Neo Classical Piano Composer Juan Sanchez Releases New Music


A SWEEPING, EMOTIONAL COMPOSITION DEDICATED TO HIS PIANO TEACHER

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A sweeping, emotional composition, written in remembrance of Sanchez’s beloved piano teacher Enric Torra Pòrtulas.

Juan Sánchez is a composer with the talent and grace to evoke listener’s deepest emotions. He puts this gift to good use on  Very Young Old Man in which he pays tribute to the man who shaped his musicianship. Sánchez had attempted music school before, but found it to be stale and formulaic, so he left in search of a teacher who could be a true inspiration. Enric Torra Pòrtulas proved to be just that man.

Neo Classical Piano Composer Juan Sanchez Releases New Music

Under the tutelage of Pòrtulas, Sánchez received the musical education he so desperately needed. “I was so lucky to find him,” he explains. “I was 20 years old and he was 80 years old. I was amazed, as I’d never seen so much energy and enthusiasm in a person of his age. He loved teaching piano, anyone could see that immediately.”

 

During the five years they studied together, Sánchez learned the music of the great masters – Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, but the most important thing he took away from his lessons was his teacher’s undying love for music. Their lessons, scheduled to be sixty minutes long, would regularly go multiple hours, as they both were so absorbed by the music they were making together. During this time Sánchez truly discovered himself as a musician, finding his own individual voice as a composer.

Neo Classical Piano Composer Juan Sanchez Releases New Music

“Enric Torra was an elderly man with a young spirit. He was a ‘Very Young Old Man,’ Sánchez says, explaining the composition’s beautiful title. “This composition is dedicated to him. Enric Torra passed away on August 4th, 2003. He was 93 years old. I will never forget him.”

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Parker’s Evocative New Single Exudes Intimate Artistic Vocal


Parker’s Evocative New Single Exudes Intimate Artistic Vocal

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Gifted visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKER has today announced her iridescent new single Can’t Keep Waiting, a once-in-a-lifetime song, one that soundtracks a grand leap into the unknown and away from everything comfortable and safe.

 PARKER has also announced a cinematic video clip to accompany the track, made in collaboration with director and technology artist Jaymis Loveday (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music) and sculptor Briony Law.  PARKER has just completed an artist residency at Sawtooth ARI gallery alongside drawer and sculptor Jo Lane, in order to prepare their upcoming exhibition You, Me and that Other Thing, an exploration into human connection.  The official opening of You, Me and that Other Thing will take place today, Friday October 4 from 6PM at Sawtooth ARI in Tasmania (running for one month), and will include a screening of the Can’t Keep Waiting video clip. 

Can’t Keep Waiting is transcendental, meditative; at times it feels almost ambient, with heavy, industrial percussion and repetitive synth patterns.  But one thing that pulls the track into a truly close, emotive space is PARKER’s soft, intimate yet commanding voice.  Evocative of Massive Attack and the lyrical and vocal prowess of Lana Del ReyCan’t Keep Waiting is epic and overflows with the power of primal human emotion. 

“Can’t Keep Waiting is about gathering the courage to be honest with myself.  It’s about letting go of all that is safe and familiar in life in order to evolve and grow,” explains Parker. “I believe it’s in the moments when we feel completely lost that we find the opportunity to discover something new about ourselves.  Nothing is permanent, everything can change.  Each moment we have the ability to create ourselves anew.”

Already receiving multiple accolades, including Best Concept at Clipped Music Video Festival in Sydney, Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Film AwardsNew York Film Awards and Top Shorts, not to mention selection for screening at the Austria International Film Festivalthe clip for Can’t Keep Waiting is a triumph of a true marriage between sound, visual art, and cinema.  Made by PARKER, in collaboration with Jaymis Loveday and Briony Law, the clip sees clay mounds, turning gracefully to human forms, dissolving in a deep-seascape with very little light from above.  PARKER displays a clear and intricate understanding of her art as she describes the video; 

“The clip concept for this song was born out of a video installation work I made called Dissolving Self.  Dissolving Self was a projection installation of a video art work.  The video was a of a clay cast of my face dissolving in water set on a loop that made it look like it was falling apart and then rebuilding.  I showed the work to my friend Jaymis Loveday and he suggested we make an extension of the work by creating full body casts and miniature models using a larger tank and cinematography techniques in the filming. Brisbane based sculptor Briony Law worked closely with me on the sculpting of the plaster landscapes and made all of the body casts and moulds for us to create the figures.”
 

