Carson Kievman: The Temporary & Tentative Extended Piano
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR845     Release Date: 2007-01-01
David Arden, piano

A novel by Daniel Pennac and a movie by Pierre Boutron, both of 1997 and both titled “Messieurs les enfants”, tell the magic and burlesque story of a metamorphosis. A schoolteacher assigns a bizarre essay topic: «You wake up one morning and you notice that, in the night, you have changed into an adult. Absolutely panic-stricken, you rush into your parents’ bedroom. They have been changed into children. Say what happens next.» Doing their homework, three children soon discover that the fiction is no longer hypothetical. Their parents have mysteriously become children. The children themselves are now grown-ups, suddenly forced to find their way into the adult world while keeping a child’s eye on what surrounds them, happiness and absurdity, pain and death.

The music of Carson Kievman is the music of a “monsieur l’enfant”. Not music for childhood, neither Kinderszenen nor Children’s Corner, but music from childhood, as only children catapulted into adulthood can conceive and only adults who have not forgotten can sustain. Love for the extremes, fascination with nature, playful theatricality are three recurrent features in Kievman’s opus. His music can be disordered, chaotic, and messy. It can be irresistible, moving, and sublime. It can be both sophisticated and naïve, incomprehensible and transparent, frustrating and exciting. Worse, the bits that first sound like one thing become the opposite thing after repeated listening, and vice versa. The proof is in the pudding.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

David Arden

Carson Kievman: The Temporary & Tentative Extended Piano

MP3/320 $9.99
FLAC $9.99
WAV $9.99
CD $15.99

Track Listing

Introdictus
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Toccatada
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Meditation
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Harpo
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Nuts & Bolts
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Temporary & Tentative Extended Piano
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