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Anastassis Philippakopoulos: Piano Works

Dalibert, Melaine: Anastassis Philippakopoulos: Piano Works (elsewhere)

Wandelweiser member and composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos has twelve of her compositions for solo piano performed and realized by French composer/pianist ​Melaine Dalibert, each built around slow moving melodic progressions that resonate through patient performance, each fragment and note ringing beautifully, mysteriously, and dramatically.

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Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 010
Squidco Product Code: 29065

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at HD Studio in Saint Maugan, Britain, France, on July 24th, 2019, by Herve Jegaden and David Launay.

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"Greek composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos has been a member of the Wandelweiser composers collective since 2003. When examining post-Cage 21st-century classical music, there was a transition in compositional styles from decomposition to recomposition of the new tonal music deeply associated with each composer's individuality. Philippakopoulos' work is one of the most intense forms of this style: a unique blend of the icy, sharp edges of minimalism, the warm colors of modern romanticism, and the introspective depth of Zen.

​In Philippakopoulos' piano works, each tone is closely connected with the previous and the subsequent tones via long resonances, forming a simple yet poignant melody that contains a magnetic power to draw the listener's ears. The intensity of a single tone of his piano pieces often evokes a beautiful stone, organically formed over the course of a very long time. In fact, Philippakopoulos takes several months to a year to compose one short 2-4 minute piece.

On this album, Philippakopoulos' twelve solo piano pieces (composed from 2005-2018) are performed by a rising French composer/pianist Melaine Dalibert, who is known for a unique algorithmic compositional style as well as his interpretations of works by Giuliano D'Angiolini, Tom Johnson, Peter Garland, and many others. Here Dalibert realized the transient, meditative beauty of Philippakopoulos' piano works by inducing rich harmonics in the tranquil afterglows mysteriously tinged with shadows, brilliantly conveying the immense and profound world of Philippakopoulos' music narratively and poetically."-elsewhere

"Before you play two notes, learn how to play one note ... And don't play one note unless you've got a reason to play it. If this precious maxim offered by Mark Hollis applied to every musician, it should be all the more true for those who practice reduction as the only possible aesthetic, in the opposite direction to the experiential hypertrophy of the world.

In the context of the most radical minimalism, each sound cell has a specific weight above the average: that's why Anastassis Philippakopoulos' short scores enacted such a simple and powerful aura, where the natural resonance - the white space of the pentagram - has an equal value with respect to the notes, of which it collects and combines the shadows and dissolves them in the air.

The Elsewhere label run by Yuko Zama welcomes the Greek composer in its catalog not only for elective affinity - he too has been part of the Wandelweiser collective since 2003 - but also by virtue of the direct link with the already known Melaine Dalibert, featured here for the first time as a performer only. Two specular poetics, as can be understood since the first minutes listening to the 'piano pieces' dated from 2013 to 2018: they're also equal in their marine inspiration, the slow breaking of the undertow (" Ressac ") and the horizon cut in half by the sky, also shown in the photo collage on the cover.

Laying one's eyes on the vast flow of the waves, forgetting their sound and reimagining it from within: as for the unavoidable partiality of the framed image, the present moment of Philippakopoulos' music also implies that which is beyond its extremes, it has no enclosed beginning nor end in that it does not narrate, but only contemplates, and in said contemplation its meaning is fulfilled.

No doubt influenced by the common nationality, thoughts spontaneously return to the imperturbable sequence shots of the master Theo Angelopoulos, except that the composer's "gaze", forgetful of historical time as well as that streaming before us, seems to truly exist only in the fleeting instant in which the fingers of the pianist awaken it, in a parenthesis ideally detached from the troubled human events that have taken place over the millennia. But this should not mislead us in considering Philippakopoulos' practice as an absolute abstraction, an artifice hatched to conceal the feelingfrom which these pieces unfold: unequivocally they are, in fact, motifs of the soul comparable to those of Zbigniew Preisner, apt to give voice to the inexpressible through slender but vibrant musical figures, outlined just enough as to not make them completely impalpable.

