Yokohama Flowers

by Erik Griswold

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“There’s a mystical aura surrounding my old piano. I imagine the 19th century workshop in which it was hand-crafted and the German parlours in which it played Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Satie, or Joplin. I imagine its journey from Stuttgart, by ship to Sydney harbour, and overland to the semi-tropical heat of Brisbane. Playing it I feel connected to its 131 years of history - the people, places and music that have come before.

The beautiful, hand treated super 8 films of Louise Curham are a perfect visual counterpoint to my music. In her Yokohama Flowers, a sense of fragility, intimacy and nostalgia emerges from the superposition of location footage with delicately hand-drawn and painted layers. Her method closely mirrors my own, which combines tactile exploration at the piano keyboard with layering of foreign materials (preparations) onto the strings. By altering and repurposing old technologies in this way, it is as if we are squeezing the last drops of nectar out of these fading flowers.”

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released November 23, 2018

Recorded by Erik Griswold on his 1887 Lipp & Sohn piano.
Mastered by Lawrence English.
Released by Room40.

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Erik Griswold Brisbane, Australia

Every object has two functions - to be put to use and to be possessed...The last note of one phrase sometimes serves as the first note of the next one...As a garden is full of flowers, so this species of counterpoint should be full of excellences of all kinds, a plastic melodic line, liveliness of movement, and beauty and variety of form.... ... more

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