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Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli rearranges Nick Drake’s Pink Moon album for solo piano



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Cult folk/pop singer-songwriter Nick Drake’s iconic third and final album Pink Moon has been rearranged for solo piano by Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli.

Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli. Picture: Daniel Ackerley
Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli. Picture: Daniel Ackerley

This Friday (October 1), Demian will release Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, A Journey on Piano, an album anticipating the 50th anniversary of Pink Moon in 2022. It will be the first full cover album ever recorded of Drake’s music, exploring and paying tribute to his unique guitar playing, experimental tuning and floating melodies.

Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, a journey on piano by Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli
Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, a journey on piano by Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli

Demian says: “This project will always be important to me for many reasons but as the album release gets closer there are two foremost in my mind. Firstly, that it was inspired by my love for the music of one of our most enigmatic singer-songwriters, Nick Drake.

“Although it’s so sad he’s not with us to shed more light on the meaning and process behind his music, in another way that adds to the mystery that keeps us exploring it further and more deeply. Secondly, this is my first solo album release. The process and journey to get here resonates with Nick’s plight that you hear and read in his lyrics, throughout his short catalogue.

Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli. Picture: Daniel Ackerley
Cambridge musician Demian Dorelli. Picture: Daniel Ackerley

“That has continuously driven me on beyond any personal doubts to create something that might help remind us of his magic and ultimately to be able to bring his music back into a live setting, this time through the black and white of a piano. I am nervous and excited at the same time to be able to share this journey on piano with you.”

Demian Dorelli is a pianist and composer based in Cambridge, the city where Nick Drake also lived (he was a student at Fitzwilliam College, though left before graduating) and was born in the same year as Pink Moon’s release in 1972.

One of the UK’s most enduringly popular musical talents, Nick Drake passed away in 1974 at the age of 26.

For more on the album, visit ponderosa.it/en/record/demiandorelli/.

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