Leonardo the Space Pianist Interview on Nagamag

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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
My music style’s roots are a crossover of different experiences, the seed is in my background as classical pianist and metal keyboardist. I describe my music as Contemporary Space Music, where there are influences of cinematic, experimental, neo-classical, progressive metal and wave genres.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I was born in Venice, Italy, and discovered the piano at the age of 6 and astronomy at 9. At the age of 12, by reading Isaac Asimov, playing Beethoven and Bach, listening to Queen, Steve Vai and Robert Miles, I decided I would travel the Space and play my music outside planet Earth. So I became a professional pianist AND an aerospace engineer.
As a pianist I graduated at the Music Conservatory in Italy, studying composition and developing my passion for synths and electronic music. I was mentored by Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater's keyboardist. In the meanwhile I graduated with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Padova, researching on hypervelocity impacts and space safety. During those years I did a concert at the ESRANGE Space Center in cold Sweden while taking part in his first space mission with the SCRAT Project, a very important milestones of my Journey.
In 2006 I created the Music House to develop my View - the project 'Nullo Die Sine Nota’. The Latin sentence means 'Not A Day Without a Note'. I recorded four studio albums and two EPs, with always new music in the flow. I played in several countries like Italy, Germany, UK, Netherlands, and Turkey. I teamed up with many artists during the years, like Yossi Sassi, Aliki Chrysochou and Anna Utopia Giordano. In the last nine years, I have worked with several dancers too; the latest chapter of this experience is 'BlackShip', an innovative show for contemporary music, contemporary fusion dance and visual art.
In 2016 I moved to Malta. I wanted to deeper discover myself, islands are the perfect metaphor of our planet, and an excellent place for freediving…and it is actually working!
Currently I am developing further my space music and researching and lecturing at University in aerospace.
Nearly forgetting, I am also passionate about martial arts and photography.


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
The very first memory I have is of myself at 3 years old with a yellow toy-piano. I liked to improvise (clearly!) with it and sometimes to disassemble (maybe an early sign of engineering). Besides this I realized that I wanted to become a pianist when I was 6 years old, I remember there was another kid playing an old upright piano at school, seeing the other school mates around happy and smiling. When he finished I have vivid in my mind that I played my first real piano key, thinking: Wow! I want to play it and share music with people!
So a few months later, I started my musical journey.


Nagamag:
How did the Covid19 pandemic influence your artistic activity?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am seeing it as an opportunity of growth, despite the difficult moment that everyone is facing. I increased considerably my online activity, publishing every week vlog episodes on my YouTube channel, starting to stream regularly my music performances on Twitch and releasing with a higher frequency new music on the main music distribution platforms, like Spotify. The effects of the pandemic will take quite a lot in my opinion to be completely managed and society and music industry will be quite different in the near future. 2 new EPs and 4 singles are in the workflow for the upcoming months.


Nagamag:
Who is the Space Pianist?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
I am a Dreamer that step by step is designing his way to perform the first piano concert on Mars.


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?

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
IGORRR "Downgrade Desert"


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

Leonardo the Space Pianist:
Infected Mushroom "Heavyweight"

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Aysedeniz Gokcin – Prologue of Promises (Spotify)

“Prologue of promises the second out of a fourteen track album from classical/rock crossover pianist Aysedeniz Gokcin, is a mastefully performed solo piece with an eclectic yet elegant aura that ask from listeners to contemplate on reshaping the future and how we want things to be fixed through pure musical notes”

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Prologue of Promises is a track that hosts all our wishes and hopes for the future in musical notes. It is a reflection of how we would reshape our future and how we would like to fix things...

