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 piano sonata cycle by Swiss composer Jean-Paul Liardet 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.
The six sonatas were composed between 1967 and 2018. Over such a long period, the piano cycle accompanies the artistic path of Jean-Paul Liardet. The entire cycle is a neo-romantic work full of emotion: passionate movements and moments of calm are sometimes radically opposed to each other, as an expression of conflict and a mixture of revolt, anger and provocation, which also finds gentleness and comfort in the slow movements of their exhaustion. The composer does not shy away from the many stylistic influences, from baroque music to jazz, that make this piano sonata cycle an exciting journey for listeners to discover some familiar elements in Jean-Paul Liardet's new work.
Jean-Paul Liardet, was born in Lausanne on October 5, 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. Olga is a member of the Alafia Ensemble and forms a duo with flutist Richard Schwarz. As a pianist, Olga has also performed at international music festivals in Italy, Poland, Austria, England and Germany, including the "Acht Brücken" in the Kölner Philharmonie, Beethovenfest in Bonn, Echo from Montepulciano in Italy. Since 2020 she has a teaching position for piano at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg. In addition to her performing career, Olga is also active as a composer. She regularly collaborates with theater and film directors, creating contemporary compositions for various instrumentations.
RAUM is the latest live project by Martin Kälberer. The project is an immersive, three-dimensionally produced live concert, which was recorded on March 15 & 16, 2023 at the GROUNDLIFT studio in Stegen am Ammersee (Germany).
With this album, Martin Kälberer fulfills a long-cherished dream of making his music audible in three-dimensional space. With the help of immersive audio technologies such as Ambisonics and Dolby Atmos, the music achieves an unheard-of transparency and depth, so that the listener finds himself in the middle of the sound action. Martin Kälberer has composed new pieces especially for this program and also arranged previously unreleased titles for this new setting.
Piano sounds, various instruments from handpan, percussion, vibrandoneon, waterphone to synthesizer and the voice (partly multiple looped) float through the room and take the audience on an acoustic journey where you can immerse yourself completely in the sound. Gene Aichner's congenial visual projections enhance this two-hour experience even further.
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