Nathan Speir - Pianist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer

 
 

Music - (Samples & Notes)

Quiet Wonder

by Nathan Speir

Released 2018
Neptic Music
Released 2018
Neptic Music
Beautiful acoustic solo piano with rich timbres and nuances. Thoughtful. Relaxing. Enlightening.
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In the process of recording my baby grand piano, I tried to capture the shifting timbres of the instrument through the year. Of course this was a delicate process considering the need to care for the piano and maintain an acceptable tuning and humidity level. The result was a beautiful, subtle, changing definition in piano tones and nuances throughout a full length solo piano album; thus, my goal was acheived.

This music, in some respects, …
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Romantic Electrons

by Nathan Speir

Released 2018
Neptic Music
Released 2018
Neptic Music
Chill, downtempo, tribal ambient, trippy, with a touch of some new and familiar synth sounds and composition styles, “Romantic Electrons” has a pleasantly refreshing and cohesive variety for the electronic music enthusiast. Speir's 10th solo artisrelease.
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Album: Romantic Electrons
Artist: Nathan Speir
Label: Neptic Music
Artist website: www.nathanspeir.com

Communication, coming of age, and maturity are underlying metaphors that string together the titles of “Romantic Electrons” - a new release in electronic chill/downtempo/and ambient music. The metaphors are fitting as this new release is Nathan Speir’s tenth full length solo artist release.
“Ten being a number of new beginnings and start of a new cycle, I wanted …
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Part of a Kindly Plan

by Nathan Speir

Released 2017
Neptic Music
Released 2017
Neptic Music
In what some may call "bright acoustic ambient chamber music", Nathan Speir performs, records, and produces this LP with 90 percent acoustic instruments including piano, steel and nylon string guitars, wooden flute, cello, singing bowls, and harmonica.
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“I try not to limit myself to just one way of looking at things or doing something,” explains musician Nathan Speir. That philosophy has led to an eclectic and varied musical career with his recordings having been described as ambient chamber music, acoustic-ambient, piano-oriented new age, and avant-garde. His ninth album, Part of a Kindly Plan, continues his fascinating experimentation.

The new album mostly contains acoustic instruments -- acoustic piano, steel and nylon-string acoustic guitars, …
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Improv 16

by Nathan Speir

Released 2016
Neptic Music
Released 2016
Neptic Music
A debut in the genre of solo piano jazz improvisation for Nathan Speir that rivals the depth of performance one would expect from veterans such as Keith Jarrett.
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A solo improvisation performed by Nathan Speir in his private studio on October 23rd 2016.
Describing his process for that performance Nathan Speir narrates:
"The entire improvisation was approached with the intent to record a possibly special hour of music channeled in the moment. I found it special enough to save and share. I ended up dividing the final CD master into 3 parts with zero pause between tracks to preserve continuity of the performance.
I performed …
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Eagle in the Harbor

by Nathan Speir

Released 2016
Neptic Music
Released 2016
Neptic Music
The fruition of embracing other acoustic instruments beyond piano, Nathan Speir performs acoustic guitar, wooden flute, and piano and percussion on Eagle In the Harbor.

Ambient Piano Christmas, Vol. 2

by Nathan Speir

Released 2015
Released 2015
The clean and simple elegance of ambient piano radiates new original music for Christmas written and performed by Nathan Speir in his second volume of Ambient Piano Christmas.
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Ambient Piano Christmas Volume 2 is a sequel album to Ambient Piano Christmas Volume 1 with several personal religious reflections of the season.


This new solo piano album is full of original compositions this time with the exception of two tracks: Adaptation for Kontakion of the Nativity(originating from an ancient Byzantine hymn of the Christian Orthodox Church) and Huron Carol Adaptation (from the traditional Canadian carol).


