Video Premiere: All I’ve Said by Mike Lazarev

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“it was unspoken, hence unheard
unwritten, and in turn unread
but in between each silent word
i have resigned to all i’ve said”

“All I’ve Said” is the sixth and final entry in Moderna Record’s Fall Single Series, a collection of minimalist piano-centered pieces by a globe-spanning roster of musicians: Jacob David (Denmark), Hiroco.M (Japan), Adam Daudrich (Canada), n-So (US), Richard Luke (Scotland), and ending with Mike Lazarev (England). In addition to being editor-in-chief of Headphone Commute, one of the leading online magazines covering ambient, experimental, & instrumental music, Mike is a London based composer & pianist with who has released solo albums on 1631 Recordings as well as a stellar collaboration with Uwe Zahn (aka Arovane) for the Eilean Records project just this past summer.

To cap off this beautiful conclusion to the series, Mike collaborated with Jessie Rodger, a visual artist & director from South Wales who specializes in filming music & dance, and Greek freelance dancer Nancy Nerantzi to create a captivating video against the dramatic background of the Cornish coast. Less than three minutes tick away on the clock before it comes to end, but the tender melody, stunning cinematography, and expressive choreography come together to create a moment that lives outside of time.

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Through a Musical Lens: Healing by Anna Salzmann & Garreth Broke

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The  partnership of visual artist Anna Salzmann and composer/musician Garreth Brooke (aka Garreth Broke) has always been a special one both personally and creatively. Their latest work together is entitled Healing and combines 11 abstract artworks by Anna with 25 minutes of piano music by Garreth which seeks to explore this complex and sometimes contradictory emotional process from several perspectives.

Healing explores the complex, not always linear process of healing. Any struggle is full of contradictions: there are moments of pain and relief, tension and release, opacity and clarity. Part of what made Anna and I fall in love with each other was a shared need to create, whether that was art or music, and a recognition that we were both creating in order to heal. Like all couples, we have old wounds, whether they be physical or mental. We’ve found that the act of creation/healing is far more powerful when working together because it forces us to listen more carefully, to act more wisely, to strive to find workable compromises.” – Garreth

In art as in life, Anna and Garreth prove to be ideal complements for one another as can be seen in this video premiere of the touching opening sequence of the album (“Intro”/”Hiding”) accompanied by Anna’s striking watercolor & ink images in motion.

 

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Last by Garreth Broke and Anna Salzmann

In a recent interview with the folks at Piano & Coffee, pianist and composer Garreth Broke spoke about growing up on a diary farm in West Wales where he forged a strong connection to the landscape and developed an acute awareness of how much changes are wrought over it with each season. That experience served as a large part of the inspiration for a quartet of EPs he would create with his artist partner Anna Salzmann, each of which would mark the beginning of a new season. The series comes to a conclusion next week with the release of June which features three compositions by Broke and vivid new imagery by Salzmann that is aflame with bright, warm colors. 

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Mix & Remix: Fragments & Poppy Ackroyd / Apta & Row Boat

AlbumsIn this edition of Mix & Remix, we’ll feature two sets tracks that involve reciprocal arrangements between two pairs of artists each covering the work of the other.   First we have a the French trio Fragments collaborating with Scottish artist and member of Hidden Orchestra, Poppy Ackroyd.  The second set will feature electronic artists Apta collaborating with fellow UK artist Row Boat (Mark Wardale).  In both cases we find the joy at the heart of mix & remix – artists showing appreciation for each other’s work, each able to render the other’s work truthfully and yet stamp it with their distinct style and sensibilities.

Fragments & Poppy Ackroyd

Fragments is a trio based in Rennes, France, who delicately blends folk sensibilities with electronic music to create a shimmering and bright sound. This makes for a fascinating collaboration when paired with the intricate, neoclassical leaning music of Poppy Ackroyd.

We begin with the Fragments song ‘Off the Map’, which features a subtle, scratchy rhythm, acoustic guitar, and the shimmering sounds of keyboard and glock and a gently building crescendo.  It is a bright & uplifting piece. In the creative hands of Poppy Ackroyd, it is still has a brightness to it, but she coats the piece in dust.  It is scratchier, more organic, and more indirect as percussion becomes more prominent and reverse loops carry the melody.

The second pair of tracks in this collaboration are the original and remixed version of Poppy Ackroyd’s composition, ‘Seven’ from her outstaning solo album ‘Escapement’.  The original piece features an intricate, clockwork percussion line over which piano and strings weave their magic. It is busy, yet delicate and precise.  Fragments then takes the song and wraps it in electronics and acoustic rhythm guitars to give a shimmer and a brighter feel.

‘Off the Map’ by Fragments

‘Off the Map’ remixed by Poppy Ackroyd

‘Seven’ by Poppy Ackroyd

‘Seven’ remixed by Fragments

Artist information:

Poppy Ackroyd on Denovali Records

Fragments on Facebook 

Apta & Row Boat

This next group of tracks were all recently released together as an EP called ‘Fracture’ by UK artists Apta and Row Boat with the express purpose of featuring their remixes of each other’s work.  The original version of Apta’s song ‘Slowly, Home’ feels like a quiet walk down an open road on a sunny day. It has an easy flow and feels both intimate and bright. Mark Wardale’s music as Row Boat, on the other hand, evokes wide canvas Scandinavian landscapes with rich atmosphere, big percussion, and storming crescendos and he lends all of these qualities to his interpretation.

This flows right into the Row Boat original, ‘Kämpaglöd’, a rousing post rock piece driven by a distinctive and powerful cadence on the drums. It has a swagger and a boldness about it before winding down to an atmospheric outro. In reworking the song, Apta opts for percussion lines that are more hypnotic than pounding. This allows the piano to drive to the song while a variety of electronic tones swirl around the melody. It remains a very dynamic piece, equally enjoyable, but with a different aesthetic.

Also note that the Fracture EP includes a pair of bonus tracks, one by each of the two artists.

‘Slowly, Home’ by Apta

‘Slowly, Home’ remixed by Row Boat

‘Kämpaglöd’ by Row Boat

‘Kämpaglöd’ remixed by Apta

Artist Information:

Apta on Bandcamp 

Row Boat web site