Oscillation is defined as a movement back and forth in a regular rhythm. It also refers to a fluctuation between beliefs, opinions and conditions. Emerging from lockdown, this piece reflects the sense of uncertainty, felt during the Covid 19 pandemic. It has a simple poignancy and amongst the intimate and meditative melancholia, you can detect a little bit of hope.
The track is set for release on 12th March on all good digital streaming services and stores. Artwork is by Colin Hagan of Northern Design. Check out his other work at www.colinhagan.co.uk
Watch a sneak peak of the music video for the track here
Here’s a little taster video so you can see if its your sort of thing!
Here’s the blurb from the press release for it.
Pianist and composer Steve Luck is delighted to announce the release of his latest single ‘Tesoro’ – due out on 11th September on all digital platforms. The track is an intimate, beautiful, and atmospheric piano miniature, recorded on a felted upright piano in August 2020. ‘Tesoro’ means treasure in Italian. This tender and soothing contemporary classical composition was inspired by images of a newborn baby. The piece will receive its live premiere the day after its release, on the evening of Saturday 12th September 2020, as part of the Great Northern Piano Session V concert at the Gosforth Civic Theatre. Perfect for the peaceful piano playlists, this piece looks set to charm and move listeners with its delicate simplicity.
Steve said “I was delighted with the recording of this very personal and intimate track. As a composition it has a simple structure, but I was very pleased with the atmosphere I captured on the recording – using the felt on my upright piano to bring to life the soft and delicate mood I was trying to create. I was put into this peaceful, and gentle frame of mind when at the keyboard by looking at images of my cousin and his partners brand new baby girl Ellie. I would definitely say that the track was inspired by her and has since been dedicated to her – it’s for Ellie Brown“
Out on Spotify , Apple Music and all good digital platforms on Friday 11th September 2020.
Huge thanks to all who have watched, liked and commented on the video for ‘Steel Bridge’.
Almost 10K views and 125 shares on Facebook is amazing.
The comments have been lovely to receive – especially peoples stories about relatives who helped build the Tyne Bridge back in the 1920’s
Here’s a small selection.
“Wonderfully evocative piece”
“Brought a lump to my throat watching and listening to that fantastic thank you”
“Well, I can hear driving hammers, different layers of work going on all at the same time and even talking between the workmen. Now added to that is an overarching layer of solemnity, befitting of the creation of such an awe inspiring example of engineering. Great stuff.”
“Such beautiful music, to me, it honours a place where my Mam (Mary Wilson from Wallsend) and Dad (at the time sailor from Flanders, Belgium) met about 60 year ago. Moving and emotional and complementing a landmark that is so dear to me and many many others, thank you for sharing your amazing talent.”
“Loved watching this. My dad was a riveter & a bit of a steeplejack & he worked on the bridge. I didn’t inherit his head for heights I’m afraid, but I’m very proud of him. Thank you.”
“Brilliantly composed piece! It’s was like the bridge was playing the instruments it’s self with the violin looking wires bringing the bridge together! Beautiful video too”
“My grandfather and his brother worked on the bridge. Great to see this film”
“Beautiful music, goes wonderfully well with building of our bridge. What brave men”
“My Granda Jimmy Ransom as young boy worked on the bridge start to finish, he was deaf in later life he put it down to his eardrums bleeding when working on the foundations due to the compressed air used in the coffer dams to hold back the Tyne whilst work was carried out, he progressed to been a catcher of the hot rivets, he also told me a story of a big wig as he put it visited the site and asked how many rivets they did in a day, the number 250 sticks in my mind but I could be wrong anyway this big wig offered the riveting squad a halfpenny for every rivet they did over they daily amount they management had to cancel the deal after a week as the squad started early and stayed late every day and earned a tenner each in that weeks wages. He also told me he was first over the bridge as when the last section of the first arch was in place he walked over to shake hands with guys on the other side”
“I could swear I could hear the hammering of rivets. Great music and amazing photographs. “
My new single ‘Steel Bridge’ is out today – the 18th October 2019. The track is intended to pay tribute to the workers who designed and built the Tyne Bridge more than ninety years ago.
The bridge has been an important landmark for me throughout my life. From visits to the quayside Sunday market as a kid more than forty years ago, through to taking part in the Great North Run half marathon last year and running over the bridge just as the Red Arrows flew in formation overhead. The structure connects people in more ways than one. The imposing, impressive single span, towers over the river, physically connecting Newcastle and Gateshead. Its also an iconic symbol of the north east. Every time I have been away from home, the sight of the green arch makes me feel proud to be a Geordie – which is another kind of connection and there is also something about landmarks like this that connect us with the past. The bridge was built between 1925 and 1928 and is a marvel of both architecture and engineering skill. It was the largest single span bridge in the UK and was built using shipbuilding techniques and uses more than 7000 tons of steel and it has more than three quarters of a million rivets.” Steve says “The piece ‘Steel Bridge’ was inspired by the urban rhythms of old industry. It is a moody, atmospheric and ultimately uplifting reflection on, and tribute to the workers who fearlessly and skilfully brought this immense feat of engineering to life. It is scored in a cinematic minimalist style featuring live piano, string quartet and electronics. Its also a reflection on the change that Tyneside has gone through with the move away from old industry and towards a more mixed economy.”
