Moon Piano by Laraaji on All Saints Records

Laraaji - Moon Piano

ALL SAINTS RECORDS

  • £20.99


 

Recorded during the same session in a Brooklyn Church that produced 2020's Sun Piano, this companion piece offers a contrasting take on Laraaji's keyboard improvisations.

Whereas the former record was generally uplifting, Moon Piano explores the more introspective and minimal pieces.  Laraaji describes this set of tracks as “contemplative sound painting, embracing quiet tranquil unfolding of nurturing reflection.”

In a recent interview with Aquarium Drunkard, Laraaji described the improvisatory process of making both piano albums: “I’d sit down, touch the piano and through free association, also blending it with my prepared mental state, I was able to tune in and affirm my highest sense of presence. The piano became an instrument for the imagination to suggest higher or finer worlds, to suggest a joy, euphoria, bliss, also to suggest silence, minimalism, relaxation, and contemplation. So, all of that music was spontaneous but with those influences shaping and guiding it along the way.”

Moon Piano is the second release in a trilogy which will culminate in an extended EP of piano/autoharp duets.

A note on the recording: this is essentially a ‘live’ session, tracked inside a working church in a busy part of Brooklyn. Whilst Laraaji was playing, different community groups would pass through to use the church’s facilities, and a number of distinctive city sounds would sometimes penetrate the walls of the church, from police car sirens to the noise of schoolchildren. There are no overdubs, and Laraaji’s spontaneous performance is captured vérité style, with minimum application of artificial techniques to clean up what was captured on the microphones. Please note therefore that whilst chair scrapes, door slams and the breathing of the pianist are all audible, the full dynamic range and authentic spirit of the session are captured on this record.

 

TRACKLIST:
  1. Prana Light
  2. Stillness
  3. Lightly
  4. Quiet Journey
  5. Through This Moment
  6. Bathed In A Glow
  7. Pentatonic Smile
  8. Feeling Lovely
  9. Trance Gaze Pt.1
  10. Trance Gaze Pt.2

 

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