Nat Bartsch - The Little Possum (Sample Only)

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Nat is a pianist and composer from Australia. She has been on the Upright “must have” list for a while now, ever since the editor heard her wonderful cover of the song Scattered Black And Whites by the UK band Elbow on her debut solo album, Hometime. She followed up that debut with the acclaimed Forever, and No Time At All, an album of pieces specifically written to help babies settle and their parents relax, from which The Little Possum is taken. As she puts it, “most of these compositions were written with one hand, whilst holding [my son] Will in the other. The titles of most of these lullabies are inspired by his stage of development at the time of composition. Watching him thrive and enjoy music along the way is one of the greatest gifts of motherhood. It feels as though Will has been in my life forever, and for no time at all”. Whereas much music written for children is saccarine sweet, Nat’s music is really tasteful, with a beautiful lilting melody over a great chord progression. Her jazz training is evident in the B section, where the player is invited to improvise or to use the transcription of Nat’s own original improvisation on the studio recording.

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from Upright Vol. V, released February 7, 2020

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