The main event of this year’s Piano Day Ljubljana will be a performance by young British pianist and sound creator Greg Haines, a protege of Denovali Records. His concerts have been described as more than just emotional seances of diverse music – they are fascinating virtuoso performances in which Haines fuses piano sounds with a set of analogue electronic devices. The piano evening will be opened with a solo performance by Bowrain.
After the successful event last year, Kino Šiška is again joining Nils Frahm‘s global Piano Day initiative, which has been supported by performances from artists such as Olafur Arnalds, Chet Faker, Four Tet and many others.
Greg Haines‘ work has always been subtly influenced by minimalist composers such as Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt. While writing his latest album, 2013’s Where We Were, however, he waded into a whole new sphere of influence. Replacing the strings characteristic of his previous work, he introduced individual synthesizer traces, which gain a unique sonic tinge when recorded and played back on analogue tapes. The piano is thus altered to such an extent that it can be hard to recognise its original sound, with the calm moments layered into rhythmical recordings approaching club soundscape playlists. Haines’ current work is heavily influenced by the dub experiments of giants such as King Tubby, Lee Perry and later Rhythm & Sound, as well as the iconic work of Tony Allen and other African composers, while the spherical sonic worlds of early Tangerine Dream and the music of Klaus Schulze, armed with an arsenal of dusty studio toys, fought their way to the forefront. The album was recorded and produced together with Nils Frahm in Frahm’s Berlin studio Durton.
In addition to regularly collaborating with choreographers (Meg Stuart, Ina Christel Johannessen and David Dawson) and musicians (Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick – together they released Greg Gives Peter Space! via Erased Tapes), the multitalented Greg Haines is also a member of artistic improvisation groups The Alvaret Ensemble and The Group.
SPECIAL OFFER – PIANO PACKAGE
With the purchase of the Piano Package ticket, you are also entitled to entry to Hauschka’s concert on 20 April 2017. The Piano Package ticket is available until 28 March 2017.
Organisation: Kataman and Kino Šiška.