For those quiet mornings when you need to wake up slowly, or rainy afternoons watching the window shed long tears…sometimes a little music can help. Feel romance, calm, and mystery this February playlist:
- “Leo” – Ludovico Einaudi , Una Maytina
Piano and composer, born in Turin, Italy, in 1955. Composed for the ballet and film, one of Europe’s best selling pianist/composers since the release of his first collection of solo performances, entitled Le Onde in 1996.
- “Kiss the Rain” – Yiruma, Piano Museum
Born in South Korea, pianist Yiruma had a number one hit with “River Flows in You” that was considered for the soundtrack of Twilight. He began playing the piano at five and later released music considered between the “contemporary classical” and “new age” genres.
- “Rolling in the Deep” – The Piano Guys, Hits, Vol. 1
In St. George, Utah, studio engineer Paul Anderson owned a piano shop. One day, Jon Schmidt walked in and asked to practice on one of the pianos for an upcoming concert. Soon, the two men were recording music and making videos together with cellist Steven Sharp Nelson. Find their vast array of FUN videos on Youtube!
- “Mist on the Mountain” – Geoffrey Castle, Mist on the Castle
Pioneering electrical 6-string violinist, Castle played in the Tony-Award Winning production of M. Butterfly after getting his start as a New York street musician.
- “Her Solitude” – David Lanz, Painting the Sun
Lanz has been in several rock bands, played Seattle nightclubs, and performed a solo pianist since his career began. He is among the most well-known solo pianists in the adult alternative genre.
- “Into the Trees” – Zoe Keating, Into the Trees
In this single, Zoe Keating is a one-woman cello orchestra based in San Francisco. Canadian by birth, she uses live, electronic sampling and repetition in order to layer her sounds.
- “Untitled 3” – Sigur Ros
Formed in 1994, this Iceland-based band won their native Bad Taste label for several original remixes. Featured in Entertainment Weekly and The Wire, the band has toured in Europe, Japan, and the United States .
- “Vintage (Sans Drums)” – Break of Reality, Spectrum of the Sky
This quartet of 3 cellists and 1 percussionist combines classical, pop, metal, and rock music styles. They came together in the famed Eastman school of music in Rochester, NY in 2003 they have put out 3 albums to date.
- “Continuum, Improvisation For Piano”- Gabriela Montero, Baroque
Resulting from her first performance at the age of 5, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero was given a scholarship by her country to study music. She has played with world-renowned orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, and the NDR in Hannover, Germany. She also boasts wonderful concerts at Lincoln Center and Orchard Hall, Tokyo.
- “Ebla” – E.S. Posthumus, Unearthed
Los Angeles born brothers, Helmut and Franz Vonlichten, experiment with music electronica melding “all things past.” Excerpts of their recorded hits have been utilized for movie trailers, including Planet of the Apes, Minority Report, and Spider Man. They have also contributed to the CBS series “Cold Case” and the NFL theme song.