Why Should I Be Excited About… Lubomyr Melnyk – Komedia, 15/3/2016

It’s rare that a record label can boast a 100% hit rate, but Erased Tapes’ stable of acts is frighteningly consistent. The London based proponents of avant-garde minimalism count the excellent Nils Frahm as one of their own, as well as Ólafur Arnalds and Ryan Lee West (AKA Rival Consoles), whose Howl was one of the standout electronic albums of 2015.

The genre-defying imprint is home, too, to Ukrainian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk. He may only recently have come to prominence in indie circles, but 67 year-old Melnyk is no new kid on the block, having been spreading his unique brand of ‘continuous’, transcendental piano playing around the world since the 1970s.

Melnyk comes to Komedia’s relatively intimate setting later this month as part of a European tour to promote his new water-inspired long player Rivers and Streams, which is a must-listen for fans of Philip Glass and his ilk. 

The wizard-like classical pioneer returns to Brighton having left a big impression on those who attended his set at St George’s Church during Great Escape last year, where he mesmerised the audience with his rapid, arpeggiated soundscapes.

This promises to be very special indeed.

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