„For Now I Am Winter“ – In the last days of the year brought us Carlos Cipa (1631 Recordings) and Otto Totland (Sonic Pieces) wonderful new modern classical soundscapes, which will be featured in this last Sonorospace blog post of this year.
Those two pianists and composers are very important pioneers of this genre and have been an inspiration for a lot of other musicians around the world. So it is wonderful to see that Carlos and Otto released in the last days of 2017 their new music, and I want to start this article with Otto Totland’s brilliant „The Lost“.
Otto Totland - "The Lost"
From a small Norwegian town comes the enigmatic Otto Totland, who composed and produced over months in intimate studio sessions together with Nils Frahm a legendary modern classical milestone called "Pinô". It was released in the cold winter days of 2014 via the little Berlin record label Sonic Pieces and received much praise from a lot of critics around the globe.
On the paths of this debut album meanders his follow-up „The Lost“, which was once again composed and produced in Nils Frahm’s Durton studio over a longer period of time. This second album is also a musical contrast to all the chaos, stress and pressure of the modern life, where „it seems like sounds and impressions never stop“. But the Norwegian composer captured in his warmth and genuine piano compositions also the beauty, fragileness, and transitoriness of our surroundings and lives. As already on the last album wrapped Otto Totland also his new compositions with a wonderful nostalgic raiment.
A sort of quiet relief that things might actually work out no matter how dark it can look." - Otto Totland
Especially the floating pieces „Vates“ and „Fox“ will captivate you with their swifter and spherical harmonies. Other compositions like the quiet „Wait“, „Enola“ or „Neon Dawn“ seems to capture with their fragile piano melodies feelings of melancholy, but also a slowly transitions from the darkness to the light.
"The Lost" is available on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and iTunes, and you buy it also as a CD and LP on ANOST. Enjoy this new contemporary classical milestone!
Carlos Cipa - "Sculptures"
Last but not least for this year: Carlos Cipa. The Munich-based multiinstrumentalist and composer released on the 15th December his mini-album "Sculptures" via 1631 Recordings present us the first musical impression of his upcoming full-length album. His infamous debut album „The Monarch and the Viceroy“ in 2012 was the beginning and fundament for his really successful solo piano career. He has been playing more than 100 concerts in Europe since then and shared the stage with talented artists like Ólafur Arnalds and Sophia Jani (Denovali Swingfest 2014).
All of his piano pieces on "Sculptures" were recorded in November this year on his Upright piano in his Beatschuppen Studio and saw the light of day late at night between other recording sessions. It is collection of new piano impromptus and old compositions from his last album "All Your Life You Walk" (Nowhere To Be Found, And Gently Drops The Rain, For They Had Things To Say) that are bathed in a new wonderful raiment with a lot of intimacy and proximity. One of the absolute highlights on this EP is the new captivating and enthralling piece "Lilca Threads" that creates a lot of tension with his incomparable melody structure.
„While working on this, I often found myself sitting at my piano late at night, after a long recordings session or between writing scores, messing around with simple melodies or patterns as a distraction.“ - Carlos Cipa
His first solo piano release after three years ("All Your Life You Walk") is avaible on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp. Enjoy it and stay tuned for his upcoming album in 2018.