Nagamag wishes to you a Happy New Year full of Amazing Harmonies!

Florejan – The Second Fall (Spotify)

“All the beauty and lightness of a classical piano piece in the new single by maestro Florejan - The Second Fall. Everything you and your soul need in one composition.”

“Вся красота и лёгкость классического фортепианного произведения в новом сингле маэстро Florejan - The Second Fall. Всё, что нужно вам и вашей душе в одной композиции.”

-Nagamag.com

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.

Florejan has stripped every composition to the bone, to the bare essence of the song. It has been an exercise in letting go and a quest for finding beauty and purity. Seemingly easy listening, the melodies conceal a profound richness. Each song is a trip, telling a story with many layers.

Who else but illustrator Sassafras De Bruyn could provide this album with the right images? It was a match made in heaven: beautiful drawings as a perfect answer to the multi-layered music.

'Piano Piano' is a very personal record and shows a part of Florejan that not many people have already discovered. The album will be released end of november 2019

www.instagram.com/florejan_/
www.facebook.com/florejan.be

Mason Stephenson Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Mason Stephenson:
My music focuses on a romantic/classic style and features a melancholy and peaceful sound.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Mason Stephenson:
I have played piano for around four years, on and off, and I began writing my own pieces at the start of 2020. Since then I have released two pieces and I have more pieces ready for release in the near future.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Mason Stephenson:
I played piano for the first time in secondary school but not long after, I decided to play guitar which my best friend taught me. I used to play guitar in a heavy metal band for a few years before going back to piano and discovering my love for classical music.


Nagamag:
What is your creative process like?

Mason Stephenson:
I am a big believer of just playing the way you feel. Wether that be pouring your feelings into music as a way of release or delving into your emotions for a great sense of connection with what you play.


Nagamag:
Who are some of your influences?

Mason Stephenson:
My favourite composer will always be Chopin. I always feel that his pieces contain so much raw emotion and are so intricate that they will always interest me. In modern classical I am also a big lover of a composer called Eric Christian, his music is massively romantic which is one of my favourite qualities of piano pieces. I find that romantic pieces can really tell a story and paint a picture in your mind without the need for words. I find that being able to tell a story with only notes and melody is a truly remarkable art form.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Mason Stephenson:
Fleetwood Mac "Rhiannon"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Mason Stephenson:
Eric Christian "Valse Arabesque No.1"

Discover & Listen to Mason Stephenson

Mason Stephenson on Spotify

Mason Stephenson's Signature Track

Mason Stephenson on Social Media

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Omar Raafat – Infinity (Spotify)

“Out of all the beautiful, cinematic productions, Omar Raafat created a real miracle for us. His new work, -Infinity- confirms that. Wonderful emotional melodic lines and wise story telling here. ”

“Одно из самых красивых, кинематографичных произведений, которое стало для нас истинным откровением в начале 2021 года. Omar Raafat сотворил настоящее чудо. Его новая работа Infinity тому подтверждение.”

-Nagamag.com

New Contemporary Classical Track that features piano, string quartet and electronic beats and synthesizers.

Emma Paunil – Falcon of the Almighty (Spotify)

“Each note that radiates its warmth with such trepidation carries the sounds of a charming piano for thousands of kilometers. Spirit Animal: Transformative Piano is an amazing gift for all of us from Emma Paunil.”

“Каждая нота, которая с таким трепетом излучает свою теплоту, разносит на тысячи километров звуки очаровательного пиано. Spirit Animal: Transformative Piano - это удивительный подарок всем нам от Emma Paunil.”

-Nagamag.com

"Falcon of the Almighty" was improvised from the inspiration of Baháʼu'lláh and his statement, "...I am the royal Falcon on the arm of the Almighty. I unfold the drooping wings of every broken bird and start it on its flight.”
www.emmapaunil.com/

Daniel Blacksmith – Autogénesis (Spotify)

“We are sure that there is no one whose soul strings have not touched the soulful sounds of the piano. Daniel Blacksmith paints his worlds like an artist with an invisible brush. His new work Autogénesis is the pleasing and intelligible coherence of neoclassical sounds.”

