Album: Xmas Piano 1 by Marcus Sukiennik

Heike Rost

The highly skilled and talented Pianist; Marcus Sukiennik just released his latest album: “Xmas Piano 1”, a 10-track piano album that’ll instantly put you in Christmas spirit and the holiday cheer. With over 25 years of experience, Marcus is known for his unique compositions, fresh arrangements, and remarkable technique. The German-based musician is a classically trained pianist with extensive jazz knowledge and a passion for the history of classical and jazz music. He is influenced by pianists and musicians like Keith Jarret, Herbie Hancock, and Ludovica Einaudi. The pianist has a dedicated fan base of over 1.2K monthly listeners on Spotify. He’s also been the house pianist at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Piano Bar for about 13 years, alluring the audience with his captivating aura.

“Xmas Piano 1” is a fresh take on the traditional Christmas carol that’s been there for decades. The album is a mix of German and English Christmas carols and hymns; like the “Alle Jahre Wieder” and “Jingle Bells.” Each carol has a fresh sound, incredible arrangement, skilled-playing technique, and individuality.  “Morgen Kommet der Weihnachtsmann” is a fresh, fun, and uplifting take on the traditional “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star.” You will listen to “Oh Christmas tree” in a very fun arrangement with a pop flavor that’s impossible not to dance along with. Then comes “Silent Night” in an unusual arrangement, with a jazz swing and a classical core. It’s almost impossible not to sing along with these songs. Listening to it makes me paint a picture of the cozy Christmas family gathering, with everyone standing around the family heirloom piano, singing along to these jazzy, classical carols.

Besides his compositions and performances, Marcus has his own label and a studio where he produces all his music. He has a big reveal next year that includes a band and string ensemble that we can’t wait to see.






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