It's such a pleasure to introduce you the fantastic British composer and pianist Garreth Broke, who recently released with his "June" EP a wonderful conclusion for his EP series, which was released via the Swedish label 1631 Recordings. Those 4 EPs are the follow-up to his debut "Coping Mechanism" that saw the light of the world 2 years ago and was heavily influenced by a major tragedy in his family - the suicide of his beloved mother. The sadness is palpable in all nuances and notes of those pieces, but it was also a way to slowly overcome the grief.
Furthermore, Garreth concluded his experience in a Facebook post about this tragic event and helped with his words a lot of people, who are in the same situation like him. This personal experience shaped also some pieces of the EP series, but Garreth "made a conscious effort to focus [his] thoughts elsewhere, to look at the landscape around [him], to respond to it in music, to try to find some hope." (Quote - interview with Piano & Coffee) Like on his debut his partner, the fantastic artist Anna Salzmann was again the mastermind behind those spectacular artworks and gave his lovely pieces a visual mind.
With the "June" EP, which was like all the other works mainly influenced by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Yann Tiersen, he found the best possible way to conclude this stunning musical journey. Especially the uplifting, hopeful piano piece "Take Flight" with those rousing arpeggios underlines Garreths irrepressible power to create unique moments in music. The piece literally takes off and gets its own wings especially when the Organ and the woodwind quintet set in.
"The Last", a quiet and sad key waltz in minor and a reminiscence to the first piece of the EP series "The First” and the summer-jazzy piano impromptu "Making something from nothing on a random evening in Dobrota in June" round up the whole EP perfectly. Garreth, who is also a piano teacher in Frankfurt, is already looking forward to new projects in the future including concerts and a music book.