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Scenes Vol. 1 is the first album from New Zealand composer and pianist Jeremy Cullen. Recorded in a single day on the Steinway piano at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, the album is the first in a series of releases featuring music composed for and inspired by various film, photography and theatre projects. Listen to the album on Spotify here:

Scenes Vol. 1 is also available now on iTunes here, and the track Waltz on a Theme by Alban Berg is featured on Nils Frahms’ Piano Day 2016 playlist here.

Jeremy is a composer and sound designer based in Wellington with credits including original music and sound editing for numerous short and feature films, working as music editor for composer Howard Shore’s orchestral score for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, and music editing for Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ score for the film West of Memphis.

Scenes Vol. 1 is drawn from a range of sources including film and documentary scores, piano pieces and electroacoustic soundscapes, and also features a guest appearance from Russian string players Maria Grigoryeva (viola) and Lyudmila Kadyrbaeva (cello).

“I wanted to find a way to draw together some of the various projects and genres I’ve been involved with, and to somehow unify the different voices these required. The piano seemed the perfect way to do this as it’s my first instrument and such a beautifully versatile machine.

The sound of Scenes is a blend of my influences and heroes such as Russian composers Prokofiev and Shostakovich, contemporary composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Arvo Pärt, Michael Nyman and Philip Glass, modern jazz, Erik Satie and the ambient music of Brian Eno – at least that’s what it sounds like to me…”

Reviews:

“This is tonal, ambient, post-modern, post-Satieian music of lyrical charm and substance. It is not a nostalgic glance backward as much as a step forward in a historically aware, radically tonal vein. I find this one stimulating and pleasing. I recommend it to you.” (Gapplegate Music Review)

“…uniquely beautiful – imbued with a rich, yet modern, tonality, imaginative melodic content and evocative expression…an almost otherworldly atmosphere” (Phoenix Classical)

Please contact me at jeremycullen@gmail.com for more info.

Full album artwork available as PDF download (62MB) here.

Programme notes on the compositions available here.