Composer and Pianist Joseph Seif Releases Full-Length Classical Piano Album of Original Works
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2020 — Composer and pianist Joseph Seif has released his first full-length LP of original piano compositions, titled Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1. The new album will be streaming on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Google Play, and most available services starting February 26th. It is also available for purchase as an immediate digital download and as a vinyl pre-order, with an estimated shipping date of May 14, 2020. All vinyl pre-orders will include a digital download link.
Seif’s compositions blend the classical hallmarks of the Late Romantic era with more modern cues from composers such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter, and Yann Tiersen. His playing is demanding, intricate, and deeply influenced by the likes of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Mahler, and Prokofiev. His sound can be described as atmospheric and highly textured — an attempt to create new tonal tapestries that interweave a soaring, ornate, romantic sensibility with a modern, cinematic haze.
“My intent is to combine the emotive nature and technical intricacies of Late Romantic classical music with tactile, atmospheric styling that is both painterly and organic in feel,” says Seif. “Though many of my influences are modern, I am not a minimalist in my approach. I compose from my heart, at the very edge of my technical ability, and with a sense of great urgency.”
With Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 1, Seif returns to his first love, the piano. Raised in multiple countries and now firmly rooted in California, Seif was a classically trained pianist prior to shifting into the visual arts to become an accomplished professional cinematographer and celebrity photographer (josephseif.com). He plans to perform the sonatas in select cities in 2020, while simultaneously promoting his recently published fine art photography book, ONWARD.
Here is a preview of the LP design and track list:
Side APiano Sonata No. 1: I. Allegro in C-Sharp Minor
Piano Sonata No. 1: II. Andante in D Minor
Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Presto in A Minor
Adagio in A Minor
The Fountain at Huntington ParkSide BPiano Sonata No. 2: I. Allegro Moderato in C Minor
Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Adagio in D-Flat Major
Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Allegro Assai in C Minor
Allegro Vivace in C Minor (Variation on a Theme of Chopin)
Prelude in D-Flat Major (Across the Bay)
ABOUT JOSEPH SEIF
Joseph Seif is a composer and pianist, as well as a professional cinematographer and photographer. As a visual artist, he has lensed campaigns for Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Visa, Airbnb, and many others, and his images have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes — having photographed the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Sean Penn, Sting, Metallica, and many other high-profile subjects.
In the summer of 2019, while experiencing a creative burnout, Seif drove up the California coast intending to do some landscape photography, when he began to hear the first sonata in his head. He describes it as such: “The landscape seemed to howl and twist, and memories of childhood, distant lands, and people lost all hummed in unison. The cameras never came out of their bag. I came home and started writing the score. I worked late into the night, for weeks. When it was finished, I immediately booked a studio and an engineer, and recorded it in a matter of days.” His second sonata and four standalone pieces quickly followed, and the full-length LP was completed in January 2020. He lives and works in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where he splits his time between film and photography sets and composing his third sonata.