"Music for me, as pianist and composer, is a quest for depth and a quest to find a bridge between my emotions and the piano. When I begin I am uncertain about where the journey will take me and how it will end. It is important that compositions and improvisations constitute a natural whole. And classic songs like "God Only Knows" are stories and they must be told in a personal manner. Putting it all together in an album is exciting and rewarding." – Jan Gunnar Hoff
Recording sessions: Facebook Photo Album
STORIES is Jan Gunnar Hoff's third solo piano album on the 2L label and is a sequel to his critically acclaimed album LIVING from 2013. On the new release Hoff stretches his creative abilities, presenting contrasting compositions and improvisations, in a distinctly personal mixture. Some of the pieces are meditative and expressive, while others have a strong rhythmic vibe. Stories also displays Hoff as an arranger, presenting versions of classics like "God Only Knows" and the traditional Swedish folk song "Värmlandsvisan".
Jan Gunnar Hoff, piano
MCH 5.1 DSD
|Sofienberg Church, Norway