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Spill – Fluoresce

August 26, 2012

CD Monotype Tonight another release from Spill, who are the Magda Mayas and Tony Buck duo. This, I think their third duo release together is named Fluoresce, and has appeared on the Monotype label in a nicely designed and illustrated sleeve. For this release the usual piano/drums instrumentation is extended, with Buck working with a […]

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Friday 26th February

February 27, 2010

Yet more piano tonight then, this time of the improvised variety, played inside and out with I suspect some degree of preparation. The CD in question is Heartland, a solo disc from Berlin’s Magda Mayas, released recently by Another Timbre as part of the piano series. Solo piano improvisation seems to be appearing thick and fast of late, with some wonderful releases coming from the likes of Sebastian Lexer and Cor Fuhler. This release from Mayas is another fine one to add to the list.

There are two pieces of music that make up Heartland, a nineteen minute track recorded in Berlin in November 2008, and a thirty-two minute live set recorded live in New York a couple of months earlier. The first of these is named Shards, which is quite a fitting title given the dramatic, almost explosive nature of some parts of the piece. Mayas’ approach to the piano uses a variety of methods inside and outside of the instrument, scrapes, crashes, thuds and strumming alongside some “normally” played keyboard notes. In many ways she is doing little different to what we have heard before by other players, but her playing has real character and personal style. Much of the time she works by mixing up different methods of playing at once so what we hear is a blend of different sounds, wild shimmering scrapes at the strings underpinned by regular keystrokes for instance, the overall effect being one of depth and variety, depite the fact we are listening to a solo performer.

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Tuesday 5th August

August 5, 2009

Tired and run down by the endless drudgery of a tedious dayjob tonight. So much so that I really didn’t feel I had the energy to do much else but fall in bed tonight. However I somehow summoned the energy to play the CD I walked to work with again this evening. I am determined […]

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