Musical analogues: “Oregon” band, Ivan Smirnov, Pat Metheny
Album genres: world music, European contemporary music, acoustic
Music is written by Sergey Filatov (1, 4, 6, 10-12, 14), Vitaly Kis; (1-3, 5, 6, 11, 13, 14), folk music (7-9)
Arranged by Sergey Filatov and Vitaly Kis’
Record participants: Sergey Filatov – grand piano, keyboards; Vitaly Kis’ – acpustic guitar; Andrey Atabekov – percussion
Recorded in 2012 / Released in 2013
Catalogue number: AB-CD-09-2012-034
Languages of the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat Music”, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
Sales Department: + 7.903.2090450
The album contains music composed by a tandem of world-class musicians. Wide and deep space of music colors of Slavic culture with addition of “overseas arts”, a pure Russian example of contemporary world music.
Album reviewA new disc of the keyboardist Sergey Filatov and the guitarist Vitaly Kis’ “Heart of the Land” (“ArtBeat Music”, 2013) is light and transparent sounding of piano and guitar with a bit of percussion.
Both musicians are well-known due to their work in “Ethnosphere” project. So, it is not surprising that the first piece in the disc is called “Forest”, it begins with the birds’ singing and it is a successful (like the disc in total) attempt to express in sounds soul of Russian nature. The next composition (“Russian Fantasy”) is a guitar one: sharp flamenco guitar changes lyrical folk themes. Then follows a unit of five beautiful instrumental pieces for a duet of piano-guitar: sometimes light, almost airy and sincerely lyrical, sometimes philosophical (“Sunken Temple” and “Vershe”). After them is the piece “Bukovina Fantasy”, a serious symphony in three parts with a developing dramaturgy …it is changed by a surprisingly lyrical interpretation of the song “Flying Ducks”, with a guitar solo and keyboards in accompaniment, later we hear the title piece of the album which brings back a philosophical mood. Then enjoy a short but impressing demonstration of Sergey Filatov’s artful playing (the piece “Folk tune”), he plays solo on accordion in the next composition (“Paths Treader”), a light and joyful piece like a trip over the Russian vast land. This joy continues in the piece “Maslenitsa” enlarging it to a reckless orgy of a pagan festivity where Filatov’s piano and Kis’ guitar in a “maslenitsa” style shows us the mastery of the performers as well as tunefulness of folk music. In the end of the disc we hear the continuation of “Forest” where its sounds are imitated by sounds of strings and keys.
The album is very interesting in its musical component and someone will consider it to be its main merit. But there will be listeners who will thank the abum for its light atmosphere. Both will be right, and I just recommend “Heart of the Land” to all lovers of good music especially for those ones who value live sounding of acoustic instruments.