In this album is everything I have learned from my very first piano lesson in the early 90's to where I am as of December 2016. Everything I know about improvising, about blending genres, about harmony and rhythm. It is my entire identity through music, with expressions of agitation, serenity, power, vulnerability, anger, beauty, shame, playfulness, contemplation and love. These pieces were entirely improvised, and are their only take in existence - in concept, performance and recording. What you hear is an honest first and only attempt at each piece, showcasing my strengths and flaws in musicality, technical ability and personality. While improvising, my goal has never been to achieve 'perfection', but instead to create some form of journey for the listener - a story for which they may follow along with. And so, this is 'My Story' - everything I could possibly express of myself and my experiences, through the piano. I sincerely hope you enjoy it deeply. :)
'My Story' was made possible by the incredible people who crowd funded another project "LiveWyre" in June-August 2016 (to be released in early 2017). The target crowd funding mark was over shot, and this album was proposed as a 'stretch goal'. My deepest gratitude to everybody who has helped to make this possible!! Your on-going encouragement and support has literally changed my life. Thank you!
The pianistic styles throughout this album draw great influence from the solo piano styles of Herbie Hancock, Hiromi Uehara, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, Aki Kuroda, Denny Zeitlin and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
released December 24, 2016
Ben Matthews - Piano and composition
Artwork by Penlovely (Penelope May)
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Turner at Vision Studios in Perth, Western Australia.
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