Erik K Skodvin’s performance in Cambridge is a excellent document of how his music evolves in time and space (listen & download below). Firstly, he starts with repetitive drones and glissandos of (probably) under-toned acoustic guitar, then he adds wonderfully deep and emotive piano that adds a new dimension to his performance, once oddly homogeneous and solid. It takes almost 15 minutes, till Skodvin makes the piano his main instrument as his tragic impromptu comes in. His expression reminds Russian school of dramatic and ultimate pianists: from Rachmaninoff to Scriabin, but obviously, Skodvin’s piano is simpler and composed for the purposes of the eerie atmosphere. Still, don’t underrate his abilities: this piano’s fantasy is a surprising and beautifully nuanced piece of art.
There are more surprises prepared for you, if you make it to the end of the performance. On the top of it, the Unitarian Church guarantees wonderful acoustics that echoes all the implicit reverberations and thus strengthen the dizziness and uneasiness of Skodvin’s performance. It gets creepy, it softens, it gets dramatic, it calms down - process of dark and thoughtful music. Sonic Pieces’ label night must have been totally amazing. Plus, you can fully enjoy his debut album, Flare, on Sonic Pieces’ official profile and besides that, read my review.Tweet