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Neoclassical Suite is a column that will present 7 recent, distinctive tracks of the neoclassical-modern classical-contemporary -and beyond!- music field. 

The Players

MDJ Matthias De Jaeger

(neoclassical, solo piano)

I ‘m MDJ – Matthias De Jaeger. A pianist and composer living in Ghent (Belgium).

I compose and perform romantic, peaceful, and filmic piano songs telling a story.

I also create my own artwork & videoclips.

LEHNBERG

Slim Vic

(neoclassical, soundtrack, contemporary)

David Lehnberg has toured the world since 2000s, where both North America, Asia and Europe has been his home more than Sweden during the last 17 years.

Under the name; LEHNBERG, David goes deeper into the magical electronic music world where the instrumental harmonies of broken beats, ambient and a strong experimental lust forms a vivid dreamlike experience for the listener. Influences from all corners of the world is taken in and scaled down to an electronic kaleidoscope that creates a very hypnotic soundscape.

Slim Vic is one of Swedens leading innovator of the DJ and turntable culture. With one foot in the urban club music and the other in arts music he combines the different worlds and constantly moving the boundaries of what is technically and musically possible with the traditional and proven context.

Drexler

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Drexler (Adrian Leung) is a London based multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Sydney, Australia. With a background in classical music coupled with a love for contemporary sounds, Drexler crafts his music in a modern cinematic style that is raw, earnest and textured.

He has composed for film, TV and radio on an international basis and has had film scores played at festivals such as the London Short Film Festival, LA Shorts, Aesthetica, British Documentary Film Festival and Urbanworld. He has also written music for advertising campaigns for Patron Tequila, Guinness, Barnardo’s Dove and Channel 5.

In 2011 he established his own agency, Five Stripe Studios, and in the same year was nominated for the prestigious Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Professional Development Award.

Drexler will release a full length album in early 2020.

Logan Nelson

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Los Angeles composer Logan Nelson scores compositions that blur the line between live instrumentalists and electronic textures, evoking engrossing atmospheres unique to each project.

Lavender Echoes, set for release January 31st 2020, originally began as a diversion from working in film and television music. Having been inspired by the solo albums and artistic endeavors of notable film composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rob Simonsen, Nelson set out to find his own voice as a composer and individual artist, with out the limitations of other mediums.

Using the same philosophy of collaboration garnered through working on film music Nelson set out to work with musicians and artists that he admired. Lavender Echoeswas recorded in Los Angeles with a string quartet forming the backbone of the EP. Musicians from the Calder Quartet, like Benjamin Jacobson, made up the string section. Electroacoustic harpist Lara Somogyi (Nils Frahm, Hans Zimmer) and violinist Shawn Williams also highlight the proceedings, whose contributions are electronically manipulated by Nelson as the basis for the compositions contained on the new work. Get a sense of Nelson’s debut with “Lost In Translation,” the first single streaming now on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Rick Gallagher Project

(neoclassical)

Rick Gallagher Project is the cross-genre music platform of Pittsburgh based composer/pianist/producer Rick Gallagher. A career jazz pianist/educator, Gallagher brings his creative harmonic approach, melodic vision, improvisational spirit and delicate soulful touch to a blend of musical genres. His compositions have been synced to all forms of media ranging from major TV networks to film projects and many other commercial applications across the US and the globe. Gallagher’s musical markings relax, stimulate and inspire. More info at www.rickgallagher.com.

Philip Campbell

(modern classical, instrumental, solo piano)

In 2016 Philip Campbell heard ‘I Giorni’ by Ludovico Einaudi for the first time and fell in love with the simplistic, melodic beauty of the composition.

Inspired by this and the genius of similar artists such as Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Yann Tiersen, Goldmund, Johann Johannsson and Nils Frahm to name but a few, Philip bought a piano and began recording a series of ideas and compositions; the very humble beginnings of Philip’s exploration of the emotive power of solo piano

Sleepy Songs

(neoclassical)

Sleepy Songs were never meant to go public. It was just meant for the kids at pre school, so they’d have something nice to fall asleep to. Took a shot at Spotify and the listeners came rolling in! I have now release about six releases (albums and EPs) and more is coming! Stay tuned!

The Music

Christos Doukakis