Klavikon - Klavikon
Double LP + Download Code. Nonclassical is delighted to present the debut album by acclaimed composer-pianist Leon Michener aka Klavikon. Indebted both to the American experimental tradition and to the post-war European innovations of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti, the album comprises a suite of brand new, visceral compositions. ‘Klavikon’ consists of 14 solo pieces performed in real time, with no looping or overdubbing. All sounds are made by the piano, by adding various objects of stone, wood, plastic and metal, and are then amplified. Credit cards provide rasping sub basses, washers hi-hats and rubber wedges kicks. With the use of bolts, screws and assorted electric toys, Klavikon reimagines ‘electronic’ music without the use of conventional processes. From an early age Michener combined a focus on Western classical music with a deep attachment to electronic dance music as it evolved through the 1990s and beyond, with artists such as Autechre, Basic Channel, Jeff Mills, Source Direct, Photek, Bambaataa, Squarepusher and Todd Edwards providing inspiration. It’s this dual mindset that has informed his development of Klavikon. Leon Michener studied classical piano and composition at Trinity College and the Royal Academy of Music. His recordings have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and recent performances include Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, The Roundhouse and Kings Place.
“A gifted and imaginative British pianist with an exquisite touch… Leon Michener has created something truly original” The Observer
“A young pianist with extraordinary control of the instruments” The Wire