Yield is a collection of works showcasing Adrian Lim-Klumpes’ unique ability to develop improvised ideas into fully rounded and complex works. The album is a selection of performances captured in one six-hour session on a Steinway piano and is awash with his signature blending of minimalist lyrical piano jazz harmony with sampling and effects to create textures which shift in mood from track to track. There are obvious influences from J.S. Bach’s piano work. The well-tempered Clavier with its arrangement into paired preludes and fugues which Bach composed ‘for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study’. Lim-Klumpes certainly fills this mould. The album speaks to the classical piano tradition but Lim-Klumpes makes it clear that he is using the original meaning of fugare, that is, ‘the chase’or ‘flight’, where one line pursues another. Yet equally, we hear influences from modern pianists Phillip Glass and Chris Abrahams. The tracks were created in pairs designed for the listener to hear corresponding echoes between pieces being led through a range of emotions from feelings of violence, loneliness and pain to those of peace, warmth, tenderness and fragility revealing new colours and dimensions with each hearing. Listeners will be enchanted by their transportation into Lim-Klumpes’ evocative aural world. This is highly recommended for lovers of digitally-manipulated piano harmonies executed creatively.
- Barry O’Sullivan
This article appeared in the January issue of Fine Music Magazine. Read the full magazine online here.