[Jandek] Helsinki

Markus Metsälä markus.metsala at helsinki.fi
Sun Nov 20 07:37:11 PST 2005

I actually had a quick word with him today. I was attending a film screening
 and he was hanging around after the films had ended. I said thanks for the
concert and told him I thought it was a very beautiful piece. He seemed
surprised at first but then thanked me very politely and and said he was
honored that I had liked the concert. He then reached into his pocket and
showed me a cd-r which apparently contained the recording of the concert,
saying that it will be released on Corwood later on.


Lainaus Markus Metsälä <markus.metsala at helsinki.fi>:

> He played an upright piano and a Finnish harpist, Iro Haarla,
> accompanied
> him. The music was extremely beautiful, almost un-Jandek like. Certainly
> no
> death-blues, more like music of a person very much at peace with
> himself,
> serene, perhaps. Very relaxed feeling throughout the set. One piece,
> about
> one hour and ten minutes, no vocals. There was a simple theme that
> persisted
> through the whole piece and everything just continued and continued.
> Somebody said that his way of playing the piano was a most natural one,
> and
> I think I agree. I did think that there was some real interplay with him
> and
> the harpist at times, but mostly the harp was just there as a
> background.
> And as usual, he did nothing to recognise the audience, might as well
> been
> playing in a deserted bar.
> I'm still wondering what to make of it. Certainly a very different type
> of
> set from what I saw in Glasgow. So beautiful it almost hurt. And I only
> now
> realised how thin he really is, sitting on the piano stool. I hope he is
> not
> as sick as the rumours say.
> Markus
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