EARTH

by JAN KOPINSKI

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Music from Jan Kopinski's live soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko's classic silent masterpiece from 1930 of life and death in in a Ukrainian village amid the upheavals of Soviet collectivisation.The lingering melodies and gentle improvisations reflect the struggles and eventual hope of this remarkeable film.Featuring the same line-up from GHOST MUSIC,this is an acoustic album with the main themes and melodies from the original music specially commissioned by Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, plus extra tracks inspired by the time and place.


Jazz at Ronnie Scott's, issue 149
Although saxophonist Jan Kopinski is still perhaps best remembered as the leader of the seminal late-1980s loud-jazz band Pinski Zoo, he is featured here as a composer of film music (for Aleksandr Dovzhenko's silent classic Zemlya). The visual poetry and moving emotional content of the film's potrayal of a Ukrainian community living through what was the Soviet collectivisation project, is perfectly conveyed by Kopinski's multi-textured saxophone sound, which runs the emotional gamut from rhapsodic, almost Lloyd-like, warbling to gutsy passion. Steve Iliffe's eloquent, lyrical piano, and occasional contributions from Janina Kopinska's viola and Stefan Kopinski's bass complement the leader's brooding skirling beautifully, and the whole album, even without the film it illustrates, is a deeply moving and intensely personal statement from one of the UK's most instantly identifiable saxophonists.
Review by CHRIS PARKER (July 2004)

credits

released July 31, 2014

Many thanks for the help and support to:
Laraine porter (Broadway Cinema Nottingham), Shona Powell
(Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham), James Burkmar
(Arts Council of England), Tim Brown (South East Film andVideo Archives),
The British Film Institute.
Michael Brown - ( Summer House), Yeva Paley - words and smile.
Steve Iliffe - for all the work together.

Special thanks and love to - Janina, Stefan Karl and Janet - For the music,
And much more.

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