Henning Schmiedt’s second solo album (after Bilder – Assoziationen zu Kurt Weill, Peregrina PM50282) is a rendez-vous with piano solos. It is a very personal CD by this artist who has been one of the greats on the international world music stage for years now as a composer, arranger and, of course, a pianist.
He himself describes the origins of his current solo CD as follows: “I see the music in Klavierraum as being white. It was a hot August; my heavily pregnant wife needed a room in which she could feel good. Basically she just needed a pleasant room. What I could do for her was to fill the room with music.
With music with lots of beautiful sounds – no philosophy, no obligation, just wonderful sounds. They floated and swam with the music, carried by its beautiful harmonies. Friends visited us; they too seemed to float away on the music. They wanted to have the same music at home. Sometimes the sound can be a soft breeze or water or perhaps just “white” – but really it is just piano music. My solo piano music for at home. For all of us.”
Henning Schmiedt, pianist, composer, arranger, was born in 1965 and grew up in the former East Germany where working with art and music represented social freedom. He studied music in Rostock, and gave concerts and made CDs particularly with jazz-oriented ensembles in the middle of the 80s. In the 90s, he was influenced more and more by both classical and world music.
He profited from musical encounters with artists such as Theodorakis, Maria Farantouri, Al di Meola, Jocelyn B. Smith, Milva, Zülfü Livanelli, Katrin Sass and many others. Creative desire for musical experiments: film soundtrack for a Kurt Weill film re-instrumenting of Mahler’s “Songs on the Death of Children", various sound installations, composition of chamber music etc...
Global player: in addition to performing in concerts all over the world with all kinds of ensembles and orchestras, he was dedicated to his very own project PamagieRA (Peregrina PM50081 and PM50181), combining and improvising contemporary chamber music with original world.