Soothing, dreamlike melodies characterize Michael Borek's new CD
March 28, 2011 (Itter, Austria) Written by Robert Sutton. The quiet, sublime beauty of Michael Borek's Meditations is in its ability to reflect ripples in a pond. There is a fragile quality to Borek's piano playing, one that conjures soothing, dreamlike melodies.
Its title is certainly not misleading. Borek's compositions are crafted for introspection, either spiritual or emotional. But the wind-swept loveliness of the music echoes the sound of nature in its most tranquil moments.
In "Rain Song," one can easily imagine a forest free from a human presence, its only occupants the plant and animal life that reside within it, caught in a slight drizzle. Each note captures the incandescent splash of water on a leaf. Such is the power of Borek's performance that it can weave such stunning imagery. "Meditation III" basks in a sombre tone but its overall effect is still uplifting. "Meditation II," on the other hand, reels in the sunshine.
Meditations exists in a special place between piano jazz and classical music, needling together the warmth of the former with the timeless majesty of the latter.
To Borek, the balancing act between jazz and classical is one that is deeply embedded within him. "My interest for jazz is still strongly defined by my love for classical music, and my quest for combining the expressiveness of classical music within jazz harmonies," he explained.
Borek added that his marriage of classical and jazz was triggered by his affection for the pioneering work of Keith Jarrett. "Keith Jarrett's music corresponded closely (and it still does) to my inner conception of the quintessence of a synthesis between jazz and classical," Borek said. "It carried the sensibility and expressiveness of classical music within the environment of jazz harmony."
While other jazz artists try to untangle the bewildering patchwork of the jazz industry, Borek can simply concentrate on musical innovation. "I am in the very lucky position that music for me does not need to be a business," he revealed.
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