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About jana

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    janacoleusa

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  • Biography
    I write art music and songs. In all of my art music, including all the music posted here, I use sacred geometry, meaning I arrive at the notes using mathematical calculations and geometry. You can hear more music on my 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'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.
  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Pacifica, California
  • Occupation
    Musician
  • Interests
    Music writing, programming, jogging, French language
  • Favorite Composers
    Bartok, Prokofiev, Ravel, Bach, Palestrina, Beethoven, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderly
  • My Compositional Styles
    21st Century Piano, 21st Century Popular Song,
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Sibelius
  • Instruments Played
    Piano, harpichord, recorder, violin, ukulele, chimes

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  1. jana

    Sunrise

    I've been writing all my pieces using sacred geometry, and on this one, I tried something new. I'm still using the sacred geometry calculations, but instead of writing a melody, I just wanted to create a texture. I think it turned out well, although if I were to record it again, I would make the accents louder. It's the accents that shape the phrases. At any rate, I would love to hear any comments, feedback, constructive criticism on this piece.
  2. jana

    Fugue in D minor

    I generally don't mind dissonance, but in this piece, I don't hear the dissonance playing "through" any motif. If it is, I'm missing it. If I heard the dissonance flowing through a motif, it would have more meaning and be easier to accept. But overall, I like the piece.
  3. jana

    My piano composition

    I've always enjoyed expressive two-part writing, so I loved that change in texture. A great effect, alternating between the two-part writing and the more choral-style writing. I like this piece very much.
  4. jana

    Lydian Fugue

    It sounds good. These days it's fine to have some dissonance and some unexpected sounds. Maybe we even expect to hear something unexpected, for variety if for no other reason.
  5. jana

    Prelude and Fugue in B major

    Regarding "the rules," my composition teacher told me the rules were written after these guys wrote the pieces. So, I always used that as my excuse to break them!
  6. This is lovely! Can you tell me what your software/video setup is? How did you produce this video? With regard to the harmonies, I thought they were fine, since this is a waltz, and so, in my opinion, it's the overall feeling and effect that's the most important - and the melody, which was pretty.
  7. jana

    Some songs

    Delghtful ! Thanks so much, I enjoyed listening.
  8. 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.
  9. jana

    Winter (digital)

    Well, thank you! I'll take that as a compliment!
  10. 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.
  11. jana

    Journey

    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.
  12. jana

    Winter

    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 ...
  13. jana

    Winter

    I'm with you on that.
  14. jana

    Winter

    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.
  15. 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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