LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2023 — Composer and pianist Joseph Seif has released his second full-length LP of original piano compositions, titled Works for Solo Piano, Vol. 2. The new album will be streaming on Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Google Play, and most available services starting June 23rd. It is also available for purchase as an immediate digital download and as a limited vinyl pressing with an estimated shipping date of May 14, 2024.
Seif’s compositions blend the classical hallmarks of the Late Romantic era with more modern cues from composers such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter, and Yann Tiersen. His playing is demanding, intricate, and deeply influenced by the likes of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Mahler, and Prokofiev. His sound can be described as atmospheric and highly textured — an attempt to create new tonal tapestries that interweave a soaring, ornate, romantic sensibility with a modern, cinematic haze.
“My intent is to combine the emotive nature and technical intricacies of Late Romantic classical music with tactile, atmospheric styling that is both painterly and organic in feel,” says Seif. “Though many of my influences are modern, I am not a minimalist in my approach. I compose from my heart, at the very edge of my technical ability, and with a sense of great urgency.”