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Domum

by Aija Alsina

Aija Alsina’s debut album ‘domum’ features 12 emotionally charged piano pieces – romantic and delicate, with a melancholy hue, combining rhythmical and highly melodic piano layers with the occasional brass and string accent.
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1. Morning Glow
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2. Frostwork
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3. Break Away
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4. Healing
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5. Reflection
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6. Variation on the Horse Theme
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7. Wine
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8. French Waltz
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9. My Favorite Book
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10. Krastiņi
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11. Love Letter
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12. Embrace the Silence
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Aija is a Latvian composer and sound designer currently residing in London. Her debut album 'domum' is being released in September 2017. She has previously written scores and worked on soundtracks for various genres of visual media, from film to fashion shows. She was one of the ten finalists in the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest in 2016, and was invited back as a judge in 2017.

Aija Alsina was born in Riga, Latvia, in a family of five, and it was at her grandparents’ farm where she would spend her summers and where she got acquainted with the piano at the age of six. This turned into a lifelong affection, and, while never receiving any formal music education, Aija has since partaken in many musical activities – singing in choirs, playing bass and keys in several indie and post-rock bands, organizing concerts and tours.
Music was always just a hobby, a mental retreat from everyday routine, until in 2013 Aija left Riga for Barcelona, leaving behind both her day job in finance and band mates in 'Gaserata', a Latvian post-rock collective. She reunited with her childhood instrument – the piano – and started working on her debut album. She moved again in 2015, this time to London where she is currently completing an MSc in Composition for Film and Media.
Aija’s music combines all of her diverse musical experiences and influences from the places where she has lived, from Riga and Copenhagen to Barcelona and London. Her instrument of choice is still the piano, but she creates music that is multi-layered, experimenting with timbres and sound effects and using brass and strings as accompaniment to create mesmerizing and unforgettable compositions.

Aija’s debut album 'domum' is a set of 12 piano pieces, due to be released in September 2017. The album will feature work created over four years, and the title (Latin for 'homeward') expresses Aija’s return to her childhood instrument – the piano, but also implies the struggle of finding her own unique musical expression. The overall romantic and delicate compositions also have a distinctly melancholy hue, making this a highly emotionally charged album. The piano is accompanied by violin (Shannon Stott-Rigsbee), cello (Daniel Gonzalez), and French horn (John Stacy); the album cover features original artwork by Evija Saitere.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Domum" is the debut album by Aija Alsina, a Latvian pianist/composer and sound designer now living in London, where she is completing an MSc in Composition for Film and Media. Not surprisingly, Alsina’s music is very visual, emotional and expressive. The twelve original pieces on the album were created over a four-year period. They are varied and have simple titles that suggest a place, an experience or a feeling. Most are solo piano, but a few tracks feature piano accompanied by violin (Shannon Stott-Rigsbee), cello (Daniel Gonzalez), and/or French horn (John Stacy). The simple but beautifully-evocative line drawing on the album cover is original artwork by Evija Saitere. The title is Latin for “homeward” in reference to Alsina’s return to the piano as well as her struggle to find her own unique musical expression.

Aija Alsina started experimenting with music on her grandparents’ piano when she was six and is mostly self-taught. Music was a hobby until she left Riga for Barcelona in 2013, leaving behind a day job in finance and band mates in Gaserata, a Latvian post-rock collective. Alsina started working on her debut album there, and then moved to London in 2015. She has written scores and worked on soundtracks for various genres of visual media from film to fashion shows. She was one of the ten finalists in the prestigious Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest in 2016 and was invited back as a judge in 2017. I would say that the future looks very bright for Aija Alsina!

"Domum" opens with “Break Away,” a piece that begins with a dark and rather ominous theme that really draws you into the music. Graceful and full of longing, it’s an intriguing start! “Embrace the Silence” is mysterious and also a bit on the dark side. The repetitive left hand pattern is almost hypnotic as the more melodic right hand tells its story. “French Waltz” begins with a feeling of tragedy or mourning. The tempo is slow and the melody is heartfelt and very sad. As the piece progresses, the tempo gradually increases and the mood lightens. John Stacy adds haunting tonal color with his French horn on this piece. “Healing” is one of my favorites. Layers of keyboard sounds (mostly piano) plus strings (Daniel Gonzalez and Shannon Stott-Rigsbee) create a mysterious yet magical setting that is simple yet complex (with the layering) - and very poignant. I also really like “Love Letter,” a deeply emotional and achingly beautiful outpouring of the soul. The other three instrumentalists add their own magic to the piece. “My Favorite Book” is spare, but emotionally very rich. Strings here and there add some lovely embellishments. “Reflection” uses reverb and layering to create a somber yet spacious setting. Some of the reverb makes me think of ripples on otherwise smooth water while gazing at a reflected image. The latter part of the piece becomes more percussive and intense - fascinating!

Aida Alsina has created a very impressive debut album with "Domum"! I’m so glad the piano has recaptured her imagination and that she is able to share her musical gifts with the world! Recommended!
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