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Stephan Moccio's 'Tales of Solace' explores some of life's more profound themes / Mainly Piano

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I first heard and fell in love with Stephan Moccio's piano music when he released his debut album, Exposure, back in 2006. It was one of my Favorite Albums for that year and I also named it one of the Best Albums of the Decade. Four years later, Color was released and was a combination of piano solos and piano with orchestration - I loved that one, too! Prior to that, and since then, Moccio has penned and collaborated on a very impressive list of hit pop songs, soundtrack music for movies and television, and more. I was surprised to discover that he co-wrote Miley Cyrus' mega-hit "Wrecking Ball" and was nominated for an Academy Award for the music he wrote for the film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Canadian-born Moccio started playing the piano at the age of three, and was classically-trained for many years. He also studied jazz and has gone on to have a varied and colorful career in music. Recently, Moccio felt drawn to return to solo piano and his classical roots, and Tales of Solace is a collection of 16 original neo-classical piano solos that explore some of life's more profound themes. Several of the tracks have been released as singles, but the smooth and gentle continuity of the full album is a much richer and more satisfying musical experience.

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