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SAAH Interview on Nagamag

Modern Classical

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

SAAH:
Neoclassical, contemporary classical, modern classical piano,


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

SAAH:
I was given an old piano at the age of nine. i immediately fell in love with that instrument(i actually wanted a flute, but I didn´t get one)
since then I loved to improvise and create little melodies.
i also had piano lessons for some years, but I always preferred to play by ear.
that´s why I decided not to study at the music university.
i played in bands and the last years I´ve been composing for theatres and I´ve been creating solo piano pieces in my tiny homestudio. Last year I won the European song writing award in the category: music for motion pictures. since then I´ve been releasing heartfelt solo piano songs. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love and to share my music with everybody who wants to listen.


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

SAAH:
I guess it was when i first heard some Tory Amos songs (i fell in love with her way to play the piano) and later i really loved the Keith Jarrett´s Köln concert (i was so impressed by the spirit and vibes of his free and harmonic improvising )


Nagamag:
do you have any plans for the near future?

SAAH:
Yes, I have :)
I always desired to play outside in nature or in other special places with my stage piano.
...so I had a stunning handmade piano shell built by a very talented man and now (about 2 weeks ago) a wonderful painter completed this work with a very special and beautiful painting on the cover of the shell, that means a lot to me.
So from now on I will also share some little video clips from outside, playing on Juna (that´s my pianos name;) - it means the desired..... I am over the moon excited about that.


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

SAAH:
INCUBUS "Wish you were here"


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

SAAH:
Franco Roberts (He has a different piano sound, I really like his work) "axolotl"

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Lewis Bolland Interview on Nagamag

Modern Classical

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

Lewis Bolland:
Modern Classical, Relaxing Piano, Lightly Cinematic.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Lewis Bolland:
Performing the piano since the age of 7, Lewis’s home life was filled with music. His formal music education began early with piano lessons given by his grandmother Elsie. By the time he was 14 Lewis was being called up as the pianist & keyboard player in school performances and at the age of 15 he was in the rehearsal room as a student teacher, giving lessons to his contemporaries.

After composing and performing for his GSCE & A Level music exams, Lewis went on to support some of the UK’s biggest artists and toured the country multiple times as a session pianist & keys player. In late 2014 Lewis set up ‘Private Piano Tuition UK’. A modern classical piano school who teach over sixty students per week and currently holds a 100% pass rate with Royal Schools Of Music. During the summer of 2019 Lewis performed as a dinner pianist on ships across Europe and came home to start his residency with the Four Seasons Hotels in September. This has seen him go on to perform in front of celebrities, high profile figures, royalty and in the homes of some of the wealthiest families in the world.

After discovering composers such as Ludovico Einaudi, Hans Zimmer and Yann Tiersen in piano lessons with his grandmother, Lewis fell in love with writing modern classical and started working on an EP with close friend Ben Selley. Following six months writing originals and re-arranging well known tracks Lewis & Ben recorded their debut EP ‘TIME’ at Air studios, London and released it on the 19th August 2019 under ‘Bolland & Selley’.

‘Moments’ is the first solo release from Lewis in 2021 and was inspired by the different seasons and the feelings they conjure up during the course of a year.


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

Lewis Bolland:
I remember my grandmother teaching me how to compose and I fell in love with writing piano pieces. Most days I would write a new piece just to get better and better and I still love composing just as much today!


Nagamag:
Many artists listen to genres that they are not producing music for. Which track is your favorite that is NOT similar to yours?

Lewis Bolland:
Sigala "Sweet Lovin'"


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

Lewis Bolland:
Ludovico Einaudi "I Giorni"

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Maria Grönlund Interview on Nagamag

Modern Classical

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

Maria Grönlund:
Neo-Classical, Modern Classical, Contemporary Classical


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Maria Grönlund:
You may know Stockholm’s Maria Gronlund from her weekly live stream ‘Meet Me At The Piano’ on Facebook. Or from her debut album ‘Songs of a Sad Sailor’, which was a Spotify Classical Pick. Or even from her short collection last Autumn called ‘Colors of my Mind: Pt. 1’, which was the first of three releases that will go to make up her next LP ‘Colors of my Mind’. Part 2 of the collection is nearly upon us with three pieces of neo-classical imagination due later this month.


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

Maria Grönlund:
There was a lot of music and singing in my family, and I was five or six years old when we inherited a big, black, shiny piano from my grandfather. My mother had always dreamed of learning how to play the piano, and she found us an Austrian piano teacher named Helga, who taught us both to play in her house. I was tiny, and I got my lessons at a brown piano in her basement, and then I stood and peeked into the living room with the two grand pianos standing opposite each other, while my mom got her lesson. I was totally fascinated by the instruments and imagined they were like fairy tale ships to another world, since they gave out such amazing sound. I've been in love with the piano ever since.


