Melbourne pianist/composer Nat Bartsch creates gentle, heartwarming lullabies for parents to enjoy with their babies. Influenced by music therapy, her compositions use repetition, simple melodies and harmonies, and tempos similar to a mother’s heartbeat. The resulting album, “Forever, and No Time At All” (ABC Classic) soothes many babies to sleep—but just as importantly, it is relaxing for adults. It has been played in the birthing suite, in the final hours of life, to support people with autism, mental illness, dementia and grief. Come along with your baby and be transported by Nat’s peaceful piano: who knows, they might even fall asleep!
“Your music sounds like what motherhood feels like”
“Tonight I played your lullabies to my daughter and she self settled, without the tears.
Thank you for offering such wonderful songs to our beautiful babies and their tired mummas”
Nat Bartsch is well known for creating gentle, peaceful music, after studies with Tony Gould, Andrea Keller and Tord Gustavsen
and numerous jazz and postclassical releases. In 2017, when Nat became a mother, she decided to channel her aesthetic into something more purposeful: the creation of lullabies, inspired by Max Richter’s Sleep project and the genrecrossing of the Teeny Tiny Stevies.
Drawing upon music therapy research, Nat created a series of compositions to encourage relaxation in babies – using devices such as simple melodies, gentle sounds, repetitive patterns, and tempos similar to a mother’s heartbeat. Produced by fellow pianist and collaborator
Luke Howard, this album was brought to life with celeste and ambient electronics. The overarching principle of this project is that it is
music designed to be enjoyable for parents – as music therapists suggest, if the parents are calm, the baby is more likely to be calm.
Music holds a special place for us all and in particular new parents. Nat felt it important to create quality music for children which parents could also connect with, especially in the early days of parenting. This music is used with great success to create an environment to assist in babies sleep routines. It has also extended far beyond its original purpose. Forever has been played during childbirth and during the final hours of a person’s life, to support people with grief, autism, dementia, PTSD and depression.