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James Heather

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As a child in Southampton, Heather’s Grandad taught him composition and how to manipulate the tuning of piano strings, whilst his Granny used to dabble with improvisations.
His own compositions came from the age of 11, also inspired by a love of Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and his neighbours Acid House pirate radio station. Heather now releases music via Ninja Tune founders Coldcut's Ahead Of Our Time label. First came Modulations: EP1, 7 tracks which were written in various headspaces. Next came his debut album Stories From Far Away On Piano, a more unified conceptual piece of work. The album concept centres on Heather’s interpretations of real world news stories.
“The album is an appeal to emotion, a way of bringing the listener in, to evoke an empathetic response, this is my interpretation of stories. The stories are not the focus, but the piano assimilation is, as the album is about viewpoint, opinion and perspective.”
Perspective is something Heather has in abundance; he nearly died in a traumatic road accident, leaving him in a coma. “When I eventually started to recover I began taking my musical sketches more seriously. I found a salvation channeling my feelings into compositions.”
James Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter, Mica Levi and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this genre.

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