Two poems by Alexander Pushkin set to the music of Fescal. Characteristic of winter, a harmonious combination of tape compositions woven together with wondrous tonal properties of various instruments into a wintery pertinacious whole.
Courtesy of D. Taldykin (Dronarivm): "Two Winter Poems” is an uncommon musical illustration of Alexander Pushkin’s well-known poems “Winter morning” and “Winter evening”. An almost transparent, aquarelle of sound may truly be called a realized dream of Kazimir Malevich: white on white. The familiar poetical images show through the mantle of snow or of music, over a field powdered with snow a distant echo of chimes blends with a long-drawn-out roar of the wind. Night follows day, darkness follows light, and “through the frost the greenish fir-trees are exposed, and under ice, a river glitters”. This continuous motion represents life itself. Life as a miracle which inspires Fescal today, and once inspired one of his favourite poets.
Courtesy of Fescal: Music always unfolds in time and space. Often, however, these highly important dimensions of composition imperceptibly shrink to the level of marginalia, to unremarkable, seemingly obvious factors that are taken for granted. To see or understand this differently: time and space take on an original form; it is subjected to a conscious reflection and understanding this when entering a territory in which many major explorations and inventions have taken place before in virtually all the past epochs in music history.
Indeed, this is one of the preconditions of the fundamental nature behind this work, as well as an incentive to search for new paths. Particularly in light of the temporal aspects, which have such a strong, hold on music. The idea of this EP has worked out a simpatico broad spectrum of musico-historical experiences, which have fired inspiration, ranging from the polyphony of sound to the "process time"; aimed to be complemented by a large amount of extra-musical inspirations as well, particularly from the domains of literature, the literature of Pushkin, Aleksandr (Sergeevich) (1799–1837).
The album includes an illustration by Mark Coates, completed in December 2012. Mark adopted an illustrative style not dissimilar, in appearance, to a hand tinted engraving. He felt this captured the magic of a Russian winter; the silent snow fall, the crisp air and thick snow on the ground. At an intermediate stage he introduced a technique which allowed the ink and water colour wash to delicately merge together, giving extra texture and depth to the colour. There is a narrative in the illustration which connects it with both the music and the poems.
10 % of all albums sold is going to be donated to pushkin house in Moscow etc
Label: www.dronarivm.com / http://www.facebook.com/dronarivm
Artist websites: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.facebook.com/fescalmusic
Mark Coates: www.spaceandsoundstudios.com