“Lubomyr Melnyk’s music sounds like nothing else… any fans of minimalism and maverick experimentalism with an immensely attractive sound should check out Melnyk’s phenomenal performance of his unique music.” – AllMusic
On October 18th, Split Works brings one of the most exciting and innovative pianists playing world stages today to the newly opened Yue Fu in Beijing. Nestled in the upper reaches of PopMOMA and with a lovely skyline view, Yue Fu presents a stunning location for the special sunset show we have planned for our Beijing friends.
Classically trained and greatly affected by the minimalist movement in the early 1970s, Lubomyr Melnyk developed his own unique language for the piano, the continuous piano technique, named after the principle of maintaining a continuous, unbroken stream of sound. This highly melodic form uses extremely rapid notes and note-series to create a dense and lush tapestry of sound.
Mastering Lubomyr’s complex note patterns and speeds makes his music all but impossible for the normal pianist, making the kinetic athleticism of a Melnyk performance utterly unique. His focus is on the actual sound of the piano as much as the harmonies and melodies of the music. Lubomyr’s virtuoso piano technique forms overtones that blend, collide or even create new melodies in rare moments, shaping his compositions beyond their original forms. These compositions truly carry the listener to new realms and to witness one of his rare live performances is nothing short of a magical experience.
Through the 70’s and 80’s, Melnyk released a number of solo piano and ensemble works on the Bandura label while at the same time composing a huge repertoire that was rarely heard until the CD reissue of KMH: Piano in the Continuous Mode on the Unseen Worlds label in 2007. Audio Review had called the original 1979 release of KMH “one of the ten most important albums of modern music.”
In what has amounted to a stunning comeback, in 2013 Melnyk released solo albums on Hinterzimmer, Unseen Worlds and Erased Tapes labels, as well as a highly acclaimed duo album with guitarist James Blackshaw.
Lubomyr Melnyk has emerged as an important entry in the history of contemporary classical music, as well as a vital performer for the 21st Century. Split Works looks forward to hosting this amazing composer on October 18th at Yue Fu.
Lubomyr Melnyk Performance Details
Date: October 18, Saturday
Time: 5pm (Sunset Show)
Ticket: 100RMB presale, 120RMB door
Presale Link: https://yoopay.cn/event/LubomyrMelnykBJ
* Limited Tickets Available (ONLY 120 Tickets)
Venue: Yue Fu Jazz Club & Tasting Room
Address: 15/F, Bldg T6 (Hotel MoMc), Dangdai MOMA North Zone
1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Dongcheng District (东城区香河园路1号 当代MOMA北区T6座 Hotel MoMc 蔓兰酒店15层)
Please complete your payment within 30 mins, otherwise your reservation will not be processed.
Split Works official website：www.spli-t.com
Lubomyr Melnyk official website: www.lubomyr.com
About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.
Split Works has launched four music festivals (with a 5th in the works) and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to More Music, we love music, we love China and we love you.
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