Don't Mind

Josep-Maria Balany√†   Solo Piano

  

   1 Don't Mind

   2  Archaic Rubbers 5:57

   3  Celestial 5:41

   4  Soul Beaters 7:34

   5  Not So Soft Talk 9:12

   6  A Closer Furniture 9:45

   7  Minimal Chant 1:55

   8  Don‚Äėt Slap, Slap 8:01

 

  Total Running Time: 58:02

  All compositions by Josep-Maria Balany√†

 

 In October 2014 the Catalan pianist Josep-Maria Balany√† spent three days recording for his new album ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Mind‚ÄĚ. The evening of the third day he gave a concert which was also recorded. All the sessions and the concert took place in ‚ÄúSendesaal‚ÄĚ, the wonderful concert hall in Bremen (Germany), praised by Keith Jarrett.

From all these recordings Josep-Maria Balanyà has chosen eight tracks for this album. The mastering was done in mid-February 2015 by Renate Wolter-Seevers, who just won the Grammy award.

Released September 1st, 2015.

 

Recording: Sendesaal Bremen, October 14-16, 2014

Producer Radio Bremen: Marita Emigholz

Coproduced by Peter Cronemeyer

Executive Producer: Josep-Maria Balanyà

Recording Producer and Editing: Renate Wolter-Seevers

Recording engineer: Klaus Schumann

Concertlight: Willi Klose

Cover photo © by Elena Márquez

Other photos © Josep-Maria Balanyà

 

Thanks to:

Gabriele Deakin, José-Luis Greco, Marita Emigholz, Renate Wolter-Seevers, Peter Cronemeyer, Willi Kloose, Charly Plinke.

 

Pianist, composer, sound artist, improviser, sound researcher, university lecturer - these are just some of the roles which Josep-Maria Balany√† has filled over the past few decades. In his new album ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Mind‚ÄĚ, this multi-talented Catalan takes the listener into exciting, fascinating soundscapes which are produced solely with his grand piano and the percussive utensils and materials with which he adapts its sound.

 

Balany√†‚Äôs love of musical experiments started when he was boy. Born in Barcelona in 1949, he studied the piano and sang in the church choir, during which time he devoted himself to the percussive investigation of everyday objects. ‚ÄúEven then I found it fascinating, examining the tonal qualities and characteristics of whatever I had to hand‚ÄĚ, Balany√† recalls. Whether pots, cutlery, bed frames, metal or wood panels - nothing was safe from his experiments.

 

Now the composer is in his 60s, but he has retained his childish curiosity. This is especially true in regards to his work with his main instrument. ‚ÄúThe piano is a diverse playground for me, a grand toy that I thoroughly explore‚ÄĚ‚Äö says Balany√†. Anyone who looks around on his website, will quickly realize that this statement is to be taken literally. A video clip shows him working under his piano like a car mechanic, going at the powerful instrument with mallets. His concerts are always performances in the true sense of the word.

 

‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Mind‚ÄĚ is Balany√†‚Äôs fourth album released by the German Label Laika Records. The album title can be regarded as a friendly invitation to let the pieces speak freely to the open-minded listener. Those who follow this advice will be rewarded with exciting, diverse and unique soundscapes. Much of the time, Balany√† plays in the orthodox manner (on the keys of the piano), and sometimes he uses his voice for support - as in ‚ÄúMinimal Chant‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt slap, slap‚ÄĚ. However, his special interest is music for prepared piano in which the Catalan can let his musical imagination run wild.

 

In ‚ÄúArchaic Rubbers‚ÄĚ he has mounted small pieces of rubber between the 12 bass strings of the grand piano, a preparation with which he elicits from the instrument a mysterious, muffled sound, reminiscent of a marimba. In ‚ÄúSoul Beaters‚ÄĚ, wooden sticks of various lengths and thicknesses have been placed upright between the strings and Balany√† plays in the interior of the instrument. Not only are the sounds produced remarkable; the effect on the onlooker is uncanny. Not one key is touched and it appears as if the piano is played by art of magic. When asked exactly how he creates these strange sounds, the otherwise talkative Catalan is evasive: ‚ÄúI subscribe to the philosophy of illusionists: fascinate your audience with your art, but keep your tricks to yourself‚ÄĚ.

 

The result is ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Mind‚ÄĚ, produced in cooperation with ‚ÄúRadio Bremen‚ÄĚ (Germany) under excellent conditions: Three days of recording time in Bremen in a famous broadcasting hall, the unique acoustic properties of which have been praised by jazz legend Keith Jarrett. Recent Grammy winner, Renate Wolter-Seevers, is responsible for the remarkable subtleties of the recording. All round, Balany√†‚Äôs album is a first class listening experience.

 

Label: Laika-Records / Label Code 07577

Genre: 208 Classic

Format: CD, 08 Title, 58:02 minutos

Catalogue no./UPC: 3510324.2 / 40 117 86 15 3244