Friday, November 18, 2016

Music Minute: The Piano Guys - Uncharted

I have a lot of fun watching videos from The Piano Guys - and I'm not alone. My music classes enjoy them too. They combine talented, artful arrangements with appropriate visuals to create wonderful videos. Their music is solid enough to stand alone as well, and we own several of their CDs.

They recently released Uncharted (Portrait). You can view the video for the new song “Okay” written by hit-makers Andy Grammer and Dave Bassett below.

They’ve shot three of their recent videos farabroad  – Scotland, Mexico, Jordan – and “Okay” shows them in the recording studio where they create their music, and in front of a cheering crowd in their home state of Utah.

My daughters' favorites were the Fight Song/Amazing Grace and Jungle Book/Sarabande tracks, and they also really loved the videos. The Deluxe Edition of the album has a DVD with the videos as well.

Their music weaves together classical techniques and pop hits, along with their own unique style.

“We’ve now ventured deeper into “uncharted” territory than we could have ever dreamed of traversing,” says Steven Sharp Nelson. "t’s actually very difficult to accurately ‘chart’ our music into sheet music since it features so many unprecedented and untranscribable sounds. Combine all of these elements with more of our signature fusion of film score, classical music, pop and original music, our first vocal single, and even more groundbreaking textures and sounds, we believe this to be our best record yet.”

The Piano Guys – Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which recently surpassed 1 billion views and garnered over 5 million subscribers on YouTube. The band has played sold-out concerts around the world, accrued a massive social media following, topped the Billboard charts, and made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Uncharted is the four Utah dads’ sixth major label album on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks. It follows Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, a holiday album called A Family Christmas, and most recently The Piano Guys – Live!  -featuring live music from their sold out Red Rocks and Carnegie Hall concerts. Uncharted is available physically and digitally on October 28.

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