Dustin O'Halloran to release Lumiere
Release Date: 28th February 2011
21/02//11 London - The Vortex
23/02/11 Reading - South Street Arts Centre
Dustin O'Halloran'ssarresting debut release for FatCat’s 130701 imprint (a home for the orchestrally/classically-aligned composers attached to the label) is something of a departure from the two beautiful solo piano records that preceded it. Without comprising any of the magical wonder of either of those albums, on Lumiere O’Halloran lends his vast talents to larger ensembles and a denser texture. Arranging - around his own piano work - string parts performed by New York’s acclaimed ACME ensemble (Grizzly Bear, Owen Pallet, Nico Muhly, Matmos, Max Richter, Hauschka), O’Halloran also employs subtle electronics, guitar from Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and violin from prodigious young composer / arranger Peter Broderick. The end product is a collection of miniature symphonies so heartbreakingly crafted that one could be forgiven for imagining the grandest scale film pieces or a master of classical composition at work.
Lumiere is a superb addition to O’Halloran’s growing catalogue and reputation. This release sits neatly alongside some great career highs already ticked off, including writing music for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette (2006) and William Olsen’s An American Affair (2010) and performing at New York’s Guggenheim Museum’s Kandinsky’s retrospective for their 50th anniversary gala, and of course the two ‘Piano Solos’ albums released by Bella Union in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Self-produced by Dustin over three years, in the various locations he has spent time during that period – New York, Berlin (at the ancient Grunewald Church, using their beautiful Boesendorfer piano), rural Italy (on another magnificent piano – a restored 1920’s Sabel) – Lumiere is a wonderful example of sonic richness and precision, even in the expansively textured peaks of the album. As aforementioned, mixing was handled by Jóhann Johannsson, and even fellow contemporary classicist Nils Frahm has an engineering credit.
Already an established live artist, having toured the US with Hauschka and sold out LA’s prestigious Getty Museum, O’Halloran will be performing across Europe, the UK and the US in support of Lumiere