Selsom – Hagl (Spotify)

Selsom – Hagl (Spotify)

Hagl by Selsom is an emotive "morning" piano theme with delightful harmonies and beautiful performance. A recording which captures the performance moments of the artist like been sit next and enjoy the silence, where everything filled only from the beauty of the notes.

The Norwegian language has 100 words relating to snow. Hagl, meaning hail, is part of Selsom's one year long project releasing one piano lead Ambient / Neo-classical composition a month. Hagl is a pacy yet mellow solo piano piece, imitating the small, bouncing hail stones, beautiful performed on a Yamaha U1 upright.

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.
https://www.selsommusic.com/

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Kepa Lehtinen Interview on Nagamag

Kepa Lehtinen Interview on Nagamag

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

Kepa Lehtinen:
Classical, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kepa Lehtinen:
I was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1971 and began studying music in childhood, eventually learning to play piano, synthesizers, theremin, and drums. I went on to study Sound Design at Finland’s Aalto University and I have since written music for many films, commercials, and TV productions. My work has appeared in award-winning Finnish titles such as Kimmo (TV series), Almost 18 (feature film), and A Stone LeftUnturned (short film). I released my first solo album, Playing Theremin, in 2018. In 2019 I released Helsinki in November and 2020 album “It Is OK To Be Sad And Dark”.


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

Kepa Lehtinen:
As a child, the Queen was the biggest. Seeing live aid on tv and year after that seeing band live (on Stockholm). Point of no return.


Nagamag:
Does your music have any underlying messages in it?

Kepa Lehtinen:
Strong melodies over anything else.


Nagamag:
Is music political? Should it be?

Kepa Lehtinen:
I have been on some political projects, including "I Have Only Just Begun,” a song for gay rights in Russia. It made Boy George cry and Madonna said it is something Putin should hear.


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?

Kepa Lehtinen:
Placebo "Running up that hill"


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

Kepa Lehtinen:
Ryuichi Sakamoto "The Sheltering Sky"

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Hideyuki Hashimoto – choral (Spotify)

Hideyuki Hashimoto – choral (Spotify)

Choral by Hideyuki Hashimoto is a gently, well performed, emotive piano with chill and romantic notes that engage a daydreaming.
A theme that could be your "breakfast" sound to start a new fine day. Taken from his album "April - Water" released on nlart.

Hideyuki Hashimoto (b. 1986) is a pianist/composer born in Osaka Japan, currently based in Kagawa Prefecture. He utilizes space in his improvisational performances and composition. In 2012, Hashimoto released two works Earth and Air, throughout Japan. 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. In addition to first being appointed to compose the music for film in Hungary, he has also appeared in Japanese audio magazines and had his music featured in such commissions as JAL flight broadcasts. In 2013, following the Setouchi Triennale 2013, Hideyuki Hashimoto partook in the Sea’s Terrace event with his spacial music in Takamijima, and with an upright piano from the island, represented the region’s atmosphere with music, leaving the audience with a deep impression of beauty.
http://hideyukihashimoto.com/

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Dale Nichols – Flauto Magico – Piano Reprise (Spotify)

Dale Nichols – Flauto Magico – Piano Reprise (Spotify)

Dale Nichols, a Canadian musician based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, deliver us a sentimental piano solo reprise of an electronic track originally composed for an award-winning VR dance production "Eve: Dance Is An Unplaceable Place". Performed with right balance between harmonies and silence which allo listener get into the story quick and enjoy the flow.
http://dalenicholsmusic.com/

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Archi Alpízar, Ivan “Melón” Lewis – Each Day I Think of Her (Spotify)

Archi Alpízar, Ivan “Melón” Lewis – Each Day I Think of Her (Spotify)

Each Day I Think Of Her from Archi Alpizar, the intro track of his album "Water's Memories" from Layren Music Entertainment is a song based on the intimate Cuba. Dedicated to the mother of the composer Archi Alpízar. This song is performed by Latin Grammy nominee Iván Melón Lewis who was a student of Archi Alpízar in Havana. Mostly romantic and refreshing in the atmosphere it delivers, with diversity in harmonies to the end and a clear balanced performance that makes the listening deep and enjoyable.

