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

The Players

Dan Michaelson

(neoclassical, epic music)

Dan Michaelson is a London based musician, composer and creative instrumentalist. Acclaimed for his unique take on sparse beauty and emotional weight, his Epic Minimalism spans film, television and recorded album projects.

CJ Mirra

(featuring Robert M Thomas)

(neoclassical, ambient, soundtrack)

CJ Mirra is the alias of renowned London based recording artist, sought after composer and sound designer John Sampson. He has scored over twenty films screened from London to SXSW and in 2018 received a BIFA nomination for Best Sound. Translate is the latest collaboration in a unique partnership with filmmaker Chris McClean exploring the bounds of the cinematic surf-sphere. Translate the live A/V performance had its sell-out world premiere at the London Surf / Film Festival where it scooped the prestigious Viewer’s Choice Award and will be touring soon.

Harris Procopiou

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Deeply passionate for soundtrack and neoclassical music. Trying to learn from these accomplished artists that nourish my inspiration every day:

Ólafur Arnalds
Max Richter
Nils Frahm
Jon Hopkins
Ben Lukas Boysen
And many more.

Nick Syrett

(neoclassical)

Nick Syrett has been creating beautiful, ambient piano music for over a decade. His albums are a collection of meditative, neo-classical instrumentals featuring the soothing sounds of string ensembles, choirs, and more, all built around his spontaneous piano solos. Hailing from the UK, and now residing in Kansas City, Nick says, “During the recording of ‘Refuge’–I often found my mind drawn to refugees in the Middle East, who were being forced from their homes and experiencing terrible suffering. My prayer is that these simple songs would touch hearts, restore souls, and help many to find healing and peace.

Mirasona

(neoclassical)

Mirasona got to know the piano at age 8. During university years, she ended her musical studies to get a degree in economics. But her love for the piano never disappeared. When she eventually found her way back to music, her style developed to be very different from the classical training she once used to be drilled in. She had found solitude out in nature and a home within the improvisational landscape.

In July she spent four days at the artist retreat centre Nordiq sound, which is run by her dear friend and acknowledged Dutch pianist -and live producer Leon den Engelsen. Surrounded by forest, her whole album was recorded in 28 hours, only comprising improvisational one-takes. While recording, she got to use Leon’s field recordings of soft rain falling in a lake nearby, which is heard in the fourth track in April. You can also hear subtle elements of glimmering wind chimes, colouring the first track A little prince. The atmosphere is intimate and tangible, having left the sound of the piano untouched. With several tracks weaving in and out of each other, 28 hours in July feels like a timeless and dreamlike story, characterized by a delicate balance between minimalism and Neo-classicism.

John Oeth

(neoclassical, solo guitar)

John Oeth is a classical guitarist sought after for his ability to captivate audiences with his passionate musicianship, dynamic presence, and virtuosic technique. Having won multiple competitions throughout the United States, John brings his interpretations of unique repertoire to the stage.

The San Francisco Giants, NPR, the NCAA, and Intel are among the organizations that have enjoyed John’s performances. In 2018, he was honored to perform for United States Senator John McCain’s funeral service. He has recently performed in the concert series hosted by arts organizations including the Phoenix Guitar Society, the Paradise Valley Chamber Music Collective, Oh My Ears, and the Pinnacle Concert Series. Successful concerts for the Phoenix Center for the Arts, Music Instrument Museum, and the David Lloyd Wright House have built up John’s reputation for making sophisticated art music accessible to audiences of all musical backgrounds. This has led John to unique performance opportunities such as sharing a concert with Billboard Top 100 artist Jordin Sparks. In 2017, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey invited John to perform for the many U.S. governors and foreign dignitaries of the Western Governors Association.

Carolyn Barela

(neoclassical, cinematic)

Carolyn Barela is a Los Angeles based multi-media composer, songwriter and arranger. She works with multiple genres but favors neo-classical music, where she is known for orchestrating strong and compelling melodies and weaving modern counterpoint to immerse listeners in a lush sonic landscape.

Carolyn is currently pursuing a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music Online. Her film credits include the end credits for the indie film short “Sides,” as well as a promotional video for NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab’s NISAR Spacecraft Project. She has won awards in multiple film scoring contests, including the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Award’s “Diversity Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition” in 2019. Her music can be found in various film libraries and on all major streaming services. She is also a contributing songwriter for Friday Pop Café Songs.

The Music

Christos Doukakis