Calma (Calm), to be released in March 2011, is Omar Sosa’s fifth solo piano recording, a work of singular artistry, featuring Omar’s unique approach to the genre. The CD is comprised of 13 solo piano improvisations, fusing stylistic elements of jazz, classical new music, ambient, and electronica. As the title implies, the overall feeling is relaxed and introspective. The intent is to evoke a mood of reflection and contemplation.
As Omar describes: “Each song is an inspiration for the next, and improvisation is the basis of the musical expression. I wanted to play from beginning to end without thinking – just feeling where each note would take me, following the voice of my soul. It’s possible that silence, yearning, hope, optimism, and sadness all travel hand-in-hand in many of the songs“.
The recording features a rarely heard combination of acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, and a number of electronic effects and sampled sounds. All of these instruments were recorded live together in the studio – the artist interacting spontaneously, in real-time, with the various sonic elements.