How often have you wondered what it would sound like to compositionally mashup James Hetfield-type metal guitar and Clara Schumann-like piano? Not to timestretch and autotune their music together in a data mixdown, but to write, from scratch, new material through the exhaustive study of their styles and preferred musicalities.
Why would you, someone might ask, as what would be special about that? Then, one might answer, that beyond these personalities, the venture
represents two very unlike musical approaches; the metal guitar being in total tempo; temporally ultra-precise – you could set a digital
watch by it – and that not being a fault but a necessity as the other elements of a metal band all need to take their cues from it.
The piano, and especially the lyrical accompanying piano, has, River Phoenix once, almost phrased “You can’t dance to Beethoven” – no 100
percent predefined time, but flows in a dreamlike state, another plain of measure, with no musical duration between notes and events ever
being equal or the same through multiple playing. And that is not a fault, it is found to best serve that particular style of music
You might call this pure formalism, and it’d be a welcome observation. As formalism has been outlawed much too long, its adherents have been grossly neglected – and the idea not given proper space to develop.
So would you like to hear this? If so, come see the show:
Hetfield píanó próekt. A one time only performance of 10 songs for metal guitar and piano, exclusively orchestrated for the occasion.
gímaldin arranged and plays the guitar, and Pálmi Sigurhjartarson
accompanies on the piano.
The show is in Svarti kassinn, in Hof, Akureyri, on the 8. of september.
You will find your tickets on www.mak.is and www.tix.is