Dirk Maassen (* 28. February 1970 in Aachen) is a German composer and pianist living in Ulm, Germany. Dirk plays piano since the age of 10 and studied a broad variety of musical styles in his early musical career. The 1980s are commonly remembered for an increase in the use of digital recording, associated with the usage of synthesizers, with synthpop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments increasing in popularity. It was the time Dirk performed in several bands and projects and started some experimental cross-genre productions where he experimented with different styles. During the 90s Dirk toured with his band In Contact and released 2 CDs with In Contact and his side project Unknown Vision. At millennium‘s dawn Dirk retreated and lived out of the public musical world for quite a while. He finally turned back to the public with his solo piano in 2010, which is according to him the most immediate instrument to materialize ideas and feelings into something that connects with this world and can resonate with the audience. And not only did it resonate but it appeared to happen that he received a rapid growing following as it started out to completely change his life. Now with a huge following on Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube, Dirk has advanced to one of the world‘s most-streamed piano composers. His compositions and play have deeply touched millions of listeners worldwide and have been featured in several film projects so far, including the award-winning movie "Crossroads " at the Cannes Film festival in 2015. In June 2019, Dirk signed an exclusive deal with Sony Classical, where he is releasing his next album "Ocean" in January 2020.
Here and NowArtists Dirk Maassen
Release Date: 10/06/2023
Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Dirk Maassen´s new album, Here And Now. For this album, the pianist and composer Dirk Maassen has created a series of multilayered sound-fields that offer their listeners not only breadth and depth but also a sense of movement.
The pieces that are included in the present album breathe and open up spaces that may be compared to windows into the soul, where they conjure up even deeper layers. To be rooted in the here and now is the starting point for associations and offers us an opportunity to dive into a world of dreams. Unobtrusive and sometimes barely audible, sounds and nuances result in a moving and, indeed, affecting volume of sound. With every piece the desire grows stronger to surrender ourselves to these melodies, which are full of melancholy and freshness. Each of these twelve pieces conveys a feeling of freedom and a certainty that we are at home and at peace with ourselves.