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Published on Mar 26, 2013
"This video was made during the recording sessions for my latest album on the 2L label, PIANO IMPROVISATIONS. The music you hear is not taken from the album, but was improvised exclusively for the video - I wanted to create a piece on the spot that would incorporate some of the different styles from the album." Ola Gjeilo, 2013
Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to America in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Presently a full-time composer and pianist based in the US, his published concert works are performed all over the world. Ola is also very interested in film, and his music draws a lot of inspiration from movies and cinematic music.
Evocative, lyrical music for 1, 2 & 3 pianos! From the album liner notes: "While my first piano album on the 2L record label, Stone Rose (2007), was all pre-composed or outlined, I wanted this 2012 sequel to be completely spontaneous. Although many of the pieces on this album are free improvisations recorded in one take, the first three tracks are fantasies around three of my own choral works; Ubi Caritas, Tota Pulchra Es and Prelude. Recordings of the original choral versions can be found on Phoenix Chorale's 2012 album, Northern Lights (Chandos Records).
Producer Morten Lindberg suggested recording a few tracks where I would play layers of two or three pianos, which I thought was a great way to really exploit the surround sound potential on a solo album. We moved the piano between each take, eventually constituting a triangle, and the listener is sitting in the middle in a surround system setup.
As a pianist, improvisation is where my heart is. With this recording I wanted to express and share my passion for that art form."