New Sounds: 10th January 2016
Andrej Zatkalík: “Ancient Memories”
Andrej Zatkalík is a musician based in Bratislava, Slovakia, who has been featured in the New Sounds series previously. While it is an aim to feature as many different new artists here as possible, I have no hesitation in sharing his latest piano improvisation here because it is simply TOO GOOD to miss!
An improvisation of two halves – reflective and passionate by turns – this is an astonishing work that reveals a full technical prowess and assimilation of classical piano styles.
Writing about his musical process, Andrej says:
“My first musical steps began in childhood at the age of 8, when I started playing the piano. I learnt at the local musical school for the next seven years. From that time on, my greatest passion has been piano improvising. It’s like an open-ended adventure to put your fingers on the piano keys and let your soul speak with the universal language of music!
I often play around with simple musical motifs, adding changes and variations to them. That way I create my improvisations.
Sometimes I record myself playing, and by listening back I can find some interesting melodies or chord progressions, which I don’t remember playing. My music is mostly unplanned, and the majority of my piano pieces I have created during one evening, which is why I often use the word “evening“ or “night“ in title name.”
Absolutely stunning music – as I am sure you will agree!
Follow: Andrej Zatkalík on SoundCloud