Yair Elazar Glotman – “Compound” (Subtext, 2017)

“Compound” – it’s a new album which was released this month by composer Yair Elazar Glotman. The compositions by this talented musician were recorded in this album. Yair Elazar Glotman is a German composer, musician and sound artist. His composing style is put between academic avant-garde, contemporary academical music and experimental jazz. Free form and structure, unusual instrumentation and musical decisions, combination of various music styles are the main elements of his compositions. The album was recorded by two outstanding and talented players – percussionist Marcelo Silvio Busato and pianist Rieko Okuda. The musicians have their own and original playing style, use high variety of musical expressions and other musical language elements.

This album compositions have extraordinary and interesting sound. Minimalism, contemporary academical music styles, avant-garde jazz, various experimental music styles elements are gently and essentially combined together in one composition. The composer create a solid melodic and rhythmic basements who are independent and based on different musical expressions. Colorful, relaxing and calm piano melodies, wild fast arpeggios, soft and interesting harmony, various separate chords and noises are masterfully combined with repetitive and dynamic rhythmic. The rhythmic of these compositions is variable and constantly changing – sometimes it’s very active and energetic and suddenly turns out to monotonic and repetitive. Expressive drum rolls, various percussion sounds, other background elements make colorful and interesting sound. The melodies and rhythms are absolutely different from each other – relaxing and soft melodies essentially combine with dynamic and active rhythmic in some episodes of the compositions. Lyrical, relaxing and calm mood is the main element of the most compositions. Monotonic, repetitive melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and other musical expressions are changing each other and make meditative and interesting sound. The musicians playing is very expressive and emotional – their own and individual playing manners, expressive style and free improvising are gently combined together in one musical pattern. The musical pattern is based on simple musical expressions and soft sound – there are no aggressive and sharp chords, unusual musical decisions or sudden stylistic waves. The composer demonstrates his own composing style which is effected by various contemporary music, impresionistic and post-romantic sound and various experimental jazz elements. Interesting, relaxing and meditative sound is the main element of these compositions.


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