PEI Keys Strings Wind by Pieter S. Ijsselstein

Album release: Pieter S. Ijsselstein

Prince Edward Island Keys Strings Wind

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Pieter S. Ijsselstein released his first instrumental recording, Prince Edward Island Keys Strings Wind, in October. The album features Pieter’s compositions for piano and violin, piano and flute, and one for piano and cello.

“This recording project was a one year marathon in the making,” Pieter says. “During this difficult pandemic period, musicians around the globe were essentially house-bound and their touring and recording projects ground to a halt. With a bit of luck on my side, I was able to connect with a number of professional musicians who were available to help me launch this recording project. I have made a lot of friends and to them I owe my gratitude.”   

The album features two pieces recorded by Tina Bouey, “Wild Apples” and “It’s a New Day,” which were performed on a 1720’s Stradivarius violin. “Dreaming” was recorded by violinist Drew Jurecka, a fixture on the Toronto music scene who has produced and recorded arrangements for Jill Barber, Bahamas, Rose Cousins and Ron Sexsmith, to name a few. The cello on the last piece was recorded by Kirk Starkey who was a member of Quartetto Gelato. He is also the sound behind major network television programs and advertising campaigns.

The album was mixed and mastered by guitarist Don Ross, who is featured on the ragtime composition “On My Way Out,” accompanying the piano on a high string guitar.

All compositions were composed by Pieter and recorded in the performers’ studios. Distributed in Canada by White Gables Publishing, the album cover artwork is by Geraldine Ysselstein with design work by Margaretha Ysselstein. The album is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube, Deezer and Tidal.

Pieter and his wife Geraldine live in Hope River, PEI.

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