter I wrote
one composition, this inspired him to develop the novel during the writing process and he inspired my composing process by giving me briefs of each chapter…There is a whole album that can be purchased along with the book:Terminal Rage-by A.M.Khalifa.
TD Inspiration: A.M.Khalifa is currently writing the sequel
to Terminal Rage named Terminal Deception, again I composed pieces to inspire him.
Official Website: http://www.thefilmscore.com/about
Orchestral composer Sae Ely , from Virginia, US, will be releasing her album Undefeated October 28. She says of the album: “Undefeated is dedicated to everyone who builds their own bridges between chasms. Bridges made of sound, art, or words not only allow the artist to reach their destination; these bridges can be shared with others.”
Undefeated consists of three movements titled I Am Here, Undefeated, and Never Surrender. All three movements share a similar melodic theme with the overlying message being one of freedom. The ultimate intent of this project is for these recordings to serve as templates for a live performance that will be video and audio recorded. She says of the recordings: “As this is my first time recording, with what I know and with what I have, this is the best representation of the movements. Overall, I am pleased with the result. Next time I record at least I’ll have some idea of what I’m actually doing.”
The second movement of Undefeated can be heard below
Anders Emil Eriksson
Enwäldet is the musical alias of Anders Emil Eriksson, a multi-instrumentalist/composer based in Stockholm. This project blends Neofolk, classic, and acoustic music.
Hear his piano composition Lady with Roses below.
French composer, pianist and sound designer Julien Marchal began learning music at four years of age through guitar and then by piano. After studying jazz and modern music at the Conservatory of Music and Musicology at University of Arts in Bordeaux (France), he started to teach music and piano. “I learned and still learn a lot from my students through constant analysis of musical works and scores”.
He then discovered minimalism at University while listening to composers such Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Henryk Gorecki and compositions such “Gymnopédies” and “Gnossiennes” by Erik Satie; not to mention the magnificent “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives. Fascinated by minimalism and contemporary music, he filled his music sheets during buses journeys. However, he explored the vast world of electronic music and came to Aphex Twin , Burial , Mùm (and many others) but especially Boards Of Canada which he describes as his “best discovery”.
Featured below are his compositions Lost in Brain Fog, June 15, and Trying to Get By.
Official Website: http://marchaljulien.fr/
Young German composer Marko Cirkovic says, ” I love to express myself with the power of music. I love to create feelings in music and the people who listen to it. My current projects are first opera and first symphony.”
Hear his recent composition Transzendenz und Vernichtung – Tondichtung below.
Sedat ŞAHİN is a multi-instrumentalist and conservatory graduate from one of the state universities in Turkey. He writes, “For now, due to the unfavourable cultural and artistic atmosphere in our country, I am still a prospective music teacher and a jobless musician. I have built a humble home studio for myself and am doing recordings just for myself and for all music loving people. Since I believe music, and art in general, makes the world a better and more beautiful place, I like doing this job, although I can’t do it yet as a “job”. I can only hope that some day the atmosphere will change and music and art will be appreciated duely.”
Some of his featured tracks include his recent composition Huma bird experimental (Huma kuşu yükseklerden seslenir) Vocal E.A and Mystical. His describes these compositions as follows:
Mystical: This piece was composed as a sound track for a TV documentary about “Bektaşilik and Mevlevilik (Bektashism and Mawlawiyya)” but the program was suspended and the project cancelled and never broadcasted.
Huma Bird: “Huma Bird” is a traditional folk song. I arranged and recorded the song in my musical taste to show my gratitude for the musical folk tradition of our country. A friend of mine, who is not a musician, sang the vocal parts. The story of the folk song is as follows:
The Huma (Persian: هما, pronounced Homā, Avestan: Homāio), also Homa, is a mythical bird of Iranian legends and fables, and continuing as a common motif in Sufi and Diwan poetry. Although there are many legends of the creature, common to all is that the bird is said to never alight on the ground, and instead to live its entire life flying invisibly high above the earth. Huma is the most commonly attested mythical bird in Turkish Diwan poetry. [Source: ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huma_bird)]
Hear Mystical and Huma Bird below:
Peter Manning Robinson
Pianist Peter Manning Robinson is the creator of the Refractor Piano and composes for film and television. The Refractor Piano allows him to create refracted sound that when combined with his classical and jazz roots produces a truly distinctive sound. July 2016 he released some of his selections in The Refractor Piano Concert available on Bandcamp. A Refractor Piano concert will be held October 19 in Los Angeles, CA at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Here is Peter Manning Robinson’s performance of Inside the Wind from his Refractor Piano Debut Concert held at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, April 28th, 2016.
