Tag: piano

Show of hands

Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Loves Me is a track from the album The Space Between by the pianist Chad Lawson. To get the sound he wanted, Lawson placed extra felt between the hammers and strings and then placed a microphone close to the hammers.

Víkingur Ólafsson plays Bach

Thursday, 27 September, 2018

The brilliant Icelandic pianist’s new Deutsche Grammophon album is called Bach.

Ola Gjeilo improvises

Saturday, 20 June, 2015 0 Comments

Sinfini: “What do you say when asked to describe your music?”

Ola Gjeilo: “I’d say that my piano music tends to be a lyrical mix of improvisation and classical, more or less.”

The pianist-composer Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to New York City in 2001 to study at the Juilliard School. Last year, the Manhattan Chorale performed his Sunrise Mass in Carnegie Hall, and he also premiered Dreamweaver, written for choir, piano and string orchestra and inspired by a popular Norwegian medieval ballad, Draumkvedet. Gjeilo was recently commissioned to write a piece for the a cappella octet group Voces8 and it will be performed next year.

The QR code piano man

Thursday, 18 December, 2014 0 Comments

Last Wednesday, the Swiss composer and performer Julian Layn tweeted, “I’m off on my end-of-year-tour starting today in #genova | tmw thursday #milano | friday #padova | saturday #munich | sunday #vienna.” It was a pleasure to see him perform in public on his QR-coded piano. The music is creative, classical and complex, which is inevitable given that Layn holdds a PhD in theoretical physics.

Julian Layn

The Long Tail of music

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 0 Comments

In the early days of 1993, Elton John was forced to end a concert in Melbourne half an hour early when a swarm of grasshoppers invaded the stage. During that same year, Steve Albini exposed the rottenness at the core of the popular music industry in an angry, derisive article titled The Problem With Music. The same Steve Albini delivered a 10,000-word address to the Face the Music conference in Melbourne last weekend and it’s a significant update on where the business is going. Unlike many in the music trade, he regards the internet as a force for good and he’s very enthusiastic about its Long Tail potential for small bands and obscure artists.

Speaking of that Long Tail, it can be seen at work in the current popularity of Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose, a pre-New Age masterpiece by Jordan De La Sierra. No one bothered much about it when it was first released in 1977, but now it’s all the rage. De La Sierra’s two-hour recording took place in a small studio in Berkeley, and he then recorded that recording while it was played in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, to capture the building’s spiritual reverberations. It’s a long tail that has no ending.