HEATHEN HARVEST REVIEW OF "MAY" (DEUPREE/KIRSCHNER)
April 21 2009
Here is a wonderful way to bring back to life some of the great avant-garde music that was coming out, ahead of its time, in the 30s, mostly, by geniuses such as Erik Satie, John Cage, which was part of a larger movement in general of more experimentation in many art forms: sculpture, painting, photography and film just to name a few forms that saw revolutionary steps made in their respective media in those dark years of the late 20s and 30s, which produced art, music and film that was so cutting edge, so ahead of its time that nothing like it emerged again until the late 50s and the 1960s in any major way.
Two fellows, based out of NYC, Taylor Deupree and Kenneth Kirschner, two people who bring totally unique things to the table, things that complement each other quite nicely.
Kenneth Kirschner is the hard-core classicist here, painting vivid scenes with his beautiful, minimalist piano solos, which, just by themselves are beautiful, restful and forward-looking pieces. Taylor Deupree is the Machina to Kenneth's Deus, taking all that Kenneth has created beautifully with a grand piano and tweaking it with the needed software on a laptop which results in a sharper image, more colors that start bleeding through in parts as well as an undercurrent of beeps and humming wavelengths that give the well-crafted, clever but quiet piano solos something to "stand atop", to coin a metaphor.
This live recording from the OFFF Music Festival in Lisbon, Portugal shows that there are a lot of new artists out there who have new and fresh ideas and want to put them out there in the marketplace, where there really are people who are starved for some good music; not just good in the talented sense, but creatively cunning, whimsical and always mixing and matching sounds. Deupree and Kirschner no doubt, created a stir at the OFFF Festival, but to hear some of the other people that played there would also be an interesting thing. Hopefully we'll get a live snapshot of at least part of this festival, since surely it was recorded, if not in full, at least in part.
The one, 36-minute long song the duo pulls off in this performance is a mystifying snarl of piano, synth, organ, guitar, samples and whatever else they could find and it doesn't stay in the same repetitive drone for the entirety, but evolves over the half-hour +, you begin to hear snippets of India, of Eastern Europe, of Berlin and the jungles of Southeast Asia. It's a grand gesture and I'm sure you'll be hearing more from each of these unique artists, whether together or on their own and be sure to check out their past, separate works.