continuum series

the cathedral concert / harpsichord improvisations

the cathedral concert / harpsichord improvisations

This album brings together improvisational performances on two different instruments, from two very different settings. The first track, a solo piano concert, was recorded at Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral, and has all the atmosphere of that remarkable space and the energy of a live audience. The style is more or less continuous with my other solo piano works, though perhaps a little grander, more triumphal. 

The harpsichord performances were more of a departure for me - the instrument naturally calls for a very different touch, and I have quite specific musical associations with its unique sound, which informed and inspired what I have tried to do here. The great masters of the baroque, Bach and Scarlatti in particular, were famous for their improvisations as well as more structured compositions, and while I doubt I have done them justice, their timeless works are deeply etched on my musical mind. These more intimate performances were captured in the music room of my parents' country home.

credits

released 09 September 2003 
tobias tinker - solo piano, solo harpsichord
The Broken Saints Concert

The Broken Saints Concert

The Broken Saints Concert - cover

In 2004 I joined a team of creative people to transform the Broken Saints online series, for which I had already written and produced the body of the soundtrack, into a 4-dosc collector’s edition DVD set. At the end of the rather intense process, I thought it would be interesting to take some of the themes which had become important in the series, and put them into a different and more intimate musical setting: as a solo piano concert. Thus I have selected four themes – two from previously extant material, two composed specifically for the series – and used them as ‘springboards’ for the extended improvisations on this album. The resulting journeys, almost 78 minutes in total, took me quite far from the source material, but I hope I have not lost its essential spirit…

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continuum two: berlin

continuum two: berlin

This is a very honest recording. It is part of a series of live, fully improvised solo piano concerts which I began several years ago. Until now, releasing these as recordings has always entailed a certain amount of editing – partly for length, partly to remove background noises or passages that seemed to detract from, rather than contribute to, the flow. In this case I have decided to release the whole concert – every note that was played, complete and unabridged, unvarnished, warts-and-all…

The concert took place in two sets, both presented here in their entirety. I had the image which forms the title of the first track in mind while preparing backstage, and the first encore ‘for athanasia’ contains a theme that was pre-composed; otherwise, I had no idea at all, beforehand, what I would play…

 

continuum:one

continuum:one

continuum:one is an album of long-form solo piano improvisation (I sometimes use the term 'live composition' as it reflects the intent of this series somewhat more closely). It was recorded in concert, August 29, 1999 at the Philip T. Young Recital Hall at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada. As much as possible without being neurotic about it, I tried to approach the piano with nothing pre-conceived at all in terms of what I was going to play.

The resulting recording is 73 minutes of continuous, largely unedited improvised 'flow' - I mostly just tried to get out of the way and let the music that wanted to, come out. It explores a number of themes which emerged of themselves in the first few minutes of play, finding and listening to where those themes might want to go, and how they might sound or feel in the various landscapes we found ourselves in along the way.