Below are some of his featured tracks: Jaguar Dreams, Across the Room, and Fireflies in Orbit.
Official Website: http://www.petermanningrobinson.com/
Sophia Jani is a composer/pianist currently residing in Munich, Germany. Classically trained on piano and violin since early childhood she discovered composing in her teens. During a year of studying classical piano at a conservatory in France she decided to quit interpreting music and to focus on creating her own music instead.
In her work it is important to her to discover different approaches to make music, to always find herself in new musical styles and never get stuck in one certain routine. As she is very interested in putting music in context and explore unusual ways to combine different fields of art, she now studies “Composition for Film and Media” at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
Her first EP „Relive“, a collaboration with pianist/composer Carlos Cipa, was released in early 2014 on Denovali Records. About the pieces: “The Dark and the Light and Everything in Between“ was inspired by „mind and heart“ – a Poem by Charles Bukowski, which he wrote at the end of his life: (…) “I have satisfied my thirst at the well of my self and that wine was good, the best I ever had, and tonight sitting staring into the dark I now finally understand the dark and the light and everything in between.“ (…) For me the poem creates a very strong atmosphere which I wanted to express musically.
In a way the piece is like a soundtrack: Reading the poem, I visualized an old man who came to terms with his life, sitting on his desk and writing these beautiful words. “Falling into place“ has been written for the fabulous Sirius Quartet. The idea was to create a musical theme that selfdestructs throughout the piece and returns broken. „Pristine“ has been written for Sirius Quartet as well and is about enjoying music and the love of beautiful melodies.”
Shirley Ly is a self-taught contemporary classical music composer from London, UK. She began composing when she was fifteen, mainly composing for the piano. Her works are inspired by a range of composers such as Chopin, Faure, Max Richter, Phillip Glass, Yann Tiersan etc. She also has a strong interest in alternative RnB and hip hop music, and she hopes to incorporate elements of these genres to her music. Currently, she is working towards producing her first contemporary classical music album called ‘Impetus,’ featuring live instruments including violin and cello.
When composing music, she says she composes ‘from the heart.’ By this, she means that theory is less important than how you feel when composing, and only by living through experiences, could one compose. Composing music for her is self-discovery therefore she aims to lead a very active and social life to progress on her compositions. Hear her compositions Dawn in Berlin, Swallows Silhouette, and Sweet Reverie for piano and violin below. She describes her compositions featuring violinist Anya Birchall as follows:
Dawn of Berlin: “Walking through the beautiful city of Berlin at dawn. Berlin is one of my favourite cities and carries a lot of emotional weight for me – it never sleeps, it is artsy, alternative and culturally diverse.”
Swallows Silhouette: “Swallows swoop in the sunset. We see their strong, deep wingbeats at a distance. A storm amounts. Clouds are thick and swallows lose their senses of direction in the darkening skies. Raindrops batter their wings. The clouds disperse and the swallows emerge slowly and cautiously to find their way back to their warm clay nests.”
Sweet Reverie: Experiencing a deep feeling of loss. Everything seemed like a sweet dream. Tried to stay strong and recover.”
Official Website: http://www.shirleylymusic.com/
Twenty six year old composer Filippo Zattini graduated November 2015 in Composition for Applicated Music and Film & Game Scoring at the Conservatory of Music and Drama “G. Frescobaldi” (Ferrara, Italy). Violinist, violist, and pianist Filippo Zattini tries to approach the composition of film music through a combination between semiotic analysis of the cinematographic language and a free use of the musical timbre, trying to find his own and personal style. His tracks Le Due Lune- Midnight Blue [live], Nocturn°n.4 La Reverie du Clochard and Impossible Love (Violin and Strings)’ are featured below and described as follows:
Midnight Blue (The Two Moons) is a composition I wrote for piano, string ensemble and woodwinds.
This track is part of the concert took place May 2016 of this year in the auditorium of the Palace Bonaccossi, within the review of Ferrara Mixxer 2014.
