Dimitar Pentchev, AKA Sound Convincer, with a full album of music improvisations
… and what do “piano improvisation” and “the human speech as an instrument” have in common?
“States of Transmigration”, the first album by The Sound Convincer is exploring that connection and you are invited along on the journey.
The sounds in the album inhabit a strange universe, full of reluctant tourists, lakes leading secret life, nitpickers, soldiers, dancers and nostalgic creatures.
…improvised music, which is hard to define: personal, intimate, heart-felt, visceral, sometimes provocative and sometimes outrageous…but never insincere. A true exploration of sound.
Mr. Pentchev is of one of those rare bred composers/improvisors coming not from the vast fields of Jazz but from the much narrower known world of “classically based improvisation”.
It is no wonder: Mr. Pentchev is a classically trained concert pianist-turned-composer and his technical prowess is pretty much on display here.
The album consists of 13 pieces/tracks, with wide ranging energy and approaches to sound.
Um-ta-ta Um-ta-ta, Inspiration of a Nitpicker, Reluctant Tourist, and Very Krivo Horo (Krivo Horo is a type of Bulgarian folk dance, usually in 11/16 time signature, 2+2+3+2+2), have a distinguished rhythmic base, either drum-like sounds or rhythmic motifs lead by the piano.
Other distinguished group of tracks seem completely non-rhythm based, more like soundscapes. Among them, Night Radio, My Father Alone at Christmas, Through the Painted Door, and After the Last Breath.
The whole album seem to convey rather personal experiences in a very intimate way, and at the same time it has a certain storytelling quality to it, which brings it into focus and makes it work coherently as an album. It is hard to remember sometimes that these are unprepared improvisations, which our Sound Convincer mixed with pre-recorded sounds, voices, sound effects, to create a varied canvas of colours.
So, it is a journey to be had, according to the album’s ambition and if you let it take you on this journey, you might discover something about yourself you didn’t know before.