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Review of Roman Matin's album "Music For Electric Guitar"

Roman Matin CD

MUSIC FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR -  ROMAN MATIN
Review by  John Douglas
Translation into Italian: Eva Simontacchi

Tracklist

01 - Part 1 - Music Box - Part 2 - Incident
02 - Part 3 - Spiral
03 - Parts 4 - 6 - Rain - Bluebird - Toy Tune
04 - Part 7 - Tears In Heaven
05 - Parts 8 - 10 - Blues - Interlude - Breath
06 - Part 11 - Midnight
07 - Parts 12 - 16

Click on the underlined titles to listen to the audio files

Music for Electric Guitar" is the third album of Matin, and the first which is available for American and European audience. The album is recorded for electric solo guitar.


The unique style of Russian guitarist should be noted right away. "Excellent Classical / Compositional approach to playing Jazz Guitar" - classic jazz guitarist Paul Metzke characterized Matin’s music with these words and there is no better description.

 

 All the plays on the disk are composed by Roman and perform very original music, as if Erik Satie wrote his plays for electric solo guitar. It is not surprising, that Anthony Coleman said about this music "It's lovely ... veiled and kind of Satie-esque ". Polytonal and polyrhythmic technique characterizes the album. Guitar sounds like a whole orchestra; the bass part harmoniously fits into the musical narration, and constitutes an elastic platform.


This work can be described as extremely mature for the young guitarist. "Music for Electric Guitar" is lyrical, beautiful and disturbing at the same time, transmits complex world of human experiences. Short, concise but informative piece flows into one another, music is changeable, but creates a single common mood at the same time. Matin lyrical and even partly nostalgic. Permanent rustle of vinyl records perfectly complements the slow majestic music, which reminds of those times when "the criterion of beauty meant so much", as a musician remarked in the interview.


Short plays in the album are grouped by two or three and the latter play, the longest, consists of five parts. This music can be described by the words of Denman Maroney about Matin’s music "Toy Tunes". Plays are very fragile indeed, like a toy, and there is definitely something fairy in the music. The music of the album can be compared to Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos by the mood and compositional approach. The crystal-clear academic disciplined approach and precludes the recurrence of unnecessary notes. The music can even be called pedantic, but its jazz sentiments make it emancipated in spirit.

 

 
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