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PIETER DE GRAAF - FERMATA (CD)

PIETER DE GRAAF - FERMATA (CD)
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PIETER DE GRAAF - FERMATA (CD)

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PIETER DE GRAAF - FERMATA (CD)
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PIETER DE GRAAF - FERMATA (CD)

It can take a while for an artist to find their true calling. For Pieter de Graaf, he’s been searching since he sat next to his father, aged five, and watched him play the classics and the classical. He later immersed himself in the world of jazz, dedicating hoursto practice, and studying at the Conservatory of Rotterdam.
Several years spent touring with various bands, friends, and hip hop groups including The Kyteman Orchestra taught him an invaluable lesson, something that has informed his new project right from the start. He learned about not over-playing, and not getting ahead of the music. According to de Graaf, it has to be real, and it has to say something. So he went back to basics,tosingle notes and triads instead of complex movements and timing. His influences –Miles Davis, Nils Frahm, Rachmaninov, Bach, Herbie Hancock, and above all Keith Jarrett –allowed him to combine easy melodies with more virtuoso passages without losing the meaning, or the essence, of each song.
The first result of this search for musical meaning and depth is Fermata, Pieter de Graaf’s debut project. The project consists of not only piano, but a wide range of instruments and a wide range of “sounds”.
Fermata, Pieter de Graaf’s debut project and the birth of a new talent in the neo-classical world. “Filmic,” he replies when asked about the direction he had in his head, and there’s an epic grandeur to many of the tracks. “I have always written music” de Graaf explains, ‘but with Fermata I felt that I could do so much more than just being a pianist, so I thought: ‘Why shouldn’t I try?’ The songs aren’t “written” in any traditional sense; instead he plays and improvise segments, records them, and listens back over and over before deciding what to use, what to discard, and what to embellish. Over the past year he felt the freedom to keep pushing the creative boundaries and kept creating new songs. “It’s an exciting time to be an artist, there are so many inspiring ways to record, perform and release your music.” No stone is left unturned in being guided by what the song requires –he has travelled North to record a church organ, wrote a score for a choir of four sopranos, and enlisted the help of friendsand colleagues at Kytopia, the music collective in Utrecht that houses his studio.
To recreate Fermata’smagnificence live, de Graaf has opted to develop a one-man show; alongside a piano, he has a midi bass pedal, some midi keyboards, and a laptop for audio effects, loops and synthesizers and keeps expanding his live set up.

TRACKLISTING
1. A Minor Story
2. Maximilian's Masterplan
3. Deep Blue
4. Hide and Seek
5. Lullaby
6. Charlotte's Daydream
7. The Wizard
8. Woke Up Wandering
9. Okay
10. Rise and Shine
11. Prologue

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UPC 0190758085920
Release Date 22 Mar 2019
Brand N/A
Artist PIETER DE GRAAF
Title FERMATA
Format CD
Packaging -
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