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Michele de Wilton

As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the piano, the notion of moving my fingers to give voice to my emotions. When I was six, my parents bought me a used upright and I began taking lessons with a German woman who lived a couple of blocks from our home. Under her tutelage, I learned the value of soulful interpretation and nuanced expression – and to keep my nails very short.

I seek to tell stories with my music, to capture the experiences and emotions of memorable characters. All the pieces in my album, Myths & Legends, were inspired by timeless narratives of adventure, love and yearning.

My early influences were classical composers: Frédéric Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn and Bedrich Smetana. But my fascination with musical storytelling came from singer-songwriters like Joan Baez, Chris de Burgh and Janis Ian as well as Broadway composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Likewise, I am inspired by film composers like Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman and Hans Zimmer. I will never forget the first time I saw Gone with the Wind and, hearing the intermission music, realized that the essence of the story was woven through Max Steiner’s score.

Although narrative new age music is my passion, until recently it was a very private part of my life. It was only after I learned that listening to my music could soothe other people as much as playing it relaxes me that I decided to release an album. I found my dream piano (a restored 1925 Steinway Model “L”) and started working with my piano coach, Jennifer Loftus. I recorded Myths & Legends at the Chicago Recording Company, during a period of record snowstorms, wearing my favorite pink Ugg slippers.

People have told me that my music goes well with a glass of wine; helps manage stress while paying bills or sitting in traffic; complements healing massage and Reiki; is calming during cancer treatments.