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Streets to Steinway

by AJ Hickling

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Emma Bennett
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Emma Bennett The sublime beauty with which every keystroke speaks his wonder and pain equisite joy and ephemeral insight
We all have moments of clarity
Raw weakness
Strength and
Unfathomable love
And everything in between.. it is all here
I close my eyes and become liquid
So grateful for this talent
Yannick Boumans
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Yannick Boumans If you have a heart, if you have a soul...buy this album! If not, it might be your single chance to reconnect with yourself!
Man this is out of this world...and we need this, as the world is not always very pretty nowadays..
Favourite : Camielle’s theme
Enjoy and don’t miss this pure energy!
Grace Pohl
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Grace Pohl I accidentally stumbled across this man and ever since I’ve been totally captivated by his fingers on those keys! It’s pure magic to my ears. I completely and utterly escape and submerge myself in his music. You truely are Mr Hickling an extremely gifted man. I’ll look forward to your next master piece. Kind regards, Grace.
Natalie Fenelon
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Natalie Fenelon I stumbled upon this beautiful man and his remarkable ability to give voice to the piano.
I feel as if he has an uncanny ability to almost translate the piano’s own expression into a language we mere mortals can comprehend.
Truly magic, thank you.
Your music transports me to a place I had lost touch with.
Louis R. Johnson Official
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Louis R. Johnson Official he is just like Gonzales - incredible album!
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The Lake 07:01
Nelson Bays 04:53
Dusk 04:59
Market Place 03:09
Leaves 04:12
Gratitude 08:05
Rain 02:45
Oceans 03:13


* FREE TRACKS* Track 1, and track 8.
After many years of playing music for anyone and everyone, free on the streets, and after many albums recorded on my street piano, the one which I rescued from the dump, and subsequently restored to a level passable among the sirens, car horns, and general chattering of the streets, I decided to create a more "refined" collection of my original compositions. Using some of my busking savings I hired the Byron Bay Community Center hall, complete with a Steinway Concert Grand Piano (worth more than most peoples houses), for a period of three hours. After about an hour of setting up, I recorded this collection. I hope that my unfamiliarity with the instrument and the setting was more than made up for by the incredible quality of the instrument. It was a pleasure to play. Thanks for listening to and sharing this music.


released June 3, 2018

All tracks composed and performed by AJ Hickling.
Piano tuned by Norman Appel.
Session engineer: Jan Muths


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AJ Hickling New Zealand

AJ has carved a living for himself and his family by playing his street piano publicly, in the most beautiful locations he can find. "Reconnecting music, nature, and people, almost exclusively outside of the established music culture and venues, has in many ways been the most rewarding journey of my life." AJ also has an extensive back catalogue of world fusion, and reggae music. ... more

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