Release Date: 23 September 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|Ilya Beshevli Night Forest Limited 180gram Vinyl LP + Download
The reissue of Ilya Beshevli's debut album 'Night Forest', now available on vinyl for the first time. The album is presented as a shrinkwrapped 180g vinyl LP with matte laminate finish and digital download coupon; digital download album. The LP also includes a digital download card for a free Village Green label sampler. "When my life was hard on me, I went to hike alone, away from the city noise and life problems," explains Beshevli, revealing that as he travels a change is undertaken in the approach to his music, as he acquires colours that differ from place to place. The record's opening title-track skilfully captures this, as Beshevli, inclined to tempo and texture changes, transports the listener from a quickening and dramatic soundscape which then breaks into a calmer more serene chorus. Beshevli was born in Krasnoyarsk, one of Siberia's biggest cities, in a musical household: his father a professional composer and his mother a musicologist. Despite his background, Beshevli disliked studying music; struggling to maintain attention sat at the piano whilst friends enjoyed the outdoors. It wasn't until the age of 21 that he started playing again, when substituting for his Grandma who was working in the local nursery. With no internet and nothing in particular to do, attention inevitably turned to the nursery's piano and what Beshevli describes as "some sort of destiny." Explaining his chance re-introduction to playing piano, Beshevli states: "Not having higher musical education is good and bad at the same time; I feel like I'm lacking basic knowledge, but our educational system usually kills the individuality. Maybe I would have become an academic musician, but most people would have never heard of me. Nevertheless, I'm studying at Music University at the moment and we'll see what this will bring." Ilya's beautiful compositions have been compared to that of Yann Tiersen and Ludovico Einaudi but with his own distinctly Siberian take on the modern classical genre.
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