Pianist Maria Rago has released the video to The Sound of Leaves, a composition she wrote to celebrate the relationship between herself and her natural surroundings. Using leaves as a metaphor for our lives, the combination of Maria’s exceptional musicianship, the sumptuous video and poignant message is something that will intrigue, move and engage listeners to music of all kinds. Appropriately, her video sees her playing her composition surrounded by trees.
Born in Sicily, though now residing in Illinois, USA, Maria Rago was something of a late-comer to the music world – in fact, she only beginning to study composition and play piano at the age of 24, at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse in Lyon, France. Despite this, alongside her studies, she voraciously soaked up influences from across the arts: not just musically from the likes of Igor Stravinsky and Frank Zappa, but the paintings of Caravaggio and Picasso and the literary works of Dostoyevsky and Strindberg.
Expressing her emotions through music has led to her works being performed around the world, continuing to write and perform music which both challenges, soothes and stimulates the senses. Recently, her music was performed at the St Petersburg International New Music Festival, “reMusik” in Russia.