Few words about Archi Alpizar:
A versatile contemporary music composer. His origins go back to being a professor of Harmony at ENAC and at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana. The artist currently resides in Spain where he is a Phd of Musicology. His interest is always to evolve music beyond labels. Its main instrument is the piano, but it contributed to the foundation of the National Electroacoustic Music Laboratory (LMNE) in Havana. Archi Alpízar combines electronics with piano from an experimental perspective, generating multiple sound systems juxtaposed in motion.
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Kepa Lehtinen – Forbidden planet (Spotify)

Kepa Lehtinen – Forbidden planet (Spotify)

"Forbidden Planet", one of the most popular track from new album "It is ok to be sad and dark" from Kepa Lehtinen, is a powerfully hypnotic theremin work accompanied by piano and double bass. The resulting sound is melancholy, emotional, and full of a nocturnal spirit that will work its way into your consciousness and remain there.

Few words about Kepa Lehtinen
Well-known Finland-based film and TV composer Kepa Lehtinen is proud to announce the release of his new album, Helsinki In November, that features original contemporary classical music written for piano, contrabass, and theremin. The theremin is an almost-century-old electronic instrument that’s played by hand gestures rather than direct contact and is seldom encountered in the classical world. Lehtinen, however, makes the instrument a cornerstone of his sound and Helsinki In November gives listeners a master class in what this unusual instrument can do.
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Thomas Hewitt Jones, Simon Hewitt Jones – Above and Beyond (Spotify)

Thomas Hewitt Jones, Simon Hewitt Jones – Above and Beyond (Spotify)

Above and Beyond' explores a distant realm and the idea of perfection through fragile beauty.
It features Simon Hewitt Jones on the solo violin, brother of Thomas Hewitt Jones which his talent on capture through his harmonies the emotions of life is limitless and unique. A very emotional theme.

Read also our interview with Thomas Hewitt Jones
https://www.nagamag.com/interviews/thomas-hewitt-jones-interview-on-nagamag-com/

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Morgane Matteuzzi, Yiorgo Ioannou – Shape of Light (Spotify)

Morgane Matteuzzi, Yiorgo Ioannou – Shape of Light (Spotify)

Shape of Light is a deep cinematic emotional theme with mystery and tension, the brilliant sound design of synths and vocals here deliver an epic feeling, while it initially gives you a dark feeling, it finally release you to the light side.

Artist share with us few words behind this song:
"This is a song I composed when I lost someone I really loved. When she was dying she was talking about this light she was seeing but was not able to walk into. I wanted to compose this song to make her departure easier and she got the chance to listen to it before leaving us. I got the chance to have my beautiful colleague and friend from the Royal College of Music "Yiorgo Ioannou" joining me on this track who added an amazing oriental touch to it."

Few words about Morgane Matteuzzi:
Morgane studied Opera at the Royal College of Music in London. Subsequently, moved to Berlin to work on various projects with artists from this city. She fell in love with the open mindedness and spirit of the people living there. Morgane has always loved experimenting with extremes and blending sounds that one would not normally expect to be combined in order to create truly alternate and vivid compositions. Her specialty is to blend her distorted vocals with her operatic vocals. She is very versatile and loves fusing everything that moves her together to create a unique bubble; its own universe.
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Muidas – Aria (Video)

Aria (Italian for Air) is Muìdas’ first single. The song is characterized by a melancholic yet soothing mood, evoking the sensation of taking off and being up in the air, among gray and menacing clouds. A well performed cinenamtic theme which goes a bit further than the usual solo piano design of neoclassical and explores more deeply the harmonic boundaries, spiced with tickling sound layers.

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Gregory Paul Mineeff – Through This (Spotify)

Gregory Paul Mineeff – Through This (Spotify)

A quiet sunday night of a long weekend, Gregory Paul Mineeff sits on his favorite felted piano, full of emotions and energy to express, filtering them out of his hands to the keys and transforming them into a deep nostalgic cinematic theme.

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