AyseDeniz is a classical/rock crossover pianist currently splitting her time between Los Angeles, London, and Istanbul. She started playing piano at age five and was considered a child prodigy in her native home of Turkey. She completed her Bachelor's in Piano Performance at Eastman School of Music in New York and her Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

AyseDeniz is recognized internationally for her ability to unite the classical genre with classic rock and creating original rock arrangements and compositions, which she now performs for fans worldwide to sold-out shows. She has appeared on BBC News, Vogue, Classic FM, Prog Rock Magazine, and more. The Arts Council England endorses her under the Exceptional Talent Visa.

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Dario Forzato – Water Circles (Spotify)

“Starting with an ambient cinematic mood and floating gently into emotional harmonies, Dario Forzato creates a soft music fog with his new music WATER CIRCLES that which hug you into her beautiful light as feather world.”

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"Water Circles" is the second single off of "Aerial Circles (Circle Three)", the third and final release of the Aerial Circles series by composer and music producer Dario Forzato. The composition is a mix of ambient guitar soundscapes, warm plucked cello, and moving piano accompanied by a modern minimalist production.

Read also our Nagamag interview with Dario Forzato
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Kepa Lehtinen – Fall (Spotify)

“Kepa Lehtinen with Fall once more showcase his outstanding technical ability in Theremin and its bond with the Piano, exploring more complex harmonies. Storytelling which flirts with a cinematic mystery that builds up a beautiful emotive atmosphere.”

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Finnish composer Kepa Lehtinen comes out with his latest electronica classical infusion.His new song FALL Combines instrumentation that is unusual, the harmonies are modern, with a melody that is nonetheless easily approachable and beautiful. Autumn colours can be heard from soundscape created with the theremin accompanied by piano and contrabass. Due to the fact that the sound of the theremin is influenced by the slightest vibration or breathing of the body, it provides a truly natural sound although it is an analog synthesizer.“The theremin’s role has changed in my music. It is now an underlying organic element that makes my sound both retro and contemporary at the same time. I honestly do not know anybody using the theremin like I do.”Check also our NAGAMAG interview with Kepa Lehtinenhttps://www.nagamag.com/the-latest/kepa-lehtinen-interview/

Johan Famaey Interview on Nagamag

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

Johan Famaey:
neo-classical, piano, musical, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Johan Famaey:
I was four years old when I played my first tunes on the accordeon, taught by my father. It would culminate into my graduation as master in music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium in 2002. 18 years and countless performance in Europe and China and compositions later, a new episode has started in 2020. After very successful performances of my musical Hors in February 2020, based on the legend of Bayard, I've decided to pursue my love for performing on the piano and composing even more passionately.


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

Johan Famaey:
Music was all around me, since my parents were musicians. My father was my first inspirator. Not only did he teach me how to play, he also let me appreciate all genres of music by playing records. I remember very vividly how I was not only enchanted by music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Schubert but also liked to play arrangements of old songs like 'Crying in the Chapel'. Wen I was a teenager, I heard the music of Ennio Morricone for the first time with the broadcast of 'Secret of the Sahara' on television. His music has had a very profound effect on my adoration for a melody that touches the soul. Music should be felt.


Nagamag:
Do you have any new music coming out?

Johan Famaey:
This year 2020, I will release more piano and orchestral music and even some tracks with vocals on it. For music videos, I work together with the amazing film producer María Cecilia Alguacil from Argentina. Moon Touch has been masterfully produced by her and also Time Passenger is an extraordinary beautiful video which will be shown for the first time September 25th on YouTube. It will be available on Spotify and other streaming platforms around half to end October.


Nagamag:
Do you have any concerts coming up?

Johan Famaey:
Due to covid, it is very difficult for us musicians to perform. Nevertheless, November 28 en 29 I will present a whole new show with my music with piano, backing tracks, dance, vocals and all whistles and bells in terms of light and sound. This will take place in my hometown in Hamme, Belgium.


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?

Johan Famaey:
Symphony X "When all is lost"


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

Johan Famaey:
Nils Frahm "Ambre"

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Iliya Zaki – Atanua (Spotify)

“A deep emotive cinematic theme which hits hard inide you and release goosepumbs through its brilliant storytelling.”

