UPCOMING Album Release
As a member of the Swiss cult band Yello, Boris Blank has been shaping the development of electronic music for over four decades. Even as an established solo artist, the sound visionary has anchored his unchanging DNA in global pop culture, which is still regularly quoted by modern acts today.
With “Resonance”, Boris Blank is now releasing his third studio album, on which he defies the laws of space and time with a weightless fusion of ambient, trance and electro! The twelve tracks on “Resonance” were originally commissioned for the FORTYSEVEN thermal spa near Zurich, designed by Swiss star architect Mario Botta.
Stefan Bock and Stefan Zaradić from IAN Records used the “Spatial Sound Wave” system developed by the internationally renowned Fraunhofer Institute to create an elaborately staged 3D soundscape with meditative sounds for wellness and relaxation.
A completely new challenge for the notorious sound researcher, who enters previously undiscovered ambient worlds on his new album. “I‘ve always had a great affinity for wide open spaces like factory floors, underground garages or even the mountains – and to the acoustic resonance that these spaces create,” says Boris Blank about the inspiration for “Resonance”. “Every space has its own unique vibrations. It appeals to me to enter these spheres and make them perceptible with the help of music. The bigger, the more interesting. My goal this time was to make the spaces as big and wide as possible.”
The album "Welcome To Dark Matter" is Ursula Reicher's reminder that "death is the most natural thing next to life." Reicher ventures deep into one of the greatest taboo subjects: death. Determined to transcend her own boundaries as well as those of others, the singer, pianist and composer insists on meeting the delicate space beyond our comfort zone with ease. As an artist who loves challenges, she together with her contemporary big band "The Globular Cluster" invites us to face the greatest test of all: Finding solace in the beauty and fragility of life, right alongside the melancholy of the great unknown.
Musically, the album explores the stages of grief when words alone are no longer enough. Inspired by the poetry of Masha Kalèko and the research of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, "Welcome To Dark Matter" is a fusion of influences from jazz, classical music, dark pop and rock. The music is dedicated to all those who are still on earth - the retarded.
The works of Jean-Paul Liardet are simply unique in their diversity. His musical language is strikingly daring, rich, and of overwhelming expression. Written over the large period of 51 years between 1967 and 2018, the piano sonatas reveal the full range of emotions, events and stylistic influences that shaped the composer's musical world.
The sonata cycle was recorded by pianist Olga Riazantceva-Schwarz in 2022. With her understanding of style and virtuosity, the pianist delivers a brilliant and moving interpretation of the sonatas. The creative exchange process between the performer and the composer made it possible to bring the musical ideas to the listener in the most accurate way. Four of the six sonatas appear in this recording as a premiere recording.
Jean-Paul Liardet was born in Lausanne in 1939. He completed his musical studies at the Geneva Conservatory in the classes of Bernard Reichel, Lionel Rogg, André-François Marescotti and Louis Hiltbrand. Jean-Paul gave his first concerto for piano and orchestra in 1959 in Bern with the Collegium Musicum in Basel. In addition to piano works, his compositions include the Mass, the Requiem premiered in 1981 at Lausanne Cathedral, and the songs commissioned by the International Society of Contemporary Music (SIMC) in 1983.
Olga Riazantceva-Schwarz is a Russian-born pianist and composer living in Germany. In the course of her young career she has already won several prizes at international competitions, such as the 3rd prize at the International Music Competition "Grand Prize Virtuoso London 2016" and the Hanns Eisler Prize at the International Piano Festival in Vienna. She regularly plays with numerous orchestras and in chamber music ensembles at home and abroad. In addition to her performing career, Olga is active as a composer herself. She regularly collaborates with theater and film directors, creating contemporary compositions for various instrumentations.
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