Juan Maria Solare: Sombras blancas

Listen to solo piano music by Juan Maria Solare on his new (10th) album Sombras blancas (White Shadows – Weiße Schatten).

He is an Argentine composer and pianist who teaches piano and tango music, and conducts several orchestras in Bremen, Germany, where he’s been since 1993.

Album

Enjoy the new album.

Sombras blancas – 19 songs, 59 mins

 

He composed all tracks except #1 (Frédéric Chopin) and #3 (Chinese or Russian folk song), and also performed, recorded and produced them. He provided these notes about the album on his website:

The paradoxical term sombras blancas (White Shadows) can refer to problems in life that don’t leave negative sequels or by-products. It also means: foreshadows of good things to come. And if shadows are like a mirror of our bodies (or souls), a “white shadow” reflects the luminous part of us.

Translated into everyday language: it’s about music that underlines our most positive aspects. Entertaining, but with depth.

The influence of tango music in this programme is undeniable (after all, Yours Truly was born in Argentina); however, this album’s music goes far beyond tango and reveals my classical background – such as Chopin.

Sombras blancas covers three decades of my pianistic output, from 1985 to 2016.

Casually, many of these white shadows are related to women that were or are important in my life, and not only couples or unfulfilled loves: Edelmira and -especially- Flora were my nannies in my first months and years of life.

Casually also, many of these pieces are in the key of E minor.

The phrase Sombras blancas stems from a poem by Barthold Hinrich Brockes (Hamburg 1680-1747), “Kirschblüte bei der Nacht” (Cherry blossoms at night), where an extreme, celestial whiteness is described, and where one of its lines says “sogar den Schatten weiß und sonder Schwärze hat” (even the shadow is white and void of any black). A nice thought, albeit extreme utopian, since absolute whiteness -immaculate perfection- belongs to angels, not humans.

Video

Here is a video of a song from the album that was recorded of a live performance at the University of Bremen.

Departure – 2 mins 24 sec

 

This is a video for another song from the album with images of the water fountain in Plaza de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain. The German expression “Zwischen den Jahren” refers to the last days of December (from Christmas) and the first days of January (An equivalent would be “Boxing Week”).

Zwischen den Jahren (Between the Years) – 2 mins 47 sec

 
Listen to more of his music at my Juan Maria Solare post with albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well.

Photo credit: Sombras blancas @ Amazon (album cover)

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