"In Pictures, the debut album from composer and pianist James Wilding, every piece was inspired by something outside the world of music, from the concrete (a particular sculpture) to the abstract (a vision of the end of the world)... perhaps the biggest draw of listening to Pictures is the unique glimpse it gives into one artist’s process of composition" - Jarrett Hoffman
Impressions from the album launch at Steinway Piano Galley on 4 April 2019
Photography by Missy Iler
Recording the Album
Video from the studio in Mount Vernon, New York
Drops of Memory occur predictably, while the harmony changes gradually and unpredictably, forming a texture of individual notes dancing over a canvas of ever expanding and contracting harmonic progressions.
Inspired by a Zimbabwean stone sculpture of a maternal spirit, Nehanda Remembered uses quartal chords to represent the solid stone and the nurturing mother.
Preparing for the Project
The composer talks about the process of practicing his own music