“Die Ursprünge” is a collaborative semi-improvisational album for electronics and prepared piano created by composer-pianist Leonids Lobrevs and sound-artist Jelena Glzova. The concept of the album is referring to an essay written by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. In "The Origin of the Work of Art" (German: “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes”) Heidegger is trying to find an answer to the question on the origin of creative impulse, while eventually coming up with a round definition, a sort of “Möbius strip” answer, hence the origin of creativity still remains unidentified. Unapprehensiveness of the topic makes it especially attractive, so both authors envisaged this subject with a special vigor. “Die Ursprünge” is a story about the tension between the premeditated idea and a realized one. Creative impulse is envisaged as a premonition while facing that difference which is stated when the work of art is finished. The whole piece is a journey of creative impulse, its confrontation with the intuition and collision with the abyss of the unknown and the final realization.
Jelena Glazova is sound artist/visual artist and poet based in Riga, Latvia. Experimental music activity field - noise, drone, ambient, minimalist music usually constructed from processed vocals. Working in interdisciplinary areas of contemporary art, combining in her works image, poetic text, experimental sound and installation.
Leo Lobrev (Leonids Lobrevs) is a Latvian composer, currently living in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Over the last few years Leonids has worked with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, DD Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra, Kairos Quartet, Decibel Ensemble and Jelena Glazova. His music was performed in Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Lithuania and UK.
Starting from 2016 he began writing music for films and abstract light installations in combination with electronics. The idea of having several art forms together has been always an important field of exploration. One of the inspirational sources for his music takes roots in vivid colors, as in his spare time Leo paints. Any surface can be a canvas – the only question is which materials to use… These thoughts are often projected on music too. Examples can be found in his Piano Concerto, String Quartet, Satyrus and Symphonic miniature “The Green Element”.
Leo is currently studying at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
released December 1, 2018
Leo Lobrev - prepared piano
Jelena Glazova - processed voice, electronics
Recorded / Mastered August 2017 - June 2018, Riga, Latvia
Here the Geordie ones have crafted one of the best conceptual prog albums of the decade.
Picking upon the greatness of the post-rock and sludge of the previous album but adding ever more remarkable rocking riffage in ever so fluid epic compositions, with those ever so present keys adding a bit of that 70s twang to great effect, this is the stuff that if you play it loud on yer yacht you will see the rise of Hy-Brasil and madness will engulf you while you drown on its sonic fathomless depths... ALPHA-OMEGA