CARLOS CIPA and SOPHIA JANI
Denovali 192 / GER / 2014
Carlos Cipa, musician and composer residing in Munich (Germany), has been teaming up with pianist and composer Sophia Jani to follow up his highly acclaimed full length debut “The Monarch and the Viceroy“ with a two-piece collaboration record named 'Relive'. The two pieces were written for Carlo’s and Sophia’s performance at the Denovali Swingfest 2013. The idea was to jointly compose two piano pieces for four hands, which do not only include playing the ordinary way, but also utilising rather unusual sounds from inside the piano. Carlos and Sophia used all kinds of contemporary techniques to create these sounds, like plucking and beating the strings with their fingers or different kinds of beaters, bowing them with nylon guitar strings, creating harmonics while pressing fingers down on the strings during playing, using the „aeolian harp“-technique (used for the first time by Henry Cowell in 1923) or creating beats on the cast iron frame.