New Release:

Inner Circle

5/1/14 release on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon

Inner Circle is a soundscape of heartfelt original compositions composed in the bucolic Catskills Mountains of New York.

Inspired by memories of people and places that have influenced me over the years.

I hope this music, beautifully performed by a fantastic group of musical friends, will touch your heart and inspire you to seek your inner circle.

iTunes link here

CDbaby link here

Amazon link here


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Latest News:


Finished work scoring a film for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series titled “Coach Bernie”.

Look for it to air this April



A couple of nice reviews of Inner Circle

One on the Rajman’s blog here

One on a Spanish publication here

My favorite translated line from this one:

“where the beauty and harmony of the piano becomes the protagonist”



Happy New Years!

Inner Circle came in at #23 on the Zone Music Reporters Top 100 Airplay Chart for 2014!  Pretty happy with this as there were 2300 releases reported last year.

You can look at the chart here


It’s looking like FOX Sports has decided to go with my theme song for it’s Soccer Coverage starting next year. This would be all the Men’s and Women’s World Cup,  European Leagues and Tourneys as well as USA pro soccer.

You can here the demo @ FOX World Cup Theme


ESPN approved my theme song for their coverage of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games next summer. I’ll also be composing all the music for the 8 nights of prime time broadcast.

You can hear my demo here: ESPN Special Olympics 2015 Theme


Nice interview over at Arena. That can be found here

8/25/14 Lots happening over the last week.

Inner Circle comes in #16 in this months ZMR top 100 radio airplay, off the top 10 from last month.

Inner Circle again the number 1 airplay album on Music Choice Soundscapes channel for July.

2 months in a row at #1.


Great review by RJ Lannan of Inner Circle on the ZMR homepage. That can be found here

“I Always expect the unexpected when it comes to listening to music. I was not prepared for the dramatic, intricate and sophisticated style of pianist and composer Peter Calandra on his latest work called Inner Circle”


Great review on Higher Plain Music. That can be found here

“There’s some lovely music here and some heartfelt moments that Peter really pushes to the front of the album”


Great write up/ interview of Ashokan Memories on Michael Diamond’s site. That can be found here

“In the well-populated field of solo piano albums, Peter Calandra has created a recording that stands out not only for his virtuoso playing, but for the not-as-often-heard jazz influences he brings to the music”
Got two tracks placed as open and close theme for a new show on FOX Sports titled Fantasy Football Uncensored.

The tracks are here

Wrote a new theme song for Geico SportsNite on SNY here in NYC. That track can be heard here


8/7/14 Composing the score to a really cool stop animation film The Halloween Pranksta

8/2/14   Inner Circle third month in the ZoneMusicReporter top 100 airplay charts. Coming in at #6, second month in the top 10.

see that here

8/1/2014 Inner Circle the #1 current album for June on the Music Choice “Soundscapes” channel.

7/21/14 Great review from Mark Weber on his music blog.

“It is not everyday I find instrumental music that has such an emotional impact.”

You can read the rest of the review here

7/14/14  Inner Circle has been in steady rotation on Sirius/XM Spa Channel and MusicChoice Soundscapes Channel.

7/12/14  You can read my blog post on composing theme songs for sports programming at the DIY Musician site on CDBaby. That can be read here

6/25/14  Inner Circle has  come in at the #4 position in the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart for May 2014: ZMR Chart

6/14/14 CNN is broadcasting a film on Sunday June 15th, 41on41 that i composed the music score for.

for more info please visit: 41on41

6/12/14 a new review of Inner Circle by Jared Wolf  here

““The Dreamer” is aptly composed and performed with the haziness and disorienting sense of time that its name demands, and is, by the end of its six minutes, a religious experience.”


Some  reviews of Inner Circle.

Middle Tennessee Music  here

“Each of these 13 compositions stands as it’s own masterpiece. Weaving in and out of soothing, captivating, and enchanting frequencies; the journey through Peter’s Inner Circle is one of grace and elegance.”

Wildy’s World here

“Peter Calandra shows incredible depth and range in composition on Inner Circle. In Inner Circle, Calandra has created a vibrant collection of original instrumental works that should win him many awards.”

Kathy Parson’s site here

“The most remarkable thing about this album is that Calandra is so comfortable with and adept at such a broad spectrum of musical styles that range from classical to jazz to pop and fusion.”

Good Vibes Music Reviews here

“Calandra has set up his compositions in ways that make them sound like deep, lofty conversations between his piano and stringed instruments. He is able to take the listener on extravagant highs and plummeting lows through the beautiful work he creates with his instruments.”

New Age Music Reviews here

“The album ranges from classic, jazz, Cuban and more. Calandra improvises, he composes and he finds the best medium for his musical voice whether that is a fellow artist or his own tremendous talent at the keyboard. Just make sure you check out this album. It is worth every star in the sky and more…”

Che’s Music Reviews here

“the only avenue truly worthy of the sound is a feature motion picture”

4/13/14 F

First full review of my upcoming album “Inner Circle” by Michael Diamond on his Music And Media Focus site. Read the review here.

The album is scheduled for release on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon 5/1/14.



Posted the entire score to my most recent film project, 41 on 41 as a playlist on my soundcloud  page.

The link is here



Very nice interview by Callum Nicholls on the Battle Royal With Cheese website



Great review/interview of Ashokan Memories by Tom Lohrmann on his music blog.

this is an absolutely outstanding collection of compositions here created by an incredibly talented performer and composer. It is downright fantastic what Calandra can do with only a piano and no supporting instrumentation; the products of his muse are so creative and so thorough, with everything fleshed-out to its full extent.”

Read the entire review here


Skype video interview by Cher Dial on World Exposure.

My segment starts at about 15 minutes into the show.



Nice interview by Emmet Cooke in Film And Game Composers online magazine.



Nice interview by Neal Heart here: Champion Magazine



Happy New Years!

Feature interview with Cher Dial on World Exposure here



Featured on the Jazz Music Blog



Here is a link for a youtube video:  Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway – Garret Booker



Tonight during the ACC Championship game between Florida St and Duke on ABC starting @ 8:15,

the “Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway – Garret Booker” short film I scored will be airing after the first quarter.



Nice interview by G.W. Hill @ MusicStreetJournal



Created a new page here with a listing of TV placements of my music ( does not include theme songs):

Television Placements



A few more reviews of Ashokan Memories:

Mark Weber Music Blog

“Peter’s music did something music rarely does– it made me weep. Not cry. Weep. A good weep. That piano music is profound. I tweeted him saying listening to him play piano is like hearing God say “I love you.” Thank you so much for letting me know about this heartfelt artist. -Mark”

Wildy’s World

“The occasional Vince Guaraldi influence is here, but Calandra himself is an original.  Calandra follows his muse, never boxing himself into tired themes or rote musical loops.  Ashokan Memories is one of the finest collections of original piano music of 2013.”



The Celebrity Cafe is running a contest until 10/24/13 to win an autographed copy of  my current CD: “Ashokan Memories”.

There will be 5 total winners!

Please enter the contest here:


A few more very nice reviews of Ashokan Memories:



very nice review of my CD, Ashokan Memories: