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Kristine Bratlie Interview on Nagamag

Piano

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

Kristine Bratlie:
I like to call my music style a cross over between classical piano music, film, musical and jazz. It stretches in multiple directions, often even inside one song.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Kristine Bratlie:
I am a norwegian classical pianist that developed into a composer, curios about HOW I could reach peoples heart with my music.
My musical education is from academies in Oslo, Norway and Salzburg, Austria (the birthplace of Mozart).
After turning back home, doing concerts and teaching with classical piano literature, I eventually started publishing music, both piano, chamber music and singing.
Now I live in Sweden, in a small town called Aneby.


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

Kristine Bratlie:
I started to play piano at the age of 9, and had many fine years developing. But what I think gave me that boost, that feeling of joy and meaning was when I began singing (and playing) in a gospel choir at 13. I felt this inspiration from the harmonies, the rhythm, the joy. It became really a manifestation of music in my soul.


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

Kristine Bratlie:
Tiziano Ferro "Lo Stadio"


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

Kristine Bratlie:
Ludovico Einaudi "Una Mattina"

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Andrei Poliakov Interview on Nagamag

Piano

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

Andrei Poliakov:
The foundation of my works is a well-educated neoclassical, romantic soundscape, but as soon as the music begins, it starts looking for cross-over opportunities to develop into an exciting house-party, jazz, pop, or electronic music, all these easily transforming to warm classical follow-ups – hence the eclectic style which I hope helps me tell better stories without words.
Essentially, I treat a musical genre as an additional color for the compositions, like seasoning in food; these colors help me get the emotions across and tell the stories to the listener with better precision and stronger impact:

I do not feel bound by a genre or a style, and instead I use and abuse the variety of styles to paint a deeper and more colorful, meaningful musical picture. Nevertheless, the Piano is always staying as a centerpiece of my compositions as I believe the richness and diversity of sounds of the “king of music” easily trumps any other instrument I know


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Andrei Poliakov:
I am a professional musician, composer and producer, received a fundamental classical music master education as a pianist and an oboist in Russia, and then continued with the professional musical career performing with world-renowned orchestras. Later I diversified my musical taste and capacity into jazz, rock, and pop genres, performing and recording with various bands and solo.
Since 2012 I have been living in Switzerland, Geneva, engaging into various professional activities both in artistic and business domains.


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

Andrei Poliakov:
I started learning piano at a very early age of 3 or 4 years old: my parents are pianists and music has always been in the center of my life.
When I was in school (yes, seriously underage…) my favorite pastime while cutting lessons was to grab a couple of friends, buy a box of beers, go to a nearest abandoned building (which we had a lot in Russia in the 90s), sit down on a window sill, take a sip of a cold one, and put the 6th symphony by Tchaikovsky, or the 2nd (no, 3rd… any of them!) Rachmaninov’s piano concerto on a Walkman and basically drown in emotions and thoughts… and beer.

Hence, the music that has influenced me the most, comes from the second half of 19th – first half of 20th century – and I must admit, most of it is Russian music or music with Russian roots. Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Skryabin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky – but also Mahler, Bruckner, Richard Strauss – these composers influenced my taste the most. Depth of thought, wide array of emotions, unimaginable soundscape and extremely clever and elegant arrangement solutions; beautiful harmonies and melodies…

Being a teenager, I of course dived into the world of rock and pop music, starting with The Beatles - the band that still remains my all time favorite, and all the usual suspects: Queen, Michael Jackson, Metallica... and this journey continues to date.


Nagamag:
Is there a story behind your latest release "Moonlight" and would you like to share it?

Andrei Poliakov:
I dedicated this short piano essay to the Moon and to the most beautiful village in the world: Céligny - a tiny little place in Switzerland, where I live.
Céligny is inhabited by incredibly kind, smart, and very warm people, has an unbelievably rich and beautiful nature, and stunning views along with very old historical houses drowning in floral multi-coloredness, and there is #MontBlanc 🏔 on the horizon... and don't get me started on the birds' chirping and singing...

Once it was a home for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the latter is buried in the old cemetery of the village.

Céligny is an unfathomably cozy place on this planet, and I feel very blessed to have had a chance to engrave my very intimate memories of this village.

I have actually composed the Moonlight in the heart of a former water mill!

And then one early morning in February I woke up and couldn’t fall asleep again. I decided to go for a walk and took along a video camera, and there was a full Moon in the skies! I was so enchanted and intrigued by mysterious flair of that morning that I couldn’t stop the camera running - and then I decided to use some of that footage for the video of this track.


Nagamag:
Is Moonlight going to be a part of a bigger project you are working on right now?

Andrei Poliakov:
Yes, this new solo piano release “MOONLIGHT” is continuing to form my live album “Moonlight & Sunshine”, and it follows the previous releases of 2020: “Declaration of Love”, “Lullaby”, and “La Promenade in Paris”
The “Moonlight & Sunshine” album has an uncommon approach for the neoclassics genre: every next release features 2 different versions of one motive, coming to life as a piano solo piece, interpreting a narrative in the moonlight, and as a fully arranged piece, revealing the same story under the sunshine.

The album has been evolving live on the major streaming platforms as a playlist (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and others), thereby gradually forming the full album as new pairs of tracks are released.

The album Moonlight & Sunshine on Spotify: open.spotify.com/playlist/3MCyNWldBXCbZdLKehspn2?si=882c2e2dc09d4074

In a few weeks I am planning to follow up and release the fully arranged track called "Sunshine", which is inspired by the melodics of Moonlight, but features a duet of piano and violin (played by a very talented violinist from Russia) and other instruments.


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

Andrei Poliakov:
The Beatles "Here comes the Sun"


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

Andrei Poliakov:
Ludovico Einaudi Una Mattina

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Sacha Hoedemaker Interview on Nagamag

Piano

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

Sacha Hoedemaker:
Cinematic Piano.
Often, his music is compared to film scores. Soundtracks.
Atmospheric Piano.
There is always a story in his music. A universal story.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Sacha Hoedemaker:
Sacha started playing piano at the age of 8. After two years of piano lessons, he quit. Thinking; this is not for me.
Then he was cast as a musical accompanist at the age of 14 in a school musical. He fell in love with musicals and wanted to learn everything there was about musical theory. How were songs built up and what were recurring patterns, etc. He quickly realized that he had a good ear and started exploring different genres. After a couple years he was playing professionally for semi-pro singers as well as in theaters and restaurants as a background pianist. Always listening to how his music had an effect on the room.
This skill then became useful when he tried improvisational theater. He scored scenes with the same ears as listening to a busy restaurant. What is needed in order for the 'audience' to have a good time. Connecting music with emotions and stories. That's what makes him a highly sought after musical director.
Sacha is now a musical improviser. Envisioning a story and letting go of all that is distracting, through meditation and mindfulness. Using all his gathered knowledge about music in the last decade, and focusing it on his craft by creating a listening experience. On a daily basis, he plays for Europe's biggest improvisation theater called Boom Chicago. He graduated from the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam in 2020 and currently is running a growing home-studio called The Music Maker. At the start of 2020, he was looking for more creative outlets and he joined several collaborative projects, one of them resulted in an Emmy win. (#CreateTogether) He is the pianist for Dr. Peacock (in Concert).
He started releasing music during the pandemic, in August 2020, and has been growing his presence on the classical piano market ever since.


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

Sacha Hoedemaker:
Yes, after I had discovered that I could play anything.. I took on the challenge of learning Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. It took me a full week, but I managed to do it. I couldn't contain myself and kept playing new songs every day. From Classical to Pop and from Jazz to Gabber. Seeking to challenge myself, was a driving factor for me to keep coming up with, and taking on creative projects.


Nagamag:
What is your goal in terms of music?

Sacha Hoedemaker:
It has been a dream of mine to score a full feature film, as a composer.
Starting small, my initial goal is to create several cues, or score a short film. Help conveying a story in any way that I can. Too many stories are silenced, I see it as a my calling, to help tell some of those.


