"I've accepted that I'm not a traditional composer who sits and scores things out, plays them, learns them. I just have a rough sense of something and go out and do it. It often ends up being completely different," says pianist, improviser and composer Matthew Bourne. It's a characteristically honest appraisal, but it fails to do justice to Bourne's talent as a writer or player. This approach makes him one of the most fascinating of Britain's contemporary performers; it also makes him a hard man to second-guess. Based on his previous activity, few if any commentators would have been likely to predict the appearance of his beautiful solo piano album Montauk Variations
(Leaf Label, 2012).Bruce Lindsay
spoke with Bourne recently, about process behind recording Montauk Variations
, about creating an identity in a world flooded with more and more new music each and every month, and his ability to work in a broad range of contexts, ranging from the spare acousticity of Montauk
to a planned project focusing on the rarely heard Memorymoog synthesizer.
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