Peter Colclasure has released his new album titled ‘Una Corda’. Let me start by saying that this is a composition record. Music at its core. Set for personal reflection and contemplation. An intense and emotional set of sonatas. Must listen with vintage champagne and an open mind. You will leave this album as something more than you are.
About Peter Colclasure
Currently based in San Jose, California, Colclasure plays piano at the New Ballet School, formerly Silicon Valley Ballet, in addition to teaching at Evergreen Studio of Music and the Arts. In San Jose, he currently plays with several groups, including Cola, the Jean Jackets, the Rose Peddlers, and the Vanities. He occasionally performs with groundbreaking artist Cellista and visits Seattle to record and perform with the Foghorns.
This new long-play follows up Colclasure’s album‘Long Form’, released in February 2019, and debut solo instrumental release ‘Artigo’, released the year before. His compositions have been used for choreography by the eMotion Arts dance troupe, the Memphis Ballet, and Boise Ballet Academy.
“This music was written and recorded during the winter of 2019-20, innocent of a looming pandemic. I wanted to create something calm. When the shelter-in-place order hit in mid-March, I was just starting to mix the record — a process that involved hours of close listening on various speakers and headphones, as well as frequent midnight walks to my car parked down the street to sit in the dark with a notepad on the steering wheel, deciding whether to pan a particular sound to the left or adjust the reverb,” says Peter Colclasure.
“The transition from routine to quarantine was sudden and disorienting. The grocery store shelves were emptied; the streets were silent; and as weeks went by, time seemed to expand in every direction at once. “Una Corda” is a musical directive that indicates the use of the soft pedal. It’s when things go quiet.”
Written, performed, recorded and mixed by Colclasure on his laptop computer, this album was mastered by Kenny Schick at Basement3Production. His sound and esthetic are inspired by the works of Max Richter, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich, as well as John Luther Adams and Arvo Pärt.
After graduating with a degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004, Peter Colclasure spent a decade touring, recording, and performing with various rock bands. While living in Seattle from 2007 to 2012, he discovered ballet accompaniment. He has played for Dance Fremont, Spectrum, and Evergreen Ballet, providing live music for dance rehearsals, as well as composing and arranging original music for choreography.