Lubomyr Melnyk (UA)

30 okt 2020 kl. 20:00 - 22:00

Døre kl 19 / Koncert kl. 20
Koncerten foregår i Christians Kirke på Christianshavn. Unumm. siddepladser.

Den ukrainske mesterpianist og faderen til "continuous piano music" vender tilbage til København med sit meditative spil. ALICE præsenterer ham i særlige omgivelser i Christians Kirkes smukke kirkerum, hvor musikkens rige brug af overtoner vil folde sig smukt ud. 

Den ukrainske pianist er kendt for sin enestående teknik - "continuous piano music" - der forbinder det minimalistiske og meditative med ekstremt hurtigt spillede toner og overtoner, der flyder sammen i komplekse mønstre. Dette kræver en højt udviklet og forædlet spillestil, som er meget svær at efterligne for andre pianister, hvorfor Melnyk også er blevet kaldt verdens hurtigste nulevende koncertpianist, ligesom han hyppigt bliver kaldt for en vor tids Franz Liszt.   

Er Melnyks musik ekstremt svær at spille, er den på ingen måde svær at lytte til. Melodierne er ofte gribende smukke, og de fint flimrende toner skaber en helt egen poetisk lydverden, som har betaget og inspireret mange. Melnyk har mange fans inden for moderne klassisk musik, men nyder også anerkendelse i elektroniske musikmiljøer for sin på én gang komplekse og ambiente musik, der på grund af sine myriader af toner og overtoner da til tider næsten også kan lyde som elektronisk musik til trods for at den er helt akustisk.   

Musikalsk kan man finde referencer til store amerikanske minimalister som Terry Riley og Philip Glass, men kendere har også påpeget inspirationer fra Ravi Shankar i den hypnotiske musik. Musikken påkalder sig meditative og spirituelle dimensioner, men Melnyk er også kendt for at trække på inspiration fra romantisk filmmusik. 

Senest har Lubomyr Melnyk udsendt albummet “Fallen Trees” på Erased Tapes. Et album, som Drowned in Sound gav følgende ord med på vejen:

“This, like the other excellent records he has given us since his belated emergence into the global limelight, is a work of quiet - but nonetheless defiant – beauty from a true great of contemporary classical music, who we must all continue to cherish for as long as we can. Essential.”

Lubomyr Melnyk har gæstet København i flere omgange, både på Jazzhouse og til Frost Festival. Da hans musik i udstrakt grad gør brug af overtoner, er han en pianist, som spiller sammen med rummet, der omgiver ham, og derfor er hver koncert også unik. Når ALICE til efteråret byder på koncert i Christians Kirkes imponerende kirkerum, er der altså også garant for en både meditativ og gåsehudsfremkaldende musikoplevelse.

In English: 

The masterful pianist and creator of "continuous piano music" returns to Copenhagen. ALICE is happy to present a special night with the incredible Ukrainian musician and composer Lubomyr Melnyk in the stunning space of Christian’s Church. No doubt a fitting space for the overtone rich music of Melnyk. 

Born in Ukraine in 1948, Lubomyr Melnyk fell for the piano at an early age. Given lessons as a young child after his family emigrated to Canada after the iron curtain came down, he was immediately transfixed by the possibilities of the instrument. After studying classical piano and graduating with a degree in Latin and Philosophy from St Paul’s College in Winnipeg, in the early 1970s Melnyk found himself in Paris. Homeless and in desperate need of money, he supported himself by accompanying dance lessons for a company run by the experimental choreographer Carolyn Carlson. The experience became a kind of epiphany: watching Carlson’s dancers, he began to play a new kind of music, spontaneous and improvisatory – responding not to rigid classical conventions but the dance he saw unfolding. Using the sustain pedal to create echo and reverb, he transformed free-flowing cascades of notes into hypnotic waves of sound. Eventually he found a name for this new style: ‘continuous music’, which he uses to this day.

Critics have detected the influence of Ravi Shankar and other Indian styles in Melnyk’s music, along with the insistent, repetitive textures of minimalist pioneers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Melnyk himself cites his debt to the American composer Terry Riley, particularly the legendary 1964 work ‘In C’, which he says “opened the world for me”. But he adds that if you listen carefully, you’ll also be able to hear the lilting contours of traditional Ukrainian folk music.

Lubomyr Melnyk has visited Copenhagen several times in recent years, everytime mesmerizing the audience with his otherworldly music. He is widely regarded as a visionary musician. Drowned in Sound wrote about his 2018 album “Fallen Trees”: “This, like the other excellent records he has given us since his belated emergence into the global limelight, is a work of quiet - but nonetheless defiant – beauty from a true great of contemporary classical music, who we must all continue to cherish for as long as we can. Essential.” 

Opened on the 1st of February 2018, ALICE is Copenhagen’s powerhouse for adventurous music. ALICE is presenting a bold and high quality program of global roots, jazz/improv, electronic music, sonic experiments and much more, shedding light on musical roots and legendary artists as well as exciting new breakthroughs from all over the world.

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