Pieces of the Earth
Attila and John Kameel Farah present an album of Earth-themed compositions and
improvisations for two pianos.
PIECES OF THE EARTH is inspired by our planet in all of its manifestations: as a
world of deep oceans and pillared mountains of natural wonder and majesty; as a
precious island in our solar system, as a place of civilisations blooming and
falling, and as a fragile, delicate environment in peril. Themes of the
fluttering of birds, volcanic plumes, cosmic dervishes, dreamy gardens and
trembling warnings from the Earth itself dance and intertwine throughout the
But it is in their unplanned improvisations which serve as interludes between
pieces in which the duo's uniqueness becomes most apparent. Fias has been one of
the busiest jazz pianists and studio producers in Toronto, and John Farah's
musical career has entrenched itself between the classical, avant-free improv
and Electronic scenes. Combine this unusually diverse combination of backgrounds
with a common musical imagination that has been percolating since their teens
and you have the recipe for an unusually imaginative musical experience...
"Two talented Toronto pianists - experimenter John Farah and jazzman Attila Fias - have distilled
several years of improvised duo concerts into a galvanizing hour of shifting textures, rhythms
and colours... It's pure magic."
-The Toronto Star
"A couple of years ago, John Kameel Farah's "Unfolding" made sure the "I" in IDM was written
in 72-point boldface, with its insane, baroque keyboard and electronic compositions.
This new release sees him paired with equally pyrotechnic pianist Attila Fias and their incredible
dexterity is much more than mere flash. With two pianos you get double the majestic chords, twice
the number of contrapuntal runs and infinitely more possibilities for atmospheric effects. If you were
trying to assign a genre as a starting point, most likely it would be European classical music of the
19th and 20th centuries, but upon further investigation, the duo's eclecticism questions any idea of
foundation. Hints of jazz, Middle Eastern modes and even heavy metal inform the playing. The titles are
descriptive of the sonic approaches: "Fluttering" is just that; "Space Dervish" has a hypnotic twirl; and
closer "Plumes" is volcanically active. Brief improvisations add welcome relief, in the form of non-linear
interludes between these driving compositions. You've never heard a piano duo like this."
Click here to watch Attila's video as it gives a
visual dimension to his composition: Fluttering
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Album: $9.99 or $0.99 for any individual track
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