October 2022 marks the release of emerging contemporary classical ensemble Earthtones Trio's debut album Sound Tracks on iOcco Classical. A new suite of nine contemporary classical compositions by Scottish composer
Euan Stevenson, Sound Tracks is inspired by the people, places and landmarks surrounding Falkirk, the composer's town of birth. Originally commissioned by Classic Music Live! Falkirk (CMLF) and Chamber Music Scotland, Sound Tracks was premiered live in Falkirk in April 2022 and studio recordings of the new compositions are now set for release on 28th October 2022 in tandem with 2nd lead single from the album 'Skirmish'.
To celebrate the album release, Earthtones Trio performed a live preview of Sound Tracks on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped show in September 2022 which is available now to stream on BBC Sounds. With cover art by Scottish illustrator Gavin C. Robinson, Sound Tracks will initially be available to purchase on CD together with sheet music downloads from 28th October 2022, then to stream on major digital music sites. An accompanying podcast series, Sound Tracks: Track by Track, hosted by Stevenson, will also be available on all major platforms from November 2022.
WHERE TO BUY OUR MUSIC
You can purchase the album here which we hope you will enjoy;
You can play along with the Earthtones Trio
with scores complete with original performance mark-ups.
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Alongside Stevenson on piano, Earthtones Trio features internationally acclaimed Royal Scottish National Orchestra principals; flautist Katherine Bryan and cellist Betsy Taylor. Stevenson’s accessible compositions and arrangements blend elements of classical, jazz and world folk music.
In December 2019, global interest in the group’s distinctive pallet was sparked when Classic FM featured Stevenson’s haunting arrangement of the ancient hymn of Advent, O Come, O Come Emmanuel. The music possesses a spiritual, ‘healing’ quality, also borne out by the soothing feel of the follow up release, Air in D minor.
Released in April 2020 to mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Stevenson’s modal 'Air' captures the awe-inspiring natural beauty of some of the remotest landscapes of his native Scotland.