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(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Phililpsek, copyright 2013 Zino-Rephi Music BMI, All Rights Reserved)

A few years ago, I ran across the tragic story of American pianist William Kapell (1922-1953).

Kapell was considered the best of the young American pianists when his plane, returning from his tour of Australia, crashed just before landing in San Francisco in October 1953.

I became very fascinated with Kapell and ordered the CD box set of his recordings. Up until just a few years ago his recordings were out of print and RCA wisely decided to remaster and reissue them with a very informative booklet in the box set.

I wrote “Gotham” as a sort of homage to Kapell. In the song, I quote a part of the Prokofiev Third Concerto, which Kapell had made an excellent recording of in the late 1940s.

Since Kapell was a native New Yorker, I also tried to evoke the feeling of that city and ergo the title and video images as well.



(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2008,
copyright Zino-Rephi Music BMI, all rights reserved)

If I have a “hit,” it is probably “Butterfly.” In terms of interest, radio airplay, and downloads it is by far the most played song of mine. I came upon the idea for the song while jogging one day in the wildlife preserve near my house. I saw a monarch butterfly and it’s circuitous flight gave me the idea for the circuitous melody which twists and turns in a combination of 3/4 and 4/4 bars.

The entire piece is centered around an E Hungarian “gypsy” minor scale which contains both the raised seven and flatted fifth.

Have a listen:

“Nuages” and “Sans Souci”

“Nuages” and “Sans Souci”
(Live radio solo guitar performance New York by Reynold D. Philipsek)
2008 copyright
All Rights Reserved 

A few years ago my friend in NYC, and WFMU radio show host, Irene Trudel asked me to appear on a live broadcast from a club called Barbes in Brooklyn. We also taped an interview at WNYC for later broadcast.
I played two songs on this live broadcast.

“Nuages” by Django Reinhardt and my tune “Sans Souci”.

Here are the links:

Johnny Appleseed

“Johnny Appleseed”
(Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek)
2015 copyright Zino-Rephi Music (BMI) all rights reserved

On the “Simplicity” album I included a few vocal tunes, which have been a rare event in recent years for me.

The idea behind the song deals primarily with the concept of leaving some small legacy which is the goal of most musician and artists in general, I suppose.

I have always enjoyed building tracks with layered vocal harmonies which is something I had done on my own since I got my first “sound on sound” recorder in my teens.