Italian cellist Francesco Mastromatteo is more than just a talented musician. He is a full-fledged music historian. He plays each piece with not only musicality, but with a deeper understanding of what the composer intended. The first piece he played by Italian composer and cellist Alfredo Piatti, Capriccio Op. 25, is called the Chopin of cello pieces. The way Chopin encourages pianists to extend their fingers to the full range of the piano is what Piatti has done for the cello. For his second piece, Mastromatteo performed the first movement of Hindemith’s Sonata for Cello Op. 25, which he describes as a piece that asks not what emotion we’re feeling, but why and how do we feel it? These philosophical questions serve to add complexity and seriousness to Mastromatteo’s tone and prove his unyielding respect to these great composers. Francesco Mastromatteo will be performing at Oakhill United Methodist Church’s “Love Concert” benefitting the Interfaith Action of Central Texas for Refugees on April 21, and make sure to listen to his Studio 1A session below!
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Keikilani, Daniel, and Leo Lindsey form the Mele’Uhane Trio, a father and sons project from Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island that is dedicated to dispersing the spirit of Hawaiian music abroad. The ancestral Lindsey family moved to Hawaii from Scotland in the 1800s as cowherds, but the current Lindseys’ proclaim they are no farmers. Instead, they are nomadic musical powerhouses, trading the Hawaiian life for the touring life. They have experimented with language on their albums, with the first two entirely in the Hawaiian language and their most recent in English. Though some of their songs are in the native Hawaiian language, you don’t need to know the language to be affected by the music. Keikilani’s emotions are easily expressed through the nuance in his voice and he harmonizes perfectly with his sons’ voices and guitars. They are performing an acoustic set at NeWorlDeli on Wednesday evening, April 18th. Check out their Studio 1A Session below!
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Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast is not afraid to face life’s mysteries and grievances in her albums. Her first album, Psychopomp, was written in the wake of her mother’s death, resulting in a vulnerable and raw record. Before writing her latest album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, Zauner was planning on it being a conceptual album. Although Soft Sounds did not end up a concept album, it still deals with the common theme of space and divinity. Zauner explained that “when human beings confront trauma, we oftentimes disassociate from it” and how we “want a life greater than [our] personal struggles.” Her clear voice floats high above the shoegaze sound of her band and transports you to another world. Japanese Breakfast played a sold-out show at Scoot Inn, and you can listen to their Studio 1A Session below!
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