Apr 28, 2023
New York based pianist and composer Doeke (Jorn Swart) has released a new single called "Bergen (Mountains)" today and we're pleased to share it with you.
Doeke (Doo - kuh) is the cinematic piano project of pianist and composer Jorn Swart. Known for his refined playing and emotive compositions, Swart has "mastered the art of using a single improvised line to elicit complex emotions." (Jazziz Magazine). Doeke's forthcoming album Voor Aarde (2023) is a tribute to the beauty of the earth, taking listeners on a journey through its wonders and inspiring us to cherish our home, with the music serving as a love letter to the healing quality of nature. This year, his 2022 EP Memorie was nominated for a Libera Award for "Best Classical Record."
Doeke is shaped by a desire to return to simplicity. It's about nostalgia, it's about home, it's about the strange details we tend to remember from childhood.
"Doeke was my grandfather's first name," says Swart.
"He played the accordion, which inspired me to pick up that instrument as a kid, and later led me to the piano. All the song titles are in Dutch, and many of the compositions are inspired by memories from the Netherlands."
Swart moved to the United Stades in 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a master's degree in jazz piano in New York City, where he's been living and performing ever since. Throughout his career, Swart has been busy not only as a composer and a piano soloist, but also as a bandleader, musical director, and recording artist for other musicians. As he built his name, touring throughout the USA and in Europe and garnering international acclaim, audiences told him that his work sounded like it was telling a story. With Doeke, he leans into this quality. Doeke's music has the narrative and emotional attributes of a film score.
Today, Doeke returns with his new single "Bergen (Mountains)".
The New York - based poignant neoclassical pianist delivers his latest single as an ode to the ancient towers of earth. Swart uses soft piano melodies to capture the experience of feeling small among the mountains but then employs a growing tension to express his excitement about the enormity and majesty of their presence.
"The piano piece builds slowly, its rising minor chords increasing in enthusiasm but never quite getting to a resolution — much like climbing a mountain and feeling like the peak remains out of reach."
The official video for Doeke's new single is also available now!