Neoclassical Suite is a column that will present 7 recent, distinctive tracks of the neoclassical-modern classical-contemporary -and beyond!- music field.
Hideyuki Hashimoto (b. 1986) is a pianist/composer, currently based in Kagawa Japan. He utilizes space in his improvisational performances and composition. His music has a delicate spacial beauty with a feel of vivid imagery and has been appreciated as a work of superiority in an array of reviews published both in Japan and abroad.
(neoclassical, new age)
Martin Graff is a composer-pianist in Arlington, Virginia. At four, his family inherited an old, anonymous piano, and Marty surged with an uncontainable energy to climb onto the bench and dig his hands into those eight-eight bits of clay, instinctually molding them into little aural landscapes. Crude and square at first; at last, faceted gems after a lifetime of practice, polish, and love.
Trips for Piano is the resulting collection of eight evocative pieces made to move the soul and light the imagination with soaring melodies, affecting harmonies, and impassioned playing that conjures rainbows from keys of black and white. In Graff’s words, “Making this music is the opposite of death, like the centrifugal force around the sharpest bend of the greatest roller coaster. A reharmonizing of my most tumultuous internal cacophonies and maybe yours. So, listen up as I bang on this gong from the Gods! As the resonance of these radiant compositions fill your ear and make their way to your heart.”
(neoclassical, cinematic, minimal electronic)
Andrea Sertori is an Italian pianist and composer of instrumental music. He started his first classical piano studies when he was 9 years old and his first keyboard experiences when he was 15. He had the opportunity to play in different rock bands and at the same time to continue studying piano in order to improve his piano technique and sensitivity as much as possible. Beyond the piano he has the great passion of synthesizers. The study of synthesizers allowed him to learn how to combine classical piano music with electronic music. His first solo work was ‘Mosaic Room’ (2017), a 5 track EP where piano and synthesizers overlap. From this moment on, in succession, he released a series of tracks that are characterized by a fusion between neo-classical and electronic music.
An eclectic and versatile musician, Raffaele Grimaldi received a classical education that led him to graduate in Piano and Composition. He has mastered the styles of a wide and multifaceted repertory that ranges from installation to media composition, and traditional forms like opera, instrumental music solo, chamber music and orchestral. His compositions have been performed in Europe, USA, Japan, Russia, Australia.
(neoclassical, solo piano)
Luca Fattoretto, is an Italian Venetian composer musician born in 1964.
He studied at the conservatories of Padua and Castelfranco under the guidance of the masters Adriano Lincetto and Massimo Somenzi.
In his career he is confronted with various musical genres ranging from Jazz to pop.
After having composed with Sara Righetto the music for the theatrical show “Romeo and Juliet The musical” which will bring him in touneè in 2014 in Morocco, now he mainly deals with neo-classical / cinematic music for piano.
Francois Mathian is a contemporary composer and violinist. His music shines the light on organic instruments, in particular solo strings (both acoustic and electric), by supporting them with modern sounds and arrangements. From classical violin & piano pieces released here to purely electronic genres (released under Fransoafran), the common musical ground is a vibrant sound supported by melodies designed to create a highly sensory experience and connect straight to the soul.
The Italian composer and pianist Pietro Borradori approached the piano at the age of 8 and composition at the age of 11. He completed Academical studies in Composition and Piano at the Conservatory of Milan, becoming the youngest composition teacher in italian Conservatories. Later he left teaching to devote himself to music technology and composition.
He was recognized in the 1990s as a leading internationally renowned composer in the contemporary and experimental music scene, releasing LPs with BMG and other major labels, and working for the main european theathers and music institutions (WDR, RAI, IRCAM, RADIO FRANCE, BBC, Teatro Alla Scala and others).
Since 2015 his interest has shifted towards the neoclassical field, minimalism and electronic music. In Dual he seeks to integrate and mix traces of avant-garde minimalism with a new type of lyrical and imaginative music. He often uses acoustic processing with the aim of emulating an electronic sound. While the cellos are traditionally played, the piano in some pieces has been played with extended techniques (bows, strings, soft felt) to obtain a new type of piano sounds. The challenge is to mix tradition with innovation, to find a new synthesis beetween classical and experimental music.