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

The Players

Daniël Tomàs

(neoclassical)

The Dutch pianist and producer Daniël Tomàs (van der Duim) has been one with the piano from an early age on, since his grandmothers piano was situated in the living room from the moment he was born. It was this playful discovery that triggered him to further study jazz/pop piano at the ArtEZ Conservatory, focusing on improvisation. Throughout studying Daniël kept a specific passion for intimate, neo-classical piano pieces and in his master studies he decided to further deepen this sound by combining it with improvisation and electronics, with the help of the acclaimed pianist Jeroen van Vliet.

After studying Daniël mainly worked as musician, composer and producer for multiple pop, jazz and theater projects, like his jazz-trio: Doppler Trio or his productions for singer ELIËN. But the corona pandemic in 2020 forced him to stop performing and allowed him to focus on one of his biggest dreams: recording a successful solo piano record.

Sun Rain & Spookyfish

(neoclassical, cinematic)

Sun Rain: Based in Toronto, Ontario the music of Sun Rain is an opportunity for composer/producer Chad Skinner to explore the sounds of modern classical, ambient, and downtempo. The main focus for this project is to create thoughtful music that embodies mood and texture.

Spookyfish: Spookyfish is the project of multi-instrumentalist Dani Ramez. With roots in ambient and downtempo, her productions showcase skills in audio manipulation and musicality, blending obscure electronic sounds with the familiarity of acoustic instruments. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Dani currently resides in Toronto where she’s made a name for herself in the underground electronic scene.

Maria Grönlund

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Playing the piano is how I relax, sort my thoughts, console myself, have fun and celebrate the beauty of life. I’m a pianist and neoclassical composer from Stockholm, Sweden.

My influences are Òlafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Joep Beving and Poppy Ackroyd as well as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and a dash of Swedish folk music.

Alex Marchisone

(neoclassical, epic music)

Alex Marchisone is an Italian born, London based producer, composer, songwriter and drummer.

In recent years, he has predominantly been an accomplished drummer on London’s West End and for Daphne Guinness, Romances, and Mistral Pusher. Other collaborations include: Grammy Awards winning producer Tony Visconti, Rumer, Kristeen Young, Producer Jim Lowe, Go-Kart Mozart and many more.

Alex is fascinated by every aspect of musical expression, and his creative process begins as an empty canvas with no restrictions. He adopts organic orchestral and electronic elements, traditional writing and sound design, vocals sounds, letting the melodies do the talking. Amongst his inspirations are Thomas Newman, Ennio Morricone, Pink Floyd, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

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.

Slowburner

(neoclassical, electronica)

Slowburner is the most recent project of Élvio Rodrigues, composer and producer from Madeira island, now based in Lisbon, Portugal. In spite of being a player of multiple instruments, since 2015 Élvio has been experimenting with piano, field recordings and ambient soundscapes.

Kiki Cubb

(modern classical)

Kiki Cubb is an international composer who began studying piano in France at the age of nine. She continued to study music until her late teens. She moved to the United States and due to the day to day demands of life, she was distracted from her passion for composing music for some years. More recently, a tragedy prevented her from playing on her 100 year old Steinway for 3 years. After resuming playing and as a healing process, she discovered a new found passion for composing again.

The Music

Christos Doukakis