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

The Players

Dmitry Selipanov

(neoclassical, contemporary music, post-classical)

Dmitry Selipanov presents an alternative look at the post-classical world. Straying away from ambient driven arrangements, Dmitry focuses on musical narrative and explores deep human emotions and dramatic stories. A result of many years work, this project takes inspirations from diverse musical worlds ranging from classical orchestral traditions to modern electronic music, from minimalism to post-rock.

Piksel

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

Piksel (aka Ieva Vaiti) is a Lithuanian producer, currently based in London, UK. Ieva’s musical journey has taken her from studying violin classically in Lithuania and later in the UK. During high school years, Ieva took influence from London’s electronic underground scene and started making her own music, using every day sounds, as well as any instruments she could get her hands on.

Since her move to electronics, Ieva has released 2 EPs and performs regularly in the UK and Europe under her pseudonym Piksel. However she also has a strong interest in media work – which has taken her from scoring for film (such as the most recent release by The Times – Unsaid) through to running and co-directing a multimedia collective – Syntrex.

Her interests lie in exploring the everyday sounds and transforming them into musical elements. Expect heavy, textured beats, swarming violin harmonies and airy synths.

Florejan

(neoclassical)

Florejan Verschueren (°1978) lives in Belgium together with his wife and their four children. He has been passionate about music ever since he was knee-high to a grashopper, and has been roaming the city and Belgium with numerous musical projects, in different styles.

At home he finds peace in his music room. The grand piano – a gift from his granddad to his father – adds a dash of grandeur to the room. This is Florejan’s musical sanctuary, a place that allows him to submerge himself into reverie. The trees outside follow the rhythm of the seasons, and set the pace at which Florejan composes new music. Harmony and balance. This has led to ‘Piano Piano’, an album that embraces rest and contemplation. It is process of growth, part of the cycle of life. It should not surprise anyone that the working title for ‘Piano Piano’ was ‘WINTER’, a season that breathes resourcing and reflection.

Sherwood Roberts

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Sherwood Roberts is a pianist and composer from a little village in the UK. An ex head chorister of Salisbury cathedral he is a proficient singer, songwriter, producer and cellist.

His debut EP ‘Beginnings’ is predominately an acoustic piano work recorded at AIR Studios with a track featuring Bryony Moody on cello. ‘Beginnings’ will be released throughout 2020 with videos accompanying each track.

Rikard Mathisson

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

Piano Where It Feels!

Rikard Mathisson is a newborn contempary piano composer, artist and producer. He produces piano music in varying style; solo piano in the style of Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman, Nils, Frahm and pop in the style of Béatrice Martin (Coeur de Pirate) and Coldplay, and electronica in the style of Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and/or Mike Oldfield.

He writes and produces neoclassical Nordic folk-inspired music and lyrics. Earthbound and heavenly, true to the core of each tune, striving to inspire other people to contribute to this universe with art and music during the lifetime, contributing to something larger than the individual. Every song has it’s own soul, mood and sense..

Tom Ashbrook

(neoclassical, ambient, contemporary music)

Tom Ashbrook is a British composer, producer and artist. Classically trained on piano from the age of 5, Tom has spent most of his adulthood gigging and touring around the world as a musician. An early interest in film soundtracks and composing to visuals has meant Tom has always had a gift in drawing out emotions through melodies. After developing a love for synthesisers and experimentations with recording, he has shaped his own signature sound.

Andy Pavlov

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

Andy Pavlov is a South Slavic pianist and composer whose fascination for the piano as an object that holds an infinity of sounds and styles led him from a formal training in classical music to an exploration of contemporary music and conceptual art.

Taking inspiration from musicians such as John Cage, Thelonious Monk, Gurdjieff/De Hartmann, Ruben Gonzales and Dutch minimalist Simeon ten Holt, Andy Pavlov developed a style uniquely his own, which merges the sensitivity of classical music with minimalism, always following the bold desire to experiment, creating music for the heart and soul.

Andy Pavlov is a member of the Piano Duo, @LP Duo

The Music

Christos Doukakis