Charlemagne Palestine – A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies For Maybeck

Charlemagne Palestine

CD – Cold Blue Music
With microtonal assonances reminiscent of the American minimalist tradition, Charlemagne Palestine excites us again with ‘A Sweet Quasimodo…’, playing on two different Yamaha pianos at the same time, with polished abstract soundscapes, dreamlike sound passages, trembling reverberations and shadow plays (which are also used in the artwork by Jim Fox). The end result is a hypnotic iterated enchantment, gently repeated and with complex and finely modulated threads in the recording, made during a performance at the Maybeck Studio in Berkeley in 2006. There are also bonus short comments by the author about his life in California at the end of the sixties. The long wave of the compositional innovation dictated by repeated music (and its effect in more than one generation) is reinforced by an absolute creative talent, highly imaginative in orchestrating conceptually and practically the dissolution of every superficial melody.