Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
While some composers may spend great amounts of time and effort carefully writing each note and chord change of their music with pencil on notation paper, others choose to create spontaneously according to their inspiration in the moment. Pianist, Milana, is one of the latter. The title of her new album “Accidental Etudes” is descriptive of this aspect of her creative process. Her music is diverse as well and has been described as “embracing a variety of styles – everything from folk, blues, opera and Middle Eastern, to her soft spots for rock and jazz.”
Much of her musical influence and life experience blend and are reflected within the tracks of her fourth album release, Accidental Etudes.” Among these influences heard on the title track which opens the album is neo-classical, which is not surprising as Milana is a fan of Beethoven. On the second track, an upbeat tune called “Sunny Keys,” some of the mid and lower registers are brightly accented by sparkling sounds of the higher octave keys. Expressing her individuality is a track called “Dare to Be Me,” which starts off bold and assertive, yet expresses some more reflective sentiments within. Showing what is perhaps a more vulnerable side is a spacious and impressionistic piece entitled “Feel My Pain.” With a bit of jazz influence, this piece brought to mind Keith Jarrett in particular passages. On a more contemplative note is “Missing the Sun.” Something I was aware of in this track, as well as in many of her other songs is the unpredictability of her chord changes and the flow of the music. This is a positive thing, and I enjoyed be continually surprised at where the music would go next within a song’s movements as it unfolded. I appreciate the improvisational nature of Milana’s creative process and hope she continues to have more musical “accidents” in the future.