Inspired of the work of Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, a few months back I got the idea- and suggested to my friend Johan aka Sleepy Songs, that since we connect deeply with the piano music, we could try to do some cooperative work.
I suggested the names Rowan and Elder as the name of the project, and soon enough the first single Rowan was finished. A little more than a week back we got it released with some help from The Sonder House, and it’s hitting the playlists by now and is gaining some attention.
Single: Rowan – Planned release date: July 5th, 2019
”Rowan and Elder” is a collaboration of Sleepy Songs (Johan Eckman) and Rikard Mathisson, with two pianos and four hands. Both pianists have over 50,000 combined streams each month. Releases together with the New York brand The Sonder House.
The single ”Rowan” is part of a planned series of piano tracks in a collaboration inspired by Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnald’s work.
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By now, we’ve all finally had to accept the inevitable – all is coming to an end 😊 The saga of Game of Throne is finally over and forthcoming Monday nights meets an unknown destiny…
”The night” expresses many things, both in life and beyond…
However, in a few weeks, my next piano track ”Will You Join Me in the Night”, completely unrelated to GoT of course but stil raises the question. Will you join me in the night – in this song? Blue eyes or not 😎
This song is a place to feel restful and in peace. The night expresses many things for us, both in life and beyond; although this song in particular captures the melancholics of suffering from insomnia, but it also relates to the question why we dream – will we meet in our dreams? And after this life, will we meet on the other side? It raises the question what is the night for you?
This song is also part of my upcoming EP ”Insomnia”.
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Due to the recent events in Musikchansen and my prior work on Erika’s Song with Aleco and Mathisson, it has given a lot of confirmation to my ongoing concepts. That is important to have;
The music that comes forth may or may not be perfect, but stay true to my core!
Enjoy the songs from Musikchansen and there will be much more of the piano music from now. I’ve said ”new music every month”, but that may change due to focus. I hope I will have the time to promote my piano music during the summer since my current piano projects are moving steadily forward now and released piece by piece:
My partner Tommy Karlsson and I was interviewed in the radio on Friday morning since we’re participating in a national wide musical contest called P4Nästa with my song Where I First Belong (the semi final of Blekinge is in Karlshamn on Östersjöfestivalen Friday 19/7) – Note: The interview is in Swedish.
Is it hard to sing a love song to somebody else’s wife?
It’s been a really hectic April so far with a lot of things going on in my start-up production company, and to me and my friend Tommy yesterday’s big news was that P4Nästa* have picked out my piano and voice singer/songwriter country/folk love-ballade Where I First Belong to be part of the regional semi finals which will take place in Karlshamn on July 19th this year. It’s a great song but Tommy’s voice is awesome and makes it stand out, and I’m so happy that our song got picked out amongst all the others! Yay!!
BUT it’s still more than two months before the voting sets in. Anyway, the preparations are in full speed – the starting field is great, and the competition is hard and long. So you will probably hear a lot about this the next two months or so on Facebook … but I’m still in the middle of starting up my long-lasting piano project, which I hope you all enjoy as much as I do. However this weekend there will be a break!
So let’s celebrate; Thanks Tommy for giving this song something extra! This will be a lot of fun! Share and follow facebook.com/studiomathisson for the progress. And now lets, have a relaxing weekend: Happy Easter!!
*) P4 Nästa is a yearly occuring national song contest in Sweden with a lot of new music coming this way, in 2019 a total of 1260 songs was participating. In each county there is a regional final before the national final takes place and there can only be one winner. The winning song normally gains a lot or air time in radio and the songwriter may appear on the show in the national Eurovision Song Contest the year after.
In the beginning, man knew nothing of music, although there was noise of nature. And there was silence. Probably the silence inspired to the first attempts to make music, born from the human inner being. So then there was improvisation. And then music!
My next release ”Lake” is a step back to the origin of man. Finding the music in nature itself, I spent some time by a distant lake where there was no sound but my inner flow, on a beautiful winter day.
Hence, my next song is a piano improvisation piece, created from nothing and without any editing. Being true to the inner flow, just rec and play, and it became this ambient and beautiful piano solo piece.
Deep in my heart, I’m keeping you
Where’s no room for others than myself
You comfort me, here deep within
That’s where I go, when I’m blue
This time a beautiful ballade with vocals, piano and band; Where I First Belong – written to my dearest – a song about what it means when you let somebody in.
This song is released today, April 1st 2019 and is my contribution to be this year’s local radio contest ”P4Nästa Blekinge” but I’ll know more about that later. For now, enjoy Tommy Karlsson’s voice in ”Where I First Belong”!