Bewitched Concert //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/08/2011
Recording location: 
Saint-Petersburg
Recording date: 
Friday, November 6, 2009
Artwork design: 
Elena Romenkova
Artwork design: 
Ilia Belorukov
Mastering engineer: 
Alexey Lapin
Mixing engineer: 
Alexey Lapin
Producer: 
Mikhail Ershov
Producer: 
Ilia Belorukov
Recording engineer: 
Alexey Lapin
  • 1. Part I: Epilogue (20:54)
  • 2. Part II: Dedication (09:48)
  • 3. Part III: Transfiguration (09:09)

Thomas Buckner - voice
Edyta Fil - flute
Ilia Belorukov - alto saxophone, objects
Alexey Lapin - upright piano
Juho Laitinen - cello, voice

The second step we took was the album Bewitched Concert by international quintet Thomas Buckner (USA), Edyta Fil (Poland), Ilia Belorukov, Alexey Lapin (both Russia) and Juho Laitinen (Finland). This is a record of a concert that took place at the Experimental Sound Gallery on November 6th, 2009. Spontaneously arising cast nothing negotiating played music rather reminiscent of academic music with some adds of free improvisation elements and acoustic drone. “It may feel strange but everything that played and sung on this album is very natural for instruments and voice – despite cello solo in Epilogue (performed with extravagant technique of string over-pressing which reminds Pierre Henri’s classical Variations for a Door and a Sigh) and Buckner’s shaman roaring. It makes a deceptive impression that this music can be easily notated by conventional way and if having a great desire – even can be performed according to that notation. Perhaps, only Deep Listening founded by Buckner’s compatriot (and probably a friend) Pauline Oliveros, sounds comparatively similar. Ilia Belorukov describes the concert atmosphere as “academic” and quite calm though, the performance form reminds the first movement of Witold Lutosławski’s Second symphony Hésitant – when you listen to it you can’t trace that it invisibly involves you into a vortex of very fast music in which all sound events – like granules in the computer music - merge in one unique timbre.” (Dmitry Ukhov, from CD booklet)