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

Sacha Hoedemaker:
Vulfpeck "1612"


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

Sacha Hoedemaker:
Elliot Jacques "Kaleidoscope"

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Johan Famaey Interview on Nagamag

Piano


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

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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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 bit further the usualy solo piano design of neoclassical and explores deeper the harmonic boundaries, spiced with tickling sound layers.

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Leena Hertz Interview on Nagamag

Piano


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

Leena Hertz:
Neo-classics, new age, instrumental, spiritual, piano, cinematic


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Leena Hertz:
I am playing piano since the time I remember myself. My mom is a music teacher and my dad is a big music lover. So piano, guitars, vinyl, music players were normal things in our family. My study background is 16 years: 9 year of classical piano school, 6 years of jazz piano in Moscow College of Improvising Music and 1 year of film composer study in Moscow Film School. Before 2018 I worked mostly as a pianist. I worked at exhibitions and events in Russia and abroad, I played covers and my own music. And I noticed that the public's reaction to my music was very positive. People told me that while listening to my music they had been wrapped in memories, different images, they cried. In 2016 I initiated a movement Piano Maniacs with the idea to connect those who are crazy about piano. But in 2017 I decided to be a professional film composer. In 2018 I started to work as a film composer. Also I've been playing sacred music for Gurdjieff's sacred dances since 2009. In June 2019 I started to record my first studio album Az Esm. It was released on 30/06/2020.


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

Leena Hertz:
From the beginning of my life I felt myself as a real musician. I always played piano, sang songs, composed music. I played with rattled glass bottles that they are participants of some orchestra. I always made different noises with different things and heard music in them. Now I think that profession of sound designer could be good for me.


Nagamag:
What does the name of your album mean?

Leena Hertz:
My album is called Az Esm. It means I Am. But my music is not about myself. It's about you. You will learn something more about yourself, maybe you will recall something forgotten or maybe you'll discover something new in yourself. You will watch your own movie.


Nagamag:
Where can we listen to your album?

Leena Hertz:
Here is the link to the album: sl.onerpm.com/1393422220


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

Leena Hertz:
Shpongle "Around The World In A Tea Daze"


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

Leena Hertz:
Shpongle "Dorset Perception"

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Euclid’s Niece Interview on Nagamag.com

Piano


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

Euclid's Niece:
My music is generally piano and instrumental, although it can be categorized in multiple genres, including neo-classical and instrumental pop. Although I am still at the start of a music career, I intend to explore more genres, in order to create wholesome, authentic pieces.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Euclid's Niece:
I have started playing piano at the age of 7, it has been 13 years now. I attended a music school for 7 years, and have some basic knowledge about music history and theoretical concepts. Studying about various classical composers raised my fascination with instrumental music, but also made me see (hear, feel) music from a new perspective.


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

Euclid's Niece:
I have loved music ever since I can remember. I used to sing a lot, and I have been fascinated with piano from the very start of my studies. I must say, I treat my musical instrument as a friend rather than a tool. Music reminds me of my cheerful childhood days, when I could be honest about everything and say things by their name. This is the type of approach I am trying to have now - create something that can speak truthfully to the listeners.


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

Euclid's Niece:
Opeth "Burden"


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

Euclid's Niece:
Danny Elfman "The Piano Duet"

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Jan Ove Fjeld Interview on Nagamag.com

Jan Ove Fjeld
Interview

Piano


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Classical, Soundtrack, Minimalist, Neoclassical, Piano


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Played the piano most of my life. Went to music school growing up. Composed music since i started playing.


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
So many. But remember I loved listening to Pink Floyd


Nagamag:
What are you working on at the moment?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Right now Im working on my 3 album. Also do a lots of video making. As a former cameraman, I make videos to some of my songs. Also make music videos for other band from time to time.


Nagamag:
Where do you find inspiration?

Jan Ove Fjeld:
I find a lot of inspiration in nature. Forest, mountains, Spend most of the summer months on a isolatet mountain cabin, where I do a lot of composing. I love nature and has a huge respect for it.


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Pink Floyd "Another brick in the wall"


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

Jan Ove Fjeld:
Nils Frahm "Ambre"

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