Nagamag:
Tell us more about the project you're working on right now!

Maria Grönlund:
I'm in the midst of a project called 'Colors of my mind', which will culminate in a full album released both digitally and physically, and with an online album experience which will feature the creation process of the music and all the art involved. Artwork merch will also be an important part of this project.
It all originates from a lengthy, filmed joint improvisation I made together with an artist, Madelene Egerfält, where she painted what she heard me play and i played what I saw her paint. We both came into a state of flow and had a really intense experience. The painting is just amazing, and I feel it depicts both her and me, and the situation it was created in.

I've used the musical material from this occasion and built it out to ten piano pieces that I release in three rounds. EP Colors of my mind Pt.1 was released in the late fall, Pt.2 now in March, and Pt.3 and thus the full album is planned for late spring/early summer this year.


Nagamag:
What's the ethos behind your music?

Maria Grönlund:
I feel so rich having music in my life. It helps me cope with stress and difficulties. I often play to calm myself down and to sort my thoughts and feelings out. My vision is to share the feeling of relief and joy I get from playing with people who might need it.


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Maria Grönlund:
Imogen Heap "Earth"


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

Maria Grönlund:
Poppy Ackroyd "Time"

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Le Chanson d’Erika (Video)

“A solo piano performed on a contemporary manner which let us focus on the expertise of the performer while bringing nostalgic feelings and leaving us to enjoy true classical music values”

-Nagamag.com

Renault and Peugeot are wine-guzzling, chain-smoking French composers who write melancholic music about art to support their dissolute lifestyles. They sincerely hope that you enjoy their compositions, and support them generously, so that they can continue to afford their expensive debaucheries.

Chiara Dubey Interview on Nagamag

Modern Classical


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

Chiara Dubey:
My music is a crossover between alternative pop, dreamy electronic, and modern classical - a fusion of airy strings textures, electronic beats/ sound design and my voice.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Chiara Dubey:
I sing since when I was a child and started playing the violin at the age of 5. As I grew up, it became clear to me that I wanted to become a professional musician and I chose to study classical music at the conservatoire, majoring in violin and composition. In parallel, I kept performing as a singer/songwriter on international stages - like the Eurovision national finale. In 2018 I left my homeland and moved to London, where I completed my Master studies in vocal performance. Now I am back in Switzerland where I focus on my project as a solo artist.


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

Chiara Dubey:
On the weekends, when I was a child, I would have tea (chai tea) with my father in the morning. It was our little ceremony. While he would prepare the tea, I would play an old CD of Céline Dion, always the same one, and I would sing along with all the air that I had in my lungs. I remember it would fill me with an ecstatic feeling, the same one I still have now when I perform. I guess these were the first moments where I fell in love with music and that bond never broke.


Nagamag:
You just released your début album, Constellations. What is the idea behind it?

Chiara Dubey:
As a child, I would spend most of my summers in the mountains. Nights, away from the city lights were so dark and quiet, and the sky was a breathtaking, dusty explosion of stars. Other children and I would lay for hours on the grass, just staring at them - and eventually keeping count of the falling stars. I couldn’t avoid noticing, what an influence that sight would have on my thoughts. It would slowly detach me from my daily reality, my thoughts would drown in that deep universe and I would find myself wondering about life, about death, about time, about dreams. That awareness and wonder accompanied me through the years, as I grew. I wanted to create an album that would carry some of those feelings, which are a beautiful part of our human essence. They accompany us in our choices and habits, but our daily pattern somehow makes it difficult for us just to find that space, that quietness, which allows our mind to wonder and dream. I have the feeling that we often get lost in the fuss of our busy scheduled lives. With Constellations, I wanted to emulate the effect that the deep, starred skies have on me, and create an atmosphere that would invite people to evade their reality, just for a while.


Nagamag:
Your album also contains instrumentals, why this choice?

Chiara Dubey:
Classical music is an important part of my personality and I like to express myself just trough sound sometimes, trough compositions, without using words. In this album I really wanted to include this side of me as well, without fearing what the audience might expect from me. It also gives me the chance to perform with the violin on stage, from time to time!


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Chiara Dubey:
Jon Hopkins "Emerald Rush"


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

Chiara Dubey:
Aurora "Infections of a different kind"

Discover & Listen to Chiara Dubey

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