Earlier this year my musical journey took me to some strange new places. While working on various unfinished projects in an array of diifering fields I began to compose some simple piano music. I have always loved the piano works of Erik Satie and more recently Ludovico Einaudi. However while listening to Speilgel im Speigel by Arvo Part I became more interested in searching for space in music - space and time for something beautiful to grow.
The compositional process was peaceful and serene. There are some other subtley layered tracks on the album, but on the whole the music is solo piano.
I also began teaching at a nursery school and I began to see how children seem to be happy in the space that simple, unadorned music provides when adults need more 'stuff' to fill it up. The innocence and raw enthusiasm of the children is overwhelming and, on a subtle level, this is what I was trying to relicate in the music.
The album is called Cosi Ancora (in Italian it means 'so soft'). The reason the titles are in Italian is down to ambiguity rather than pretentiousness. I wanted some the titles to be a little more mysterious, and there is a beautifully musical aspect to the Italian language which seemed to fit the mood of the album.
The album was recorded at Cliff Corner studios in Norfolk and at Lodge Studios in Northamptonshire
The music is dedicated to Betsy and all at Phoenix Montessori. All proceeds for the sale of this album will be donated to Cancer Research