Behind The New Music – INTERVIEW – Iremia, Dan Costa & Randy Brecker

Welcome to the brand new feature where we talk to musicians and artists to find out in depth information about their brand new singles and music.

Recently, acclaimed pianist, composer and jazz musician Dan Costa has released a brand new single called Irema with he legendary trumpet player Randy Brecker.  The single is called Iremia and I spoke to the musician to find out all about it.

Hello Dan, so how did the song come about?

Iremia means “peace” in Greek and it was inspired by the beauty and energy of the picturesque Cyclades, in Greece, gifted with stunning light and colours.

How long did it take to write? 

I came up with the melody through contemplation away from the piano, but it was refined as I brought it to the piano. It’s a delight to translate the colours of nature to musical harmony.

What is the main theme of the song?

A message of peace.

What about the production process, what was the most tricky thing about recording the track?

The piano part was recorded in Italy while the trumpet was recorded by Randy Brecker in the United States. Improvisation plays an important part in jazz and therefore recording separately can be tricky in some respects but on the other hand it gives the second performer some time to listen and reflect on the track.

How do you approach a new song in the studio?

I like the connection we can have with the space and the instruments. This studio had an Italian piano called Fazioli, which is more traditional than, say, a Yamaha, and can be more challenging to use, so understanding its mechanics can really enhance how we approach the recording.

How do you feel on the release day of a new song?

It’s delightful to release music and to share it with the world. I was also pleased with the album cover, as it’s a drawing that fully captures the essence of our collaboration. 

How do you think your fans are going to react to the new track? 

A solo piano version had already been previously released so the fans might recognise the tune. Those who have followed Randy Brecker’s work might be glad to see us collaborate!

Tell us about the music video? What was the inspiration?

The video captures the moments spent in the studio, both in Italy and in the US. Such collaborations serve as a reminder to the strength of music as a unifying force.

For those who are new to your music, where can they find you on social media?

dancostamusic on Facebook and Instagram

Finally three words why people should listen to your new single?

#peace #light #harmony

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