The composer and pianist Ingrid Schmoliner writes and plays music the allure of which cannot be resisted. Her pieces are ecstatic cascades of sound which unite formal strictness and psychoactive effects. Schmoliner plays them with absolute precision. Her perfect technique allows her to create dramatic arcs with subtle variations. This creates hunting rides through tunnels of sound, whose sonic characteristics due to a carefully prepared piano remind one of Gamelan music. Sometimes percussive and noisy, and in the next moment clear and open with shimmering overtones. Schmoliners music is compelling and at the same time aethereal and fleeting. It sounds like soulful mechanics, sprawling organically into boundlessness. Its essence is the process.
Her new work MNEEM is a musical monolith.It is a breathtaking one hour plus tour de force through complex uptempo pattern, played on the prepared grand piano. A unique musical experience that unfolds its magic instantly after a few minutes. For the player MNEEM is a very exhausting piece; it demands full concentration and technical skills of thehighest level. For the audience it is a euphoric trancelike journey of 62 minutes that will leave the listeners thunderstruck.
Ingrid Schmoliner composed MNEEM as a commissioned work for the Wien Modern Festival in 2019. It was premiered at the Wiener Konzerthaus in the same year and recorded there by Alexander Yannilos (sounddesign). It was mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert.
MNEEM will be available as a high quality vinyl sized print with download code as well as a digital release. The stones for the album were collected by the artist from rivers and beaches on her travels. Those are stones that accompany Ingrid Schmoliner with beauty/haptics/depth and consciousness. On the prints it is written from which river or beach these stones were found.
The information for MNEEM and the poem »mud« by Andrew Choate will be printed on an extra hard panel which comes in addition to secure the print.
is stone too
now with footsteps and water
evaporate me back into the clouds
a foreign consciousness
afar remains, distant and graspable
Ventil Records 2024