Jazz pianist and Debussy this month on Society of Sound

Samuel Yirga's Habasha Sessions album

We are very proud to be able to offer the debut solo recording of young jazz pianist, Samuel Yirga. The release is compiled specifically for Society of Sound and is the product of his experiments with the music of his roots  and the outside influences of jazz, Latin and classical music.

In an interview with Nick Page, Samuel’s colloborator and producer, he describes how the gifted pianist “performed tracks on three different pianos in three different studios. he recorded solo pieces in a Steinway Grand in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, a Yamaha baby-grand in Real World’s Big Room and a fantastic Bosendorfer concert-grand in Real World’s Writing Room.”

Page had to sonically knit together these different recordings and the result, as he puts it, is the sound of a live performance “taking us on a journey from Ethiopia-Africa to UK via Haiti and Cuba.”

To compliment this wonderful album, LSO Live have chosen Debussy’s La Mer. LSO Live producer, James Mallinson, describes how the combination of Gergiev and Debussy make this recording so special, ” Debussy is considered to be the greatest French composer of the 20th Century and his music the embodiment of the French aesthetic. But Russian influences are strong. La Mer had a controverial start to life. A Boston critic dubbed it ‘Mal de Mer’ (Seasick). The world now knows better.”

Members can download both these albums by using our Download Manager and we’d love to know what you think about the music.

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