“Мы уверены, что нет никого, чьи струны души не задевали душевные звуки фортепиано. Daniel Blacksmith словно художник невидимой кистью рисует свои миры. Его новая работа Autogénesis - это приятная для слуха и постигаемая разумом слаженность звуков неоклассики.”

-Nagamag.com

Autogénesis refers to the process by which a subject is created by itself: a musical exploration of how a single instrument can lead to multiple atmospheres, from string-like textures to fragmentary sonorities, all of which originates from a piano recording. This approach to music composition was inspired by the decision-making process, and how the decisions we take determine what we actually are. Together with the song, a videoclip with two contemporary dancers is being produced, where the same ideas are translated into movement and light. The piece is aimed not only at a wide audience of listeners in the search of inner calm and inspiration, but also serve as a stand-alone artwork in museums and galleries.

Daniel Blacksmith is a spanish composer and multi-instrumentalist.

After ten years working in recording studio as audio engineer and music producer he release his first album "Química y Contexto: Destino".

Kepa Lehtinen – Nowhere (Spotify)

“Let yourself and your thoughts flow out of the endless stream of daily worries. The wounds will be healed, the heartbeat slows down, let the river of life take you on its waves. Kepa Lehtinen knows how to sound design a cinematic story, where the emotions fly around on all sides, to nowhere, like feathers in the wind and the bond of piano keys and theremin seems like a couple of angels who dance in the rhythm of wind.”

“Отпусти себя и свои мысли в бесконечном потоке наших повседневных забот. Раны затягиваются, биение сердца замедляется, пусть река жизни уносит вас на своих волнах.”

-Nagamag.com

The Maestro of the Theramin is out with a brand new song “NOwhere”... there is more to the instrument made famous by Scifi films from 50's.

The theremin, comes to life under the direction of the rising Finnish composer, Kepa Lehtinen on his new dark andante Nowhere.“The way i use theremin is quite unique. Together with double bass the theremin completes the piano like cello and violin does in classical piano trio.” The theremin is a electronic instrument which produces sound when your hands interact with the electro-magnetic field it emits without actually touching the device itself. It was invented in the labs of KGB by Russian engineer Leon Theremin in the early 1920s.

Strumming through the invisible electronic waves the Tonality play is unnoticeable. While harmonies are modern and complex; the overall feel seems to be nonetheless easily approachable and primitively hypnotic.

Insight to the world of the Theremin from Kepa….On the sound ”Retro but ultra hifi sound has been my goal at studio. Sound of sadness and past.” “Everybody wonders at my instrument,” ”but after all it is the most organic musical instrument there is. The sound is in direct contact with my breathing and the slightest movements of my body. I played the theremin part with a sore hand that I had hurt in a small skate accident i can feel the pain in my hand every time i listen to this track - lol”

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Selsom – Eiter (Spotify)

“Imagine flying into a new untouched land as a free bird, seeing the beauty of pure nature, the clean cool air tickling your skin, your eyes hypnotized into this majestic view. Selsom with Eiter through his wonderful harmonies manage to provide us a daydreaming of hope.”

-Nagamag.com

Eiter, meaning "small hail stones" in Norwegian, is part of a one-track-a-month ode to snow concept. It is an electronic neo-classical single with a piano solo B-side. The A-side is lead by an intimate pacy piano rhythm, covered by ambient strings, arpeggiator synths and vocal chops reminiscent of Ólafur Arnalds.

www.selsommusic.com/

Selsom is the composer alias of songwriter and producer Stian Vedøy. Hailing from a windswept west coast island in Norway, with not much else to do other than playing music, Vedøy started having piano lessons as a 6 year old. Having given most of his adult years too his indie folk pop project, Firewoodisland, he has now decided that it is time create an outlet for his piano lead compositions. With hints of misty and organic sounding synths and other sonic nuances, Selsom takes you to an atmospheric and cinematic state of deep focus.

