Piano Day was launched in 2015 by German musician Nils Frahm. Though it’s been around for just one year, the event has quickly been embraced by pianists around the world who celebrate the occasion by playing concerts and launching new concerts.
Shubert thought that it was the perfect time to kick-off his solo career and celebrate the beauty of piano music.
“I definitely think piano music is becoming a lot more popular in North America these days,” Shubert said in a statement. “I’ve always listened to piano music, and I think it has enjoyed more success in general in Europe over the years where there’s more appetite for a broader array of ideas. Recently though European artists like Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds have begun touring North America, and bringing an excitement for this music with them. I’ll have to admit though, I was a bit confused the first time I saw a Pitchfork review of solo piano music.”
The track can be found on his forthcoming debut album, title and release date TBA. The album finds him striking out on his own after spending a decade as a sideman for a number of acts including No Sinner, David Newberry, Jody Glenham, and Rich Hope.
Shubert challenger himself to write piano music every day for six months. ‘Saga Norén, Länskrim, Malmö’ takes its name from the protagonist of the Swedish drama The Bridge.