Lonely Shadows Dominik Wania

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Album info

Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
17.09.2020

Label: ECM Records

Genre: Instrumental

Subgenre: Piano

Artist: Dominik Wania

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Lonely Shadows05:59
  • 2New Life Experience03:50
  • 3Melting Spirit03:47
  • 4Towards the Light06:27
  • 5Relativity03:36
  • 6Liquid Fluid04:29
  • 7Think Twice03:35
  • 8AG7606:13
  • 9Subjective Objectivity02:33
  • 10Indifferent Attitude02:20
  • 11All What Remains05:50
  • Total Runtime48:39

Info for Lonely Shadows



After critically-acclaimed ECM recordings with the Maciej Obara Quartet (Unloved, Three Crowns), Polish pianist Dominik Wania delivers a solo album recorded in November 2019 in Lugano. Wania’s sensitivity to touch, tone and texture is informed by his classical background. But he also has the in-the-moment instincts of a great improviser, acutely focused on the unfolding details of the music in the responsive interior of the Auditorio Stelio Molo studio. The balancing of influences from both disciplines makes Dominik Wania one of the most distinctive players of his generation. Lonely Shadows is a testimony to his creative originality as well as a significant addition to ECM’s celebrated line of solo piano recordings. Produced by Manfred Eicher.

Lonely Shadows is the first ECM solo album from Dominik Wania, a musician of striking originality. The Polish pianist’s sensitivity to touch, tone and texture is informed by his classical background, but he also has instincts of a great improviser, acutely focused on the unfolding details of the music in the moment, with an inherent sense for structure. The balancing of influences from both disciplines makes him one of the most distinctive players of his generation and Lonely Shadows is a testimony to his creativity and a significant addition to ECM’s celebrated line of solo piano recordings. Lonely Shadows follows two critically acclaimed albums – Unloved and Three Crowns – in which Wania has been heard as a member of the Maciej Obara Quartet. It was during the recording of Unloved, three years ago, that the idea of the present album was first raised.

Dominik Wania: “A solo album is a major step for a pianist’s artistic development. It was special for me that Manfred Eicher and ECM proposed it. I felt from the beginning that it would include fully improvised music.” In his approach to improvisation on this album, he notes, sound itself sets the direction for the development of material, and for expression and emotion: “I didn’t want to prepare anything in advance. No forms or melodic sketches or harmonic layers. I was fully dependent on the creative process of playing here and now.” At the same time, the music of Lonely Shadows reflects the aesthetic influence of composers Wania admires and has studied closely, “including Satie, Weber, Scriabin, Prokofiev and especially Ravel and Messiaen.”

In Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo, he was “inspired, too, by this particular piano, its colour, and by the brilliant room acoustics.” Associative titles for the individual pieces were added retrospectively. The piece “AG76”, for instance, is named after a painting by Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński, which hangs in the Historical Museum of Dominik’s hometown, and perhaps shares with it a kind of shimmering vibrancy.

Dominik Wania, piano



Dominik Wania
was born in 1981 in Sanok in Southern Poland’s Podkarpacie region, and started playing piano when he was three years old. He subsequently studied in Kraków and graduated from its Academy of Music in 2005. Jazz was also a presence in his life from an early age and in 2006 he won a scholarship to study it at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where his teachers included Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake and George Garzone. His debut recording as a leader, Ravel, released in 2013, used Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs as its inspirational starting point, and he has gone on to shape a creative space for himself as a classically trained player who has found fulfilment and artistic focus in improvised music. He continues to play in many contexts, recently collaborating with Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner on Melodies of My Youth, a project featuring Wania’s piano and the voice of Lisa Gerrard.

Booklet for Lonely Shadows

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