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Virtuosic pianist-improvisor, composer, producer
Andrew Gleibman is a composer, pianist-improviser and producer from Israel. His early music was influenced by Liszt, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. His latest music is more close to post-impressionism and post-romanticism. The music is an exuberant, emotional, mystical, meditative and melodic combination of ambient noise with classic piano, flute, strings, church bells, pizzicato strings and female voices. Some tracks exhibit super-virtuosic and humorous piano passages, while others are designed as underscore for dramatic, Sci-Fi, travel / nature TV series, surprise cinema scenes, ballets, cartoons etc. Contemporary, atonal compositions, mostly based in instrumental improvisations involving virtuosic elements. Philosophical, emotional.
Band/artist history
In 2010 Andrew Gleibman received the "Collective Works" award at the prestigious "Song of the Year" songwriters contest: http://www.songoftheyear.com/results/andrewgleibman.html
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes, mostly in private clubs, using either an acoustic grand piano, or several electronic keyboards simultaneously, or both. Special moments include improvisations on a given mood and free improvisations. Active in composition-art related discussions at Composers Forum: http://composersforum.ning.com/profile/AndrewG
Your musical influences
My early music by was influenced by Liszt, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Debussy. My latest music is close to post-romanticism and post-impressionism.
What equipment do you use?
Sophisticated home music studio, which allows recording of live performances on several keybords and instruments simultaneously
Anything else?
The Art of Improvisation and Modern Music (an explanation foreword) Many great improvisers are known in music history. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, Liszt, Rachmaninoff... It is hard to know whether a small or a large part of their improvisation activity was published in the form of music notes. A musical performance is playing ON an instrument, according to a previously composed plan, while an improvisation is playing WITH an instrument, just like a small child plays with its voice. The child tries and admires the sounds without any plan, sometimes discovering their features which only this child can conceive. The art of improvisation is more ancient than the art of composition. The most perfect instrument in the world -- human voice, and many artificial instruments -- have appeared long before the invention of music writing. Paradoxically, the epoch of Renaissance caused a decline of the improvisation culture, which was developed during millenniums. Musical writing has ousted the improvisation just like a manufacture has ousted a creative trade of an artisan. In order to understand what was lost in this ousting; imagine, for a moment, that the art of oil-painting would be entirely ousted by the art of gravure! Today the art of improvisation retained in a few music genres including jazz. The interest towards a musical improvisation is growing. Computerized instruments are used for storing, encoding and editing the performance of the improvisers. All presented compositions are extracted from the original author's improvisations on a special instrument, connected to a computer. This is similar to tape-recording. Some new expressive elements are obtained from the stored improvisations by re-timing, re-orchestration, re-articulation, re-arrangement etc. The computer performs the music according to so created and stored scripts. Some pieces contain super-virtuosic elements that a human musician cannot perform. Other pieces retain unchanged the original mood of the improviser, related to his philosophy and reflection of the reality.
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