Live Paris @ Instants Chavirés venue, November 15th, 2007.
01 Part I (20:45)
02 Part II (12:45)
Anthony Pateras: prepared, amplified piano
Australian prepared piano technique wizzard (hence the picture!), Pateras is also a noted composer and electronic musician (in his duo with Robin Fox), currently touring Europe performing his last CD ‘Chasms’ (sirr 2007), said to be inspired by Gyorgy Ligeti – probably the Ligeti of ‘Etudes Book One’, 1985, particularly pieces like ‘Touches bloquées’ or ‘Automne à Varsovie’.
Loud clusters of sound opposed to single notes. Low rumble moments colliding with high pitched web of percussive notes. Some massive piano parts sound like stochastic music a la Xenakis – clouds of notes if you will. At times sounds like aleatoric music, the next moment is Nancarrow-like massive deluge of notes. Only briefly hint at balinese music, and generally speaking, this prepared piano doesn’t sound like John Cage. Above all, awesome capacity to make the piano sound, not only playing the keys. The objects used inside the piano were only bolts and screws. Pateras’ playing during this concert demonstrated more energy and urgency than on the ‘Chasms’ CD. A more compact version of said CD, sort of. This is a great performance – and this amateur unreleased recording is fine, methinks.