You, Me and that Other Thing is the title of the upcoming exhibition that will see PARKER and Jo Lane explore the many facets of human connection.  The exhibition will consist of three parts: historic works where inspiration has already manifested, a transition piece, and the work from an experimental performance of unity. PARKER and Jo Lane have spent the last two weeks in residency at Sawtooth ARI, working side by side in a dedicated studio space where the exhibition will take place. Giving her audience a taste of what to expect from the exhibition, PARKER enthuses,

We will create a body of work together around the theme of human connection combining Jo’s skills in drawing and sculpting and mine in sound and video.  The exhibition will combine a collection of our existing works and the new work we make during the residency.”

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Juan Sánchez NEO CLASSICAL AMBIENT MUSIC IMPACTs YOU LIKE NO OTHER


Juan Sánchez Neo Classical Music Impacts You Like No Other

 

My name is Juan Sánchez, and I am a composer – but I was not always this way. This journey of mine began when I started taking piano lessons at the conservatoire at only 14 years old, which is when a deep passion for music and creation of art was born. During the end of the 80’s until the end of the 90’s, I was playing the keyboard with different bands, which helped me to feed this passion. In 1995, I travelled to London to study music and technology, and this is where I lived for five years. In 1999, I started to make instrumental ambient electronic music, and since then I have been creating music for multimedia and sound libraries for music producers.

I have always felt very grateful to have found my job as an ambient music composer and sound designer, but in my heart, I did not feel completely fulfilled with this role.

“I had always dreamed about becoming a professional pianist and composer, but I didn’t have the confidence to pursue this dream, as I felt that this was only for very talented musicians and I did not see myself in that way.”

Ambient Music ComposerI thought that, if I were to create music, nobody would want to listen to it – or worse, that they would listen to it and wonder why I had bothered to create music in the first place.

This negative trajectory that my life was on began to change when, one day, I discovered the music of ambient artists Max Richter and Ludovico Einaudi. I fell deeply in love with their compositions. I have always been a fan of ambient music – in fact, this is the music that I was creating at that time – but these artists were something special to me. They were different to the others. I loved the way they were mixing classical music with electronic sounds, using the piano as the main instrument. This started a fire of passion in me. Motivated by this discovery, I started searching for more similar music, and discovered other artists such as Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, and other neo classical composers. I knew that this was the push that I needed to begin composing my own music.

The first piece I crafted entirely independently, inspired by the music I had been listening to, was a hybrid neo classical/ambient piano composition, which I christened as “Rebirth”. In March 2019, I took the plunge and released “Rebirth” as a single on Spotify and other music streaming platforms. To my surprise and delight, it was very well received on Spotify and quickly began to accumulate traction. People began adding it to their public and personal playlists, and I was receiving very good feedback and positive reviews from general listeners and music bloggers alike. They wanted me to make more music – and so did I.

This positive feedback and reassurance gave me the confidence I desperately needed to start creating more neo classical/ambient style, piano focused music. I released each perfected composition as a single on Spotify. This allowed my audience to grow, as news of my music spread throughout the music community and more and more people clicked the “play” and “add to playlist” buttons. People were even following me so that they would be notified if I released any new music. I was, of course, thrilled at the positive feedback that was flooding in, but I was also very surprised, as I never thought that my music could be so well received.

In this experience, I have also been incredibly lucky to have the unwavering support of the new age/neo classical music promoter BT Fasmer, the man behind the very popular New Age Music Guide blog. One of the pieces of immensely valuable advice BT Fasmer gave me was to release all of the singles again, but this time collected together as a complete album. I fortunately followed his advice, which lead me to September of 2019, when I released the album, also titled “Rebirth” after the first single I ever released. Thank you, BT, for your support and guidance!

“The positive response that I am receiving for this album is just incredible. I don’t even have the words to describe how wonderful it is – it feels like a dream that I will wake up from at any minute.”

Ambient Classical Music ComposerEvery day, I wake up to a flurry of comments from a huge variety of people across all my social Juan media platforms. They tell me how they feel about my album; how beautiful they think it is, and how much it has moved them and changed their perspectives on music or life. Some people have told me that “Rebirth” has impacted them in a way that no other album has done before, and others said that they cried the first time that they listened to it, as they felt that my music touched their souls. Consequently, I am extremely happy with how the response to the album is growing and developing over time – this, for a composer, is such a great achievement, especially for someone who almost did not follow their dreams due to self doubt.

A question that I receive often along with this feedback is “Why did you choose the name “Rebirth” for your first album?” or “What is the meaning behind the title of your album?”

Here is my explanation.

Over the course of the last two years, I have started to learn how to reprogram my brain by taking personal development courses. My goal is to completely overcome my self-limiting beliefs that were hindering my growth and personal development. Now that I am starting to see the fruits of my success and change the way I think, I feel that, in some way, I am becoming a new person – I have been reborn. I have no doubt that this is just the start of my career, and that great things are to come in the future. My music is available to be streamed on Spotify and other music platforms, under the name Juan Sánchez if you want to follow along with my journey.

Thank you so much for your support.

 

 

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