Daily Roundup 18 Jan 2022: Cole Lam, Meowsic music, dog playing piano, Zero-G Elements, Fred Hersch


Playing Evanescence Bring Me To Life on Train Station Piano

Cole Lam says: “This one is one of my mum’s favourite songs – Evanescence Bring Me To Life played on the Elton John Yamaha public piano at St Pancras [train station]. It’s got a really cool music video where there (sic) singer Amy Less is sleeping and you can see that she is dreaming. Then she dreams like she’s falling! It feels strange and then suddenly you might kick out your leg or something like that. Do you get that too? It’s weird, but also cool at the same time!”

Undertale – Megalovania (Cat Piano Cover)

Meowing cover of Undertale – Megalovania, played on the Meowsic electronic keyboard.

Dog Looks Engrossed in Music While Playing Piano

A very short clip. “This dog sat next to a piano and displayed their musical skills. They hit the keys on the instrument with their paws. The adorable pet seemed engrossed in the music coming from the piano as they played it playfully.”

Zero-G Elements reviewed

Music Radar reviews the Zero-G Elements Modern Scoring Synth, claiming that it breathes new life into contemporary scoring, earning a rightful place on the periodic table of music production.

Elements calls itself a Modern Scoring Synth, built on a Zero-G concept which will be reminiscent to anyone who has used previous Zero-G Kontakt instruments. It’s a three-layer format, with substantial partial control, derived exclusively from sampled content. Even the synth-based sounds are sample-based, which is the Kontakt norm, but the big difference here is the volume of supplied content. 

A full 23GB of all-new samples ship with Elements, some of which may feel familiar from previous Zero-G content. There is a return of vocal samples, provided by long-time associate Clara Solace, with diversification looming large through drum loops, ethnic percussion, native American flutes, acoustic and electric guitars, and even cello.

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Fred Hersch to play Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club

Fifteen times GRAMMY Award nominated pianist and composer Fred Hersch and his acclaimed trio, who won the 2019 Downbeat Critic’s Poll for “Best Jazz Group of the Year”, will grace the stage at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, Portsmouth NH, on Friday January 21 & Saturday January 22 at 7:30pm.

“Fred Hersch is a brilliant pianist and composer and we are thrilled to bring him to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club for two nights of shows with his acclaimed Trio,” said Suzanne Bresette, Managing Director of Programming at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club. “We have a new Steinway & Sons SPIRIO-R piano and jazz enthusiasts are going to love hearing Fred play it – as only Fred can do – as part of the outstanding Fred Hersch Trio at Jimmy’s”.

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Cork hotel piano player retires at 90 years old 

After an “amazing career” Hayfield Manor’s resident pianist has decided to retire at the age of 90. Jack Brierley has been playing the piano at Hayfield Manor for the past 25 years and has had a colourful life as a pianist and music writer spanning decades.

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