We are delighted to be given the opportunity to premiere the video for the title track of Australian pianist/composer Pat Jaffe‘s debut album ‘Eldorado’. Unusually for us, this is a classical piece but one of such delicacy and charm that makes it enchanting for anyone who appreciates great music.
‘Eldorado’ has an inherent enigmatic and haunting quality that reminds me of Gymnopédies by Erik Satie: celestial and utterly calming piano that just hangs in the air. And calming is something we all need right now.
The accompanying video directed by Florent Tourvieille is gorgeous – the camera soaring around Jaffe as he plays in the middle of a waterfall in the beautiful Australian bush, the tumbling piano notes flowing with the water:
A video as luminescent as the music.
The album was recorded in Iceland and perhaps that lends an element of arctic chill to the general tone – crystalline piano notes that dance and sway like the northern lights. The pieces are reflective and moving – arpeggiated, revolving, building and receding with two tracks having added strings supplied by the Icelandic Siggi String Quartet. ‘Catharsis’ is nearly seven minutes of epic, chilling movements and changes and ‘Hannah’ is breathtakingly beautiful and elegant.
It’s hard to believe that Jaffe is only 22 years old.
‘Eldorado’ is out on 28 October 2020. You can download/stream the album here or get direct from the artist through the link below: