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Lara Poe, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music?

Growing up, there was always a piano in the house. My parents aren’t professional musicians, but my dad is a fairly good pianist and I’d always hear him practicing when he got home from work. 2,632 more words


Waiting into the Night

This album of spontaneously composed piano music follows the unfortunate trail of worry through several different situations. It is usually the worry and not the situations that make things uncomfortable. 378 more words


Lessons learned from transcribing improvisations

Despite serious reservations about the merits of transcribing my improvisations, I have nevertheless done so, off and on, for forty years. These days, because I usually record to a MIDI file, I am able to easily access all the notes that I played and I have a good picture of the music in what’s known as a “piano roll” representation on the computer. 1,523 more words


Instrumental: (Video) Jóhann Jóhannsson - A Song For Europa (2016)

“A Song for Europa’ is one of the key tracks from Jóhann Jóhannsson’s release ‘Orphée’ on Deutsche Grammophon.

“Orphée” shows the full range of the Icelandic composer’s remarkable invention and uncanny feeling for atmosphere. 190 more words


Spontaneous Composition?

My music is spontaneously conceived, but it is hard for me to call it “spontaneously composed.” It meets the broad definition of improvisation, but because it is neither haphazard nor flighty, using that term tends to give people the wrong impression. 699 more words


David Gómez, pianist and composer

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music?

My mother played the accordion and she has always been my inspiration: it was because of her passion for music that I started studying piano. 773 more words


Return of the Nightingales - Sadie Harrison

When I put ‘Return of the Nightingales’ (Prima Facie records) into my CD player, my cat Monty immediately dashed into my office and up onto my desk to find the birds that sing so sweetly at the start of the title track of this new disc of music by… 559 more words

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