Jazz in Church: Bucharest, Romania, March 21-24, 2013
Alexander Balanescu featuring Misha Alperin
Alexander Balanescu began his violin solo with a Bach prelude that through the masculine touch of the bow, seemed to reenact the enormous complexity of the German titan. The draws of the bow tore a cry in which the wood wailed, begged, talked and faded in mute lament, a cry that immersed the nave of the church in a deep silence, pierced only by the hiss of the traffic from a world where the time kept on flowing. "Winter Variations" developed modular sequences, which through the change of register, tempo and intensity, followed the circular meanderings of a thought that doesn't leave.
"Studies for Miriam" strung together a chain of polyphonic successions excellently served by the church acoustics. The percussion attacks on the string led, through a subtler transition, towards a harmonic communion with the piano tones brought by Misha Alperin, which expanded the emotional ambitus of the interpretation. The left hand was joined by the sound of the violin in a somber tenderness. A Romanian motif acquired rock dynamics. From the minimalist accents of the piano, the violin created arches of sound in the resonance of the wood. The two musicians closed the festival in a entwining of force and expressivity that changed the state of sound and which, giving due praise to the environment, populated the silence that followed with a single thought: a marriage made in Heaven.
All Photos: Octavian Todirut