Lucian Ban at Bop Shop Records
Posted by Bop Shop Records on April 10, 2022
Thu, May 26, 2022
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Developing a program of solo piano music is the ultimate challenge for any improvising pianist. Lucian Ban’s mesmerizing new recording of solo piano improvisations, Ways of Disappearing (release date: 5/13/22 on Sunnyside Records), represents a daring addition to the genre and is a powerful and uncompromising statement for his first unaccompanied solo album.
In Ban’s view “improvisation is just composition in real time” where the performer is utilizing elements developed in practice and applying them in a natural way that fits the emotional, structural, and thematic parameters set by the artist. “If structure (i.e. the tradition) can be learned, freedom is more of an instinct” says the pianist and one has to pose musical questions and, especially when improvising solo, answer them in the act of the performance....