(Vancouver, BC) - March 28th, the 88th Day of the year, is Official Piano Day and Vancouver pianist/composer Nathan Shubert is kicking off his new piano-based solo project with the release of a new live video today for his orginal composition'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö' as part of the world-wide Piano Day celebrations. Watch the 'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö' video here.
Piano Day was created in 2015 by German musician Nils Frahm as a way to celebrate piano music, bring it more exposure, and foster community amongst piano composers. Piano Day has quickly been adopted by piano composers all over the world, with concerts and releases taking place on all continents which is why Nathan Shubert chose today for the release of his new live video. It felt like the perfect way to launch his solo career and celebrate the beauty and growing popularity of piano music.
"I definitely think piano music is becoming a lot more popular in North America these days," said Shubert. "I've always listened to piano music, and I think it has enjoyed more success in general in Europe over the years where there's more appetite for a broader array of ideas. Recently though European artists like Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds have begun touring North America, and bringing an excitement for this music with them. I'll have to admit though, I was a bit confused the first time I saw a Pitchfork review of solo piano music."
'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö' will be included on Nathan Shubert's debut album, a full length of solo piano compositions, release date to be announced. The project marks a massive shift for Shubert, who has been a sought after sideman and session player in Vancouver for over a decade, bringing his harmonic inventiveness and intelligent dynamism to artists such as: No Sinner, David Newberry, Jody Glenham, and Rich Hope. Switching focus to his own work, Shubert challenged himself to write solo piano music every day for six months. This intense and immersive period resulted in works that blend a muted physicality with an exceptional ear for beauty. Expressive and accessible, Shubert wrote these pieces purely for the pleasure and beauty inherent in them, not as exercises in composerly rigor or pianistic dexterity. Free of external meanings, the pieces take on their own deeply implicit, wordless significance.
Named after the protagonist of the Swedish/Danish TV show Bron (The Bridge), Shubert's new instrumental composition 'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö' isunderstated, quietly propulsive, and uncommonly poetic. An encouraging and exciting sign of what's to come from this Vancouver-based composer. Join Nathan Shubert as he takes part in Official Piano Day with the release of his new music - watch the live video here and stream/download the composition here (via SoundCloud). For more information, please visit NathanShubert.com.
WATCH/POST the video for Nathan Shubert's - 'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö'
STREAM/POST/DOWNLOAD Nathan Shubert - 'Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö' (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for high-res press photos + album art