Filippo Zattini: Violin (composer), Diana Alvarez: Viola, Matilde Lotti: Cello, Matteo Forlani: Piano, Emmanuela Susca: Flute, Fabio Bonora: Clarinet in Si b
Copyright©2014 – Filippo Zattini original music
Not always love is a feeling that you can express. Love it is not always possible to blossom it. How often, in life, it happens that a love story does not blossom because it is not the right time… Or how many times you just do nothing to start a new love story because you can’t see who is the right person for you…
An Impossible Love is a short music for violin and piano that try to talk about that. “An impossible love” is the attempt to express a particular feeling: the contingency of not being able always to show something that is complex and simple at the same time: love.
This track is a different version of An impossible Love which was composed originally for violin and piano; here the track is arranged for violin solo, harp and string orchestra.
An Impossible Love original music track written and composed by Filippo Zattini © SIAE 2016 FilippoZattini Music All rights reserved – © On Violin: Filippo Zattini
Laboratorium is the full-imrovisation version of the band “Versuchsanordnung” that has been existence since 2006. Since myspace-times, Versuchsanordnung has always had two files as everyone does not enjoy improvisation. The aim of both Laboratorium and Versuchsanordnung is to paint images inside one’s head which is the outstanding feature of this music, whether it is a composed number or an improvisation. Speaking of their improvisational process Laboratorium says:
“This can only work cause we train to listen to the smallest subleties of our bandmates.
(listening closely to the right harmonies, suspense, rhythm, and smallest changes in crescendos and decrescendos, or changes in tempo.) You really have to concentrate a lot on this, because we think we play for an audience all the time. We all have some good ears to recognize what the other players do, harmonically. To listen to all these things takes time, so the music is mostly slow.
A band can be just as good as the communication within. We rehearsed communicating for years.
Imagining an audience – is the main reason why Versuchsanordnung is enjoyed by a lot of people who never listen to improvised music at all. (Most other improvisational outfits just play for themselves, often confused with too much things going on at once – and many forget about the people who listen.) (I played with lots of other improvisers at Cologne, but no one can make a “song” out of an improvisation. This only works with Versuchsanordnung / Laboratorium.)”
A laboratory concert mostly happens when someone is unavailable or we feel we had not enough time to practice our songs to perfection (which happens often, cause we live in four different cities). For special events (which we right now do mostly), improvisation is the best thing to do , like, reacting to the art pieces of an art show we play at. We always react to these, or do a number that reflects our own “impression” of what is exhibitioned there, and how we see it. Or we react to some special demands of a place. We play very different when playing a church, or an Avantgarde-Festival. Rock events get lesser and lesser, and that’s perfect. Because we use different instruments all the time ( as you can see in the main photo here.) Lots of the tools and toys depicted there are used in combination with live-electonics; every player can use everything whatever he feels it’s perfect for the moment.”
Featured compositions from Laboratorium include B Vector and Trotor which can be heard below and are described as follows:
B Vector: Played live by Versuchsanordnung, this is a live-version of a long improvisation on our CD.
This is the only improvisation that we played more than once, because it has turned into a song.
It has only one defined note (“B flat” / Bb). Every player can alter the harmonies when leading, as long as Bb is part of the harmony. Players are: Christoph Uhlhaas (piano, electronics), Christian Barthold (guitar, mikrokorg, live-looping),
Markus Blatzheim (fretless bass in combination with a bass-synth) and Jörg Düpjohann (electric drums -here they sound like tablas mostly).y.)
Trotor: “Trotor” is a cut of a live-improvisation by Christoph Uhlhaas on piano & electronics
and Christian Barthold (me), using a shortscale bass here, playing it on his lap,which I often do, playing guitars and basses on my lap. Because it gets you to play different things. Done by two of us, when we were rehearsing, and the rest of us listened to it, while sipping abeer & relaxing.Versuchsanordnung currently is producing their second album, we have much too many composed out pieces that we still arrange, and hopefully will record at end of 2016.We also will feature some live improvisation on it, so it already seems that it will be a double album this time.
At the moment, Versuchsanordnung consists of: Christian Barhold, Christoph Uhlhaas, Martin Schubert (on drums) and Wilfried Hanrath on fretless bass.
James Nathan Jones
Jameson Nathan Jones is a classically trained pianist and organist. His primary goal in his music is to invoke an emotional response from his listener. Of his recent single Threads he comments: ” Threads was born out of pure experimentation and exploration at my piano one afternoon. I had just finished another project and was curious how many textures and sounds I could get out of my piano using objects that were lying around my desk. I sat down and improvised the main themes, and then began to layer on one new experiment at a time – each new thread adding to the whole.”
His debut album Of Past & Present, released July 22, is available on Bandcamp and consists of dynamically emotional compositions and sweeping melodies.
