The Lake part 1 (acoustic)

by AJ Hickling

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Ben Koehler
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Ben Koehler There aren't proper words to describe AJ Hickling's piano solo pieces. When he plays, it would seem that he takes in all his surroundings and pours it into his music. The result is a beautifully stirring piano composition, the likes of which I haven't heard before. I see the painting AJ makes with his music, and it is a masterpiece. Favorite track: Deep Night.
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This album was inspired by the long still winter nights by lake Wakatipu, where I've been spending my winter days busking in Queenstown. The biggest challenge is getting through the nights! This is the original acoustic version of this album. It was recorded in my van on my busking piano, using very simple battery powered recording gear.
This album captures the moments in a very real and pure way, however, the inspiration from this time was sufficient to also create a studio album of the same compositions. So I decided to do two albums, one acoustic, live, recorded under the stars by the lake, by candle light during the long and freezing nights, the other, lush, carefully sculpted, and full of studio layers and depth. I hope you will enjoy both!


released October 24, 2016



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AJ Hickling New Zealand

"Classical Piano to Cyber tribal world fusion with gypsy circus overtones"... AJ has traveled far and wide to record samples of custom tribal world music which are later woven into cross cultural musical tapestries, deep and soulful. His sound-scapes traverse New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Japan, Spain, Ireland, South America, Africa, and many remote South Pacific Islands. ... more

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