This album is an ongoing digital recording project featuring solo piano works written for and/or championed by Grammy nominated pianist Aron Kallay. The title is a line from the novel Un Lun Dun by China Miéville in which several children find themselves in an alternate and parallel universe, in a nonsensical version of London inhabited by an army of broken umbrellas, and where carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets. The line is also the inspiration for composer Veronika Krausas’ second Un-intermezzo, which is featured on this release. While working on these pieces, the pianist often finds himself experiencing what the children felt the moment they crossed through the gap between worlds: wonder, inspiration, fear of the unknown. Hopefully these masterfully sublime and engaging pieces will also transport the listener Somewhere very else…
About the Un-Intermezzi
Un-intermezzi are a set of solo piano pieces whose individual titles are taken from the novel Un Lun Dun by the English writer, China Miéville. The story presents an alternate and parallel universe to the city of London. Wonderfully poetic phrases are used from Miéville's book (with his permission) as the title for the pieces which present alternative universes dedicated to other works and musicians who have inspired the composer.
The first, each dreams the other, is the composer's version of the floating quality of Brahms’ Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 no. 1. The second, somewhere very else…, is inspired by the gigue from Bach’s B-flat Major Partita with its energetic bounce and hand crossing. It is dedicated to the pianist Aron Kallay. The third intermezzo, a bowl for shadows… is an homage to the whimsical style of Erik Satie, specifically his fourth Gnossienne. The canonic and climbing idea of storyladder, the fourth intermezzo, has guest appearances of motives from the other 4 intermezzi against an ascending musical ladder that is the musical representation of China Miéville’s name. In the final intermezzo, a chorus of night-things, the night-things move between calm contemplation and energetic activity.
released September 8, 2015
Producer: Aron Kallay
Recording Engineer: Scott Fraser, Architecture
Editing: Scott Fraser & Aron Kallay
Mastering: Scott Fraser
Design: Aron Kallay
Artwork: Michelle Basic Hendry
All pieces recorded 2013-2016, Architecture, Los Angeles