Composer & pianist Alexandra Stréliski is an artist of Polish Jewish origin who grew up between Paris and Montreal. She made her debut with the 2010 album Pianoscope, but has gained many more listeners through her work featured in the films of Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “Demolition”) and on HBO (“Big Little Lies”, “Sharp Objects”). After a chaotic period of upheaval in her life, she has emerged as a solo recording artist once again with a delightful new album called Inscape, a meaningful portmanteau combining the words “interior” and “landscape”. Stréliski is refreshingly candid regarding the very personal nature of the record and how she hopes it will connect with others.
“To me, ‘Inscape’ was an existential crisis. A year where everything capsized and I had to go through various interior landscapes – hectic, beautiful and painful at the same time…A piano, on its own, is a very vulnerable thing, and I want to share this moment with the listener.” – Alexandra Stréliski
The album contains eleven solo piano compositions which flow with a completely disarming natural eloquence. Stréliski has a rare gift for tender, fluid expression and poignant, unpretentious melodies, the kind that seem effortless but surely are anything but. Each song becomes a weightless dance that moves gracefully along the edges that separate melancholy and joy, doubt and hope, darkness and light. However difficult the passage for her to reach the point of being inspired to make this music, it is nothing but enchanting and uplifting experience to be able to listen to it.
Inscape features graphic design & art direction by Catherine Pelletier and illustrations by Elisabeth Gravel. The album is available in a limited Edition Milky Clear 12’’ Vinyl with a phénakisticope animation on the center label as well as CD and a wide variety of download & streaming options (see Secret City link above). A music sheet book is also available as part of certain CD or LP bundles or as a separate purchase.