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Ariel: Origami (Kadima)

Piano prodigy Ariel, performing complex jazz compositions at the age of 9 (!) with infuences from Matthew Shipp, John Hicks, Kirk Lightsey, Uri Caine, Aaron Goldberg, &c.
 

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UPC: 634479580017

Label: Kadima
Catalog ID: KCR 12
Squidco Product Code: 11488

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Israel
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at the Kadima Studio, in Jerusalem, Israel, in May, June and July, 2007, by Ori Winokur.

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"This album, Ariel's second, portrays him at age 9. The first album, 31 Bars, featured Ariel's music at the age of 8. Origami shows Ariel a year later, this time alone at the piano. The music displays the influence of Ariel's favorite pianists, especially of those whom he has seen in person like Matthew Shipp, John Hicks, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bojan Z., Kirk Lightsey, Uri Caine, Aaron Goldberg, and others. All but three of the tunes are Ariel's original music. You can stay in touch with Ariel and his music by visiting his site at www.arielpiano.com or his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/arieljazz.

Origami (Ariel). Design and pattern are what distinguishes paper origami. The opening tune of the album also reflects pattern , in sharp contrast with some of the chaos of the subsequent tracks. Patterns turn out to be important in the solos of some of the other tunes as well, where they often replace chord progressions.

Folanco (Ariel). Originally Ariel sang this tune and accompanied himself on guitar. The lyrics are in a private language that at times sounds like Spanish and at other times like Japanese. A version of this tune for vocals, bass, and piano was performed at the Jerusalem Conservatory, with Ariel playing the piano. This is the piano solo version created for this album.

Caravan (D. Ellington). Ariel worked a lot on this version of Caravan and performed it live at many gigs, both solo and with bass. It has an unusual introduction of 16th notes, followed by a minimalist rendition of sand blown by desert winds and rearranged into oriental patterns. The solo shows the influence of Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Blues No. 7 (Ariel). This was a difficult tune to record, requiring many takes. It was like playing Mozart. A simple blues, Ariel alone with the piano, and no place to hide. The take that made it to the album turned out to be one of the less simple ones.

Mr. JC (Ariel). Ariel wrote this tune for Jean Claude Jones, on his 57th birthday, and performed it for the first time as a piano solo piece at a Kadima salon held the same day. Since then he has played it with Mr. JC himself at various gigs, but here we have the original solo version. This brooding, melancholy tune grew out of one of its licks in the solo.

Giant Steps (J. Coltrane). Ariel's initial intention was to do Giant Steps in 7/8ths, until he stumbled upon Kenny Garrett's version and discovered that KG had done just that. He experimented for a while with 5/4ths and 11/8ths, and finally settled on straight 4/4ths in two keys, with a change in time at the very end.

Joy of Latin (Ariel). This is a sample from Ariel's collection of Latin tunes. It was conceived as a duet for piano and bass. Initially Ariel intended to overdub a bass line, but ended up doing it all in one fell swoop.

Free Improvisation (Ariel). This is an entirely free improvisation, approached without any preconceived ideas in mind, and letting the keys lead the pianist. It is what's been going on at the Kadima salons, where Ariel got his first taste of free jazz. On the surface, the method is simple: approach with an empty head and hold on to the ideas that emerge. The results are often unexpected.

Eleanor Rigby (J. Lennon & P. McCartney). Ariel hasn't taken in much Beatles, and the first time he heard this tune was in the street, coming from the loudspeakers of an outdoor cafe. He stopped to listen for a minute or so. The following day he heard a recording of Ray Charles. He then came up with his jazzed up version on the spot, pretty much along the lines that ended up on this album.

The Note (Ariel). The album, which started on a calm note, closes with an energetic one, in one of Ariel's favorite minor keys."


Artist Biographies

"[2021] This summer Ariel makes his debut at Wigmore Hall and participates in the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, alongside renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss. He was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (CAG) International Auditions in 2021.

Over the last year Ariel has recorded music by Schubert for Linn Records (due for release in 2021) and given 'online live' recitals for the Vancouver Recital series in Canada and the Banco de la República in Colombia. Previous highlights include recitals at the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp (stepping in for Till Fellner), Salle Cortot in Paris and the Miami Piano Festival.

Born in Jerusalem in 1997, in 2021 Ariel completes his studies as a full scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Fountain, having studied with the late Hamish Milne. Prior to this, he studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, first with Lea Agmon, later with Yuval Cohen. Whilst there, he also studied violin and composition.

Ariel has performed widely in Europe in cities such as Paris, London, Rome, Prague and Brussels, and regularly appears in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television, as well as on Radio France.

As soloist he has appeared with a variety of orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Brahms's 2nd concerto, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mozart C minor concerto. Among the conductors he has worked with are Trevor Pinnock, Peter Whelan, and Yi-An Xu.

An avid chamber musician, Ariel has collaborated with leading members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as with eminent musicians such as Maria João Pires and Torleif Thedéen. Festival appearances include the Hvide Sande (Denmark), Ravello (Italy), Ausseer Festsommer (Austria), Bosa Antica (Sardinia) and Israel Festivals.

Ariel has received extensive tuition from eminent artists such as Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, Leif Ove Andsnes, Steven Osborne, and the late Leon Fleisher and Ivan Moravec. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition.

In 2012 he released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, an album featuring music by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Janáček

Ariel is a recipient of the Munster Trust Mark James Star Award and the Senior Award of the Hattori Foundation."

-Ariel Lanyi Website (https://ariellanyi.com/bio/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Origami 4:08

2. Folanco 5:42

3. Caravan 7:08

4. Blues No 7 3:47

5. Mr. JC 6:10

6. Giants Steps 4:56

7. Joy Of Latin 3:51

8. Free Improvisation 2:40

9. Eleanor Rigby 5:53

10. The Note 2:48

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Improvised Music
Piano & Keyboards
Free Improvisation
Solo Artist Recordings

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