#Writing #MusicMonday: De Luces y de Sombras by Jose Travieso

JoseTravieso-DeLucesYDeSombrasfrontAfter noting two weeks ago that I share very little classical music, I’m now flooding you with it, with a second album of solo classical piano in less than a month.

But it’s really good. Maybe not Bach good, but still good.

I’ve only shared one work by Jose Travieso before, the classical-mixed-with-avant garde album No More Faith (and because I’m still on strike against Jamendo, you can get it directly from the Internet Archive, too), an album I still think of very fondly, despite not having it in my listening rotation for some time.

This album, though, as I said, is pure solo piano, and doesn’t have any of the experiments with noise that No More Faith did.

De Luces y de Sombras (which translates to “From Light and Shadows”) is a gentle, contemplative piece that starts in silence and only slowly grows in your awareness.

The first movement, “Memories from the Beginning of Time”, quite literally starts in silence, and slowly sneaks up on you. This is not a track to play to drown out background noise until the crescendo at the very end.

The third piece, “The Gap”, is one of the ones I mean when I call the album contemplative. It has a distinct direction, but it ebbs and flows and ponders around even as it continues to its destination.

The final piece, which translates to “Broken Wings? Well walk!”, is a perfect capstone to the album, wistful and uplifting at the same time.

It is a short album, around thirty-four minutes, but it is exquisite.

Download De Luces Y De Sombras by Jose Travieso free from the Internet Archive, or get it directly from Travieso’s official site.

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#Writing #MusicMonday: piano jazz by Andre zimmerman

CoverThis week, a bit more jazz, but different.

A Frenchman named Andre Zimmermann released this Attribution-only short album in 2013, and that is the sum total I know about it or the artist, other than what I hear when I play it.

And what is it that I do hear?

Something… different. When I first listened to the first track, “Duetto à Saint Ange,” I thought that maybe the album was mislabelled. It sounded more classical than jazz to my ear. And as the too-short album goes on, that classical mastery remains. Zimmermann is, I think clearly, a classically trained pianist.

Yet he marries that classicism to jazzy riffs gorgeously, and with something I can only call control.

It’s beautiful, utterly delightful to my ear. The utter mastery of technique married to the playful fun of jazzy exploration wins me over completely every time I listen to it, and I wish he would release more, under any license.

(Note: An Andre Zimmermann appears to have at least two albums available on iTunes, Expo 1: Jazz Conception and Expo 2: Jazz replique, and the clips I can hear on Rippletunes sound, to me, like the same musician, but with no actual info on either artist, I can’t verify this. And since I refuse to use iTunes, in part because of the licensing, I can’t listen to more than clips anyhow. But if you like this, you might want to check out the other albums.)

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#Writing #MusicMonday: Inner Mechanics by Peter Rudenko

Cover_2x_1_original[This is the last of my catch-up posts, and was intended to have been posted Monday, February 8th. It counts as my Valentine’s Day album this year, and yes it is late. There will be another post later today or tomorrow for this week’s album, and then I’ll be all caught up.]

Peter Rudenko is an extraordinary talent. All of his work is original, and all of it is just him on a piano, but it never feels like it needs more than that. (He does multitrack his recording to achieve his lush effects, but I don’t count that as a bad thing. Not at all.)

All you need do is listen to the very first track, “Peace Within”, to hear everything I love about him. Emotional, with overlapping complexities and a reserve that isn’t cold, but rather a bulwark against a greater flood of emotion.

If you like that, you need to listen to everything he’s released, all of it.

If you don’t… well, I don’t know what to say. We’ve got seriously different tastes, I guess. 🙂

Another thing about Rudenko that I admire is his very serious commitment to free culture. Everything he has released is under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Somehow, this hasn’t gotten him the notice that it’s brought to other composers yet, but it has gotten him a couple of IMDb credits, at the very least.

Download Inner Mechanics free from the Free Music Archive.

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Writing Music Monday: Christmas Bells by James Edwards

[cover] James Edwards - Christmas BellsThis isn’t necessarily writing music, but I love to have this album playing regularly in the week or so before Christmas, and thought I should share.

Christmas Bells is an album of nothing but solo classical guitar interpretations of Christmas classics. It is quiet. It is lovely. It is perfect.

James Edwards is a professional classical guitarist who has released many CDs, and seems to dabble just a little in Creative Commons releases, having three in total — this one through Jamendo, and two on Magnatune. Considering that he’s no spring chicken, I think he ought to be rewarded for trying something so counter to the old prevailing wisdom about giving music away.

Note: Probably no music post next week. If not, Merry Christmas to all.

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Writing Music Mondays: 15 Etudes by Peter Rudenko

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Changing things up, 15 Etudes is a collection of solo piano pieces that, despite the minimalism implied by the solo instrument and performer, are lush and evocative. So much so that I plan to incorporate two or three into the audio version of my story “For the fragile Muses…”, in fact.

Peter Rudenko is a Russian composer and performer, and his work on the black and whites is lovely. He somehow draws you into what I can only call an emotionscape, with nothing more than two hands and eighty-eight keys.

That’s talent.

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