Classically-trained pianist and composer Carlos Cipa was just about to release his new album Correlations (on 11 pianos) when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the world went into an indefinite lockdown. Instead of pushing back the release date, the Munich-based musician responded with a weekly series of living room gigs that culminated in a splendid album release show on May 8th.
While many musicians have retreated to their living rooms for live online performances, Carlos has taken the “home concert” concept to a completely different level. In terms of production quality and performance depth, his weekly shows have been absolutely outstanding.
I’ve been a documented fan of Carlos’ work, especially his last album Retronyms, which was The Music and Myth’s Best Instrumental Record of 2019. In Correlations, Carlos returns to the solo format, playing six grand pianos, three uprights, a square piano and a Rhodes over a total of sixteen tracks. The album is a veritable study of the way in which time, environment and context influence the sound of an instrument and its relationship with the musician.
I caught up with Carlos this week, to talk about Correlations, his living room concert series and releasing a new record during a global lockdown.
Check out the video interview and album release concert below and pick up your own copy of Correlations (on 11 pianos) .