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

The Players

Steve Luck

(neoclassical)

I am an award winning composer, pianist and producer developing my work as a solo artist in the contemporary modern classical genre. In 2018 I founded the Atmospherica Composer concert series which features regular performances from contemporary classical composers. For details about the series please click here

As well as my work as a solo artist I am also an experienced film and media composer. I write beautiful, compelling, emotional music from my own recording studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne UK. From simple heartfelt piano solos to large scale bombastic orchestral masterpieces. From glitchy electronica to uplifting, feelgood, folksy instrumentals, you can hear my music on over seventy five professional productions including feature films, TV documentaries, shorts, and animations. I regularly work with a variety of music libraries. Recent track placements have seen my music used on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 5, RTL ,Direct Star and TV2 .In 2007 I won two awards from the Royal Television Society for professional excellence in music.I am a member of the music writers committee of the Musicians Union and founder of the Guild of Northern Media Composers.

Daniel Rosenholm

(neoclassical)

Swedish music creator and composer for film and media.

Fougére

(neoclassical, cinematic)

London based musician and composer Fougére (Jamie Norton) is pleased to announce details of his debut album ‘Still Life’ on 7th May through Studio Fougére.

As a work of ten piano-only pieces, ‘Still Life’ sits within the same musical canon as Nils Frahm and Max Richter, but is truly his own, guided by his own unique inspirations. Having composed under his birth name for so long, Norton took his moniker ‘Fougère’ from one of his passions: smell. It’s the term for one of the main fragrance families, one that tends to have sweet lavender top notes with woodier, oakmoss undertones. He wanted his music to occupy a space and give a floating sense of calmness in the same way a fragrance would: “That’s why I sit at the piano. It’s meditative for me.”

Selecting the right artwork was an important step in the project for the visually-minded Fougère, who chose Lana Del Rey and Tame Impala collaborator Neil Krug and his vintage, psychedelic photography. After the pair chatted about the record, Krug said he completely understood Norton’s vision, crafting a series of snapshots of night time flora, desert plants, sun-bleached oceans and lost desert roads that complement the fragile yet urgent key strokes on the record.

Jordi Forniés

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Jordi Forniés is a Spanish musician, composer and visual artist based in Singapore. His works are characterised by a continuum between tender overarching refrains and defined sequences with increasing momentum. Always contemplative and expansive in nature, his compositions draw on neoclassical and ambient electronic music. Forniés composes for piano, strings and small ensembles, working with studio recordings alongside electronic elements.

A classically trained pianist since childhood, educated at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Vila-seca in Spain, Forniés returned to music study in 2017 gaining a MFA in Music Composition and Orchestration at Chichester University in the UK. He is a member of the Composers Society of Singapore.

He has often worked in collaboration with others including Bouvaque with photographer and filmmaker Han Sungpil for which Forniés’ created a piano and string quartet score. He has composed for films including Caroline Fink’s epic documentary about the receding of the largest glacier in Switzerland, Aletsch: Of Ice and Men, 2016, and made music for documentaries and video installations with Gitta Gsell. He also worked on Yan Wang Preston’s major project Mother River, which was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

To check Jordi’s visual work please visit www.jordifornies.net

Brian Crosby

(neoclassical)

Brian’s debut album Imbrium marks the culmination of a personal and musical journey that in many ways began when he left popular Irish band Bell X1 in 2008. Brian had played in bands since the age of 16, when he founded indie band Juniper with Damien Rice and then subsequently Bell X1 with whom he made four records and spent twelve years touring the world.

During this period Brian also founded The Cake Sale – a band featuring an eclectic collective of artists such as Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Lisa Hannigan, Gary Lighbody (Snowpatrol), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Glen Hansard and Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy) to raise funds for the charity Oxfam. The record was a multi-platinum hit in Ireland, was released in Europe and America to huge critical acclaim and to this day still generates royalties for the charity.

Towards the end of his time in Bell X1 Brian had become drawn to film scoring work and had started a very rewarding collaboration with visual artist the late Paddy Jolley on a number of his films. It was the taste of this more spacious yet intimate way of creating music that in part led to him departing Bell X1 to pursue a career as a film composer.

Shortly after leaving the band Brian made the decision to move his life and studio to Berlin. A year after his arrival, Brian converted a 3,500 sq ft factory in the city’s Kreuzberg district to a modular studio complex with nine rooms. The studio rapidly became home to a thriving Berlin film music scene and it was here that he collaborated with fellow studio residents Dustin O’Halloran, Hildur Guõnadóttir, Rutger Hoedemaekers and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson on numerous Film and TV scores. During this period he also co -wrote a body of original work to be performed on two pianos with French pianist Fabien Leseure.

Brian maintained strong ties with the Irish music scene and in 2016, alongside many well-known figures in Irish contemporary music, was a central collaborator on Starboard Home, a project which culminated with two live shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the release of a critically acclaimed studio album.

In 2017, Brian moved back to Ireland with his family and two years later set up home in rural county Wicklow at the foot of Carrick Mountain. Inspired by the wooded landscape around him, he designed and built Treehouse Studios, a beautiful log cabin set in the native Irish forest that surrounds his home. Brian notes;

Both the studio and this album were created during 2020, they are both pandemic babies so to speak and I think it was that period of forced pause and suspension of so much of life that helped bring that sense of stillness and restraint and space to the music.

In addition to creating his own solo work, Brian continues to write music for Film and TV and is a vocal advocate for artists rights, is a director of the Irish Music Rights Organisation and is Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland.

Andrew Shapiro

(modern classical)

ANDREW SHAPIRO is a composer and songwriter blending his two biggest musical influences: ’80s New Wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism.

Shapiro’s music is regularly played on worldwide radio, and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, The Independent (UK), Gramophone, and WNYC, BBC and KCRW radio. His cinematic, cascading piano track Mint Green has proved wildly popular with over 14 million plays on Pandora.

Tom Ashbrook

(neoclassical, cinematic, ambient)

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.

The Music

Christos Doukakis