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Reveries of the Solitary Walker
"The award-winning Macedonian composer, Nikola Kodjabashia, is best known for his classical works, having studied extensively with Anatol Vieru.
Reveries Of The Solitary Walker
is an oddly beautiful mixture of contemporary, Balkan-esque folk aesthetics, Byzantyne-age leanings, and just enough shards of Avant-gardism to make it appeal to those who like things a tad 'different'. Joining him on this disk is his latest group, the Project Z'lust Ensemble, who augment his piano work with an arrangement of brass, upright bass, percussion and a violin duo. Strictly speaking, this wonderful song cycle adheres to the melodic principles of Eastern Orthodox chant music as composed by the 18th-century Macedonian cantor, St. Joan Harmosin-Ohridski, but this ensemble's interpretations display an up-to-date twist, which eschew the rigorous routine of classical theorems while pushing forwards in a stylistic way."
The Most Of Now
"A lapidary and subtle new composition by award-winning Macedonian concert, film and theatre composer, Nikola Kodjbashaia, exquisitely realized by a broad and mixed ensemble of exemplary -- and mostly Macedonian -- instrumentalists. A suite of highly imaginative variations on a theme that meanders with purpose through a unique musical landscape in which reflections of everything from lounge music, Macedonian folk instrumentals, Byzantine church liturgy, contemporary orchestra composition and exotica, rub shoulders without parody or embarrassment. Constantly mutating, constantly fascinating, this follows the path opened up in Kodjbashia's first CD into a completely personal but accessible musical language. Subtle, complex, profane music, but at the same time easy -- even a joy -- to listen to."
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