When The Snow Began To Glisten begins the album with …
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Warmth in Winter

by Nathan Speir

Released 2015
Released 2015
Wintry seasonal ambiance with soothing piano based moods. Exclusive ambient chamber versions of three new tracks from Ambient Piano Christmas Volume 2. Not just a seasonal release!
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A first EP release from pianist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Nathan Speir, BMI. Three tracks are featured from the 2015 release Ambient Piano Christmas Volume 2, which is a solo piano ambient album; however, these three songs have been re-recorded with additional instrumentation performed by Nathan Speir at his home studio in Winston Salem, NC. Warmth In Christmas EP is a light hearted seasonal piece accompanied by strings, bell sticks, and a low Irish whistle. A Fervent Winter …
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The Emotive Leaf

by Nathan Speir

Released 2015
Released 2015
The Emotive Leaf is a two-disc album with rich melodic ambient chamber music in this beautiful moving soundtrack of disc one, and disc two reinterprets mainly the same compositions on solo piano, which offers a complementary experience to disc one.
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"The Emotive Leaf" is a rich experience that connects broad emotive themes with a universally 'personal' journey. From 2013 to the present date Nathan Speir has written, performed, recorded, and produced a double disc album that has become "The Emotive Leaf." It is his sixth album self-produced as an independent artist.

As a pianist and composer putting on the 'producer cap', Nathan Speir used the best resources for piano he could afford, and then he painted …
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Ambient Piano Christmas, Vol. 1

by Nathan Speir

Released 2012
Released 2012
Classic Western Christmas carols played by Nathan Speir in his distinct ambient piano style. The songs are interpreted in a refreshingly smooth and colorful arrangement for solo piano. This is a keeper for generations to come...timeless Christmas music.
NOTES
"Ambient Piano Christmas: Volume 1" is Nathan Speir's first holiday album for Christmas. It is a solo piano recording featuring most of the classic Christmas carols from the West (mainly Europe). The arrangements include enough melody and original song structure for the listener to easily recognize the carol, but Nathan has added and improvised a colorful rendition that offers a refreshing take on the songs of the Christmas season. Stemming from his evolving ambient piano sound …
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A Day of Poetry

by Nathan Speir

Released 2012
Released 2012
Nice dark piano, elegant strings, and tasteful reverb. This falls right into the department of ambient chamber music. A Day of Poetry is an expression and fruit of poetic moments lived and dreamed. Currently available in a four panel Digi Pak case.
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It's an exposition of solo piano and a new found interest in compositions for four hands, chamber string accompaniment, and tasteful reverb. A Day of Poetry is an expression and fruit of poetic moments lived and dreamed. Like the artwork on the front cover, this album has a somewhat ethereal nature to it. It has a fluent and gentle pace that every melody and phrase played embraces with ease and enchantment. With the nice dark …
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Brighter Days

by Nathan Speir

Released 2012
Released 2012
Nathan faces new horizons as he orchestrates a metaphorical sound track. Given that piano is a central instrument throughout, other tracks like "early spring" and "surreal afternoon" add a further dimension of sound-scapes into the mix of this album.
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Brighter Days is Nathan Speir's third release. This instrumental album features piano, synths, percussion, and phonetic vocals. It's a metaphorical sound track that weaves in and out of ambient soundscapes and colorful piano based compositions.
"New Horizons" begins with quick and loose ascending arpeggios simulating the dawn of a new day. "The Fresh Air" is a feel-good track that may be considered a genre crossing song with its lite jazz improvisational bridges. The title track "…
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Nathan's Piano

by Nathan Speir

Released 2010
Nathan's Piano
Released 2010
Nathan's Piano
The tones of the piano change in sublime variations throughout the album...like light shifting through the clouds. The compositions are both objective and improvisationally heart-felt in style.
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"Nathan's Piano" was Nathan Speir's debut solo piano album in 2010. Nice dark piano in tracks like "It's Not When". Titles like "Where Did That" give you challenging and stimulating thoughts to sift with as you listen to the melodramtic yet playful performance. Softer and deeper songs like "Drifting" and "Precious Moment" take you where ever you let them...perhaps, closer to the heart.Featured on NPR on Echoes radio program in 2010
The last two tracks …
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Between Earth & Sky

by Nathan Speir

Released 2006
Released 2006
Thoughtful atmospheres and compositions, integrating ambient electronic and acoustical textures, brings refreshing structure to the broad "new age" genre.
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Nathan's first ever release encompasses the breadth and spaces of thought and emotion in that realm between the terrestrial and etherial. Piano, synths, wind chimes, gameland bells, and native american flute build a unique and complementary texture. From start to finish, every track flows into the next preparing the listener for instant replay. Sit back, close your eyes, and drift into the spaces between earth and sky.