Lubomyr Melnyk: Corallaries
I love art, and I love music, for me the two are interconnected. I could happily sit and paint or draw for hours on end if I have a good soundtrack to accompany me. This is probably why I just can't stop watching this album trailer for composer & pianist Lubomyr Melnyk's new album 'Corallaries'.
Now, I'm going to have to admit my ignorance and tell you I can barely pronounce Melnyk's name let alone tell you a detailed background about him, although what I do know is he pioneered this piano technique called 'Continuous Music' back in the 70's. He has been perfecting the sound ever since, and the result is this beautiful, seamless twinkling music, it almost sounds magical, as if his hands were gliding over the keys so fast you couldn't see them. There are so many wonderful and vivid images that spring to my mind while listening; hummingbirds, waterfalls, new spring shoots, decaying leaves. I can't even begin to explain what goes on inside my head when I disappear inside his music. Luckily, American contemporary artist Gregory Euclide, (known for his cover art for Bon Iver’s self-titled album) has captured it perfectly in his artwork for the album, the creation of which you can watch in this video.
Melnyk is currently touring Europe, check dates and countries here. And if you want to get a taste for what he's like live, watch this video of him playing in one of our favourite London venues; Dalston's Café OTO.
Prepare to be enchanted.