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A song made special for an aerial silk performance by Asia's largest new circus group, Cre Arts Asia. A 7-minute epic story soundtrack written in a cinematic orchestral style. Here is a link to the solo aerial performance: https://youtu.be/4FJQu7QWacgIliya Zaki is Singapore's foremost composer in the Epic Orchestral and Trailer Music genre. He found his love for symphonic music at an early age and progressed to the music of the rock and metal at 9 years old. His childhood idols, Japanese heavy metal band X-Japan, continue to be his greatest source of musical inspiration.Drawing influence from the works of Yoshiki Hayashi, Hans Zimmer and Thomas Bergersen, Iliya focuses on creating music that tells a compelling emotional story.Aside from his personal music releases, Iliya writes for renown publishers in the Trailer and TV industry such as Epic Score, Gothic Storm, The License Lab, and several more.Iliya has placements in many TV channels worldwide such as:ESPN, HBO, Fox Sports, DMAX, Discovery, NHL, BBC, Telecino and many more!Popular TV shows that has used Iliya's music:WWE, Baby Boomers, The Voice, Biggest Loser, Top Gear, Deadly Women, and plenty more!https://iliyazaki.com/

Andreas Kübler – From Dust to Another Life (Spotify)

“Andreas Kübler’ with his theme From Dust to Another Life on IMAscore invite us to his quality cinematic music world, a blend of nostalgy and tension which builds up a wonderful atmosphere and explores new worlds. Obviously the reason why used also in the promotional campaign of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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Andreas Kübler’s life is all about music. He went on stage to tour Europe as singer and bass guitar player right after school, played lots of music and left the stage again to compose even more. His style could be described as epic music, but plainly emotional would cover it better. A contemporary, modern orchestral sound is the basis of his compositions, but that’s all that makes them comparable.Andreas is one of the founders and the lead composer of the popular music studio IMAscore and responsible for the music of some of the most successful movie marketing campaigns of all time. This includes Disney’s The Lion King, Aladdin, How To Train Your Dragon, Jurassic World, Avengers and the Star Wars saga. On top of that the music he wrote for the Captain Marvel promotional campaign won the prestigious Clio Gold Award in 2019.Andreas Küblers public music is the musical portrayal of his artist self. No limitations, no briefings, no boundaries.

Nate Wonder – We Go Tonight (Spotify)

“Deep and haunting cinematic music, the dark whispering through the strings by shadows.”

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“We Go Tonight” is the haunting, orchestral piece from Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur from the upcoming film Antebellum starring Janelle Monáe out this Friday. Best known for their work alongside Monáe on her albums and as part of her Wondaland Arts Society, it’s the first-ever score from the production duo, who present shadowy arrangements that help define the striking on-screen subject matter.“Writing the score for Antebellum has been a rewarding adventure in creating a musical bed that compliments the script while becoming its own unique character and identity within the film. It was really wonderful to work with my brother on this, it was one of the most fulfilling experiences,” says Nate “Rocket” Wonder of the project.
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The Forever Now – A Spark Becomes a Flame (Spotify)

“Imagine a great film which starts with a music box, a hand tunes it and its blisful harmonies start to unfold, sparks of notes which become an emotional flame. Thisis Moments I: A Spark Becomes A Flame by Forever now, a deep cinematic classical, emotive with modern sound design.”

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The Forever Now is the solo project of Filipino/Canadian in Denmark Monty de Luna with frequent collaborator Lauren Austin among others. Started in 2011 as “W I N C H E S T E R” from Winchester St. in Toronto, the duo carved out a cinematic indie synth-rock niche with their debut EP “If Time is Not Linear, Why Can’t I Forget the Past”. Now, after relocating to Denmark, Monty is back on his own with Lauren as a frequent collaborator, bringing a new collection of pop singles featuring organic textures, and lush harmonies.https://instagram.com/the.forever.now/

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