This album reflects Daniel Biro‘s on-going passion for the Fender Rhodes electric piano which was designed in the 40s by Harold Rhodes using airplane spare parts, and pioneered in the early 70s electric jazz-funk era. The Rhodes has since been heard in numerous musical contexts (and in lots of lifts) including a revival by the club/drum’n bass scene. Nevertheless, the Fender Rhodes has rarely been explored as a purely solo instrument, especially not in contemporary/experimental territories, far from any 70s nostalgia. Biro’s love for this instrument has led him to investigate its sonic qualities and reveal some of its hidden riches. Because of inherent imperfections and unevenness of pitch and timbre, each Fender Rhodes model has its own idiosyncrasies and peculiarities: a continuous source of surprises. The album opens with Imprint, a one-take Fender solo improvisation which was immediately overlayed with two other complementary tracks. A journey of sonic discovery. Elegant Enigmas is a breathtaking duet with harpsichord virtuoso Jane Chapman where the two instruments chase each other towards a climactic unison. Finally, there is Biro’s tribute to composer Nino Rota who was one of the first composers to use the Rhodes in film scores. The haunting theme from Fellini‘s ‘La Dolce Vita’, a reminiscence of Biro’s own Roman childhood, ends this highly original and passionate album.
Daniel Biro: Fender Rhodes electric piano – Jane Chapman: harpsichord (on Elegant Enigmas). All music written and produced by Daniel Biro except Notturno o Mattutino by Nino Rota. Recorded at The Judge’s Urbanautical Studio (London)
1. IMPRINT (42:30)
2. ELEGANT ENIGMAS (12:05)
3. NOTTURNO O MATTUTINO (2:55)
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