April 02, 2018
The CD features a selection of seven works by Basil Athanasiadis composed between 2003 and 2017. Despite their inevitable stylistic differences, all pieces are interconnected by means of a subtle unifying thread which explains the reason for their coexistence in this collection. Their convergence can be pinpointed in an overall subdued character, quietness, lack of thematic development and a common aesthetic direction relating to various elements of Japanese culture. From the early influences in Pale Views by a Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel to the remodelling of the structure of a Noh dance in For the Ice II and use of haiku or the employment of the Japanese shō in The Cat in Love, Air Still and To the Touch, all works demonstrate common aesthetic characteristics consistent with the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.