Skylark - Mike del Ferro -

Mike del Ferro
Skylark - solo piano and beyond

"An art which isn't based on feeling isn't an art at all"...
- Paul Cézanne

Mike del Ferro - piano

01. Miron  (04:01)
02. In a sentimental Mood  (05:50)
03. Skylark  (04:14)
04. F-major Meditation  (04:13)
05. Misty red Beast  (05:28)
06. Someday my Prince will come (02:59)
07. Resonating Piano  (03:00)
08. Blue in Green  (02:48)
09. Somewhere  (03:58)
10. Olha Maria  (02:40)
11. I fall in love too easily  (03:08)
12. Mystery Space  (03:00)
13. A little Bb Waltz  (03:11)
14. Altered Song  (01:37)
15. Db Delay  (04:57)

An audiophile DXD recording.

 "In my mind's ear I hear my ideal piano sound. It’s a round, dark and full sound, with a singing quality. It's almost like a symphony orchestra hidden inside the piano, able to produce as many musical colours as possible. The danger with the piano is that if you don’t take care of your touch, it can sound very harsh and mechanical while with the right touch, dynamics and intention you can make a simple triad sound like an orchestra. I am still working on my sound on a daily basis".

"When I played with Toots Thielemans I was surprised that he almost insisted I would use a keyboard in combination with the piano in order to create an Orchestral sound on stage which he loved so much. 
I started investigating how to make the sound of an electronic keyboard blend with the acoustic sound of the piano and on that first tour with Toots I realized that combining the keyboard with the piano brought a new dimension to my playing. With one hand on each instrument the 'piano orchestral sound' I was hearing in my head started to come alive.

This preoccupation with sound probably has to do with my dad being an opera singer and thus having a very strong 'Classical' background.
As a Child I was allowed to be playing quietly with my Lego pieces in the Music room while my dad was teaching his vocal students.
And in another part of the house my mother was playing Frank Sinatra's Capitol albums all day long.
Sinatra's phrasing, his use of space and time, Nelson Riddle's superb arrangements, I must have heard those albums a million times and now 50 years later they continue to be a source of inspiration, especially when it comes to interpreting melodies".

"I had a wonderful time working with the Sound Liaison team creating the solo album 'Skylark'.
Frans de Rond's superb craftsmanship and his vision of sound has been a revelation.
He managed to realize the sound of my mind's ear."

Mike del Ferro

Read more: Skylark - Mike del Ferro - "One Mic+" recording - Album Of The Year 2020

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Preview 01 Miron - -
Preview 02 In a sentimental Mood - -
Preview 03 Skylark - -
Preview 04 F-major Meditation - -
Preview 05 Misty red Beast - -
Preview 06 Someday my Prince will come - -
Preview 07 Resonating Piano - -
Preview 08 Blue in Green - -
Preview 09 Somewhere - -
Preview 10 Olha Maria - -
Preview 11 I fall in love too easily - -
Preview 12 Mystery Space - -
Preview 13 A little Bb Waltz - -
Preview 14 Altered Song - -
Preview 15 Db Delay - -

Total time: 55:12
Catalog Number: SL-1041A

Original recording format DXD 352,8 kHz
All other formats are converted versions of the original.
This recording is made using the Josephson C700S supported by a AEA R88 to get the right balance between piano and keyboard.

Recording and mastering by Frans de Rond
Mixing by Frans de Rond and Mike del Ferro
Recorded at MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on December 1st, 2019
Produced by Peter Bjørnild
Piano tuning by Naomi van Schoot

Used equipment:


Main system: Josephson C700S
Second system: AEA R88
Micpre's: Merging Horus
Microphone cables by AudioQuest

Speakers: TAD Compact Evolution One
Poweramp: Moon 760A

Mixing headphones: Sennheiser HD800S / AKG 702

All power cables and power conditioners by AudioQuest

Video by BW Visuals