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Shira Legmann / Michael Pisaro - Barricades (elsewhere 009)

This album contains LA-based composer Michael Pisaro's recent composition 'Barricades,' a 63-minute piece for piano and electronics. Consisting of thirteen studies (piano pieces, some with electronics) and two electronic interludes, the piece is performed by Israel-based pianist Shira Legmann, with Pisaro on electronics.

"Barricades has a distant but decisive relationship to the keyboard music of Louis and François Couperin. The title refers to 'Les Barricades Mystérieuses' by François Couperin – and to the technique of overlapping, interlocking voices, creating a thicket or web-like texture. I have loved the music of the Couperins since college, but it was when Shira sent me some of her favorite music to play, and 'Les Barricades Mystérieuses' was among the scores, that the idea for this piece began to crystallize. The process of writing and working on the piece with Shira was one of watching the barricades, which I pictured as a network of twisted vines, unravel." (Michael Pisaro)

Legmann's clean, supple yet solid piano sounds, employing a wide dynamic range, add a sense of organic life to the composition. Her whispery nuances and mysterious atmosphere, intertwining with Pisaro's underlying sine tones, create a compelling balance between coolness and emotion, distance and closeness, and result in a tranquil yet captivating contemporary work with an echo of the French Baroque.

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released June 22, 2019

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CREDITS

Michael Pisaro - Barricades (2018-2019)

Shira Legmann - piano
Michael Pisaro - electronics

composed by Michael Pisaro

recorded by Michael Pisaro at The Wild Beast (CalArts, Valencia, California) in March-April, 2019
piano: Yamaha CF III S, Serial No. 5543100
mixed and mastered by Michael Pisaro

photography by Michael Pisaro
design by Yuko Zama
produced by Yuko Zama

with special thanks to Fred Tauber & the Avaloch Farm Music Institute

p+c 2019 elsewhere music
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