WORLD PREMIERE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH AT 16.00:
”SOUNDSCAPES 1974-78”, PIANO CONCERTO BY HANS EK
On Saturday, Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala, together with Västerås Sinfonietta and conductor Simon Crawford Phillips, will originate Hans Ek’s piano concerto ”Soundscapes 1974-78” for it’s world premiere at Västerås Konserthus.
The piano concerto is a part of the performance programme ”Gränslöst med Iiro Rantala” (”Limitless with Iiro Rantala”).
Due to the current audience restrictions caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the concert will unfortunately only be available for live streaming by season ticket holders (abonnenter), but we will keep you all updated on the possibilities of the recording being made available for a wider audience in the future.
Meanwhile, we will give you the text Hans has written to accompany the piece:
The title refers to the sonic landscapes that Keith Jarrett, Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Kraftwerk explored for a few years in the 1970’s. Ambience, motorik, improvisation and slow harmonic metamorphoses. A symbiosis of contemporary jazz, pop and art music.
The piece is a journey through this kind of sonorous geography. The solo piano travels intuitively between different places and really has no themes or recurring musical material, instead everything is a constant flow of change. The introduction is a remix of parts from Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concerto, and then travels into night music inspired by Enos Music for Airports and Arvo Pärt.
During intense Kraftwerk motorik, the pianist is then released among fragments by Mozart, Bach and Reich.
A sonic road trip dedicated to the fantastic Iiro Rantala.
Read more about the concert program in the link HERE!