The Glass Piano LP will come through InFiné Music in June.
Brubaker is a respected New York City pianist who trained and taught at the Juilliard School—he's also given classes and forums at other prominent international institutions like London's Royal College Of Music. He's perhaps best known for his connection to Glass and his own take on the iconic composer's music—the two have known each other for years and have given public talks together, and Brubaker has already seen his recordings of Glass's works released on the longstanding label Arabesque Recordings. (His catalog also includes appearances on ECM and Bedroom Community.)
As a press release describes it: "InFiné requested some remixes of a few select recordings of Brubaker's earlier works by Glass. During their discussion, it became clear that Brubaker felt inspired to record them once again." The album was recorded in Poitiers, France, in the new Theater and Auditorium of Poitiers, near InFiné's summer workshop. Microphones were placed especially close to the piano to capture sounds like the creaking of Brubaker's chair. "I'm not playing different notes than those in the written music," he says. "However, the exact rhythms and phrase organization, weighting of chords, use of the piano's sustaining pedal—these elements all vary. ... as the music is being made, I'm trying to listen as an outside listener, an observer."
Glass Piano will come on CD and digital formats, both featuring eight tracks, along with a vinyl double-pack that carries two more pieces, "Opening" and "Evening Song" (also known as "Satyagraha, Act 3, conclusion"). To mark its release, Brubaker is confirmed for a performance at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on June 16th.
Listen to "Metamorphosis 1" below.
01. Mad Rush
02. Metamorphosis 1
03. Metamorphosis 2
04. Metamorphosis 3
05. Metamorphosis 4
06. Metamorphosis 5
07. Knee Play 4
08. Wichita Vortex Sutra
Infiné Music will release Glass Piano on June 2nd, 2015.