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

The Players

Luca Sciurti

(neoclassical)

Luca Sciurti studied piano in a private school for seven years, after which he began composing orchestral music, solo piano music, music for string quartet, electronic music and more. Luca’s artistic and compositional growth takes hold from his first artistic period, which ranges from 13 to 17 years. Luca wants to start maturing for his new artistic period starting from the strong feelings of his childhood. He remembers it as a positive and very beautiful period of his life, during which he wrote numerous poems and several more philosophical thoughts, whose source of inspiration were the moon, the sky, the night, the sea, the trees, the summer breeze , silence, the beauty of the world, its colors, the enthusiasm of living and at the same time the incomprehension towards life.

ABBOTT

(neoclassical, epic music)

Abbott’s story does not start as a child with virtuoso fingers flying over piano keys. His story starts in his youth with YouTube tutorials and a passion for film music.

What follows are a degree at the Artez Conservatorium in the Netherlands, commissioned work in the Mecca of film-music Los Angeles and music compositions and productions in Hamburg.

The sound of Abbott is inextricably linked to the artist. “I’m always trying to convey a certain feeling for myself and I do my best to aim that towards my audience” says the Dutchman.

Abbott takes his listeners by the hand and joins them on an emotional odyssey. The outcome of this journey is Neo-Classical but more theatrical. Influences range from Max Richter to Jóhann Jóhannsson and are blended with the ideas and concepts of the artist. Abbott’s compositions are organic and dark, melancholic and intimate, and are marked by his love towards film music. While following the rules of the genre his songs also work self-sufficient. This is proven in his debut album which captures his remarkable talent in 12 songs.

Abbott accompanies his listeners with approachable melodies, brilliant strings and thrilling melancholy.

Elson Complex

(neoclassical, acoustic, fingerstyle)

I am a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist.

One half of my family comes from Andalusia, the other half from Catalonia. I was born in Foreign Countries. Three souls (at least) are dwelling in my breast.

I love soundscapes with acres of space between the notes.

My music is currently featured by labels, artists and listeners in numerous* playlists on Spotify, where I have 15.000 monthly listeners in around 70 countries.

*Elson Complex: Around the World in 80 Playlists → https://www.speedchill.com

My newest single RISE is inspired by legendary guitar intro of “Stairway to Heaven” from Led Zeppelin. It’s kind of a tribute to the influence this intro had on so many guitar players around the world… and still has after almost 50 years (song was released in 1971).

Jan Ove Fjeld

(modern classical, solo piano)

Jan Ove Fjeld is a norwegian composer, pianist.

Francois Simitchiev

(neoclassical, minimal)

François Simitchiev, a double bassist trained at the classical school, explores the pathways between contemporary and minimalist, ambient and electronic music. He composes pieces in which he experiments with the sound of the double bass, the fusion of technology and the organic.

Domenico Quaceci

(neoclassical, solo piano)

I define myself a “whole music lover”: I love classical music in pop contexts as I love pop music in classical contexts. I have been studying piano since I was 10 years old, immediately learning and consolidating solid classical basic skills, by studying Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and so on. During my adolescence, in parallel with my piano classical studies, I also started to play a lot of pop music: I started playing synthesizers in a pop band that allowed me to broaden my musical horizons. After this musical and professional encounter, I decided to start also my solo career as pianist composer.

Magnus Hördegård

(neoclassical, contemporary music, solo piano)

The Swedish pianist and composer Magnus Hördegård´s peaceful music and touching lyrics have been inspired by his severe illness. At the age of three, Magnus was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This happened in 1972 and he was one of the first children in Sweden treated with radiation for his cancer. Against all odds, Magnus survived. As an adult, however, he was diagnosed with both diabetes and chronic cancer as a result of the radiation he was treated with as a little boy. Music and creativity is what gives Magnus strength – it is the place where he can rest and breathe.

The Music

Christos Doukakis