Jozef Kapustka, piano
Eglise St Merry, Paris
Following the release of a CD "Improvisations with Bashir" (DUX/Naxos 2013, with Bashir Faramarzi, Pedram Khavarzamini, producer: Sanaz Khosravi) pianist Jozef Kapustka presents his "Improvisatio III", "Improvisatio IV" and "Improvisatio V" in a series of recitals in some of London's most popular concert venues.
As Roger Thomas has described it in the International Record Review, Kapustka's " extensive solo piano workout is a fine example [of contemporary interest in the Eastern musical tradition], its slowly developing, restrained extemporizations building sonic structures that seem to shimmer like desert mirages". Luc Nevers of the "Pianiste" review (France) called Kapustka's improvisations "hypnotizing", pointing out to an interesting discovery on the contemporary classical music scene.
The present set of three new improvisations moves away from the rich, diversified tonal palette and polyphonic/polyrhythmic structures of their predecessor, towards distinctively minimalistic, silent and purified approach, using restricted motivic movement and static flow as main means of expression and narration. "Improvisatio III", a Baroque tableau where characters of unequal standing are disputing the single tetrachord, commenting chorus in the background, is followed by the towering, celestial structure made of massive sonic blocs, each vibrating with different intensity ("Improvisatio IV"), and freely flowing, plaintive, silk threads of "Improvisatio V".