In case you did not know this, let me restate. In September of last year, a Contemplative Classical community founded by Michael Price said its farewell. It has been active for three years, gathering a strong following for its expertly curated Spotify Playlist and a podcast where Matt Emery has interviewed contemporary musicians across thirteen (now archived) episodes. I quickly swept in to save this vessel, and in November declared the takeover and the revival of Contemplative Classical anew. Today, I am happy to announce the continuation of my commitment to this wonderful endeavour, with the official Series Two of The Contemplative Podcast. But, of course, I can’t take all the credit here myself. This would not be possible without the perseverance of Matt Emery, who is the key to all the magic that is behind this show. I am only a publisher. In this new season, Emery has already put together an amazing lineup for the entire year, and today we kick off with the first episode, featuring Hannah Peel. This Irish London-based Emmy-nominated composer, singer, and arranger has worked on everything from documentaries (on “Game of Thrones”) to Netflix Special TV Series (“Kiss Me First”) to music for theatre adaptations (“Brighton Rock”), and the score for The Deceived. She’s also collaborated with Spitfire Audio on creating the Music Box free Labs plugin. But I’m getting ahead of myself, and really should let Matt do the introductions. So here it is, without further ado, the first episode of Series Two!
Matt Emery chats to composer Dmitry Evgrafov about his new album 'Surrender', how he came to work with Fat Cat's 130701 record label, dream collaborations with Nigel Godrich, his modest studio setup, his app Endel which creates personalised sound environments to help you focus and relax, hiring a copyrighter to name 500 of his tracks and much more. Dmitrys 3rd album 'Surrender' is out now on 130701.
Matt Emery meets Siné Buyuka of Injazero Records to chat about the label's beginnings, vinyl, psychical releases and the environment, the importance of artwork, her own music that she releases under the name Villette, an important look at the imbalance of women in the music industry and organisations helping and supporting women in music. We also have some non Injazero music recommendations as well as a look at the artists on Injazero's roster. There is also music throughout from C. Diab, Steve Gibbs, Heinali, Hinako Omori, Pétra, LTO, Villette and Matt Emery.
Matt Emery meets composer extraordinaire Carly Paradis in her studio to chat about her new album Nothing Is Something and collaborations with the likes of Douglas Dare, London Contemporary Orchestra, EERA, Jonas Bjerre and Polar Bear. We also discuss performing at The Royal Albert Hall, working with Michael Stein and Clint Mansell, her soundtrack work for Line Of Duty, The Innocents and Much More.
This week Matt Emery shares a coffee and chat with composer and producer Ed Carlsen at a windy Barbican Centre. The conversation entails the recording process to his latest album Morning Hour, working with Moderna Records, favourite records of 2019, well being, selecting artwork and much more.
Matt Emery meets the brilliant Nainita Desai in her studio to chat about her journey into writing music for film and TV, experimenting with sounds and instruments, her recent scores for the game Telling Lies and award winning documentary film For Sama and lots more.
Matt Emery meets music virtuosos Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer of AVA to chat about their debut album 'Waves', the recording process, working with One Little Indian Records, favourite recent albums and podcasts and what they get up to when not doing music.
Matt Emery meets Michael Price & Katy Jackson to chat about carving a career in the music industry, studying, working with Erased Tapes, Michael's latest album Tender Symmetry, Contemplative Classical, Inspirational and Current favourite albums and much more.