November 16th 2014

Minority Records is happy to announce reissue of Sylvain Chauveau's second album Nocturne Impalpable while making it available for the very first time on vinyl. The first edition comes on transparent 180 gram vinyl and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies.

"Nocturne Impalpable" represents a world of minimalism, abstraction and a contemporary approach to classical music. Sylvain Chauveau’s piano variations have often been likened to the creations of composers such as Harold Budd and Claude Debussy. At the same time, his multi-talent is evident when he combines with distinctive ease, the electronic elements, noise and ambient levels with monumental strings and piano preludes. The composer of the micro symphonies on the "Nocturne Impalpable" album is Sylvain himself, the only exception being the "Arachnéenne Encore" piece, composed by the pianist Olivier Lageyre. "Nocturne Impalpable" fully reveals Sylvain's compositional versatility. Other contributors to the recording of the album, in addition to Sylvain and Olivier, include Olivier Cavaillé (cello), Benoît Génot (viola), Eugen Fabris (cello), Vincent Pouplard (accordion), Matthias Meier (clarinet) and Xavier Carriere (trumpet). The experienced audio engineers, Joan Cambon and Frédéric Luneau, oversaw the recording and the final mix.

Vinyl album [180 gram LP] can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped to you on its release date on November 28th.

Sylvain Chauveau was born in 1971 in the French town of Bayonne, but now lives in Brussels. His extensive discography is enriched by various collaborations on projects such as 0, Arca and On. In addition, he has composed many film soundtracks and music for theatre productions. Sylvain collaborated with Stephan Mathieu and recorded a set of songs with lyrics by Bill Callahan, that were featured on the Palimpsest album and arranged the version of the song Vltava on the compilation Worx & Reworx by the Czech group Clarinet Factory. Depeche Mode fans will appreciate his acoustic versions of the hits by the synthpop legends, that are featured on the album Down To The Bone, which also includes the Ensemble Nocturne. To date, the latest release in his discography is the one year old Kogetsudai (the second part of the planned trilogy).

October 21st 2013

The pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková, one of the leading personalities of Czech jazz and alternative music scene, releases her new album Theodoros, consisting of twelve of her own piano compositions named after the months of the year: the author is also the only interpreter. The album is released more than four years after the release of Beata's highly acclaimed debut album Joy For Joel on Animal Music.

Beata Hlavenková on the concept of Theodoros: "My first album is named Joy For Joel after my first-born son Mathias Joel – amazing guests, big sound and arrangements, music influenced by modern jazz. After the birth of my second son Theodor Eli I had the idea in my head say that my next album will be somehow linked to him. The Greek name Theodoros means "God's gift", like Mathias in Hebrew. When I started to compose I realised that God’s gift is life to me. It is formed of years, months, days. It was thus absolutely natural that compositions will be named after the calendar months. Musical circumstances resulting in this album were however different. They are based on the fascination from a song and its simplicity. The opposite pole to the first musical world. Theodoros draws from both and absorbs both these paths through my musical perception."

Vinyl album [180 gram LP] can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped to you on its release date on November 14th.

Album Theodoros is also released on CD in digitally by Animal Music.

Beata Hlavenková graduated from Janáček’s Conservatoire in Ostrava (major in composition) and continued her studies in the USA, at the University of Massachusetts (major in composition, jazz composition and music arrangement). As a long-time co-player with Lenka Dusilová, Beata gradually transformed herself into her main music partner. They often perform as a duo and they were together at the birth of the outstanding project Baromantika; they are also the members of Eternal Seekers. Beata Hlavenková performed in many European as well as overseas countries (Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, France, Canada, USA, Costa Rica) and has performed at renowned music festivals (Montreux Jazz Festival, IAJE Conference Toronto, Jazz Festival Regensburg, Afyon Jazz Festival, JazzFest Brno, etc.).