KMH: Piano Music in the Continuous Mode

by Lubomyr Melnyk

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1.
KMH, I 05:01
2.
KMH, II 04:44
3.
KMH, III 05:57
4.
KMH, IV 05:11
5.
KMH, V 04:54
6.
KMH, VI 05:15
7.
KMH, VII 06:18
8.
KMH, VIII 03:53
9.
KMH, IX 07:22
10.
KMH, X 05:49
11.
KMH, XI 05:02

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Lubomyr Melnyk's debut album from 1979, KMH, is an unheralded touchstone of minimalism. Performing solo on piano with a speed that suggests multiple pianos playing together in harmony, Melnyk nearly brings out the full sound of the instrument all at once. His music is lush and maximal yet it possesses the restrained, slowly evolving nature found in music by artists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley. Melnyk developed his unique approach to minimalism while working with dancer/choreographer Carolyn Carlson (who also worked with Igor Wakhevitch) in Paris during the 1970's. Carlson’s influence led Melnyk to create music that is dramatic enough for the stage yet meditative enough for deep listening, a version of minimalism with the enigmatic traces of Satie.

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released February 5, 2021

Melnyk composed KMH 1977-1978. The title "KMH" is intended as an abstract and neutral license plate for the piece. He recorded it during the autumn of 1978 in a private residence in Toronto. Due to the high resolution and clarity of digital formats, the flaws and limitations of this original tape recording may be more evident. The live performance is presented here as performed, with index points inserted to make advancing through the piece easier.

Sound Restoration, Mastering, Stephan Mathieu

Originally issued in 1979 as Music Gallery Editions No.18
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