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Herbert Meets: Sofiane Pamart

Herbert Meets: Sofiane Pamart 

Sofiane Pamart by Romaine Garcin

Sofiane Pamart is a French pianist and composer that is determined to shake things up. Having trained at the National Conservatory of Lille from the age of 7, hip-hop was always a genre more aligned to his lifestyle and attitude and he has since become one of the most in demand collaborators in the French hip-hop scene. The gap between the conservatory and his life has driven Sofiane to lead a ‘piano revolution,’  which reclaims the instrument as something for everyone and he has created a universe that has inspired a new generation to look at the piano differently. In the wake of the release of ‘Planet Gold’ his 18-track solo piano album centred around different places across the world, we spoke about his beginnings, inspiration for the album and his mission as an artist. read more

Herbert Meets: Büşra Kayıkçı

Herbert Meets: Büşra Kayıkçı

Büşra Kayıkçı by nebulozo 

Büşra Kayıkçı is an Istanbul-based composer, pianist and interior architect that has created a gentle world of sounds which have inspired many, making her a household name in the neoclassical world. I was fascinated to understand more about Büşra, how she came to composition and how the many disciplines she practiced were able to live together in her everyday life. When we spoke, I came to realize that these many expressions were all one natural expression of who she was and their easy synthesis was a result of Büşra’s authenticity and knowledge of self.  read more

Herbert Meets: Eric Christian Von Fricken

Herbert Meets: Eric Christian Von Fricken

Eric Christian Von Fricken by Chris Millington 

Eric Christian Von Fricken is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer with a deeply romantic musical style influenced by the  sounds of Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Satie. Eric’s innate understanding of listeners has led him to grow an engaged and growing Instagram family of almost a quarter of a million fans. I was intrigued to understand more about his ethos, influences and how he cracked the social code.  read more

Herbert Meets: Casual Melancholia

Herbert Meets: Casual Melancholia

Casual Melancholia by Alexandre Desmidt 

When I watched pianist and composer ‘Casual Melancholia,’ play the piano on an Instagram live a couple of weeks ago, there was a studious delicacy to his playing and a charm that was palpable even through the tiny screen. I went straight to Spotify and listened to the first track listed ‘Memory’ (first track of EP ‘Birth’) and was immediately transported. When we spoke, it turned out that the artist, like his playing was charming, studious and a little bit magic.  read more

Herbert Meets: Sarah Neutkens

Herbert Meets: Sarah Neutkens

Sarah Neutkens is a Dutch composer and visual artist that  is currently finishing her studies in the Netherlands. I was drawn to speak to Sarah having heard a couple of her tracks, which had a freshness and complexity that I wanted to understand more about. I reached out to Sarah at a time at which artists around the world are also trying to adapt to a new normal, curious to see how she was getting on. 

Sarah Neutkens by Anna Perger

A lot of musicians’ lives have been affected by this crisis, what is your experience looking like?  
 
Not a huge amount is different for me but it is a very strange time. I am staying with my parents who live in a village on the border of Belgium. I am lucky because I just heard that the entire apartment block where I usually live is on lockdown and no one can leave the building. I have noticed a change here too, because we used to go for many walks across the border Belgium but now because of the new enforcements, we can’t … that has been strange too.  
 
I see a huge impact on my father’s life who is also a musician (lute and theorbo) because he would usually be playing concerts at the moment but of course they have all been cancelled. My mum’s a teacher so she’s teaching her students virtually, which is also surreal.

 
You must have grown up in a  house filled with music – do you remember the first time you heard a melody or a piece of music?
 
Yes, absolutely! The first memory I have of hearing music is my father playing Chaconne en la mineur by Robert de Visée. It was that piece that made me fall in love with the expressive and melancholic quality of music.
 
I then learnt the recorder like all the children in my village but I wanted to learn my own instrument..I was drawn to the piano. My parents found a teacher who I stayed with until I finished all my exams and then I went to study something totally different!
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Herbert Meets: Sergio Diaz De Rojas

Herbert Meets: Sergio Díaz De Rojas

Sergio Diaz De Rojas by Laura Vidal-Abarca

In a time where Spotify’s ‘Peaceful Piano’ has become the blue tick verification that contemporary classical artists strive for, I wanted to learn more about how Peruvian-born pianist and composer Sergio Díaz De Rojas felt about the rising popularity around a genre that he has helped grow through his own music, platform ‘Piano and Coffee’ and record label‘ Piano and Coffee Records.’   read more

Sugar Vendil

Herbert Meets: Sugar Vendil

Herbert meets: Sugar Vendil

Meet Sugar Vendil, NYC-based pianist, multi-disciplinary artist and founder of The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), a music ensemble that collaborates with visual artists, dancers, and fashion designers.

Herbert has been following Sugar for a while and was curious to find out more about her, her influences, what the inspiration was behind her fusing of fashion and classical music and her upcoming talk at SXSW 2018.   

Was there a ‘moment’ when you fell in love with classical music?   read more

Blair Coron

Herbert Meets: Blair Coron 

Meet Blair Coron, Glasgow-based composer and pianist.

I saw a photo of Blair’s workspace on Instagram and   wanted to find out where it was, how Blair put it together and how important it was in Blair’s composition process and for him as an artist.  

For a podcast about blackboards, Nils Frahm, his hamster Pippin, the Scottish highlands and his EP DO/RE., listen here.

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Herbert’s ‘One’s To Watch’ | Eunbi Kim

Herbert’s ‘One’s To Watch’ | Eunbi Kim

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Who? Eunbi Kim @eunbikimpiano

What? NYC-based composer and pianist.

Why? Eunbi is an advocate for arts innovation and entrepeneurship (She has held a fellowship at the Manhattan School of Music’s Center for Music Entrepreneurship & was one of just 50 artists selected for the New York Foundation for the Arts’s 2012 “Artist as Entrepreneur” program), an expert on Haruki Murakami and his use of music in his novels and also a TEDx speaker.  read more

Herbert’s ‘One To Watch’ | Ilya Beshelvi

Herbert’s ‘One To Watch’ | Ilya Beshlevi

Who? Ilya Beshelvi

What? Russian composer and pianist. 

There’s not a lot of info about this guy, but he’s only 25 and he’s pretty good.

He cites Yann Tiersen and Ludovico Einaudi as inspiration. Sometimes, the Einaudi ‘inspiration’ chokes beshelvi’s sound, and some of his output is not the most inspiring, but having said that I am very excited for what he might do and I would say – one to keep a tab on.   read more

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