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Dalibert, Melaine: Infinite Ascent (elsewhere)

Eight melodically structured song pieces from French composer and pianist Melaine Dalibert, his fifth album, presenting an embraceable and heartfelt set of compositions quite different from his typical algorithmic approach to writing, conceived by David Sylvian and recorded with outstanding fidelity on a Steinway at the chapel of the Rennes Conservatory.

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Cover photo by David Sylvian.

Label: elsewhere
Catalog ID: elsewhere 012
Squidco Product Code: 29865

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the chapel of the Rennes Conservatory in Rennes, France on December 11, 2019, by Melaine Dalibert.


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"This is French composer/pianist Melaine Dalibert's fifth solo album since 2015, all featuring his own compositions. This time, the album consists of melodically structured song pieces, an area that Dalibert has been exploring in the last couple of years as a new compositional approach outside his signature algorithmic method of composition. This series of eight short pieces appeal in a new way from his previous music, and shows his maturity as a composer. Dalibert wrote all eight pieces in 2019 and recorded them in December 2019 on a Steinway at the chapel of the Rennes Conservatory where he teaches.

'Litanie', one of the most evocative pieces on this album, was world premiered by Serbian-American Paris-based pianist Ivan Ilić in October 2019 at Bargemusic in NYC.

The album title 'Infinite Ascent' was conceived by David Sylvian who also contributed his artwork for the album cover, in addition to the two album covers of Dalibert's previous solo CDs 'Musique pour le lever du jour' and 'Cheminant' on Elsewhere Music, for which he dedicated two other artworks."-elsewhere records

"I wouldn't have thought it two years ago, but I started to step aside from my algorithmic systems to write very intuitive music, kind of pop-songs. It is surely a transient phase, but it seems to me to be necessary so as not to lock myself into certain procedures. It's very important for me to feel free to write outside of any academy or tradition."-Melaine Dalibert

"On listening to the album for first time I felt what I'd describe, for want of better terminology, a 'cosmic expansiveness'. Vibrational waves traversing the universe, a lone satellite, released from earth's gravitational pull, spinning infinitely into the bright darkness. I ascribed to it a somewhat solitary migration. Not despite, but because of this, I found it a profoundly moving listening experience." - David Sylvian

Cover photo by David Sylvian.

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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Track Listing:

1. Introduction 02:34

2. Flux / Reflux 05:44

3. Grasses in Wind 01:39

4. Lullaby 04:07

5. Litanie 04:48

6. Horizon 05:50

7. Piano Loop 03:25

8. Song 05:02

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