Official Website: http://www.jamesonnathanjones.com/#homepage
Multi-instrumentalist Michael Stanlake is both a school music director and film composer. In addition to playing every instrument in the orchestra he is also an accomplished vocalist. He recently completed composing the Perfume series, the score for a short film.
Official Website: http://michaelstanlakemusic.com/
Pianist and multi-instrumentalist composer and arranger, Asta, from Aremenia lastest release is her Mysterium series. She describes Mysterium below:
“The Mysterium triology is my private experience about threshold, mystery, about life and death. The Mysterium was born when I was reading Lovecraft, an outstanding American author. The first part of this composition also has an orchestral version.
The greatest works , such as ” The Master and Margarita” , ‘One hundred years of solitude’, ‘Perfume’,” ‘I am legend’, ‘The Game of thrones’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and so on, always have influence on my music! “
Asta graduated with a Bachelor degree in music and now composes for music for various genres including movies, documentaries, and videogames. She also arranges musical projects. She says, “I do really love to experiment and my destiny is to reach the higest results in virtual music.”
Hear Mysterium below:
Twenty nine year old Alessio Cappello, from Sicily, is a classical pianist and interpreter. He studied piano at Parma’s Conservatory and also graduated in law. He now teaches piano in public school. His favorite composer is Chopin and he believes the best composer was Beethoven. He describes his music as follows: “My music is expressive, communicative and meditative. I just try to create images, colours, landscapes, inner dimensions. I always say “I give you my sounds”, because I think that the best way to make your music alive is to share it .”
Hear his piano compositions in his album Leaving below:
Manuel Alcaraz Clemente
Manuel Alcaraz Clemente performs with various ensembles and in many festivals. He is a Spanish percussionist who specializes in the interpretation of contemporary music. Currently he is completing the Practice and Performance of Contemporary Music program in Graz. Here is works with members of the Ensemble Klangforum Wien. Additional, he is a regular member of the Ensemble Schallfeld, a contemporary music ensemble based in Graz, Austria.
Hear his track Moi, jeu… Bruno Mantovani
Eric Marquis is a pianist and composer whose music aims to tell a story, with our without pictures. He produces music for television and film, which have specific guidelines. His composition Coup de Grâce was composed freely and was inspired by the expression and dynamics of the library he was using. He says, “Aside the violoncello there is reminiscence of Slavic choirs I’ve always been impressed with.”
Hear his song Coup de Grâce below:
Composer and guitarist Siddhartho Poddar currently studies music at the British & Irish Institute of Modern Music in Brighton. His recent work is influenced by Flamenco, Indian Classical, and Celtic Folk styles. Recently he visited the Himalayas and was inspired to compose his single Summit which is described as follows:
“Where millions live in the smoky, crowded heart of the metropolis, the immutable clockwork progression of life never ceases. Where a Sunday is the longest vacation one is ever likely to get, one treats stolen moments of peace like a shameful pleasure. Where one is chained to the hamster wheel, happiness can only be vicariously experienced through the vacuous superficiality of a TV screen. Where the single minded drive for economic ascendancy and material gain is all consuming, a kernel of existential restlessness and angst sometimes finds a forgotten corner of a human mind to take root.
Do you remember the first time you smelled a pine forest? Do you remember the first taste of water from the mountain stream that runs through it? Do you remember the rainbow it creates as it falls over a cliff? Our primal connection to the pristine grandeur of the natural world can be silenced. But it always bursts back into life, and reminds us of our need for something even more fundamental – hope itself.
‘Summit’ is a musical distillation of that magical moment of transcendence that one experiences close to the end of a journey, when one sees one’s destination for the first time, and feels the rush of every emotion that it represents. It is the experience of escaping the prison that is the modern urban conglomeration, and experiencing the untouched natural beauty of the mountains. “
Summit is available on Soundcloud and can be heard below. Siddhartho Poddar’s discussion of his trip to the Himalayas and single Summit can be found here.
Soundcloud Page: https://soundcloud.com/sid-poddar
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/piccolo
Jörgen Häll composes chamber music and has worked with several chamber ensembles such as Norrbotten NEO to record his music. In addition to scoring for film and video games, he composes orchestral electroacoustic and pop/rock music. His recent single Braid is described as follows: “The idea for the piece was this concept of having a braid-like structure that permeates as much as possible of the music, knitting together form, instrumentation, dynamics and registers.”