Follow me on Spotify to be in with a chance to win two tickets to my next solo piano performance which is on Friday 16th August (7.15pm) underground, in the dark, inside the Victoria Tunnel. The draw will take place on Monday 10th August 2019. If you don’t have a Spotify account leave your email address instead.
This is the 1905 Bechstein in my studio being put to work over the next few days. I am setting up for four mics. Firstly a Rode stereo pair placed inside the lid, close up to the strings for a detailed, clear and pure sound. And secondly two condenser mics in omni mode, a little way out from the instrument but in the firing line of the reflected sound from the lid, which on a grand piano acts in the same way as a speaker – projecting the sound out to the front. The second pair should capture a more rounded ‘room’ sound.
When I mix and master I will listen to the recordings from both sets of microphones and maybe blend the two together with a little reverb and eq.
I also have some stands set up for cameras to record video and stills from the sessions.
The piano tuner is coming in tomorrow and recording will begin in earnest shortly after. For now there is just a bit more practice to be done.
Hopefully you will be able to hear (and see) the results of this process soon.
A composition I put together about a year ago will be re-recorded and released as a single on Spotify,Apple Music, Deezer and all good online streaming and download services towards the end of June 2019.
‘Crescent Moon’ was inspired by the first movement of the Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2 – popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata.
It is one of the most popular piano pieces of all time and I always thought that it had a very special quality about it. I was inspired to use it as a jumping off point to create something new.
According to Wikipedia “the name “Moonlight Sonata” comes from remarks made by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab. In 1832, five years after Beethoven’s death, Rellstab likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Within ten years, the name “Moonlight Sonata” (“Mondscheinsonate” in German) was being used in German and English publications. Later in the nineteenth century, the sonata was universally known by that name. Many critics have objected to the subjective, romantic nature of the title “Moonlight”, which has at times been called “a misleading approach to a movement with almost the character of a funeral march” and “absurd”. Other critics have approved of the sobriquet, finding it evocative or in line with their own interpretation of the work.”
My version is kind of a rework/remix/tribute/re-imagining of the original.
Eric Morecambe would have probably said that its “…all the same notes…not necessarily in the same order.”
If you would like to be one of the first to hear it on release visit my spotify artist page here and click ‘follow’
Spotify will let you know once the track is released and you can listen to it immediately. I would love to hear what you think about it- do let me know.
Check out the new album released today. 18 solo piano pieces, over 73 minutes of music including live versions of two previously unreleased tracks plus remastered versions of the rest of the catalogue.
Firstly a huge thank you to all of you who came to the concerts in the Victoria Tunnel a couple of weeks ago. It was a very special evening made all the better by wonderful feedback from those in attendance. I really appreciate your support and kind words. If you didn’t manage to get there in April there is another opportunity to hear me play in this wonderful venue on Friday 3rd August. See the listings below for full details.
We don’t have a full Atmospherica concert for you in May but I will be opening my studio as part of the Late Shows and giving short ‘Pitch Black Piano’ recitals every 30 minutes beginning at 7.15pm on Friday 18th May. Entry is free and there are loads of other things to see and do within 36 Lime Street and elsewhere in the Ouseburn that night. See the Late Shows website at https://thelateshows.org.uk/ for the full programme.
The next full concert on Thursday 28th June will feature the Lancaster based pianist and composer Oliver Brouwer. His second album appropriately titled ‘LP2’ is set to be released on 1631 Recordings on 25th May. You can listen to some of his work at https://oliverbrouwer.bandcamp.com/
On Thursday 19th July we are excited to present to you Sebastian
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and Daniel Selke from Germany, also known as award-winning cello-piano duo CEEYS! The brothers from Potsdam will be making their UK debut at this show.
Their latest album will be released in May 2018 and is sure to receive excellent international press. The brothers have been featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks. Cellist Sebastian is also known for collaborating with Ólafur Arnalds, Viktor Arnason and Spitfire Audio. You can hear some of their work at http://www.ceeys.de/
Friday 3rd August at 7.15pm sees me back in the Victoria Tunnel in the Ouseburn for another intimate performance in (almost) complete darkness. If you would like to experience what it feels like to really listen then this concert is for you. I have always wanted to make it big on the underground music scene.