Classical Solo Piano:
François Bourassa » L'Impact du silence
(Effendi / April 16, 2021)
What's the impact of silence?
Perhaps it's an odd question for a composer to ask as the title of his album, but music is, in the end, a dance between sound and silence. Veteran pianist and composer François Bourassa's recent release is his first for solo piano after a career playing in jazz ensembles and other groups.
The mood of the album veers from thoughtful to dramatic, accessible to more esoteric. The composer talks about blending diverse directions on the album, and you can hear the drama of early 20th century music in some tracks. He mentions Scriabin in a video interview.
The music is modern, in that it uses a vast palette of music making tools from various eras to create expression, with an attention to melody (at least in bits and fragments) and rhythmic flow.
François talks about putting the album together in a documentary video.On solo piano, his musical imagination ventures in a variety of compelling directions. Small Head is moody and rhythmic, a piece that would lend itself to dance. Triadique sparkles, ebbs and flows with emotion. The interludes (Interlude Y and Z) were short and striking - a single musical idea. Andante pays homage to the spirit of late Romanticism.