Named by The Independent as “one to watch” young Yorkshire pianist Emmanuel (“Manny”) Vass is making waves in the iTunes charts (and beyond) with his new CD ‘Sonic Waves’. A compilation of music inspired by water, including Chopin’s ‘Ocean’ and ‘Waterfall’ Etudes, Debussy’s limpid and atmospheric ‘Reflets dans l’Eau’ and Liszt’s ‘Les jeux d’eau a la villa d’Este’, this album is, by Manny’s own admission, a means of to attracting young people to classical music by offering familiar and accessible works, and a few lesser-known pieces. This USP was put to very good use in Manny’s first album ‘From Bach To Bond’ too, in which he combined the familiar with the not so familiar and concluded the album with his own Lisztian take on key themes from the James Bond film soundtracks.
Manny’s new CD was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign, and he also does all his own promotion and publicity. He has neither agent nor manager and relies on his on hard work, drive and focus to get things down. He is, in effect, a prime example of the entrepreneurial musician.
Manny was one of the first musicians I interviewed for my Meet the Artist series (the result of a chance encounter on Twitter) and it has been wonderful to see him develop and progress. And with ‘Sonic Waves’ poised to top the iTunes album chart, he really will be riding the crest of the wave!
To accompany the CD, Manny is performing across the UK in venues such as the grandeur of Chatsworth House and Castle Howard to the hip intimacy of The Forge, Camden.
Full details of concert dates and tickets booking links here
Emmanuel Vass making Sonic Waves at Chatsworth House