After a path followed in single steps, strenuously limited to only one key at a time, by contrast the attack of the "Five Piano Pieces" (2005-2011) is perturbing and almost violent in its direct juxtaposition of low and high registers, sudden thrusts that evoke the sinister pace of Ligeti's "Wanted Music". So at last a latent romanticism makes its way and tends to characterize the five fragments with greater determination, infused with a sentiment sometimes tormented, sometimes subduedly melancholic; only the last piece settles once more in a colorless limbo, a pacification of oriental ancestry that in just two minutes brings the poetics of Philippakopoulos back to the territories of the post-Cagean avant-garde - a "return to order" which, however, does not cease to question the fragile balance between the temporal dimension, sound and silence.

The symbiotic identification of Melaine Dalibert, by nature in full familiarity with the aesthetics of the composers of quiet , leads us to the discovery of an author still little known but to whom the climate of contemporary music will not fail to give prestige in the years to such as. For its part, Elsewhere continues virtuously along the editorial line which, less than two years after its foundation, has already imposed it as a point of reference in the discographic scenario of an increasingly less elitist sector, originating from and being aimed at a sensitivity whose character is virtually universal."-Esoteros (2/12/2020)

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Artist Biographies

"Melaine Dalibert is a French pianist and composer born in 1979. After studying piano in Rennes and Paris conservatories (with Joël CAPBERT and Pierre REACH), he dedicates himself to contemporary art creation as a performer (première pieces from Gérard Pesson, Giuliano D'Angiolini, Tom Johnson, Ahmed Essyad among others) while initiating a persona composition work based on rigorous generative systems. Melaine shares preoccupations with visual artists such as François Morellet, Véra Molnar or Marcel Dinahet, whom he has collaborated with, and his music is deliberately emancipated from any narrative purpose in order to highlight combinatorial games vacillating between order and chaos. His creations have been radio transmitted (France Musique) and played in many French and foreign museums and contemporary art centers."

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"Composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos was born in 1969 in France. Between 1989 and 1994 he studied composition at the University of Arts (Universitaet der Kuenste) in Berlin with W. Szalonek and F.M. Olbrisch. Since 2003 he is a member of the Wandelweiser composers collective. In 2005 his first CD "solo pieces" was released on Edition Wandelweiser Records (EWR).

His music has been performed in Europe and the US by musicians including conductors Mark Menzies with the Calarts String Orchestra, Alexandre Myrat with the TSSO and the Camerata Athens, flutists Antoine Beuger, Manuel Zurria, Wilfrido Terrazas, Katrin Zenz, Ruth Molins, Natalia Gerakis and Christine Tavolacci, oboists Kathy Pisaro and Kostas Tiliakos, clarinetists Juerg Frey, William Powell, Germaine Sijstermans and Yannis Samprovalakis, guitarist Denis Sorokin, pianists John McAlpine, Dante Boon, Melaine Dalibert, Guy Vandromme, Teodora Stepancic, Erato Alakiozidou, R. Andrew Lee, Panagiotis Krabis, Mark So and Manfred Werder, organist Eva-Maria Houben, singer Irene Kurka and others.

In 2012 he visited California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as an invited artist. He presented his music in lectures and concerts together with composers Michael Pisaro and Michael Jon Fink. In 2014 his CD "songs and piano pieces" was released on EWR. In 2019 he participated in Dante Boon's solo piano CD "hannesson . boon . philippakopoulos" released on EWR."

-Elsewhere Music (

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Track Listing:

1. Piano Piece (2013) 2:32

2. Piano Piece (2014) 3:07

3. Piano Piece (2015) 3:32

4. Piano Piece (2016) 2:52

5. Piano Piece (2017) 3:08

6. Piano Piece (2018A) 3:28

7. Piano Piece (2018B) 3:07

8. Five Piano Pieces - 1 2:40

9. Five Piano Pieces - 2 3:05

10. Five Piano Pieces - 3 2:26

11. Five Piano Pieces - 4 2:31

12. Five Piano Pieces - 5 2:19

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