April 9, 2013

So, where was I ?

It’s been a while since I posted here, but in a rather late ‘new year resolution’ I’ve resolved to keep on top of the blog, Facebook & Twitter. Well, at least for a while.

Hard to believe that it’s been 18 months since my second album “Imperfect Beauty” was released. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the next release, and I think I’m going to release a series of digital-only EP’s. I sell more digital downloads these days than physical CD’s, and the cost of manufacturing CD’s is quite significant. I know there are people that still prefer CD’s so I may do some hand-made CD’s as a limited-edition (let me know in the Comments, if this interests you).

The big news is that I’m also planning on releasing a digital EP of some songs. It will be the first time in many years that songs of mine have been released. In the 1990′s I was a Pop songwriter/producer, but that was a long time ago :)   The new material will basically sound like my instrumental stuff – except it will have vocals. I’ll be releasing demo’s to those people on my mailing list, to get some feedback so if you’re interested make sure you add your name & email address to my mailing list using the Newsletter box on the right.

I know that a lot of people like to play my music on piano, and some people have even filmed themselves performing some of my pieces and then posted it on YouTube. So, I’ll be preparing more sheet music available for download from my previous two albums and also the new one.

So, that’s quite a big to-do list. I guess I better get on with it.

December 21, 2012

“Hope” (Sheet Music for Piano)

Here is the PDF sheet music for my Piano solo “Hope” taken from my first album “This Is What I Live For”.

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March 3, 2012

“Milan” used in BBC’s Top Gear show

“Milan”, from my first album “This Is What I Live For” was used twice in BBC’s Top Gear show last weekend (25th Feb 2012), during Jeremy Clarkson’s review of the new Maserati :)

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March 1, 2012

“Dawn” (Sheet Music for Piano)

Here is the PDF sheet music for my Piano solo “Dawn” taken from my first album “This Is What I Live For”.

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August 1, 2011

“The Miracle of Apollo” video

Last month, I worked with some students at the Royal Academy of Music, courtesy of Faber Music and Philip Sheppard. The students did a very-quick (15-minutes !!) recording session for String Trio, Clarinet & Piano. They did a great job, as you can hear …

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July 29, 2011

Another review of ‘Imperfect Beauty’

Richard Anthony Jay: Imperfect Beauty
Reviewed By: Lisa Torem

Somerset composer, Richard Anthony Jay, serves up an ambitious follow-up to his 2009, eleven-track, debut, ‘This is What I Live For.’ There, he ignited his relationship with the Halle orchestra and Davy Spillane, and unearthed the intoxicating ‘Fragile’ and cinematic ‘Milan.’ Many of Jay’s contemporary, piano-driven arrangements draw parallels to pieces like Max Richter’s ‘Ember’ and Ludovico Einaudi’s ‘Nuvole Bianche.’

His newest release, ironically entitled ‘Imperfect Beauty’, is pretty perfect. It is a piano music lover’s dream-come-true. Jay works alongside the Halle orchestra, for a second time, making splendid use of their wealth of timbres.

Jay is a self-taught composer; still, his work is sophisticated. With an uncanny ear and extreme sensitivity to the boundaries of each instrument he oversees, he plays compositional hardball with the giants.

That said, ‘Imperfect Beauty’ is flawless. ‘In Winter’ surges forward with strident, glorious melodies.

‘The Tailor’ abounds with industrial percussion and shimmering strings; the result brilliantly shines.

‘Time’, like a Bach fugue, features two opposing, melodic forces that make invincible statements; ear candy for the lover of precise symmetry.

‘Silence’ with simmering dissonance and an erratic time-signature heralds an old-world charm. It builds, deliriously and mysteriously, upwards.

The striking arpeggios of ‘Going Solo‘ are the meat and potatoes of this lavish dish. Hypnotic melodies dip and collide. Smartly, simple ‘Rain on the Round Window’ is pleasantly reminiscent of French genius Eric Satie’s, carnival-like gymnopedies – and it is extraordinarily executed.

One hopeful melody rises above an accelerating, sonic storm; like free-floating, cirrus clouds come to life. ‘Boubat’ paints a picture of an enormous, orchestral sky. It also clocks in at more than five minutes, though, truthfully, it goes by in a flash.

‘Epilogue’ similar in simple beauty to ‘Rain on the Round Window’, soothes like a beloved psalm. Essentially, a mournful piano painstakingly inches its way through time, and, gradually, it is swept up by galloping strings. Haunting, halting and bittersweet, ‘Epilogue’ is a palpable closer. ‘Imperfect Beauty’ slows down our maddening world into manageable, meditative measures.

July 6, 2011

Richard Anthony Jay in ‘The Crack’

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June 30, 2011

U.K Airplay for ‘Imperfect Beauty’

With a fast-approaching July 4th release date for my second album, ‘Imperfect Beauty’, it’s nice to report lots of BBC airplay here in the U.K:

Frank and Amy, BBC Radio Wales (played ‘Time’)
Jamie MacDougall, “Classics Unwrapped”, BBC Radio Scotland (played ‘Epilogue’)
BBC Introducing, BBC Bristol & Somerset (played ‘The Tailor’)
Paul O’Grady, BBC Radio 2 (played ‘The Tailor’)
Paul O’Grady, BBC Radio 2 (played ‘Boubat’)
Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2 (played ‘The Tailor’)

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June 20, 2011

Richard Anthony Jay on LandscapeHD

It seems everytime I turn on LandscapeHD on Sky TV ch203, one of my tracks is playing. They’ve made videos for ‘Gone … but not Forgotten’, ‘Sound 8′, ‘Milan’ & ‘Dawn’. You can view them on my video player above, but if you are in a country where LandscapeHD is broadcast (or happen to be on an airplane and catch it’s inflight channel), you should make a point of checking it out as there’s lots of other great artists on it.

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June 10, 2011

Interviewed by John Diliberto at Echoes

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by John Diliberto at Echoes, for radio broadcast in the U.S and also online. We spoke for about an hour on the phone and John managed to condense it down to about 8 minutes :)

You can listen to it here:

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