Nocturne

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Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman

Story

When Ricky and renowned American pianist Michael Lewin proposed a musical reinvention of the classic Chopin composition to Wouter, the flutist felt both excitement and trepidation.
    “This is a perfectly written piece and Michael's exquisite rendition was already so beautiful that I wondered if we could add anything without spoiling it,” he explains. “So we set about fusing Michael’s work with our own, while still keeping the spirit of the piece intact. A challenging — and satisfying — project!”
    For Kej, there is something deeply magical about Chopin’s creation, as well as Lewin’s interpretation. “It’s musically chaotic, but every note comes together with so much emotional depth,” he says, “that it’s difficult not to feel a surge of happiness or sadness while listening to it.”

Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Produced by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman
Arranged by Ricky Kej and Dave Gross

Piano: Michael Lewin
Flute: Wouter Kellerman
Vocal arrangements: Ricky Kej, Devan Ekambaram, and Dave Gross
Vocals: Devan Ekambaram and Charanraj
Seattle Pro Musica choir: Katie Skovholt, Brendan Hemmerle, Wes Kim, Peter Liļ¬‚and, and Andy Larson
Music preparation: Brian Monroney

Indian choir recorded at Raveolution Studios in Bangalore
Piano recorded at Patrych Sound Studios in New York
Flute recorded at Kellerman Music in Johannesburg by Wouter Kellerman
Choir recorded at Helldog Music in Seattle by Dave Gross