Release Date: January 8, 2016
Catalog #: RR7922
Ana Žgur, piano
1 autumn fantasy of martin the mouse
2 evening bells (traditional)
3 morning bells (traditional)
4 strong man
6 strong man
Zoran Šćekić, piano
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MUSIC FOR PIANO IN FIVE LIMIT
On his debt release on Ravello Records, JUST MUSIC: MUSIC FOR PIANO IN FIVE LIMIT JUST INTONATION, Croatian composer Zoran Šćekić presents an open series of compositions aiming to explore the harmony of a non-tempered microtonal system based on integer harmonics, or just intonation. Performed by Croatian pianist Ana Žgur, the pieces on this album explore the use of intervals in five limit just intonation, a method in which intervals are built on the prime numbers 2, 3, and 5. Šćekić’s economical use of notes emphasizes the contrast between consonant and dissonant intervals in harmony and melody, chord inversions, and use of the syntonic comma.
The beauty of his music is not only found in the mathematical structures imposed, but in the space between the notes and in the dynamic progression within the pieces. Works like 23.10 and strong man bring to mind Erik Satie’s piano pieces, film music, and minimalism, while autumn fantasy of martin the mouse alternate between moments of powerful chords and wistful high notes, followed by sections of staccato phrases and swaying rhythmic material. Šćekić masterfully crafts pieces that on the surface portray often lyrical, placid, and harmonic gestures, yet are richly calculated and complex in their construction.
A composer, innovator, arranger, multimedia artist, and jazz guitarist, Zoran Šćekić collaborates with light and stage designers, choreographers, and visual artists in the creation of theatre and film music; participates in jazz and free jazz festivals; and writes numerous works for Croatian national television, big band, chamber orchestra, and large orchestra
He is the author of the multimedia project Panmonism, which consists of original compositions for piano in five limit just intonation, animated film, exhibition of an harmonograph prototype (Lira Spectrum, a permanent exhibition at the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia) built in Bari, Italy after his construction, and a seminar based on his book Five Limit Intervals - Theory & Praxis
Šćekić designed a microtonal keyboard that was built in San Diego. He has used it at premieres of his works in just intonation and in seminars in Helsinki, Finland; Warsaw, Poland; Vienna and Salzburg, Austria; Maribor, Slovenia; and Osijek and Zagreb, Croatia
Pianist Ana Žgur performed in EUROMicroFest in 2015 with an acclaimed recital for Šćekić's Panmonism project, affirming her role as a true advocate of microtonal music
Zoran Šćekić received his BFA in jazz guitar at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria). As a recipient of the 1998 Bruxelles Stipendium, Šćekić went to Helsinki to continue post-graduate studies in composition and arrangement, and to participate in the International Summit of Music Academy as a representative of the Sibelius Music Academia. His works as composer, arranger, and guitarist in the field of written and improvised music is available on the unofficial six-disc studio and live album compilation Selected Works in Equal Temperament. These recordings are the results of playing jazz guitar in duo, trio and quartet settings; collaborating with light and stage designers, choreographers, and visual artists in the creation of theater and film music; participating in jazz and free jazz festivals; and writing a number of works for big band, chamber orchestra, and large orchestra.
With his microtonal work Šćekić has had premieres in several European capitals, seminars on microtonal harmony based on his book Five Limit Intervals - Theory & Praxis, and presentations of his microtonal keyboard prototype (Z-board), which was built in San Diego after his design. He is the winner of the Croatian Composer Society’s 2015 international competition, and author of the multimedia project Panmonism, which premiered at Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb, Croatia. The project consists of concerts with original compositions for piano in five limit just intonation, an animated movie about the connection between mathematics and music, a lecture on just intonation harmony, and an exhibition of the harmonograph prototype (Lira Spectrum) built in Bari, Italy after Šćekić’s construction. Lira Spectrum is permanently on exhibit at the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Zagreb, Croatia.
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