Pianist Inon Barnatan collaborates with artists Tristan Cook & Zack Smithey to create video vignettes in anticipation of the release of his new album, Darknesse Visible

(New York, NY – April 2, 2012) Music and literature, pictures and paint have been brought together in a collaboration between pianist Inon Barnatan, filmmaker Tristan Cook and artist Zack Smithey.
The three have created a series of evocative video vignettes that expand upon the themes in Inon Barnatan’s new recording, Darknesse Visible, to be released by Avie Records on April 10.
All six videos can be viewed on YouTube here.
Darknesse Visible brings together works by British and French composers which are inspired by literature and explore the interconnection of darkness and light.
The works on the CD are: Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit and La Valse, opening and closing the CD respectively; Thomas Adès’s Darknesse Visible, from which the recording takes its name; Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque; and Ronald Stevenson’s Fantasy on Peter Grimes, based on themes from Benjamin Britten’s opera.
One of the things that intrigued Inon Barnatan about the works on this CD was the idea of one genre inspiring another, “I wanted to continue this process of delving into what lies underneath the music. The composers were all inspired by literature, they have inspired me and I wanted to see how these works would subsequently inspire a filmmaker and a visual artist.”
Filmmaker Tristan Cook gratefully accepted the challenge, “When Inon approached me to create this series of vignettes, Zack Smithey’s name immediately came to mind. Zack has been fascinated with the relationship between music and the visual arts for some time now, and the idea of literary association (as found throughout Inon’s new album) seemed like the perfect third layer to fold into our collaboration. With these videos, we wanted to gently allude to the source material while creating a stage for the art to behave on its own: the flow of a cup of paint, the weight of black ink, the strange dance of non-Newtonian liquids, to name a few. We stressed that every effect be practical; i.e., there were no digital effects involved. And above all we were curious to prove to ourselves that there are yet new ways of visualizing music as rich as this through a rigorous process of examination and discovery.”

Darknesse Visible is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.com.


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