Klein and Jamison-Eight Paintings for Piano | In art
Klein and Jamison come together to depict art as frozen music. Their independent works are masterpieces themselves, completely delving into the form of music and what it can carry. Though equally expressive in different ways, they come together for this album with Katie Hughes to create something unique and stellar. This is their album, Eight Paintings for Piano.
If this is their way of looking at artwork, it is a complex approach which only virtuosos like this can depict. Opening with Lucky Seven, you’re drawn in as an audience to a waltz of notes, something with crisp, creative depth. It swings like a lullaby sometimes, at times it is withdrawn. You hear yourself flowing with it like the tides of the sea.
Fugal chooses another entry point. It has a morose core, the layering happening with a more positive set of notes. It is fascinating to see this drama play out, creating the kind of song that even a lover of classical music would revel in. Three Words creates a slower pretext, purposeful and deliberate. It is enriching, with heavier chords and notes bringing the kind of dramatic turns a song like this needs. It retains some jazz elements, like a complex intro that takes you down another wormhole of ecstasy. Two Little Boys has the playfulness, but still roots in the anonymity of the activity. You’re left wondering, as the observer, about the darker, mystical elements that will elude you in permanence.
To perceive art- Klein and Jamison’s way
Palomino has a warm, welcoming tempo to it. It has the momentous weight like being the centre of an opening. Not stopping there, it strikes with an aim, yet creating a dramatic path. You seem to almost get entranced in that tango. King Edward’s Debacle comes next, the context of it being laid out first. You dive from the surrounding in, while still having the wonderment of the debacle in focus as well. Slower, it shines the spotlight on the state of mind and what might unravel. Under the Yellow Umbrella is the premonition of a dynamic shade like this. You’re taken by the enigma and want to know more, and the instrument reigns on this opportunity. Bringing about the vivid setting is especially important, given the vague nature of the art itself.
Closing this album, we land with Big. With an ascending melody, you’re taken for the journey that depicts exactly what you’re looking at. The gargantuan effect is emphasized with the strong, pummelling notes that showcase a strength and resolve like none other. As artists, approaching a concept as vivid and unique as this must have presented its own challenges in composition. The result is an amalgam of all this art unlike any other, by Klein and Jamison. You remain overwhelmed, like you should be I suppose.
This duo is always one to watch out for, especially with I-70 Symphony, The Abyss and Six Preludes for Piano being fantastic works of art. Klein and Jamison will continue to inspire and surprise, in equal measure: