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Garreth Brooke is a British born composer, pianist, teacher and curator of the contemporary sheet music project Upright. His music is published by 1631 Recordings under the pen name Garreth Broke.

His writes occasional guest posts on PianoDao. His article about suicide prevention and mental health was published on Huffington Post UK

He teaches piano lessons in English in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

"Garreth has an irresistable power to create unique moments in music" - Sonoroscape

"Lovely... genuinely uplifting..." - Stationary Travels

"Garreth is a fantastic piano teacher" - Brenda Christensen, professional soprano and singing teacher

Healing - new album

 

Garreth’s new album, Healing, a collaboration with Anna Salzmann, comes out on 25th October.

If you’re in Frankfurt DE on that day you can join us for an art exhibition and performance. If not you’ll be able to download the audio from 1631 Recordings (pre-order it now!) or your preferred music provider, or buy the sheet music from Editions Musica Ferrum.

Healing explores the complex, not always linear process of healing. Any struggle is full of contradictions: there are moments of pain and relief, tension and release, opacity and clarity. Healing expresses those contradictions by combining 11 abstract artworks with 25 minutes of instrumental music. The result is a fully immersive experience, an invitation to pause, reflect and perhaps feel a passing moment of catharsis.

Part of what made Anna and I fall in love with each other was a shared need to create, whether that was art or music, and a recognition that we were both creating in order to heal. Like all couples, we have old wounds, whether they be physical or mental. We’ve found that the act of creation/healing is far more powerful when working together because it forces us to listen more carefully, to act more wisely, to strive to find workable compromises.

To seek to heal is to be human. Everyone suffers grief, loss, and fear. Everyone feels pain. Although this project came from us, it is not about us. The strength of any person comes from their willingness to confront the darkest moments, to accept reality for what it is and to choose to move forward. We live in a world that increasingly shies away from the difficult, in which we focus blindly on the positive and hide in echo chambers speaking only to those who share the same opinion. Our society needs to heal. We hope we’ve created a space where that healing can take place.

Heart (Map), by Anna Salzmann (from Healing)

Heart (Map), by Anna Salzmann (from Healing)

 
 
 
 
 

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