www.instagram.com/selsommusic

Energise | Julia Thomsen (Video)

“Julia Thomsen with a nimble, infinitely melodic flow, a gently performance and a sound clarity in the recording, with her music -Energise- recharge our emotional batteries in a way to achieve more, daydream and see the bright side of life. ”

-Nagamag.com

Sea Energise a beautiful blend of emotive minimalist piano mixed in with rich magical strings, which takes the listener on a blissful cinematic journey pointing towards the healing power of the sea and miracles of Nature. Special guest on the track is German Composer Orchestrator and Arranger Robin Hoffmann.

Julia says ‘Forces of Nature and the power of music – May the force be with you.

Through these difficult times I have been more inspired than ever to compose never ending music tracks and I hope that my music will help people to relax, reflect and refocus.

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Julia Thomsen is a neo-classical composer who takes inspiration from nature and everything around her. Julia’s music has been used in art exhibitions, documentaries and films, most notably ‘Looking Out For George’ (2002) which was shortlisted for the Jury’s Prize at the Raindance Film Festival 2003 . In February 2020 Julia was signed up by international Sync agency, Deli Music.

‘Sea Energise’ EP follows the release of her previous single ‘Snowscape Remastered’, remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy Award Winning engineer Andy Walter (Harry Potter).

Julia’s new EP, is a beautiful blend of emotive minimalist piano tracks mixed in with rich magical strings, which yet again takes the listener on a blissful cinematic journey pointing towards the power and miracles of Nature. Special guests on the record are Dani Howard who orchestrated ‘Evoque’, ‘Nature Interlude’ and ‘Starlight’; and German Composer Orchestrator and Arranger Robin Hoffmann who orchestrated and arranged ‘Sea Energise’, ‘Beauty Inside and Out’ and ‘Blended’. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Nick Harding.

Julia says on the EP: “Forces of Nature and the power of music – May the force be with you. Through these difficult times I have been more inspired than ever to compose never ending music tracks and I hope that my music will help people to relax reflect and re focus.”

“Julia’s wonderful score beautifully encapsulated the empathy and drama within our story.”

Chris Dodds Director on ‘ Looking Out For George’ (Raindance Film Festival Nominee 2002)

“ Her music is very distant, evocative and leads the listener to still waters, one of the hardest things music should do. Julia does with ease in her amazing style, creating an atmosphere that one would want to listen to forever. “

William Camilleri, Composer and Cannes Film Festival Judge

Sam Miller Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Sam Miller:
Chamber folk-pop for most of my music with words and Neo-Classical for my instrumental works.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Sam Miller:
I've been a sideman in rock bands for years and during the COVID lockdown I started recording classical music, which is my current direction. I play bass, guitar and piano.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Sam Miller:
I re-discovered my love of music when I started playing piano after college. During that time I was also immersed in a song-writing community, which had a great effect on my creative sensibilities.


Nagamag:
Music has no borders and many of us we may listen to more genres that we are mainly involved. So share with Nagamag which track comes first in your mind from music but is NOT similar to your genre?

Sam Miller:
Hyri "Work of the Devil"


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Sam Miller:
Laura & Anton "Castles in the Air"

Discover & Listen to Sam Miller

Sam Miller on Spotify

Sam Miller's Signature Track

Sam Miller on Social Media

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Sam Miller's Website

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Daniel Rosenholm – November (Video)

“This kind of music is as a medicine against the fast forward way of life and information we live nowadays. Instantly it invites you to stop now, not waste your time only in your out-self experiences, devote bit of time for your inner self. Think, listen, feel. Daniel Rosenholm with November , soundtracks that with his gently performance full of emotive harmonies. ”

-Nagamag.com

www.instagram.com/danielrosenholm_music/

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