Once part of Pill-oh but now a single human entity, Zinovia Arvanitidi details a solo record for Kitchen that goes sparse for the emotional overdrive. It's a record of piano on its ones, showing her ability at creating diffuse environments from minimalist frameworks. A lovely, panoramic sound comes out of her playing, likely to appeal to fans of Grouper and Dustin O'Hallaran.
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Now, here’s melody… Lots of melody. Those melodies for the most part emanate from the piano of composer-pianist Zinovia Arvanitidi, and her minimal orchestrations serve her well for the duration of her new solo record, Ivory -- sometimes introducing violin, cello and a rare sotto metallophone; even Zinovia’s own gentle, hushed voice creeps into the mix to dramatic effect.
This is incredibly, almost unbearably pretty music. Arvanitidi weaves the most deceptively slight slivers and fugues into her music, as if channeling Dustin O'Halloran, in turn channeling Claude Debussy. Heaps of feeling here, too: when the CD was on the office stereo this morning at least two of us burst into tears. Now it's track 6, ‘Parting Ways’ which is finally tipping me over the edge; its bare bones approach, elegance and daintiness of touch have me carried along on a powerful wave of emotions. Then strings come in to reinforce the feelings.
So that’s twice I’ve heard this record now -- once more, with feeling then? But first, I’d like to reiterate two adjectives: dainty and dramatic… You have been warned.
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