Inspired by the German composer, Ludvig van Beethoven, and in particular the Sonata in C# minor – Sonata quasi una fantasia – better known as the ‘Moonlight Sonata’ which was composed in 1801 and is one of his most popular piano pieces.
This piece has some of the same notes…but not necessarily in the same order.
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
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.
I performed a selection of my piano music to an enthusiastic audience at the launch of the Atmospherica concert series last Thursday lunchtime.
Just less than thirty people squeezed into the studio to listen and they seemed to enjoy themselves.
Here’s a little clip from the concert so you can see a bit of what went on.
If you would like to come to the next concert featuring the work of the amazing Mark Deeks please visit this web page to book your ticket. You can find out more about Mark and listen to some of his work at http://markdeeks.co.uk/
The latest addition to the studio is a 1905 Bechstein grand piano. I’m really excited about letting you hear this amazing instrument in the January ‘Atmospherica‘ concert series.
It has a lively, versatile sound with a crystal clear treble range and plenty of power in the bass notes. I’m going to be carefully positioning some microphones very soon so stay tuned to hear the results very soon.
It taken a little while to put these together using a program called ‘Sibelius’ that on the whole works really well but has taken a little bit of learning and experimentation to get good results. I’m very happy with the way the pieces look and also pleased with the look and feel of the final product – the printing, paper stock and cover images all work nicely together.
If you are thinking of playing these pieces I would estimate that the level of difficulty is roughly equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 or 6.
The book containing all four pieces from the EP is priced at £12.50 plus p&p.
I recorded a demo track of a new piece here in the studio earlier today and thought it turned out quite well so I thought i would post it on here.
The piece is entitled ‘Tenerezza’
I shall be recording tracks for my forthcoming album next week with a view to releasing the album on May 19th to coincide with the Late Shows event here in Newcastle, where I shall once again be performing my Pitch Black Piano concerts.