offers a collection of four meditative piano
pieces so extraordinarily beautiful that
you won’t believe it.
This is dreamy and
wistful music that somehow seems to be staring
off into the distance, only occasionally
waking with a start to the quirky calling
of a wrinkle from the real world.
These pieces just
seem to unfold, taking the listener at once
to a deeper, yet buoyant place within them
and each leaves you with the anticipation
of the next. And I hope this has left you
with the anticipation of hearing for yourself.
A must listen!
Satoshi Takijiri POETRY:
Wistfulness, joy, fleeting melancholy...
Evocative of the music of Joe Hisaishi for cheerful moments
on "uzume" and more introspective pieces like
"op.344" and "venice" with hints of
wistfulness on the latter. The standout track is "Aoi
Hasu" whose keyboard intro opens with stereo paning
before the listener is embraced and carried along to the
momentum of layered melody.
Some notes repeat like the rhythmic clacking of a train
on tracks while other notes are sustained like the wail
of a steam engine. One can almost feel the wind on her/his
face as well-timed notes chime in to gradual build up.
A lovely, complicated shimmering piece. This piece reminds
me of the musical approach of Steve Reich, but Maruyama
is on his own path on this one.
it happened about one year ago when I reviewed the Japanese
musican Koji Maruyama`s issue Isos being released on Totokoko
imprint in 2015 where I got acquainted with his exquisite
modern classical music. In those days the artist commingled
the genre with concrete sounds, however, in general his
brand new one is without organic sounds (the only exception
is Venice). In spite of it, this 5-notch issue is a wondrous
one where Maruyama searches for balance between free flow
and more determined compositions.
For instance, Venice, and op. 344 are lovely piano music
based improvisations, on the other side, Aoi Hasu, which
can be considered the central composition due to its length
and emphasis is a remarkably more minimalism oriented
pace, which is based on vowel bits to be teetered between
the stereo channels and suggestive iterations and subtle
droning atop. Inside the track it gets switchbacked again
and again in a magnificent mode. Uzume is a very short
yet the funniest whistling on the release with occasional
orchestrations. Indeed, due to it the track does have
inner impetus to evolve into a full-fledged one. In a
word, it is a cute issue in the discography of MiMi Records.
Music Hereos (09.2016)
crepe nei piedi accompagnano il tuo lento dissolverti.
il profumo dell'autunno si fa riconoscere dall'erba calpestata.
sarà nuovo, come ogni minuto senza di te. come
lo era prima, senza di te. eri la luce che illuminava
le mie tenere ambizioni e l'acqua che innaffiava la mia
rugosa creatività. il tuo ultimo abbraccio è
ancora imprigionato nella mia maglietta. il milionesimo
essere umano senza un tracciato, senza un disegno da colorare,
forse altalenante e solo, ma sicuramente libero.
cos'altro se non la dedizione? le tue dita muscolose ti
porteranno in alto ma quaggiù cosa lasci? case
vuote e anime che con te si sono riaccese in un umido
inverno, ma ora l'estate è sopra la mia testa indifesa
e ciò che mi tormenta è il freddo che sento.
il passato è ritornato passato, il presente mi
sfiora senza toccarmi e il futuro è aria densa
di fitte goccioline. Koji Maruyama suona piccole poesie
impregnate di malinconica positività. Tra il bianco
e l'azzurro, accarezzando tutte le tonalità intermedie,
cavalcando dinamiche e andamenti, con ferma determinazione
e incantevole grazia.
Though Comune is woefully short, it stands up to multiple listens and fills this listener with childhood storybook wonderment. “Op.344” is a lot like Keith Jarret's early work, paradoxically sparse and full, assertive, a magic tune. With its cheery wind instrument opening melody, “Uzume” follows it wth cascading piano that practically pans a wondrous anime landscape that do Hayao Miyazaki proud. A minute song, it is a well-crafted, compact diamond at that. “Aoi Hasu” opens with slow rhythmic piano that slowly gains momentum as the song progresses, a train departing a station, then picking up speed as additional piano melodies are joined by strings, chimes and wind instruments that inspire visions of pastoral landscapes. A billowing, dreamy wistfulness with a melancholic lining wafts over the track like smoke from a locomotive. “Venice” is a live recording and no less beautiful, and evokes the music of Joe Hisaishi's piano music, but taps into more complicated, intangible moods rather than just the drama of an anime soundtrack. Playful, mellifluous, wistfully melancholic with fleeting moments of joy and yearning, Koji Maruyama's Comune is one of the gems in the trove of Archive.org.
ARTIST : Koji Maruyama
TÍTLE : comune
TYPE : EP
TIME : 14'45"'
GENRE : Neo-classical/Ambient