As with many traditional instruments from around the world, globalization and the influence of western culture have made traditions less prominent. This is the case with the koto in Japan. Regardless of its prominence, musicians such as June Kuramoto, Reiko Obata, Elizabeth Falconer, and Yukiko Matsuyama bring the koto to modern music. Though that’s not the only musicians that provide koto music in a modern context. Cover musicians like the ones below do exactly that.
This Midnight Hour is an orchestral composition written by Anna Clyne. She has specifically provided a rich composition and doesn’t give the audience any hint towards the intention of the narrative. It’s intentional.
Organist and teacher Leonard MacClain is a household name for his skill and improvisation. It all started in Philadelphia where MacClain started and continued doing what he loved best; music.
Also known as Melody Mac, he was known for his, well, melodies. Especially with decades of experience as a theatre organist. His name didn’t stay only in the States. Melody Mac’s music with Epic Records gained him international fame.
When it comes to the music of opera, the composer needs to be a bit of all the above, a dramatist, a writer, an artist, and not just a composer. Mozart was each of those and used those influences to blend power and emotion into his works.
This series, produced by Ryan Seacrest is going to provide a platform for new and upcoming artists. In a press release, Seacrest says “These new young artists will also have the chance to work alongside some of the most renowned musicians in the world, which we hope will generate some great experiences for the artists and contestants alike, and in turn produce some memorable performances.”
As far as the creators themselves, Patreon facilitates creators of all kinds. They have categories for video and film, music, writing, comics and illustrations, podcasts, games, drawing and painting, animation, science, photography, education, crafts and DIY, dance and theatre, writing, education, comedy, and they even have an everything else category. Patreon is used by pretty much any kind of artist and that includes cover musicians. It’s a great way to directly support and connect your favorite artists.