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Andric, Andreja: Winter Solstice (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Their association stretching back to their time together in music school, pianist Anita Tomasevich is the perfect interpreter of Serbian composer Andreja Andric's December, exploring a single minor chord in each of six movements, challenging the performer to explore shades of tone color by working through gradual changes; plus Meditation (II) for 2 pianists.
 

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Andreja Andric-comspoer

Anita Tomasevich-piano


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UPC: 4011778039525

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 2116
Squidco Product Code: 31524

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Kolarac concert Hall, in Belgrade, Serbia, on July 17th, 2021.

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"Anita and I met for the first time in a music school. Not long after, she became the first ever performer of my music. That was around the time when I was already for a couple of years an avid listener of music by Stockhausen, Cage, early Philip Glass and much other exciting music that we today refer to as the avantgarde. We walked together through unusual harmonies created from circles scattered on sheets of paper. It was a different sound world, outside of what we were learning in school.

Thirty years later, we recorded this disc. The music and the world became very different in the meantime. In the six works constituting the December Cycle we return, in a way, to basic elements of western music, and explore a single minor chord in each piece. The cycle starts with e-minor, continues with e-flat minor, and, through six consecutive pieces of music, ends with b-minor, by each step reaching a slightly darker sound color. Each piece from the set explores all the possible rearrangements of six notes within a single minor chord spread over four octaves, creating natural interweaving of undulating melodic lines wit- hin the same chord. The chord, at a slow, steady pace, resounds in ever new colors.

The final, longest work on this disc, meditation (ii), abandons traditional notation altogether to describe the music with words only - in a way looking further back into an imaginary past (or perhaps a possible future) where music is transmitted as an oral tradition, and where music-making is open to everyone. This work is a part of a larger series of meditative text scores, intended to imitate the spirit of nature rather than its actual appearance. The multiplicity of voices fits together in the same way as calls of different birds in a forest form an evolving soundscape, and as patterns of fallen leaves on a walkway create infinite tape- stries.

While December challenges the performer to patiently explore shades of tone color by working through gradual changes in the setting of one and the same chord, Meditation (II) gives up a part of musical control, invites the performer and the listener to intuitively connect with their inner self, and insists on full presence in the moment. Through their simple and austere, but infinitely varied flow, these two works, here recorded on disc for the first time, seek to create new meditative sound spaces for our time and the future."-Andreja Andric


Artist Biographies

"Andreja Andric (born 1973) is a Serbian composer and programmer, living in Aarhus in Denmark. He enjoys playful exploration of mathematical processes and chance and uses computer programming as key means of artistic expression. With a primary interest in composition and performance for his networked laptop/smartphone ensemble, he is also active in the fields of computer music, video and software art. His work has been performed on festivals such as World Music Days 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia, eviMus festival (Saarbrücken, Germany, 2019), and Festival Futura in Crest, France (2018). Holds a PhD in Music Informatics from the State University of Milan, Italy."

-Andreja Andric Website (http://www.andrejaandric.com/)
5/23/2024

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"Anita Tomasevich performed extensively throughout Europe starting with her first solo recital at the age of 10. She appeared in some of the major halls in The Netherlands, Spain, London, Italy, Russia and Serbia. She is a laureate of international competitions,including 1st price in Citta di Tortona Italy and she appeared regularly on Serbian National Radio and Television.

She studied in the Music Academy in Novi Sad, Royal Conservatoire in Den Hague and was excepted for the PhD studies at the Royal Academy of London. She studied with renowned teachers such as Jegor Chugayev (student of Y. Milstein), Svetlana Bogino (student of L. Oborin) and Vladimir Ograkov (student of E. Gilies) Marcel Boudet and Ellen Corver, Yelena Richter, Lazar Berman, Gyorgy Sandor (student of Bella Bartok) and Stefan Vladar.

In 2005 she released her first CD recording with works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev. In 2006 her career as a concert pianist was stopped by the spinal injury. After ten years of recovery, Anita started performing again, both solo and chamber music recitals, receiving excellent reviews.

Anita was founder and the Artistic Director of the "Avaton Music Festival" which received international acclaims."

-Anita Tomasevich Website (https://anitatomasevich.com/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. December I 7:39

2. December II 5:21

3. December III 5:16

4. December IV 5:13

5. December V 5:11

6. December VI 7:25

7. Meditations II (For Two Pianists) 30:52

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