Official Website: http://www.jorgenhall.com/
Segun Akinola composes music for film and television and creates contemporary classical music. He recently completed scoring Shola Amoo’s film ‘A Moving Image’ which premiered at the LA Film Festival this past June. His recent singles Altar, Crossroads, and Lighthouse are compositions with ambient sound that create an enveloping atmosphere.
Segun Akonola describes his compositions as follows: “Altar, Crossroads and Lighthouse are all pieces I’ve written this year. Some of my recent work has adopted a more ambient quality, which has been really enjoyable for me, so I’m really glad that these tracks have gone down well with others. It’s definitely one of privileges of being a composer!”
Singles Altar, Crossroads, and Lighthouse can be heard below:
Official Website: http://www.segunakinola.com/
Composer Mino Frida creates music for film, television, theatre, and radio. He is the author of five production companies, owner of CM Studio for production and post-production, and teaches a sound design course at the Academy IED (European Institute of Design in Rome). Some of his credits include composing the soundtrack for the last film by director Mario Monicelli, ‘Le Rose Del Deserto (The Desert Rose)’ in 2006. In 2009 he composed the soundtrack for ‘Il volo di Dio (The God Flight)’ directed by Francesca Garcea (2009, Italy) from which his tracks Waltz of the Eagles and Liberi dal dolore (Free from Pain) are included. The G. Cavalieri Grosseto Camera Orchestra performed these tracks under his direction.
Waltz of the Eagles and Liberi dal Dolore are both available from ITUNES can be heard below:
Andreas Wiig Wennesland
Norway composer Andreas Wiig Wennesland began his musical caereer playing drums in 2013. Two years later he began composing with virtual instruments. He writes: “I really love to compose music, and I hope to progress more and more as time goes by. “
His most recent tracks Shipwrecked and Our Shadows are both available from Soundcloud and can be heard below.
Christine Ott-Only Silence Remains
Christine Ott is a multi-instrumentalist classical composer specializing in ondes Martenot, an electronic musical instrument with wavering sounds. She is a unique musician releasing her first full album since 2009. Her first single Sexy Moon is an engaging journey of sound that you can hear below. The words from the single Disaster are as follows:
Rain, snow, storm.
You just open your eyes to solitude and desolation, loneliness and devastation.
The wind was blowing as never heard before. The storm was terrifying destroying trees underway like in a nightmare, a sad dream.
After the breaking osnow, storm.
Consequences of our science and violence, bombs and nuclear power
turning the beauty of nature, animals, forests into silence and desperate solitude with no possible return.
You were running away through a desert of life, sadness, and darkness.
When I look into your eyes, I could see the light.
I could see the sky full of stars. You just opened your eyes.f earth, only silence remains.
No birds, no leaves, no signs of life, no human beings. Only silence of death.
Rain, snow, storm.
Consequences of our science and violence, bombs and nuclear power
turning the beauty of nature, animals, forests into silence and desperate solitude with no possible return.
You were running away through a desert of life, sadness, and darkness.
When I look into your eyes, I could see the light.
I could see the sky full of stars. You just opened your eyes.
Only Silence Remains is available from Bandcamp!
Official Website: https://soundcloud.com/christine-ott
The story behind the Silver Dial: A soldier goes to war with a silver watch that contains twelve memories. As a child Andrew Gregory heard this story and with this album sought to express memories. Not only memories the solider may have experienced, but also memories of his own. The Silver Dial consists of twelve compositions in accordance with the twelve memories contained in the silver watch.
Andrew Gregory’s favorite track and the memory it corresponds to is as follows:
“My favourite musically is probably Scarlet, although it represents the memory of a loved one that a soldier, fearful of his life, might take into battle with him, rather than anything of my own. My own favourite memory on the album is the same as yours – Esther’s Favourite Place, because it’s about my daughter.”
This is Andrew Gregory’s first solo piano album and is available on ITUNES. Hear the single Riversong below:
Official Website: http://www.andrewgregory.net/
Composer Simeon Walker’s debut EP Preface consists of four piano compositions with reflective melodies representing change. He recently performed one of his compositions, January, which can be seen below.
Preface is available from both ITUNES and Bandcamp.
Official Website: http://www.simwalker.co.uk/
Deryn Cullen–Through the Looking-Glass
Renowned cellist Deryn Cullen composes music for music libraries and film in partnership with her husband Dan Cullen.
Through the Looking-Glass is available from ITUNES!
Official Website: http://www.deryncullen.com/