Neoclassical Suite is a column that will present 7 recent, distinctive tracks of the neoclassical-modern classical-contemporary -and beyond!- music field.
Note: All Bio/about sections provided/written by the artists.
An affectional neoclassical composition with a flawless piano performance by Portland, ME based composer, Peter Mowry…
“Portland, ME based composer, Peter Mowry, has been honing his craft as a musician for over 25 years. Self-taught in guitar, piano, and composition, Peter has blended his multi-instrumental passions to create music that is currently being heard around the world on radio and television (American Idol, Wanderlust, The Bachelorette, X-Factor, CBS Sports Spectacular and the 2016 Olympics, to name a few).
From performing with duo Westrin & Mowry for Billy Joel to touring with Lord Huron, Peter continues to use his experience as a performing artist to create unique works from his home studio.” (Peter Mowry)
The first sample from Gelka’s forthcoming neo-classical, piano ambient EP, is a splendid composition of godlike melodies….
“Gelka songs have appeared on Om Records, Ministry of Sound, Stereo Deluxe, Wax On Records and Warp releases. He has been a Café del Mar artist since 2003, with more than 20 CDM compilation releases under the belt, compiling and mixing 3 Café del Mar albums: Café del Mar ChillWave 2, Café del Mar ChillWave 3. Gelka is famous for delivering floating musical journeys, beautifully curated mixtapes, and a debut album Less Is More on Nightmares On Wax’s Wax On Imprint. With 3 albums, Gelka has over 25 million streams on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. His mashups and re-edits are amongst the top listened to mixtapes on Mixcloud with more than 62K followers. In late 2018 Gelka teamed up with Forteba , an electronic synth inspired music producer. The two Hungarian producers invited Sam Brookes the Mercury Prize-nominated alt-folk singer from the UK, as a lead singer of their LP, “Particles” in 2021. This was after Sam and Gelka released a beautifully melodic downtempo production Open as a single through the iconic chillout label, Café del Mar, which has reached over 3,5 million streams on Spotify. In the summer of 2021 Gelka’s Wind Down mixtape was presented on BBC Radio 1 several times, right after that he started to release his Café del Mar mix series called “Evolution of Chill” on Apple Music.“ (Gelka)
Sharon Ruchman aka SONORO delivers a playful & energetic composition with cello, viola and piano.
“SONORO is at the forefront of NEW classical music which offers a playful and romantic mix of classical, jazz, blues and Latin sounds through a variety of flexible instrumentation to include piano, flute, saxophone, viola, cello, bass and percussion. Original work composed by Sharon Ruchman, and produced by Marc Wager Weisgal, is stretching boundaries of contemporary rhythms, creating a unique musical blend. There’s an element of fun and exploration in the music, showcasing the personalities and talents of the group’s highly-skilled musicians.” (SONORO)
A neoclassical/piano waltz “bijou” with a beautiful video you should check out… Utterly nostalgic & soothing!
“HRDY, also known as Wouter Hardy, is a Dutch composer, producer and musician. Hardy discovered the piano and played his way onto the stage with the artist Kovacs where he inhabited the role of musical director and pianist for some time.
Hardy made his 2019 global debut as a producer on the record ‘Arcade’ by Duncan Laurence. The song sits currently at #30 in the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 10 US Airplay.
Over the last months, Hardy has been working on his solo project HRDY, composing music to be released on his own studio album. Influenced by music pioneers such as Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Joep Beving, his compositions blend the styles of the neo-classical era with ambient, electronic sounds, resulting in multi-leveled, immersive and cinematic music pieces. HRDY releases his EP on August 27, 2021 and will be complementing his full-length debut album in the course of the coming year.” (HRDY)
(neoclassical, cinematic, solo piano)
A gentle solo piano composition with a light melancholic veil, that will seep into your brain…
“My name is Eamonn Watt, aka The Virtual Conductor and I’m the one and only composer for Virtually Conducted Productions! I’m 25 years old and I live in the Shetland Islands, the most northern isles of the UK. I have received a First Class Applied Music Degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands in August 2016 . Along with composition, I am a drummer and percussionist of many genres. I’ve performed in rock bands, heavy metal bands, funk bands and traditional Scottish music sessions.
I started making compositions during my last years in high school in 2010 and became fully realised in 2012 during my first year in college where I created my debut virtual classical album, Bonhoga. I successfully launched this album at the Bonhoga Gallery where it received high amounts of acclaim from music fans ranging from classical music lovers to heavy metal enthusiasts.
I use Bandcamp as my main hub for showing these musical works as it does take me a while to compile together a completed album of musical works and I like showing what completed songs I have so far. I post work-in-progresses of compositions and even some non-classical music as well. https://thevirtualconductor.bandcamp.com” (Eamonn Watt)
(crossover classical, opera)
A compelling composition written about vulnerability, with stunning string and a magnificent, operatic performance, singing fonetical tones!
“Chiel Nugter is a composer from the Netherlands mastering the acoustic and classical guitar. After playing in several bands and doing other projects he decided to make his own music. www.chielnugter.nl” (Chiel Nugter)
(neoclassical, solo piano, cinematic)
A ravishing, highly cinematic solo piano composition about “the big and small miracles that happen all around us although we often don’t notice them, by German Luis Paul.
“Every person has his or her own stories –
and all too often they could just as easily come from a movie. The only thing missing is the music. Ludwig Paul Karsch aka Luis Paul wants to capture exactly such moments, stories and associated feelings with his compositions and give them what they deserve in retrospect – The film music of life.
Thus, the Berliner tells with his album “Rebirth” about a whole series of different moments – from the great love, a dancing farewell, resistance and struggles to acceptance and finally rebirth. The song “Transience” musically addresses the transience of life, and “Fading Memories” tells of blurring memories of people who were once close to you. It is music with a lot of depth, which frees imagination, fantasy and memories from their twilight sleep in every listener and gives them room to unfold. With a lot of love, the studied music producer and composer creates touching sound worlds that would have felt just as comfortable in one or the other film genre and can be classified somewhere between well-known film scores by John Williams, Hans Zimmer and the more reduced soulful songs by Ludovico Einaudi or Yann Tiersen.” (Luis Paul)