My album of 2017, “Southern Wind, Northern Sand” in jewel case is finally here in France! It consists of 13 piano pieces in Jazz/Hispanic/Arabic style. Special thanks to Rune Bo Jakobsen who granted me right to use his amazing art works of Malta on the album covers. artist site: http://runejako.com/
A very limited number of the CDs are available at Bandcamp
N.B: If you want the CDs with my autograph, please “Include a Message” to me before you make a purchase. Otherwise, the CD will come to you in its original plastic wrap.
Most recently, I did two small projects with my flutes. There is the music video of me trying a song called “Lord of the Dance” on an alto recorder flute. I really love the location where the video was taken: an area in the north of Lyon with numerous fish ponds. It is the place where my hubby and I would go for a half day biking trip, well, 1/3 of the time biking and 2/3 looking for bugs and birds.
Well, let’s get to the music playing:
The cows loved my playing!
And then, there is the original composition by me called “Salin de Giraud”
Salin de Giraud is a small French town near Camargue, south France, home to the pink flamingos which live around the salty water. Their red color is said to be from eating the red algae which grows only in shallow sea water. In the recording, I was using the crystal flute sample. It is amazingly natural and even resembles the songs from the flamingos at some point.
If you play any kind of flute, or if you know someone who plays very well, feel free to send me a message, because I would really love to collaborate with you!
I have been listening to Julie Elven’s (original) Keeper of Flames for about 2 years. It becomes an urge for me as a musician to do something with such good music. Therefore, with the approval of Julie Elven herself, here comes the cover of this song in a jazzy style.
While shooting the video I had the idea of bringing Mutyi, my cockatiel, into the scene. It was the worst decision of the day, trying to get her to stay put and not fly away while also keeping up with playing the music. But that is because Mutyi is her Papa’s bird who doesn’t care much about staying next to me on the shaky stand. So I tried the other bird, Koi, and she seemed to be OK with it. Koi is also featured in the following video where she is performing a color distinguishing trick: Cockatiel Telling Colors Trick. No one on YouTube has ever done such sophisticated multi-color tricks with a cockatiel before!
Here is the link to my latest composition: A Night in Merzouga (Unlike in a recipe blog, I FIRST present my recipe, then write about every single thought I had during the day).
I have always preferred to listen to a piano solo. However, as a composer, I have many times seen the limit of my instrument. The piano is a powerful tool, but not omnipotent. In “A Night in Merzouga”, for example, the piano has talked a lot, like a stranger trying to paint a foreign world with his own words, but you don’t feel enough of it. When wearing VR glasses, you can sometimes see the pixels of a movie. That’s like the piano effect to me, a “virtual” reality. Sometimes I find it important to stick to a solo instrument so other people can play it more easily. You can build a crystal castle with one kind of transparent shining stones which looks fantastic, and so can you build your style with one instrument. But the monotonous result simply doesn’t have the earthy feel that I missed from many places. My ears dig other sounds, too, and I allow them.
Let me show you some of the instruments I am gathering in this music:
Riq: an Arabic tambourine. Unlike the tambourine I have seen in the jazz band back in ND, it has fewer and bigger jingles. It was originally used in Egypt, but used in many other Arabic cultures.
Drums. This is a picture taken by Sz in Merzouga. It is THAT night I am talking about,druming with some Nomads in the Sahara. I don’t know the exact name to these drums, but I think they are leather drums.
Krakebs. It is my first time seeing them. I found them throughout the souks in Marrakesh and in the dessert as well. They are the Berber version of the high-hat.
A friend of mine told me how she felt about the percussion. “Being kidnapped” she said.
By accident, a pianist Carlos Marquez found my CD on Bandcamp, and bought my album with the music scores. Later he contacted me and sent me a recording of Water Lily from his studio. It was a blast. It was my first time hearing someone play my composition better than my own recording, even though some parts are treated very differently as what I would have done. It was truly an amazing moment. If you love impressionism, classical, colorful and soft tunes, make sure to check out his collection of recordings on SoundCloud.
How to get people to listen to your music, probably in a cycle, for 100+ times without getting crazy:) ? The answer is given as the title of this post.
Last week I was making some music for a game that a friend’s company recently developed. The company’s name is “C-peak”, previously they made gaming illustrations and 3D modeling. It is a lovely android game called “Yi Zhan Feng Shen”(一战封神). In the game you fight with the powerful or the sexy spirits from the legends of China.
I will upload the tracks after it is officially launched.