Summer is coming and many adventures are to follow along with it! I am working on recording my second piano solo album, and my father is recording his 10th as well. We have tons of free time, so we use it to do many things. Such as practicing like a madman, fixing and rebuilding pianos, composing for Turkish instruments (see my last blog post!), traveling, and much much more. Summer is the vacation at home that we all dream for, and I’m fortunate to have it every year! Instead of slacking off with all the free time however, I’m determined to be productive and have a very fruitful two months, with lots of projects coming to life and aspirations becoming realities. Subscribe to this blog and share to other social media sites to be informed!
I’m very excited to introduce you to my new Turkish Instruments. Coming straight from İstanbul, this is the real thing. Images are below so you can check it out! The first image is an instrument called an Oud. Her name is Ayşe, and she has a hauntingly beautiful sound. With no frets and 11 strings, it is quite challenging to play. Next up is the Ney Flute. It is extremely difficult to play, but with the right techniques it has a gorgeous ancient sound. Her name is Nefes, which means Breath. The next instrument is called a Bağlama. This one is particularly unique, with its half-tone frets and metallic sound. They play this instrument with very fast picking and movement. My bağlama’s name is Maja, meaning wonderful and beautiful. The last instrument on this post is called Kemençe. This one is unique to the black sea region, and has been around for hundreds of years. It is similar to a violin, but you can play it hanging straight down from your hand, either standing or sitting down. It feels very backward and awkward, but if played correctly has a haunting, scratchy, ancient sound. I will be posting some videos of myself playing these instruments soon, so stay tuned for that!
One night I ventured into the park with my beloved redheaded beauty. We walked for a while admiring nature and enjoying our simple conversations. Setting up a hammock, the sun set and night had befallen us. Looking up, the trees and its branches were irregular and vast. The bark was black and without detail in the night scene. The moon was shining brightly down upon us through an open area in the canopy. The night air was crisp and fresh… Inspirational. All of this is the backdrop of my creativity. “Sous La Silhouette” means “Beneath the Silhouette”, and that’s exactly what it is. The song itself reflects the coolness of the night air. The mystery of the shadows. The brilliance of the full moon. Most importantly it reflects the way I felt in that very moment. Forever captured in a song. Forever remembered in a language without words. “Sous la Silhouette” will be released on my second piano solo album. If you’d like to experience the night that I did, follow the blog to know when the album is released. I hope I painted a vivid picture for you. More updates and “Stories Behind the Songs” on Everythingmusic90.com !
I’m very excited for the month of October. Me and my father are taking a trip to New Hampshire to play concerts and speak French like true French Canadians! One of the venues, the Hooksett Library, was where I played my very first concert! You can see my first performance HERE! I was 7 and super cute 😉 I am very excited to be playing there again, it’s been 12 years! We will be playing pieces from our past albums and our soon-to-be-released next albums. I can’t wait to play one song in particular… “Sous La Silhouette” (Beneath the silhouette). The song describes the full moon, shining brightly down upon us. And looking up, the trees are black and without detail. Perfect silhouette in the night sky…
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Everything is changing as we move through our lives. Progress made, new people met, and new songs written. This summer I’ve written eight new songs destined for my next album. The overall tone of the album is light. Dreamy melodies and colorful hues… But there’s something hiding behind the mask. You’ll have to listen to find out!
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