“Markus Gottschlich’s keen mind, lively imagination, and positive energy… inform his compositional skills, and his dazzling pianism gives full rein to his expressive spirit, as heard on his latest recording, Found Sounds.” –Musically Speaking
With Found Sounds, the US based, Austrian pianist, composer and Steinway Artist Markus Gottschlich presents a concept album that is aimed to re-examine and re-imagine people’s relationship to their environment. Recording and collecting ‘sounds’ for over four years from places such as Vienna, London, New York, Taipei and Miami, using a binaural microphone and a hand-held recording device, Gottschlich uses them to inspire his songwriting and improvisations. Themes for his musical explorations range from the sounds of hurricane Irma making landfall in Miami to a horse and carriage in Vienna to the Big Ben in London.
“By keeping my ears wide open to my environment, my awareness of the world around me changed, and so did I, lastingly. With some creativity and an open mind, I found that there is more in my environment than I thought; Sounds, more than any other sensory stimulus, spark my imagination,” says Gottschlich.
With these ‘found sounds’ as a springboard for the pianist’s lush imagination and seemingly boundless pianistic ability, his compositions are primarily arranged for a piano trio with a number of notable guest appearances: legendary trumpeter Bobby Shew, alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, (Roy Hargrove’s Big Band / World Saxophone Quartet) and versatile drummer and percussionist Yogev Shetrit of Israel. Critics have described Gottschlich as “a lyrical, high-energy and risk-taking pianist” and “painter of emotions via music”.