“Ancient Memories”

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

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Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is a pianist, writer and teacher based in Milton Keynes UK. He runs a successful independent teaching studio and music education business, Keyquest Music.

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