In March 2019 I was given an opportunity to go to Paris for nine months to work as a solo classical pianist. I couldn’t wait to visit the city which most of my favourite composers frequented during the 1800s. When I arrived in Paris, I had no idea I would leave with a piano album inspired by all my experiences of the city.
I started writing my first track Café de Paris while socialising in the suburb of St. Germain En laye where I was based. The area has a thriving café and bar culture centred around the main square. This track definitely has an Eric Satie vibe to it. I recorded Café de Paris and posted it on all music media outlets. Within a few hours I received numerous positive responses describing my music as relaxing and atmospheric. Subsequently I decided to write more piano pieces in this style.
My second composition was a piano arrangement of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. This piece is a real favourite of mine and to my knowledge had never been arranged for the piano. As with Café de Paris, I recorded it. I received a very similar response from listeners, but this time the world-famous chillout record label Café Del Mar revealed they were interested in releasing the track on their annual compilation album. They did so and released Adagio for Piano in July 2019. After this, I decided with confidence that I would compose a full album of ambient piano music. I wanted to write music that was melodic, calming, yet powerful in its delivery. After many months of experimentation I finished my album AMBIENCE in November 2019.
I really hope you enjoy listening to my new compositions. — Joe Hume
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