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About jana

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  • Biography
    I write art music and songs. I have a free podcast called New Piano Music on iTunes (search "New Piano Music Jana Cole" or link to it directly at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/new-piano-music/id578570122?mt=2&ls=1) or on my podcast page at http://newpianomusic.libsyn.com/website
    My rss feed is http://newpianomusic.libsyn.com/rss
    My podcast is also on Google Play and Tunein.
    I also offer a songwriting course, "Songwriting Secrets" available here:

    I'm originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up playing classical piano and learned jazz in college. I earned a bachelor's in film music from Berklee and a master's in composition and piano performance from NYU. I particularly enjoy writing for film/video and games.
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    Pacifica, California
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    Music writing, programming, jogging, French language
  • Favorite Composers
    Bartok, Bach, Palestrina, Beethoven, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington
  • My Compositional Styles
    21st Century Piano, 21st Century Popular Song,
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  • Instruments Played
    Piano, harpichord, recorder, violin, ukulele, chimes

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  1. I see an overhead view, from a helicopter or drone, of a city at night, flying low over the tall buildings, with all the lights in the offices and from the car headlights. Scene-setting music. Of course others will hear something different. As always, feedback is welcomed.
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    Winter (digital)

    Well, thank you! I'll take that as a compliment!
  3. A tune suitable for the holidays ... I'd love to get everyone's feedback on this one. It's my first digital recording in a while.
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    I conceived this as a beautiful journey. I think it's a wonderful experience to close your eyes and let it wash over you. I noticed that when I listened to it a second and third time, the journey was slightly different each time. I'd be very interested in other people's experience of this piece.
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    Thanks for the encouragement! I had not heard of I am Setsuna, and I looked it up on YouTube. Beautiful ! Interesting you should bring it up, because I have a podcast, and the biggest percentage of listeners after the United States is Japan ...
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    I'm with you on that.
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    Thank you so much for your kind words, chopin. In answer to your question, the rubato just seemed really natural for this piece. I tried playing it in very strict time, and that didn't work at all. It wants to be rubato. I intend to write longer pieces, and also for other combinations. I have always loved string quartet music, especially the string quartets of Bartok and Ravel. I'm working on a choral piece now. I'm not in a rush to write huge pieces, but I hear orchestrations when I write, so I'm sure that's coming as well.
  8. Anybody know why the player might not show up? I just uploaded an mp3 like I always do, but there's no player. The sound file is just a link. Any suggestions gratefully appreciated. Hee's the page I'm referring to:
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    I'm open to comments ....
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    What I Feel

    Thank you!
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    Think snow, vast, white-covered meadows of snow ...
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    What I Feel

    I wanted to create a dark and romantic mood in this song. The lines are short on purpose. I wanted simplicity, going for emotion as opposed to making a statement. I look forward to your feedback.
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    Yes, I actually have considered that. I agree with you, that might sound really good.
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    Thank you for your comments, ilv. Noted about the accents. The piece was "hot off the press," and I should have practiced it a few more times before I posted. Just FYI, don't expect proper endings from me. In my art music, I often don't do them.
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    Thanks Maarten. That's a high compliment!