Lubomyr Melnyk & Moonface @ HO Berlin | Sunday, 09.02.2014

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Lubomyr Melnyk is a Ukrainian composer and pianist who has pioneered ‘Continuous Piano Music’. Classically trained and greatly affected by the minimalist movement in the early 1970s, he has developed his own unique language for the piano, named after the principle of maintaining a continuous, unbroken stream of sound.

Lubomyr Melnyk is a true innovator, exploring new directions for contemporary music. Not only is he regarded as one of the world’s fastest concert pianists, his compositions also truly carry the listener to new realms. To witness one of his rare live performances is nothing short of a mind-opening experience.

Lubomyr Melnyk | Corollaries Album Trailer

Melnyk has shown a remarkable devotion to the instrument, always striving to discover new ways of composing music in the continuous mode. His focus is on the actual sound of the piano as much as the harmonies and melodies of the music.

Using rapid and complex note patterns, Lubomyr’s virtuoso piano technique forms overtones that blend, collide or even create new melodies in rare moments, and thereby shape the composition beyond its original form. To accomplish this requires a special technique, one that has taken him many years to master.

Lubomyr Melnyk | Corollaries Tour Trailer

April 2013 saw Lubomyr Melnyk’s his first release on UK label Erased Tapes. Entitled ‘Corollaries’, the album was recorded and produced by Peter Broderick with the additional help of Nils Frahm and Martyn Heyne. Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths knew it was time to share the great musical legacy of Melnyk, to which he simply responded: ‘Where were you guys when I was thirty?’

Since January 2010, Spencer Krug has used Moonface as a venue for home-recorded instrumental and conceptual experimentation, expanding the ideas he developed collaboratively with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. Releases under this moniker have come quickly, each distinct from the other.

Moonface | Love the house you’re in

The Dreamland EP and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped were conceptual excursions merging instrumental and thematic fixations. After moving from Montreal to Helsinki, Krug teamed up with the Finnish band Siinai to create a lush rock record–2012’s Heartbreaking Bravery–driven by the dark despair of a breakup.

Staying in Helsinki, Krug set off on yet another creative departure, driven by a rediscovery of love and a reconsideration of the Moonface persona he’d created for himself. The quietly stunning Julia with Blue Jeans On is the fourth Moonface release, bringing a degree of intimacy and self-reflection unlike anything Krug has produced to date.

Moonface | Julia with blue jeans on

There are only two sonic elements on Julia: Spencer Krug’s voice and his piano. Richly recorded, they interact seamlessly with one another. This is Krug as singer-songwriter, moving beyond star poses to a vision that is at once more elegant and comfortable.

This event is highly recommended by Digital in Berlin! We are giving away 2 x 2 tickets. Just send a mail to win@digitalinberlin.de with ‘Moonface & Lubomyr Melnik’ as the subject. Good luck!

Palais Wittgenstein Festival w/ Lubomyr Melnyk & Moonface  LIVE

Sunday, 09 February 2014 | 17:00 CET
HO | Holzmarktstraße 66 | 10179 Berlin/Mitte

lubomyr.com | moonface.ca | palaiswittgenstein.com | hoberlin.de

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