Australian composer Luke Howard refuses to lay down boundaries in his music.
Classically trained, his own work veers from an awareness of J.S. Bach into an acceptance of electronic music, an awareness of club culture.
Somewhere inbetween all those influences sits his own style, something complex yet forever open, always pondering fresh advancement.
New album ‘Open Heart Story’ is out now on Mercury KX, and it matches a sense of introspection with a willingness to get out there and face the world.
“Written at a time of introspection and self-reflection, ‘Open Heart Story’ explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and getting older,” says Luke.
We're able premiere the full visuals for 'Hymn', a piece that connects Anglican music and piano improvisation, matching his methodology against his execution.
“Despite being a secular human, 'Hymn' is a nod to the Anglican music I grew up with, and my love of Bach and simple voice-leading. This is the original piano improvisation from which the string arrangement was made: you can hear both versions on 'Open Heart Story'.”
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