On the New Year and fresh starts
The hope that is sharper than teeth

Music for a Monday afternoon

Ludovico Einaudi photographed by RayTarantino

It's become my tradition to start the new year with music for the piano. It's just what I need during these dark days of winter...and perhaps you do too.

Below: Between Us, a new film from Italian pianist & composer Ludovico Einaudi featuring four of his finest pieces -- "Elegy for the Arctic," "Nuvole Bianche," "Experience," and "Walk." Followed by "Divenire," an old favourite performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London (2010).

Below: "Halos" by the glorious Ana Silvera, performed with Bjarke Falgren on viola in Copenhagen (2019). Followed by her exquisite song "I Grew Up in a Room, Small as a Penny," performed at the Roundhouse in London (2018).

Also, have a listen to Silvera's beautiful new composition "Light, Console Me,"  inspired by The Mourner’s Kaddish during this time of global pandemic. You can read about the piece on Silvera's website, and hear all three movements on Bandcamp.

The final piece, below, is "The Oxford Girl" performed by Olivia Chaney, who grew up in Oxfordshire herself. The song was recorded for Shirley Inspired (2014), an album of Shirley Collins covers by a wide range of musician. Chaney's most recent solo album is Shelter (2018), which I highly recommend.