Luke is an Australian Melbourne-based composer and pianist. Two years after Two Places, he announced the release of a new album. Open Heart Story is out on May 25th via Mercury KX. We already shared “In Metaphor, Solace”; “Bear Story II” is a new excerpt.

Of the track Luke Howard says: “Bear Story II was originally conceived for a documentary about a bear sanctuary in the Russian Far East but – for various reasons didn’t end up being used – I joke because it was too sombre and the bears were quite happy!

The musical idea came simply from wanting to write a melody that had a large interval in it, which is the opening two notes of the melody. Because the piece has many long held notes, I felt it would work better with strings – here, a 23-piece section with some very fine Melbourne musicians – rather than as a piano piece.”